Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Apron Bottle Cover Tutorial...

Can you believe it?...
I'm finally getting around
 to doing a tutorial on my 
apron water bottle/soda covers.
I have had sooo many requests 
for this tutorial ever since 
I started my blog...
today it feels good 
to finally be doing it:)

I can't tell you how many of 
these little cuties 
that I've sewn over the years...
well into the hundreds I'm sure.

I first posted about them 
a long time ago...
if you are new to my blog...
you can read all about them
by clicking 

 For my aprons today...
 I chose to use two cute 
japanese fabrics from my stash. 

It just takes 
1 - 6" square of fabric
 for one apron...
and 2 - 1 1/2"x 3 1/2" 
 for the pockets.
 But I usually make more 
than one at a time...
and today I am making 4!

If you want to make them with me...
you will need my pattern so 
here is a free download!

All you will need to make 4 aprons are...
2 - 10" squares of fabric that coordinate
4 yards of 1/4" bias tape (double fold)
Thread to match bias tape.
I think this is a great way to 
use up leftover 10" squares:)

I like to trace my aprons and pockets
 onto freezer paper and iron them 
onto the fabric so that 
I don't need to use pins.
I think sometimes the pins can 
distort small fabric pieces
 and this way I can get a
 more accurate cut.

Cut 2 aprons and 4 pockets 
out of one square and peel off
 the freezer paper...

Iron the freezer paper patterns
 onto the other square and
 cut out two more aprons 
and 4 more pockets.

Each apron uses one yard of bias tape.

Now you're ready to roll!
Using one yard of the bias tape...
cut a 2" long piece...
a 10" long piece...
and fold the remaining in half and
 place a pin in the center.

*NOTE - When sewing with double folded 
bias tape, use matching thread an
 remember that the shorter side of 
the fold always goes on the top.

Step 1:
Fold the 2" piece over the top of the apron. You won't need to pin...
just go ahead and top stitch into place
 about 1/8" from the edge of the bias tape.
No backstitching needed at this point.
Step 2:
Fold the 10" piece of bias tape around the bottom curved edge of the apron.
Topstitch into place. 
Again, do not add bulk by backstitching.

Trim the ends of the bias tape even with the edges of the apron.

Step 3:
Pin the remaining piece of bias tape
 onto the top side and bottom side corners
 of apron...folding it around the
 inside curves when pinning.
Leave a loop long enough at the top
 for the neck of the apron.
(refer to the download pattern to see
 how big to make the loop)

Now go ahead and topstitch the bias tape together starting at the end of the 
left apron tie and continue stitching.

 When you reach each pin...remove it and continue stitching the bias tape to the inside curves of the apron...continue on stitching the neck...then the next inside curve and on until you reach the end of the right apron tie.
Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning 
and end of each tie.

Finished apron without pockets:)

Now for the pockets...
Press each pocket in half with
 right sides together.
 It should now measure 1 1/2" x 1 3/4".
Press about 1/4" under the 3 raw edges 
leaving the folded edge for the 
top of the pocket.

Pin the pockets onto the apron front
 and topstitch into place...leaving the top folded edge of pocket unstitched.

Use your stylus or small pointy scissors
 to keep the seam allowances turned under
 while stitching.
Don't forget to backstitch!

Completed apron with pockets:)

Now tie it on your soda or water bottle and place a straw in one of the pockets!

In the other pocket you could put a love note...or a cute little candy...or their name for a place setting:)
I have done that for a luncheons.

You could make the pockets a little larger to hold what you want...I've done that too!

Or you can fussy cut the fabric
 so that the pockets match 
like I did with the cherries:)

This Coca Cola bottle looked 
little bit naked to me...

So I made her an apron using my 
Sew Cherry fabric.

And 3 makes a party!!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and
 that you have fun making a few aprons 
for yourself and your
 apron lovin' friends:)


Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you for the pattern and tutorial. Unfortunatly, I don't have a facebook account so I am unable to download the pattern. I think I can figure it out from all the great photos!
Thanks again,

Cristina said...

Love it. Great tutorial!

Cristina said...

Love it! Great tutorial.

BeachQuilter said...

What a darling idea and a great tutorial! Is there anyway to obtain the pattern without having a facebook account?

Anonymous said...

These could NOT be cuter! Good seamstressing :) Love the fat quarters in the above post, too. Got me some from Cath Kidston this past week. btw, I'm visiting via Vintage Thingie Thursday~

carol said...

love all the pink and grey very pretty and charming

Micupoftea said...

Too cute...love it! So many possibilities! Thanks for the tut, nice pics~ Fun blog. :)

Sharon said...

Love the aprons Lori!

collettakay said...

I featured this post on my Misc. Finds Monday post :)

You can see it here:



Anna said...

It's a original work
A hug

Anonymous said...

My mother had these in the 50s....glad to see them back!!!

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