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Monday, September 6, 2010

Creating a Cute Apron with Leftover Fabric

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After the two wingchairs I found at the side of the road sale were slip covered in antique ticking I found that I still had tons of fabric left.

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There were a few areas on the fabric that no matter how hard I tried to remove the rust spots, they never completely faded away. I thought about how I could use these pieces of fabric. An apron seemed like a good choice because in all honesty, I am a bit clumsy when cooking.

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It never fails that I splatter something on myself when whipping up something in the kitchen. Which is why I always wear an apron. A few spots wouldn’t really hurt as they would probably appear soon anyways. Now here’s the part where I make you cranky. I didn’t use a pattern. I just kind of followed the shape of another apron I had.

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I like bib aprons and made this apron a bit more feminine with some bust seaming and a bit of gathering. I then took double folded bias tape (available at any sewing store) and pinned it on to the upper edge.

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I used decorative stitching to attach the tape. (I apologize for the brightness of the photo.) Then I attached the bodice to a pleated half skirt.

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I then took more bias tape and custom fit it around my neck so the apron would sit exactly where I needed it to.

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This is what the finished upper bodice look liked. The floral pin was leftover from when I created a few designs for my ticking pillows. It didn’t make the cut for the pillows, but I thought it worked perfectly here. 

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I then took a 4 inch wide strip of ticking fabric and gave it a 1/2” double folded hem. This was for the bottom ruffle. At the top of the fabric I set my machine to the widest straight stitch and sewed two rows (this is necessary for thicker fabric) that I could then pull to create a ruffle.

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Once the fabric was gathered to fit the skirt I attached  the two pieces together. You can somewhat see the rust spots when you are THISCLOSE, but from a regular standing distance they are hardly visible.

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For the apron strings I knew I wanted extra long ties that I could wrap back to front. Professional chefs often wear aprons tied in this manner and I too find it more comfortable. I was looking for a special way I could incorporate the red initials that were originally found on the ticking material and thought they would look good on the end of one of the ties.

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Of course you might be thinking “But the “EB” initials aren’t your initials.”. Well sure they are, if you think outside the box.

Enthusiastic Baker

Exceptionally Blessed

Excellent Bather

Now that I’ve made you smile, I think my work here is done for the day.

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Happy Day from an Entertaining Blogger (shown with Extramoist Bananabread.)



Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a precious apron, Laura. I love it. I like the way you topstitched the bias edging. So cute!! And that banana bread sounds delicious. I was just thinking of making some myself. Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day. Love & blessings from NC!

Richella said...

This is ADORABLE! And you are adorable wearing it! Very, very cute.

I found you via It's So Very Cheri. Glad I did!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are toooooooooooo CUTE!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE the photos!!! And that APRON is JUST ADORABLE! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

French Basketeer said...

"E"njoy "B"aking in your adorable new apron, Laura, it's perfect!

Love the Decor! said...

You are so adorable!! Love the EB ideas
Darling apron and great use of repurposing fabrics
Have a great day!!

Brie said...

Very cute! Your EB titles cracked me up :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Labor Day Laura Sweetie...
Oh my gosh, I LOVE this little apron that you made. It is so darn cute, and ofcourse no pattern. You are so creative.

I love your photo, don't you look like June Cleaver? Ha! Ha! It did make me smile, you are such a bundle of energy. Just precious sweetie.

Thank you for sharing, and banana bread did you say? Oh my that is it, I will be right over. I can't stand anymore.

Many hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! You cute little thing, you! OH, what a precious apron you've made! I like the bibbed kind too! Now your banana bread sounds lovely! Hope you're not cooking your pretty littel head off! :)
Happy Labor Day.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a darling apron...that must be a fancy machine you own that does the decorative stitching. You are so adorable. I'm headed to read your post on those wing backs. I have a wing back that is in desperate need of a slip cover and I have been thinking about doing it in pillow ticking. You have so inspired me!

Amy said...

You are so cute!

I keep saying 'I'm gonna learn how to sew..' It's been about 5 years

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Hi Laura,
I just found your blog today! Fabulous! I love it! I am your newest follower!
Angie xo

Kit said...

You crack me up! What a great blog. And your apron is so sweet! Great Job! Kit

Vanessa said...

Hi Laura! Thank you so much for coming over to leave a sweet comment on my blog! I love yours and can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations. That apron is adorable and the last picture was great! :-)

Lisa said...

Adorable apron Laura! I too ultimately splatter myself while cooking mostly while wearing anything WHITE! Wish I had the skills to make a few myself! Great colors and patterns you used.

DesignTies said...

Great way to put the leftover ticking to good use, even with the rust spots :-)

I'm pretty sloppy when I'm cooking -- my whole kitchen could use an apron!! ;-)


BonjourRomance said...

Marvelous post Laura. The apron is adorable, and that last pose was perfect.
I think your week is off to a great start,

Jeannine said...

Very cute! I love making up my own apron patterns too.

Becolorful said...

How cute are you. I don't cook but it would be fun to rock that apron so I look like I do. :)
I'd love it if you'd share it over at Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

Privet and Holly said...

Betty Crocker,
WHAT have you done
with our Laura???
If you find her,
tell her that this
apron is adorable
and that the wing
chairs look brilliant
with their re-do!!!
What an Enviable
Blogger she is : ) !
xx Suzanne

Leilaluna said...


Craftymoose Crafts said...

Exceptional Blog post, as usual, Laura! Happy baking in that spiffy apron!

the cape on the corner said...

well only an Effervescent Bubbly Expert Baker would have such a snazzy and ladylike apron! love the ruffled edges, so sweet.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I'm an apron wearer too and a very messy baker! Your apron is darling with that ruffle and the very cute topstitching on the binding. I love ticking...just something about it that is cozy!


designlove-cynthia said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! Your apron and photos are very cute!!!


blesid said...

I want you to adopt me, but I may be too old ...
I had so much fun clicking around on your blog. So much fun that you need to send some of that banana bread so my children can have dinner. I'm your newest follower!!! Jules from bles-id

Sandy said...

Such a cute photo of you wearing your very nice apron.. I love the fabrics you used! Inventive!
Laura, Thank you for your visit to my blog today and no, my niece has not made Labor day.. poor girl is so unhappy today but her doctor said "If she has not gone into labor by her visit on Tuesday, he will take her in"...
I do hope your weekend was fun..

Bettyann said...

what a cutie the apron..thanks you made me smile..

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very cute apron, Laura, and you look lovely modeling it!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Love it! The ruffle on the bottom is so girly and great!

Karen said...

"Enlivened" the "B"logoshere with your talents and your adorable pictures! Well done Laura!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'm still in awe of ticking chairs and now the sweet apron, love your pictures with you modeling it!


Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

You couldn't be any cuter! Such a fun post. We have really pretty juice glasses from france with the letter N on them. We are always trying to come up with something for them.

Andrea said...

Cute apron! I should really wear an apron more regularly. Perhaps if I made a cute one like you did, I'd be more likely to wear it =)

Iris said...

You're a "Stepford Wive"! I knew it! Bet you can also whip up a dinner party for 12 with thirty minutes notice (and we are not talking pigs-in-a-blanket here.)

April said...

Beautiful! You look positively stunning in that top picture.
I love this project! I have been daydreaming of making aprons from old skirts, and you just inspired a project, for which I thank you!
My hubby is going to be glad to see my "everyday" apron become a bit more FEMININE, too.
Happy day to you!

TRay said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the apron!!! Love it!! You could also be an "E"gg "B"eater!!!


Jingle said...

This is absolutely adorable!!!

Hollace said...

Very cute apron and you are cute, too, having fun in it. I love ticking, myself.

Tauni said...

What a cute apron...I am always looking for things to use those random odds and ends I still have floating around.

Lisa said...

Now don't you look snazzy!

Lanette of Cottage Elements said...

How cute are you! And what an adorable apron. I love aprons, but I'm a terrible cook. Might have to work at it a little, just so I can wear an apron :)

Cat said...

Love It !!!
Awesome job Laura.. said...


The apron is almost as sweet as my Extraordinary, Beautiful friend that created it!


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

the blossom at the top just makes it!
A friday favorite for sure :-)

nancycreative said...

What a cute apron! I'll need to try that!

Moogie said...

I'm your newest happy follower.

Jerri said...

What a lovely apron! Great job!

Monica@The White Bench said...

Hello Laura,
I'm terribly late in returning you a comment, so please my apologies.
I made an apron very similar to this one some time ago, you can have a look at my blog should you fancy to see it... great minds think alike!;))
And you sport it fabulously!