Simple DIY Linen Apron

Thrifty Thursday

Maybe you have noticed my Zesty green apron that I have been rocking for many of our recipe posts.  As with most Zesty things, it began as a thrift store find that quickly turned into a DIY.  I mean can you blame me?  Who could resist playing with flax colored linen and lime green honeycomb?  In fact, my little project turned out so easy and cute that I thought it was a must to share with you for a Thrifty Thursday.

Sewing, easy?  Yes!  If you have the basic abilities with a sewing machine, you can whip this cutie up in no time!  I will let you in on a little secret: I loathe sewing machines!  I think that about half the time I use one is spent in growling at it and getting more than a little frustrated.  Yep, I am that nerd who will sit down to do something that should take only 5 minutes and then waste 30 because I break the needle and have to re-thread the darn thing four times because the tension gets weird and I snap the thread.  No joke, I sometimes get the cold sweats when I know I have to use one.  I have even been known to bypass the menacing machine and opt for the tediousness of hand-sewing,  because at least then I would not have any stress.  So, I am basically saying that if I can do this…then so can you!

A major perk is that there is no complicated pattern needed.  I just kind of threw it together with some basic elements.  Remember, my goal was to not have to tame the beast for too long 😉

Check it out:

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To keep things simple, I grabbed another apron to measure out how wide I needed to cut my fabric.  Just remember to leave an inch and a half on either side to allow space to make your seam.  As a personal preference, I chose to make my apron longer than this shortie Zest apron.  It is kind of a pet peeve of mine.  I hate short aprons because they never protect me….seriously, I am one of the world’s sloppiest cooks.  It is just the way I roll…

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Picking my length, I grabbed some scissors and cut the dimensions I craved:)

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Perfect!

Now to deal with all those raw edges that I do not want to have fray.

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Folding the edges over twice, I pinned them in place and did a simple running stitch with the sewing machine.

So far so good, no machine problems!!!

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Now that the practical part was done, it was time for the cuteness factor.  I decided to give my cool linen apron a honeycomb pocket and tie.

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Cutting a simple square, I used my seam folding to create a cute little shape.

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Basically, I did a double fold on all the edges and then folded two corners up so that my pocket had a half-hexagon shape.  A simple running stitch all the way around and it was ready to be sewn into place on my linen apron.

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Last bit of cuteness was to measure out a strip of fabric for my tie.

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Folding it in half lengthwise with the wrong-side of the fabric showing, I did a simple running stitch along the raw edge.  I am not going to lie, having to sew that long of a seam had me holding my breath!

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After it was sewn, I used a crochet hook and my fingers to turn my little snake right-side out.

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Last step for the tie was to fold the ends down inside of the tube and then sew the edge shut.  Done on both ends, I now had no more raw edges left on my project.

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Time to pin it down to my linen apron and sew it into place.

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I actually sewed it in place with two parallel lines of stitches.  I thought that it not only looked cuter and helped it to lay down nicer, but that it would also give it more strength.

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It turned out so sweet!!

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I adore the movement of the linen and the casual wrinkled texture against the bright and clean mod print!  So adorable!

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This project is so simple and quick that you could easily make one for yourself…AND one for your sweet mama this Mother’s Day!  Hint, hint:)

Happy cooking and baking y’all!

xoxo

Chanda

Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton

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