Saturday, October 9, 2010

Halloween Apron Tutorial & A CSN Giveaway

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Don't you just love all of the fun fabrics that they
have at stores?  I always wondered what to do
with them until I started making these cute ruffled
aprons which are all the rage around here.

I started making these a couple of years ago and
have probably made 30 of them for myself, family,
friends and gifts.

Start by tracing a butcher's style apron onto muslin for your
pattern.  I like mine to go just about to my knee.

This takes about 3/4 of a yard.  I often get 1 yard so I can
cut one of the ruffles from my main fabric.

Measure the widest part of the apron from hip to hip, then double
that measurement and cut 5 strips of coordinating fabric
that are 4 1/2 inches apiece.  So mine was 22 inches at
the hip or where I will attach the ties, so I cut my fabric
strips 4 1/2 x 44 inches.

Measure the top of the bib of the apron and cut 2 - 2 inch
strips that are double that measurement for the top two
ruffles.  Sometimes I only put on one ruffle. 

Serge the edges of all of your strips and your apron.

Turn over 3/8 inch and press all the way around
your apron.  Top stitch this in place.

I serge everything at once, then topstitch, then run
a gathering stitch on all of my ruffles.  Finally I
mark my stitching lines on the front of the apron
with a pen or in this case a pencil as my background
was black so that my ruffles go on straight.  Pin
the ruffles in place one at a time, adjusting the
gathering and placing them on top of the line
you have drawn.  I start with the top ruffle and
go down the garment.  You want the ruffles placed
4 inches apart so that they slightly overlap
each other.

Finish each corner with a little Fray Check so
that your serging doesn't unravel.

Sew ties for the neckline and the waistline by
cutting out pieces of coordinating fabric
that are 3 or 4 inches wide by at least
22 inches for the waist, shorter for the neck-
about 15 inches each..
Sew right sides together, turn and press.  Serge
the end and then attach to the apron.  Sometimes
I just do a loop for the neckline, then I make it
23 inches long by 3 or 4 inches wide.  Check
to see if this works length wise for the person
you are making the apron for. 

This apron is being modeled by my daughter.

Another daughter modeling hers.

Here they are in matching mother and daughter

Do you think she likes hers?

Happy Halloween.

These are wonderful for any occasion or no

I have made them in vintage fabrics,
Christmas fabrics, Valentines fabrics
and any number of combinations.
Of course my favorite is in purple fabrics.

These are easy enough for most
beginning/intermediate sewers.

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  1. The aprons are absolutely wonderful. Love all the ruffles and the fabrics are gorgeous. The girls look so cute. Hugs, Marty

  2. These are the most darling aprons! Love them ~ thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Wonderful tutorial but unfortunately I don't sew. I think that's on my list of "things to do." Gorgeous apron!


  4. Your aprons are adorable! I'm showing this to my daughter in law who can sew!

  5. Zoulah is begging for one of these -- she thinks she would look adorable in one -- she likes the first one that is being modeled. She wants to remind you that she can cook, but she doesn't sew. They are soooo cute. Joni

  6. This is the cutest apron I have ever seen! Really. Cute models too:)

  7. that is just adorable, love the little ruffles.

    Thanks for your recent visit to my blog, hope you're having a spooky weekend!

  8. What gorgeous aprons- I wouldn't want to take it off!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    Halloween fun giveaway

  9. adorable aprons - great instructions- now i need to find the time- would love to make matching m&d ones for the holidays.

  10. So creative, those aprons are adorable.

  11. I'm a new follower.. thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Wow! You are very talented. I LOVE the aprons. Very creative. The ruffles are adorable.

  13. These aprons are just so cute! I'm glad you stopped by, I enjoyed exploring your blog. Lovin' all the witchie-ness. :O)
    As for the ghost cupcakes-this go round I just used icing (the fluffy kind) from the can. I added some powdered sugar, and buttercream flavor. (The powdered sugar made it firm enough to stand up high, the flavor....just makes it better). One little hint-if you make these, make 'em with mini cupcakes, less icing required per cupcake!

  14. I love it! Too bad I don't sew but I love looking at what you make! I'd love for you to link this up with our party and show it off.

  15. Jacqueline, these are adorable! I love the fabrics, the ruffles and can only imagine the many choices for other occasions. The girls are beautiful ~ looks like the younger one loves to model. :-) Thanks so much for sharing!


  16. This is so adorable. I absolutely love it! Then I see you have one for your girl and it's like an overload of cuteness!! :)

  17. You just made me wish I could sew. Believe me, buttons are a challenge for me. That is the cutest apron I've ever seen. I'm picturing it in Christmas fabric too...I would never take it off. You are so talented! Love it!

  18. Adorable! I have to have one! Time to hunt up some halloween fabric! ...and I'm thinking Christmas too!

  19. Again, I just love these! Great tutorial as well. Thank you for linking up with me at All About You Monday @ Texas Monkey, this will be featured on the blog today so stop by and grab a button. Hope you join us next week.

  20. Love, love the apron. The cutest I have seen. Thanks for sharing.
    I have featured you on my blog.

  21. These are simply adorable as are the cute models. They look ready to whip some amazing fun up in your fabulous kitchen!

  22. LOVE these, they are so cute!!! I REALLY want to attempt one. My girls would LOVE to wear these while they "help" in the kitchen!


  23. Those are STINKIN' adorable! Excellent tutotrial too!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie linky Party!

  24. You blog looks so warm and cozy. I love the apron...makes me want to make one for each holiday!

    Happy Fall!

  25. so so cute and full of ruffly goodness!

  26. I LOVE aprons....and I absolutely LOVE cute and super-clever! If I wasn't such a dolt when it comes to sewing, I might try one sometime!

  27. I absolutly love your aprons..I want to make the ruffles, but it is such a pain in the neck to do all that gathering..they are really pretty. I too have made so many I have lost count of all the ones I have made for family and friends. I love your blog..thanks for the great ideas.

  28. I was linked to your blog threw Tip Junkie. These aprons are really cute. And this post came in handy as well my mom called me to see if I could come up with some ideas for her to use up some ruffle that come on the spools she has lots of them. This would be perfect. She wont have to serge sense we both do not have one.


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