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Sewing an Apron

Emmeline Apron Side B
Kristen Valenti

Have you noticed? Aprons are back in style! From vintage to modern, for men and women, and children and dolls, everyone is wearing an apron! And some are so cute that they should be a dress. If you would like to have a wardrobe of great aprons, it's as easy as can be, with many sites dedicated to this craft and fabrics galore! If you're a beginner, have no fear. There are sites for you too!

Do you want to sew an apron in 15 minutes? Check out Sewing 4 Dummies and once you've read through the tutorial and laid out your fabric, your apron can be completed in 15 minutes. This is an easy apron based on your measurements and uses cotton webbing for the waistband and neck, which cuts your sewing time to a minimum. It's a simple shape apron with no frills or darts and a good style format. If you feel uneasy about your sewing skills, this site also offers a free 6 week sewing course so you can brush up on your technique.

For the more adventurous, TipNut offers 50 Free Apron Patterns You Can Make and some of these are just beautiful. For the half-apron lover, there are fun and funky retro styles, glamour styles, a few made with vintage handkerchief's, one with potholders attached, and of course, some practical styles.The full-apron patterns show you how to convert a man's shirt, has smock designs, mother-daughter sets, and a bath towel version. There are men's aprons (gardener and cook), fun play styles for girls (nurse, tea server, and cleaning house) a sick-bed apron, and a Father & Son barbecue set.

My Byrd House is a blog with loads of apron patterns and tutorials and includes a Japanese apron. Sew Aprons on Pinterest has a great collection and you can get lost for hours researching this topic. Another Pinterest site that's good comes complete with matching chef hats!

How to Sew: Sew a Basic Apron video is also good for beginners. It details everything you need to do and is very easy. also has a one yard apron to make and is simple to sew.

Ebay, of course, has tons of patterns and most are "Buy it Now" so you don't have to bid. The prices are a lot less than in the fabric stores and there usually is a great selection.

One more site to explore is Tip Junkie where you will find a "no-sew" apron made from a bandanna that uses heat-bond instead of sewing. Nothing could be simpler!

And speaking of fabric, check out JoAnn Fabrics or Hobby Lobby for a great selection of cottons and blends.

So, are you ready to dive in and make some aprons? These are a good project for beginners and also just might pique your interest in sewing something else. Check out the sites. There is sure to be a style that you love and want to make!

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