You might remember that for Mother’s Day I made my mom a ruffle apron. I read a few tutorials online, watched a few YouTube videos and practiced by sewing a mini-apron out of scraps of an old dress of mine. I think it fits the penguin quite nicely!
After the success of the mini-scrap apron, I was ready to sew the real thing! I used a tutorial from One More Moore (here) as my main source of guidance. The first step was to cut out the fabric. I am sure there are fancier and more accurate cutting tools but I used tailor’s chalk, measuring tape and the rotary cutter.
Here’s all my cut pieces (four ruffle pieces, a back piece, the waist band & two ties). I picked up this pretty (overpriced) fabric from one of the department stores here, Karstadt. I have since discovered the German version of Etsy, which is Dawanda where you can order fabric for better prices from sellers throughout Germany.
Second step, hem all the edges. I ironed 1/4in hem around all four sides of the back piece, as well as three of the sides of the ruffles. Leaving one long side of the ruffle pieces un-hemmed.
Sew up all the hems.
Fourth step, make the ruffle. If you don’t know how to make a ruffle, this is where you can watch a YouTube video on how to do it.
Line up all the ruffle pieces on the apron backing. I placed the top ruffle & bottom ruffle 1 1/2in from the top & bottom of the apron back edge. I then just evenly spaced the middle two ruffles until they looked good.
Sew on the ruffles.
Final steps were creating the ties. Take the waist band & fold over edges 1/4 inch. Don’t sew the hems yet.
Hem the ties & I made the end of my ties angled instead of just square.
This is where the sewing machine got tired and started making a squeaky noise (hint: time to clean & oil). I had to take out one of the stitches & re-sew one of the ties.
Pin the waist band & ties onto the main apron & sew.
Complete! Front & back views.
I then decided to model it…in workout clothes (my usual uniform).
I also made this apron for a friend’s birthday.
Now my ruffle apron sewing shop is open for business. Who wants one?!