For Christmas I decided that all the women in my family needed to have an apron. I spent many nights up past midnight working up to the last minute getting 7 aprons done by Christmas for my family. It took an entire season of Project Runway (for inspiration) streaming through Hulu, a Rachel Ray talk show, and and episode of Modern Family (both watched while I was ironing 50+ strips of fabric).
I was so happy at how they turned out. Each of the colors matched their personalities or kitchen or was their favorite color. They all seemed to like them very much. We may even plan a cooking day this spring or summer to get all the ladies together and put our aprons to good use.
I learned a lot after finishing 7 aprons.
1. Don’t put off till later what you can do in small batches now! It really did take an entire season of Project Runway to finish these. I bet I could have done one a night on 7 different nights if I had started earlier than the week before Christmas. As it was, I made them all in about 3 days.
2. Use the top of the pant leg as the top of the apron. The thigh is wider on most pants than the ankle. I think some of them ended up too skinny on the top.
3. Use bigger sized jeans than what you think the apron wearer wears. It’s nicer to have a bigger apron covering your clothes, so I’ll go with bigger sizes next time. Because all of my nieces are super skinny, it worked out okay this time.
4. Use a smaller neck strap than I think I should use. Every single one of them had to tie a knot in the back of their neck strap to make the apron fit right.
5. I still don’t know how to make corners neat. I’m getting better, but I still don’t know how to polish everything up yet.
If you’re new to sewing and want to try something really fun, start out with this project. It’s so fun and practical. I use my apron all the time.