Oct 28, 2010

Vintage Pillowcase Apron-Tutorial

A lovely tutorial submitted by Holly of Holly Do.   Another thing I want to make now!

So, I finally decided to write a tutorial, Let's see how this goes!!!

Remember these Vintage pillowcase aprons I made awhile back...well here is how to make one like the turquoise gingham one.

Vintage Pillowcase Apron
1 Standard size Vintage Pillowcase
1/2 yard coordinating fabric (sometimes I use another coordinating pillowcase)
2 buttons

Fold pillowcase in half lengthwise, cut 17 1/2 inches from opening of pillowcase - this is the bottom piece of the apron.

With remaining top part of pillowcase cut apron top.   It will already be 12 1/2 " long so you will only cut the width to be 12".

With remaining pillow case scrap cut neck strap 3 1/2 x 21".

Apron tie: 3"x21" Cut 3 (oops, I only showed 2 cuts, sorry, but this is my 1st time, so I'm allowed a few mistakes..right??)
 Now for the construction of the apron....

Apron Bottom:  fold under raw edge about 1/2" and press.

 Apron Top:  With wrong sides together sew 12 1/2 inch raw edge together, turn right sides out and press.
 Apron ties:  Cut one strip of the apron tie material to the width + 1/2" of the bottom part of apron. I usually just hold the material up to the width of the apron and then cut because some pillowcases are different sizes so this allows for an accurate cut. 
Sew the other 2 apron tie pieces to each edge of the waist tie.

 Press raw edges of apron ties under about 1/2" on all sides. Then fold tie in half and press. Don't sew the apron tie yet...you will do this when you attach it to the apron.

 Neck strap:  Fold in half lengthwise, press, fold end edges under 1/4" press, then fold each lengthwise edge under to meet half fold, press, then fold in half and press.  Confused??? Look at next picture for details. 

 Hope these detail help!!  Sew raw edges of neck strap together.
Eew, don't look at my gross ironing board cover.
Next on my to-do list...Wash ironing board cover.
 Find center of apron bottom and top.  Open up apron bottom and place apron top inside matching the center points.  Pin.  So....the apron top should be sandwiched between the apron bottom. Now sew together.
 Pin the apron tie to waistline.Now sew the apron tie to the apron and sew all the edges together.
 Fold down apron top about 1 1/2 " and sew neck strap evenly to each side.
 Choose buttons and sew them on....
 Now go be cute in the kitchen and bake some cupcakes!!!

 I made two of the pink gingham aprons and this orange/gray flower one for my friends....super cute!!!

Thanks Holly for sharing! 
As always, would love to see any items made from tutorials featured here on the VS blog. Just upload them to our Flickr group


VickiT said...

What an adorable apron. I really love the ties on it. Great tute. Thanks.

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Jen, was just browsing when I came across your apron, I especially like the grey and pink one, but they both look lovely on you. I have only made aprons for the past few months and am doing some for Christmas for family and friends. I love making them. The vintage sheets and pillowcases you get in USA are beautiful.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is SO pretty! I know just the case I would use for this! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

JStacie said...

So, so very cute! I love both of them. Really wanna try!