This is a really quick and easy sewing project that costs very little and makes a lovely present for a little person or make it for yourself. If you don’t want to make the apron itself, you can buy a really cheap, plain white apron and customise it with the pocket and trim, even easier and quicker. This is also a project that you could hand-sew if you don’t have a machine.
You will need:
1. 70cm x 60cm of cotton twill fabric for achild’s apron that I bought from eBay OR you can buy a ready-made apron that you can get from Amazon very cheaply.
2. 2m length of cotton tape for the apron ties, if you are making your own apron, that I bought from eBay.
3. 30cm x 30cm of your choice of fabric for the pocket. I used Liberty’s Lytton print from the Bloomsbury collection. I bought this from Fabrics Galore, which is a great haberdashery in Battersea but they also do online orders – very handy.
4. 25cm x 5cm strip of fabric for the trim.
5. Fabric scissors, chalk, ruler, pins.
1. Fold your cotton twill into half and draw a template of half an apron. By folding it in half it will ensure the sides are perfectly symmetrical. If it’s for a child it should be around 70cm long and 60cm wide (adjust this according to how old the child is or if it’s for an adult).
2. Hem all round the edges of the apron.
3. Sew a 60cm length of tape onto each side of the apron (on the wrong side).
4. Sew a 60cm length of tape onto the back of the apron to make a neck loop. Notice I made the hem at this point of the apron a good inch.
5. Fold and press well a 1cm hem all round your pocket piece. Pin the side edge of the pocket.
6. Sew the hem along the top of the pocket.
7. Fold the apron and pocket piece in half. Match up the creases so your pocket is centralised.
8. Pin and sew the bottom side of the pocket onto the apron. Position the needle so you catch the hem.
9. Pin the sides of the pockets onto the apron so that the top of the pocket is 2cm further in than the bottom of the pocket. This will give the pocket volume.
10. Do the same to the other side of the pocket and it should look like this.
11. Fold and press a 0.5cm hem nell four sides of the trim strip.
12. Pin the trim strip onto the top of the apron. Top-stitch all round the trim piece.
Finished! I’ve instagrammed it for the Liberty Lifestyle and Instagram competition…fingers cross I win!