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Monday, June 6, 2011

Vintage Pillowcase Apron Tutorial

About three years ago I had seen a darling apron made from vintage pillowcases. I put the image into my style file and there it sat until this last weekend.


In cleaning out my sewing closet I came across my great grandmothers handiwork and decided that there would never be a better time than the present to create my own apron. I decided to videotape my efforts so that I could create a tutorial for you.

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This segment shows how to create the pillowcase layer and sew on the second row.

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The finished product and a few tips. (I have no idea why the quality of the video is a bit off. Apologies.)

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Last but not least, a blooper for a happy day.

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Here is a close up of the lace covered waistband.

apron 001

I love the soft gathers on each row.

apron 003

Do you have a few pillowcases that you could repurpose?

apron 002

Happy sewing!



Theresa said...

I would want to wear that everywhere! It's even more special because they were your great grandmothers handmade pillow cases. This is so sweet Laura, thank you for the tutorial! t.xoxo

The French Bear said...

Wonderful! Loved the tutorial, even the blooper!
I will have to give it a try.....maybe make some for my granddaughters who are always helping me bake.
Margaret B

Vicki said...

What a great idea! I think I could make those from my daughters/daughters-in-love. They would love them.

Gracie's Cottage said...



Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

No questions, Laura, just wanted to tell you that it turned out really lovely. I think it's a great idea especially for those you have some of their mother's or grandmother's linens. Also, love your header color for June!

Deanna said...

i LOVED this!!!!!!
absolutely loved this!!!

if i can get my act together....i just might try really hard to create one.

so glad i stopped by today and saw the videos.

have a great summer.
happy day to you,

ImagiMeri said...

You are so stinkin' adorable Miss Laura! When are we gonna' get together again? I've got my summer giveaway goin' on right now, so stop by to leave a comment and if you wouldn't mind posting my button and link, I'd appreciate it.

Big Hugs & Love,

laxsupermom said...

I love this! Such a beautiful inspiration pic, and you did an amazing job with your apron! What an absolute treasure to be able to wear an apron made from your grandmother's embroidery! Thanks for sharing. said...


This apron is beautiful and even more special because it was made with your grandmother's hands as well as your own. I would embroider your grandmother's name on one tie and yours on the other.

Your Friend,

Treasure the time with your Sweet Boy. He will be a man all too soon.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Love this idea since I have some pillow cases from the grandmother in law! They don't match the beds so this would be something good to use them!

BluBabesCreate said...

We make pillowcase dresses and a pillowcase skirt for mom on Mother's Day. All from vintage pillowcases. unfortunately, with 5 kids I need sturdier aprons. Oh, but when they get older this project will be fun!

Teresa said...

I've been a lousy friend but last week made hell look like Disneyland at the office.
I loved your last posts and your blog June's design - France Province tones.
Do people still use aprons? If they don't this tutorial will make them reconsider it, I'm sure...
Thank you Dear and I'm in love with your fresh, girly and so young voice.
Treasure your kids, summer and your breaks from computer time.

{northern cottage} said...

love love love love it - vintagey and beautiful. I have to scrounge up some of my vintage linens for this!

Mrs. Santos said...

Very Cute! I shared the link to your site with my mother who loves to sew. Thank you for posting.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

This is GREAT! I found a bunch of pillow cases at the flea market for cheap, there is whole in the case, but the embroidery is perfect, now I know what I am going to do with them!!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BEAUTIFUL! What a gorgeous apron. More like something to wear to a formal affair than the kitchen.
I love it!
This would make a fabulous shower gift.

The Pennington Point said...

Oh Laura it's adorable! I have a bunch of vintage pillowcases and now I know what I can do with them. You're so clever. Lisa~

martinealison said...

Magnifique travail... Toutes mes félicitations.
Gros bisous.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are simply amazing!! This is GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Janlynn said...

So beautiful. I love it. I have pinned this.

Sheri, Jess, and Nel said...

I wanted to let you know that we recently did a post about Greece. I know you've had travel pictures before on your blog, and I think you'll enjoy it. It's the post after Duck Pond. Have a beautiful day. I enjoy looking at all the pictures on your Blog.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Linda said...

How sweet! I love aprons. :)

Amy said...

I would want to wear that everyday, and then I would end up being too afraid to actually cook in it. So I would probably just pretend I forgot to take it off and then wear it on errands for the whole world to see! Love it!!!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Gorgeous apron! I love how frilly and girly it is. My aprons get way too messy to wear one like that, but maybe it would make a nice special-occasion dress for my little girl...

blessedmom's simple home said...

Great idea and tutorial. I love your outtake too :-) You have the sweetest voice!

5th and state said...

even i could do that! you are so clever

ps; LOVE your new look!

Bloggymom said...

LOVE the apron!!

I wanted to also comment on your previous post about art. I teach my son homeschool and we have (formal and informal) art lessons every week. I was an art major in college and I love teaching my son about the "greats". The art you posted is some of my all time favorites.

Thanks for giving me goose bumps tonight.

Terri said...

Great idea! Your tut is fab and I love the blooper clip! (I have tons of blooper cuttings from all my tuts!) What a beautiful way to preserve the work of your grandmother!

April said...

hi laura,
this is simply adorable. those snippets of handwork you used are gorgeous, and it is so pretty combined all together! great job! (i believe in lots of pins too--though the low patience level is a bit at war with the concept!)
thanks for the instructions!
happy summer--hope you and the kids are enjoying each other and the time!

lcm @ Those Crafty Sisters said...

Hi, I love your apron and just wanted to let you know I included it in a post on my blog at Thanks, and thanks for sharing your videos!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your so cute Laura!
And your apron is a piece of art, what a treasure.
Wonderful my friend,