How to Make a Pinup Apron (from Table Scraps!)

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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My lovely model is showing off the pinup apron made from...table scraps!
Fold the apron in half right sides together, and sew a 2-inch seam 3 inches from the fold.
Flatten the pleat. This is shown from the wrong side of the apron skirt.
My lovely model is showing off the pinup apron made from...table scraps!

My lovely model is showing off the pinup apron made from...table scraps!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

If you want to recycle some napkins and place mats, try turning them into this vintage pinup apron!

Supplies:

  • Two napkins
  • One matching place mat
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for ties

Prep:
1. Iron your place mat and napkins.

2. Cut your place mat in half widthwise. Set one half aside. This will be the top of your apron.

3. From one napkin, cut off both sides and the top seams or miters so you have three unfinished edges and one finished edge. This will be your skirt front piece.

4. Repeat step 3 for the second napkin. Next, cut the napkin in half lengthwise so you have two pieces with three unfinished edges and one finished edge. These will be your skirt back/side pieces.

Instructions:
(The seam allowance is 1/2 inch unless otherwise noted.)

1. Pin your back/side pieces right sides together with your skirt front piece. Match your raw edges and your finished edge. Sew together. Finish both seams with a three-step zigzag stitch. Press the seams to the outside of the apron (in opposite directions away from each other). You now have one complete apron skirt piece.

2. Fold the apron skirt piece right sides together. Place a pin 3 inches from the center fold. At this 3-inch mark, sew down 2 inches. Open the apron and center the pleat seam on the center of the fold material.


Fold the apron in half right sides together and sew a 2-inch seam 3 inches from the fold.

3. Fold the right sides together at each side seam. Place a pin 2 inches from the seam/fold. Sew 2 inches down as you did for the center pleat. Pin the pleat material in the same manner you did for the center pleat.


Flatten the pleat. This is shown from the wrong side of the apron skirt.


Pin the flattened pleat. This is shown from the right side of the apron skirt.

4. Staystitch across the top of the apron at 1/2 inch, securing the pleats and preventing the rest of the apron from stretching or warping.

5. Finish both side raw edges with a three-step zigzag. Fold to the wrong side of the apron 1 inch. Stitch in place 3/4 inch away from the fold.


Finish the edges of the apron skirt with a three-step zigzag. Fold to the wrong side of the skirt 1 inch and stitch in place using a 3/4-inch seam allowance.

6. Center the place mat on the apron skirt. Pin in place. Sew using a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Finish the raw edge and press the seam down. Set aside.


Center the cut place mat on the apron skirt. Stitch in place using a 5/8-inch seam allowance.

7. From your coordinating fabric, cut two strips 9 inches wide by the width of the fabric. Fold the strips in half right sides together, and stitch along the raw edge. Sew diagonally at the end for a pointed tie end. Trim the edges and corners, then turn right side out. Press.

8. On the wrong side of the apron, pin the tie to the apron skirt as shown.


Pin the tie ends to the wrong side of the apron skirt edge. Stitch in place following the 3/4-inch seam.

9. Open the seam and topstitch from the right side of the apron 1/4 inch away from the apron edge until just past the end of the tie. Topstitch across the apron skirt at 1/2 inch.


Bring the tie to the side of the apron and topstitch 1/4 inch from the edge of the apron skirt.

10. To hold the top up, you can use cute safety pins or topstitch ribbon in place to tie it around your neck. Or, if your place mat was like mine, the stabilizer that is inside the place mat will do the job all by itself!

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