Jun 1, 2009

Make Your Own Apron

Make Your Own Apron
Why spend upward of $20 on an apron you could make yourself? Here's a simple craft that makes cooking a bit more enjoyable.

Dishtowel, bandana or piece of fabric with hemmed edges
Iron (optional)
Ironing board (optional)
Spray bottle with water (optional)
2 buttons
1-1/2 yards ribbon

  1. Remember to wash new fabric before using so the color doesn't bleed.
  2. If needed, iron out the fabric until smooth. Use a spray bottle to eliminate wrinkles.
  3. Sew one button on the top left corner, wrapping the thread around the button a few times to secure. Knot the thread and trim off extra pieces.
  4. Sew the other button on the top right corner.
  5. Cut the ribbon in half to get two equal pieces, measuring 3/4 yard each.
  6. Tie each ribbon around the button on either side, leaving about an inch-long tail. This will make the ribbons easier to detach when washing the apron.
  7. Place the apron around the waist and tie ribbons together in the back.

Additional Decorations:
Add lace or frilled fabric long enough to go around the sides and bottom of the apron. Hand stitch or use a sewing machine to attach the border to the underside of the apron.

Use another piece of fabric to make a pocket or two for the center of the apron. This can hold jewelry, kitchen tools or recipe cards.

Embroider a name, initial or cooking phrase to personalize the apron.

Use blue and red fabric to make a patriotic apron for summer festivities.

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