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1 My Patchwork Apron on Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:47 am



I made it using strips of material that I had they were twentyone and half inches in length each strip was different in width. I hand sewed the strips together and then ironed the seams flat. I used a piece of material to cover the back and sewed that right sides together leaving a gap to turn it right sides out. then I sewd up the gap and carefully ironed it before sewing down each strip to stop the ballon effect.

I used a piece of material that I liked for the pocket and sewed the embelishment to the corner then sewed the pocket in place.
Using some material that I had left over I made the waist band and ties. A four inch strip was wideenopugh to create a 2 inch waist band and ties by folding it in half.
I used a running stitch along the top of the apron and gathered it up then placed the apron in the centre of the waistband and ties and pinned it in place.
I carefully sewed the waistband and ties in place so it was really neat and hey presto one apron.

It took me 5 days as I hand sew and I enjoyed every minute of it. I have wanted a pretty apron for a while but they are so darned expensive to buy. This one cost me £1.50pence. I bought the matrial for the back of the apron it was in the reject bin and I got it for 50pence. The yellow material was bought as well. I can buy strips of material 4inches wide so if a metre of matial costs £10 I can get a strip for £1. They sell it like that for students as many need samples of material. People also buy it for patchworking as well. That way you can get a lot of material and not spend a fortune on it. The other material I had from other projects or was sent to me as a gift. So my apron was made for very little cost always a plus in my books.


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2 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:56 am

That's really cute Paula. I wish I could sew. You could be on to something there!

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3 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:19 am

Thanks Fe-Fe trust me I am seamstress in fact I came bottom of all sewing classes when I was a schol girl. My Mother gave up on me with sewing as well LOL. Now my Dads Mum was a seamstress but not me. I tend to make small things and the apron was the first big project I have done.


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4 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:29 am

If you saw the mess I made of sewing JJ's name labels on his clothes when he started school you'd know why I swapped to iron on ones as soon as I discovered them! lol

There's no way I'd even attempt an apron. My mum is good at sewing though, she used to make me dresses and stuff when I was little. I obviously didn't get any sewing genes from her. lol

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5 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:32 am

That is amazing Paula, and so economic. Good recycling of strips too. Well done.


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6 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:08 am

Thanks guys. I love to re-cycle stuff it gives things a new lease of life and gives me something I want as well.


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7 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:43 am

Thats fab Paula
I have a sewing machine now, just figure out how to use it! eek


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8 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:45 am

I would love one but no space to store it. If I did have one it would have to be very basic as I am hopeless at getting to grips with them, that is why I hand sew I am in control all the time. No problems threading it up or spools running out or getting the tension wrong I can do all that easily LOL. The last sewing machine I had was basic but I still managed to goof it.


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9 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:29 pm

What a fab use of spare material you had Paula...my daughter was looking for an apron for home economics and I went out and bought one...I wish I had thought of this as I have quite alot of bit'n'bobs of material in the house....any more great idea's??? xx

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10 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:11 pm

Love your apron Paula great use of those strips of fabric!


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11 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:29 am

That is fantastic...I can't sew for toffee and neither can my mum. Gran can sew wonderfully though...whenever we need anything mending we tend to take it to her!

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12 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:54 am

I want to make some other things from strips of material and thought of making cushion covers. They would be simple to do and use up spare material and colourful.


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13 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:51 am

cushion covers would look wonderful!
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14 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:02 pm

Well done paula - it is amazing that you hand stitched it - wow I am impressed. Smile Smile Smile

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15 Re: My Patchwork Apron on Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:31 am

Thanks I was not sure how it would turn out but it was ok in the end. I was surprised that it turned out as it did but then I always surprise myself at what I can do LOL


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