TUTORIAL: Apron with a Pocket

It’s so much fun to make an apron! Or two or four.
They’re a quick sew.
There are endless options.
They make great gifts.

They look cute from both the front and the back.

And mostly, I just love an excuse to use one of my favorite prints from the BLUSH fabric collection—Dutch Blooms.
Ahhhh! I want to sew this fabric into everything. And this print works great for an apron, because it really shows off that retro flower design.
(Parfait Pouch–zipper pouch—HERE)

So let’s make aprons!
We’ll make a Basic Apron first, and then we’ll add a pocket.

FABRIC
Start by picking a fun fabric. Isn’t that the best part of any project?? (Well, other than seeing the finished product.)

• You need appx 1 yard of fabric.
• Use a variety of fabric types: Quilting Cotton, Dishtowels, Lightweight Terry Cloth

DIMENSIONS
Cut the following pieces in these general sizes.
Apron Skirt:
Adult – Cut 1 piece, 34″ x 20″
Child – Cut 1 piece, 26″ x 16″
Apron Waistband:
Adult – Cut 2 pieces, 40″ x 5″ and piece them together to make one long 80″ x 5″ strip (see video below).
Child – Cut 2 pieces, 35″ x 4″ and piece them together.

If you’re using a fun gingham print or something that looks awesome on the diagonal—you can cut your pieces on the bias! (Find out more about cutting on the Bias HERE.)  For my gingham apron, I cut the waistband and pocket pieces on the bias, but left the skirt on the grain. Do what feels “right” to you!

Okay, we’re ready to sew!
I’ve compiled all the steps into one of my videos. Just hit the play button on the image below. (Or, if it isn’t showing, you can watch it HERE).
And then continue below for the Pocket Tutorial…..


ADD A POCKET

With your apron sewn, let’s add a pocket!
There are SO many ways you could do this. I’ll show you a couple options to get your wheels spinning.

BASIC POCKET (refer to photos below):
Finished Dimensions – 6″ W x 7.5″ L (Adult) • 5″ W x 6″ L (Child)

• Cut a piece of fabric – 6.5″ x 9″ (Adult) or  5.5 ” x 7.5″ (Child)
• Press the top of the fabric UNDER a 1/2 inch, to the wrong side of the fabric.
• Then flip the fabric over and press it OVER 1 inch to the right side of the fabric.
• Sew a basting stitch (a temporary stitch that won’t be seen later) around the pocket. Start at the top of one side, sew down the side, around the bottom, and back up the other side, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Do not sew across the top folded edge (see the middle 3 photos below). This is such a fun trick for getting great folded edges around your pocket!
• Now turn the top of the pocket right side out, and the sides will naturally want to fold in. Use the iron to press the sides and bottom edges over to the wrong side of the fabric (press them over just past the visible stitching—the stitch line works as a guide to help you get an even press all the way around the pocket).
• Finally, topstitch across the top of the pocket, 1/8 inch away from the edge of the first fold.

• Now sew your pocket to your apron! Simply pick a spot on the left or right of the apron skirt that feels right to you. Pin the pocket onto the apron, and sew around the sides/bottom, 1/8 inch from the edges.

OR….try out some options! It might be fun to embellish the pocket with some bias tape trim sewn across the top. Or you could sew a fun patch onto the pocket, applique, embroidery. Tons of choices.

And there you go! One adorable apron.

Of course you know I can’t stop there. I LOVE OPTIONS.
So, one more idea is to make a Piping Pocket. I’ve shown you how to do this before on  a pair of shorts:

And on pillows:
And in a video here.
It just adds that fun pop of color around a project.


PIPING POCKET (refer to photos below):
• Cut two pockets pieces appx 6.5″ x 9″ (or  5.5 ” x 7.5″ for Child size, or ANY size you want!). One piece is the outer pocket; one is the lining. Trace around a cup at the bottom corners to get curved edges, if you’d like.
• Press the top edges (of the outer pocket, and lining pocket) under a 1/2 inch (this will help in a later step, when sewing the top closed)
• Create your own Piping HERE or use store-bought piping. You need 3/4 of a yard—about 25 inches.

• Start with the outer pocket piece. Line up the the raw edge of the piping with the raw edge of the pocket, and sew it in place using your zipper foot attachment (or use a piping foot if you have one! More info in my Piping video here).
• When you’re done, the piping will naturally pull the edges of the pocket under. You could simply hem the top of the pocket and sew the pocket onto your apron as-is….but I like to polish it off with a lining.
• Grab the lining pocket piece, lay it over the outer pocket, with right sides together. And stitch around the piping again, still using your zipper foot.
• Tuck the tops of the pocket IN to the pocket, and sew the top closed.
• Place the pocket on your apron, pin it in place, and sew the pocket in place! You can use your zipper foot again for this, or a standard foot. I like to sew as close as I can to the piping, so I get that stitch-in-the-ditch look.

Whichever pocket you choose, you’ll have a stylish looking apron.
As I said in the video, don’t judge if you see me around town, wearing my apron like it’s a new trend.
Maybe I’ll make it a trend!

And if you have any leftover bias strips, don’t toss them out! Pull those babies through the bias tape maker, and make some bias tape! Of course it looks cuter with a little scrap paper glued to cardboard. Hey, you could gift that, along with an apron, to your sewing friend for their future projects. In fact, throw some bias tape IN the pocket!
PERFECT.Now have fun dreaming up all sorts of apron variations. This version is uber simple—just a store-bought placemat, with bias tape sandwiched around the top. No gathering stitches needed!

And I’ve rambled long enough, that now I’m ready for lunch.
Happy sewing and lunching!

VIDEO + FREE PRINTABLES: Vinyl Party Bag

Happy (almost) New Year, friends! I hope you’re having a great holiday season.
We’ve been busy bustling around, and also chilling on the couch.
Both of which make life complete.

And now I’m totally itching to sew! You too?
Maybe you got a sewing machine for Christmas?? Or you want to learn a new skill? Or you just love all things fun and bright?
Then this video is for you.
Let’s make vinyl bags!

I’ll share tons ‘o tips and tricks for sewing with vinyl—it’s one of my favorite fabrics.

And these bags are awesome because you can sew your own piece of artwork inside. Or your favorite quote. Or your favorite left-over scrap of wrapping paper. The sky (or the party) is the limit.

Today, we’re making a PARTY BAG.
Cause in the words of Prince:

Download our FREE PRINTABLE DESIGNS here:
Come to Party
– 8.5 x 11 LETTER size
Come to Party 
– 11 x 17 LEDGER size
We All Scream
– 8.5 x 11 LETTER size (2 designs)
Okay, let’s sew! You can WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
Or just press the play button on the image below:

Dyeing Fabric

Looking back at baby Clara kills me every time. How does the human body grow from that tiny thing, to a 6 year-old who wants to dye her hair blue??? Heyyyyy…..heyyyyy….maybe we’re on to something here?

I did spend a lot of time dyeing her baby onesies.
And she did spend some time wearing those onesies.
Maybe there’s a strange telepathic-osmosis love for dyeing things??
Or maybe she’s just a spunky girl who loves color as much as I do.

Either way, dyeing fabric is super fun and can be super easy.
I just use a bowl, and some gloves.  And it’s always an adventure.

I’ve used this technique for a variety of fabrics and elastic over the years (which looks super cute on a circle skirt).

And when Owen wanted to be Nick Wilde from Zootopia a couple years ago…..well I couldn’t find a green shirt in the store. So bada-boom, bada-bang.
Green dye = green shirt.

Of course, dressing Clara up in the 9 different onesies I had dyed around Easter time is probably one of my favorite uses of the technique.
In goes the egg….

Out comes the fun….

Ready to dye fabric??
Just press the play button below and enjoy.
(Or if you don’t see it, you can WATCH IT HERE.)

And when you’re done, add a cute little stencil on top:

Check out this post for the details.