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The Second DIY of Christmas: Hostess Apron

My sister is a queen bee hostess, and she's always wearing an apron when she hosts a party (she hosted both my bridal shower and my baby shower wearing adorable retro aprons). So, this year I decided to make her a new one that would hopefully enter the rotation with her vintage aprons.

If you have basic sewing skills, this is a super simple project. This apron took me a little over an hour to finish, but I'd set aside a block of two hours of time to get everything done.

 


 

Here's What You'll Need

  • A cute skirt that you no longer wear (I used one that I grabbed at a clothing exchange for this exact purpose)
  • Contrasting fabric for apron ties and/or pockets and trim
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board

To find out how to make it, read more.


Here's How to Do It

  1. Iron the skirt, and then carefully cut it down to about 1/3 of its original size. If you are not going to sew trim on the sides, you can actually leave it a bit larger. To be safe, start by cutting it in half, so you are only using the front half of the skirt, and then trim it down little by little.
  2. Since you are using a skirt, the top and bottom hems will already be finished. This means you only need to pin and finish the side hems. If you are going to use contrasting fabric for the sides, now is the time to cut the fabric out and sew it on the sides, over the raw edges.
  3. For a front pocket, cut out a rectangular piece of fabric using either the extra skirt fabric or the contrasting fabric (or using both, as I did here). Eight inches wide by five to six inches tall is a good size. Turn under the raw edges, pin onto the front of the skirt, and sew the sides and bottom, leaving the top of the pocket open.
  4. Now, using your contrasting fabric, cut out fabric for the sashes. For a fanciful look, you can cut out long sashes, like I did. Or, for a more utilitarian look, simply cut out fabric long enough to tie in back.
  5. Iron the edges of each sash. Then, tuck the raw edges under and iron again.
  6. Repeat with the second sash.
  7. Pin the sashes onto the edges of the apron. You can sew the sashes onto the front of the apron, for more contrast, and using a decorative stitch, or pin them in the back of the apron to conceal the edges.
  8. Finish sewing, trim loose threads, and you're done!
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