You can find this project for free here on The Mother Huddle.
After making two other aprons as Christmas gifts I had to take an apron making break! I have a bit of sewing ADD and I can’t do too much of one thing without getting bored. Since I try very hard not to have a large stack of works in progress I don’t start things if I don’t think I will see them through immediately. It also worked out that in the interim I had purchased the red and white polka dot fabric for another project thats adds a much needed punch of color to this apron.
Stylistically it isn’t much different from the other two aprons I’ve made recently but the overall look is very different as is it’s functionality. I purchased the bike fabric a year or so ago in an attempt to add more boy friendly prints to my stash but I’ve never really loved it and it has languished in the fabric closet since then. I am attempting to use fabric from my stash for all my gifts this year and I decided to focus on the random fabrics that I have purchased that don’t coordinate with anything else. Since most of my Christmas projects will be small it is actually a perfect use for these 1/2 yard and 1 yard pieces. Now before you accuse me of foisting off substandard prints on my sister-in-law I should tell you that it is her style. It is also the most functional apron I’ve made. The dark blue fabric is perfect to hide stains and the built in hot pads mean she doesn’t have to hunt around for a hot pad or oven mit when she is cooking. The red, white and blue color scheme is also reminiscent of her 4th of July wedding to her husband years ago. So while it isn’t my favorite apron I know it will be well loved and well used by her. After all crafting presents isn’t about making things that I love but things that the recipients will love.
I didn’t have any real trouble figuring out the instructions or making this apron but the pleats were a bit tricky at first. The pictures in the tutorial are very close up but some wider shots would help make it easier to understand and then execute. I would also suggest making this apron in one sitting. I created the pleats, ironed and pinned them but then didn’t work on the project for a couple days. In the interim my cats had removed some of the pins and it took a bit of finagling to get the fabric back into the pleats and folds so that I could sew it all in place. All together it only took me about two hours to make this apron so it’s an easy project to complete in an afternoon.
I only made one alteration to the pattern. I sewed the hot pads to the apron on three sides instead of sewing it together on two and then tacking it in one spot on the third. This made it easier to use the hot pad as a mitt and with my dark fabric and all over print you don’t really notice it.