Designer Jessica Lawson – aka the Hollywood Seamstress – has designed a pair of darling aprons; one for mom and one for a child. Not only are they great in the garden, but they are also right at home in the kitchen or craft room too.
I’m fortunate to have a garden. Like many of us, I’m spending a lot of time at home – so the flowers and veggie patch have been getting extra attention! My three-year-old daughter and I spend hours planting flowers, pulling weeds, and laying around in the shade once the work is done.
All this time in the garden together inspired my OLFA Creates project – an apron set, one for an adult and one for a child.
I wanted an apron that could hold my tools and phone without everything dumping out of my pockets whenever I bent down to pull a pesky weed. The deep bucket-shaped pockets with a gathered elastic top solve the problem. And the stretchy top makes it easy to get in the pockets without things spilling out. It’s both toddler and parent-friendly.
The aprons can be made out of a sturdy cotton canvas, denim, or another similar fabric.
All binding is quilters cotton.
1-yard ½” elastic
Be sure to pre-wash all of your fabrics to prevent color bleeds and shrinking.
OLFA tools needed:
- 45mm Rotary Cutter
- 24″ x 36″ Double-Sided Rotary Mat
- 6″ x 24″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6X24)
- 1.25″ x 12.5″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-1X12)
Fabric cutting directions:
- Apron Body: (1) 23” wide X 17” tall
- Pockets: (2) 14” wide X 12” tall
- Bias Binding
- Cut 62” of 2” wide bias. Fold in half vertically, wrong sides together. Press.
- Cut 100” of 2” wide bias. Fold and press into double fold bias tape.
- Apron Body: (1) 18” wide by 12” tall
- Pockets: (2) 11” wide by 10” tall
- Bias Binding
- Cut 41” of 2” wide bias. Fold in half vertically, wrong sides together. Press.
- Cut 64” of 2” wide bias. Fold and press into double fold bias tape.
NOTE: The instructions and photos below are for the child-size apron. Any pattern variations for the adult version are noted in italics.
Start with the apron body – press in half horizontally to find the center, then fold the top half down to meet the center. Press. Open up the apron and now fold in half vertically. Open it up and chalk mark down the creases. It should look like this:
These marks will help place the pockets later. Use good chalk or a washout fabric marker.
Next, mark and sew the pockets. Fold-down the top of the pocket ½”, press, then fold down half an inch again and press. ( 1” total has been folded into the casing). Mark a 2” x 2” square at both bottom corners ( 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” for the adult apron).
I use the OLFA Frosted Advantage Ruler for this part. Because it has the fancy frosted back, you can see the black lettering on my dark fabric.
Now let’s sew the bottom of our “bucket” pockets. Fold the square at the corner, as shown.
Stitch across the chalk line, making sure to backstitch at both ends.
Trim the seam to 1/2″, fold the seam allowance towards the middle of the pocket and topstitch down at 1/4”. This makes the pocket extra strong.
Press under 1/4″ all the way around the sides and bottom of the pocket.
Feed-in your 1/2″ elastic. I like to use a safety pin to feed the elastic through. Sew the elastic down at one end and gather to 6” ( 8” for the adult apron ).
Stitch the elastic in place at the other end and trim.
Now it’s time to place the pockets. With your chalk or fabric pen, mark a line 2” from the bottom of the apron. (Draw your line at 2 1/2” for the adult apron.)
Center your pocket in each half of the apron, lining the top up with your first chalk line, as shown above. The sides of the pocket may curve out a little, or you can line them up straight. Have fun with it!
The bottom of your pocket will start to curve when it reaches the dart we stitched in the “bucket” bottom, so don’t worry if the whole bottom seam of the pocket doesn’t touch your chalk line.
Topstitch the pocket to the apron at 1/8th inch seam allowance.
Do a strong backstitch at both the start and end of the pocket to really hold the elastic in place. I did a second tack at the top of mine since I used denim. Pro tip: If you have a topstitching foot, that really helps keep the stitching straight.
Go slow around the corners, you can do it!
All that’s left is the binding.
You will use the same method for both the child and adult aprons. Feel free to use your favorite binding method to finish off the apron and ties – I did a combination of single and double-fold.
I sewed the single fold on from the wrong side:
mitered the corners:
and then pressed the bias to the front for a quick topstitch.
Making the ties:
The ties are done similarly, but with a double fold piece of bias for a clean finish on the ties.
Ta-Da, the apron is done!
Give everything one final press and your aprons are ready for a day in the garden.
Post below with any comments or questions, and be sure to tag OLFAcreates and Hollywoodseamstress in your finished project post. I can’t wait to see what you make! Insert photo: Photo Apr 16, 12 23 48 PM.jpg
Learn more about Jessica and the Hollywood Seamstress in her interview here.