This adorable apron uses The Craft Cotton Company’s fabrics in lovely Christmas prints. It is made with extra-long straps to fit a variety of waist sizes and a small pocket perfect for keeping recipes or a cheeky handful of sweets in for little children and big children alike.
You will need:
2 rectangles of fabric 28inch x 15inch for the main body (I used a gingerbread fabric)
2 long rectangles 45inch x 5inch for the strap (I used snowman fabric)
2 5inch x 6inch rectangles for the pocket (here I used snowman fabric again)
A sewing machine
A hand sewing needle
The Craft Cotton Company’s Snowman and Gingerbread Man polycottons
First, cut your fabric:
Cut your fabric pieces. Place the pocket pieces right sides together and pin and sew around the edge, making sure to leave a gap at the bottom to turn through.
Clip the corners of the piece and turn the pocket piece through the gap you left (so the right side is now showing) and slip stitch the opening closed by hand. Then press flat.
Next, pin the pocket pieces and sew:
Pin the pocket piece to the centre of one of the front apron pieces. Sew around the two sides of the pocket piece and the bottom to make a pocket. If you move your needle to the left you'll be left with a cleaner finish.
Pin the front and back pieces of the apron right sides together, and sew leaving a gap at the top edge to turn through.
Clip the corners and turn through. And then slip-stitch the opening close.
Now, make the ribbon:
Pin and stitch the two short ends of your rectangle pieces together and sew.
Then press a 1cm hem around all four edges of the strap. Fold the strap in half length-ways and press down the middle (all of your edges should be tucked in).
Mark 8 inches either side of the join line on the strap piece.
Sew the strap to the body:
Gather the top edge of the apron using a long basting stitch on the machine (I find it helps to do 2 or 3 rows of gathering stitches in case one snaps). Gather until the apron top measures 16 inches.
Place the apron front between the two layers of the strap making sure all the gathered edge is enclosed and pin. The apron front will fit in between the two marks on the apron strap you made previously.
Using a normal stitch length, top stitch around all four sides of the strap edge about 4mm from the edge making sure to catch the apron front between the layers.
Trim any stray threads and give a final press.
Put on and make a cake and dance around the kitchen to Christmas songs
© By Frankie Carson at KnitWitsOwls for The Craft Cotton Company 2015