|I used prints from Ruby by Bonnie and Camille.|
Three Fat Quarters:
Place the pattern piece in the upper left hand corner of the fabric. Pin. (You can pin and cut through the front and back apron fabric at the same time if you wish.)
Cut along the pattern.
Repeat on the other side of the apron. This is the main body of the apron.
With some careful cutting all of the pockets and ties can be cut out of one fat quarter:
First: cut two 2.5 x 18 inch strips for the waist ties
Second: cut two 2.5 x 14 inch strips for the neck ties
Third: cut two 7 x 12 inch rectangles for the pockets
Fold each of the 2.5 inch wide tie pieces in half length wise. Press and pin if desired.
Sew along one short end and the long side of the tie with a 1/4 inch seam. Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end of the stitching.
Trim off the corners of each tie.
Turn the tie right side out. I used the handle of a spoon to poke the sewn end of the tie back into the casing.
Continue to push the end up into the casing and pull the casing along the spoon handle until you see the end of the tie poking out. Grab the end of the tie and pull it out.
Iron the tie flat and use a pin to pull the corners of the tie out if necessary.
Repeat for all of the waist and neck ties.
Next, take the 7×12 pocket pieces and zig zag along each edge.
Trim about a 1/4 inch off of the bottom corners.
Turn over the bottom and side edges a quarter of an inch and press.
Turn under the top edge 1/4 of an inch and press. Turn the top over another inch and press again.
Fold the pocket piece in half and press down the middle until you have a nice sharp crease.
Top stitch along the edge of the top fold. Repeat this process for both pocket pieces.
Lay the top hemmed rectangular pocket in the middle of the bottom section of the apron and pin.
Starting at the hemmed edge, stitch along the outside edge of the pocket about 1/8the of an inch from the edge. Stop with the needle down 1/8th of and inch from the corner, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric 90 degrees. Continue stitching along the other edges. Do Not Stitch along the top hemmed edge.
When the outer edge stitching is completed, find the pressed line in the middle of the pocket. Starting at the top, stitch along the line, back stitching at the top and bottom of the pocket. Repeat for the other side of the apron.
Next pin the shorter neck ties to the top of one apron piece.
Pin them just slightly farther than 1/4 of an inch from the sides. Use at least 2 pins so that the ties do not sift during sewing.
Pin the longer waist ties slightly more than 1/4 inch below the curved corner of the apron.
Secure the ties with multiple pins to the center of the apron so that they don’t flop around and get caught in the side seams by accident. I speak from experience.
Yea! It’s looking like an apron now! You should have two apron pieces, each one with a pocket and one with the ties pinned in place.
Place the two apron pieces right sides together and pin all the way around.
Starting at the bottom, stitch along the edge of the apron using a 1/4 inch seam allowance (the edge of the presser foot).
Back stitch over the ties to give the seam extra strength. Be careful turning the corners not to stitch along the sides of the ties.
Stop and back stitch about 6 inches short of the start of the seam.
Make small clips along the curved edge. This will help the fabric lay flat when the apron is turned right side out.
Turn the apron right side out and iron the edges. Pin the opening shut.
Top stitch about 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the apron. This gives the apron a nice flat finish and closes the hole at the bottom.
I like to tie the neck ties in a double knot with just enough room that they can pull it on and off by themselves.
I think this apron would be brilliant with a boyish fabric on one side and a girly fabric on the other.
Happy sewing and cooking!