Crafternoon How-To: Apron Making

I’ve been working hard in the Crafternoon Cabaret Club house getting ready for my first public event so I decided I was in need of some crafting ‘me’ time.  I decided to make a vintage inspired Crafternoon Cabaret Club apron (for the glamour) covered in pockets (for the practicality).

You Will Need:

  • Pencil
  • Tissue Paper/Grease proof paper
  • Tape measure
  • Pretty fabric
  • Backing fabric
  • Buttons, sequins, additional fabric to make pockets or lettering
  • Needle and pins
  • Thread to match fabric

I took the pattern from the wonderful Vintage Tea Party Book which I would highly recommend purchasing for a family member and then stealing back almost immediately as it has so many gorgeous ideas in it… or gift it to yourself… or add it to your Christmas list… BUT either way secure a copy into your possession forthwith my pretty crafters!

I decided to go with the pin-up style apron (bottom left) so I would have lots of surface area to play with when it came to pockets and embellishments.

Step One:  Pattern.  Using the measurements in the book I needed to make my own apron patternwhich I drew onto tissue paper.

Here are the measurements given but it’s worth adjusting to fit as this makes quite a dainty apron.

Apron Lower Section

Pattern complete.  crafting location: Southbank Centre.  Check out that vintage carpet!
Pattern complete. crafting location: Southbank Centre. Check out that vintage carpet!
  • Bottom width 40cm
  • Top width 28cm
  • Side length 43cm

Apron Upper Section

  • Bottom edge 28cm
  • widest point 32cm
  • Total height 29cm
  • bottle neck style top 20.5cm

Waist ties – 8cm x 84cm.  The pattern in the photo has shorter ties (40cm) as I just doubled up when I cut them out but go for long and then you can always trim down to what you need.

Step Two: Pin On.  Pin your pattern onto the fabric.  Try to make the most of your fabric so you don’t waste too much as offcuts.  Although you could use these pieces for other craft projects later it’s going to be much easier to store larger pieces and they offer more crafting options.

Another option is drawing around the template direct onto the back of the fabric in pencil.  

Pattern Pinning Pattern Pinning Pattern Pinning Pattern Pinning...
Pattern Pinning Pattern Pinning Pattern Pinning Pattern Pinning…

Step Three: The Cut.  Using nice sharp scissors cut out your patters! For this pattern I’n also going to back the apron to give it a neater hem and more durable feel.  You can use the same material to do this or you could use a plain backing or a totally different fabric for a DOUBLE SIDED APRON!  exciting!!  Simply use the same patterns again so you end up with:

  • 2 x Apron Lower Section (1 x front material, 1 x backing) 
  • 2 x Apron Upper Section (1 x front material, 1 x backing) 
  • 4 x Waist ties (2 x front material, 2 x backing) 

Apron Pieces

Step Four:  Make beautiful.  Add buttons, pockets, letters, ribbons, and general prettiness to your hearts content!!  Here’s a mini Pocket How To to help, courtesy of eHow.

pocket detail 1
sewing on the singer…

Step Five: Stitch Up.  Time to stitch up your pieces!  Start with the top and bottom sections of each side of your apron.  The neatest way to do this is to place them on top of each other, pattern sides inwards, and stitch one neat line at the join so that when you open them out your stitching is on the inside.

Then place your front and back fabric pieces together making sure that any design you want on the outside is facing inwards.  Stitch the two pieces together neatly around the edge, leaving the bottom open and a gap of a couple of inches where your ties will be attached.  Turn the whole thing inside out like a pillow case so that your decoration is one again gloriously restored to the outside and sew up the bottom opening of the apron.

Your apron ties simply need the same treatment – stitch together with patterns facing inwards, turn inside out and flatten down seams and corners.  Now place the end into the handy gap you’ve left on the waist of your apron and stitch up, securing the tie in place.

Finally add ribbons to the top of the apron so you can tie around your neck OR pin into place and….

Put on, rock out, craft.  Finito! 

No photo of the finished product?  How terribly sneaky of me!  I’m keeping the final look under wraps until launch day but not to worry – check back next week for photos from the launch and the Crafternoon apron in all it’s glamorous glory!

Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © creativise
Please don’t use without asking and always link back to my blog


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