Monday, July 2, 2012

A Ruffly Apron

I have an apron obsession. I recently made an apron for a swap and it turned out super cute!

The theme was a ruffled apron...and we were linked to This Ruffled Apron tutorial for inspiration.

I originally pinned the blog post because of the Valentine's Tree and never scrolled down to see the apron tutorial! I can't believe I didn't scroll down.

I didn't follow the tutorial exactly when I made my apron. In fact, I didn't even read the tutorial. I looked at the picture and ...just went with it. I'm not that great at tutorials since I usually don't follow the directions when I sew. I just look at the pictures and the pieces ... and things usually turn out great :D Keep in mind, though, I've been sewing for 25 years. This sewing method is not one that should be used by someone just starting out LOL

I had a whole tutorial typed out on how you could make this cute apron.

But, in the spirit of keeping it real...

Y'all I looked at the picture and winged it.

If you can sew a straight line, and know how to gather, then you, too, have sufficient sewing skills to look at my picture and figure it out.

Just so that this post isn't a total waist of...cyberspace your time, here are a few sewing tips

1. Sew with your iron. After pinning your hem, press it. This makes it lay flat and will look far better. Before finishing your raw edges, press your seams. This again, will make things just lay better.

2. Snip and Rip. When you're sewing without a pattern and need strips of fabric, snip about an inch in to where you plan to cut...then rip the fabric. It will rip straight. I used this technique on my ruffly layers.

3. Ribbon! Instead of doing traditional apron strings, I use ribbon. It's fun. And, it doesn't require you to flip fabric inside out.

4. If you must flip fabric, or thread elastic, invest in a loop turner. I had no idea these even existed until I was complaining to my grandma about how much I hated flipping apron strings right side out. And I've been sewing for years. This is one of those sewing life changing tools. I just wish I knew where mine were...last time I saw them, they were being used in a sword fight...

5. the look...hate trying to do it on my machine.  If you have a serger, do a rolled hem around the edges of your applique. Then, stitch it down using your machine.

I'd love to hear some of your favorite sewing tips that made your life easier :)

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  1. Second the tip to "sew with your iron" because it makes such a big difference in the finished product. And now I'm going to have to look for a loop turner -- never heard of that one either! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  2. wow love your tips!!! I am not very savvy with the sewing machine, so this is awesome for me!!
    and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment, very very appreciated!!


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