With leftover scraps, you can make an adorable apron to gift to a lucky friend, whether it be for a birthday, the holiday season, or just because! If it’s a holiday gift, you could make this apron in holiday colors, but more general fabric can be used all year long. Our friends at Westcott bring you this super easy, super cute apron sewing pattern.
Scrappy Patchwork Apron Pattern
- Westcott ExtremEdge Adjustable Tension Titanium Bonded Scissors, 9”
- Westcott Craft Self Healing Cutting Mat, 12″ x 18″
- Cotton Fabric Scraps (enough to cut out 14 rectangles that are 4.5” x 18”)
- Satin Blanket Binding
- Sewing Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Stick Pins
- Iron & Ironing Board
1) Select a variety of fabrics that compliment each other. In this case we chose 7 different fabrics.
2) Lay the fabric onto the cutting mat, lining up the raw edges. Using the mat as a guide, cut through all the layers of fabric at once. You are going to cut 14 rectangular strips of fabric that measure 4.5” x 18”. The Westcott ExtremEdge Scissors are perfect for cutting through multiple layers of fabric at once and feature adjustable tension for your cutting comfort!
3) Stitch the strips together with a ½” seam allowance and iron the seams flat. Then cut the blanket binding to your desired length, depending on the size you want your bow to be in the back.
4) Hem the bottom and sides of the sewn panel. To create the gathers for the waistband, sew three parallel rows of basting stitches along the remaining raw edge of the panel. Be sure to leave the threads long at the beginning and end of each row, and do not backstitch. Pull on the threads to gather the fabric to your desired width. For our apron, we gathered to a width of 23”. Tie knots on the loose threads to secure the width then even out the gathers by working through with your fingers. Press the gathers flat. Fold, press and tuck under the raw ends of the blanket binding. Pin the blanket binding over the gathered section (be sure to center the two) and stitch the two pieces together, running your stitching all the way down the length of the blanket binding. And lastly, stitch the ends of the blanket binding closed.
Do you keep your fabric scraps? Let us know below in the comments!
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