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    Trying to make an apron

    Aloha fellow quilters! I watched Jenny's tutorial on how to make a tea towel apron. I love it! However, I cannot find any cute tea towel's that I like. So my question is: Does anyone have any ideas how to make an easy adult apron without using a tea towel? Thanks!

    Re: Trying to make an apron

    Almost anything can be turned into an apron. First questionwould be what type of fabric. My favorite apron I made out of thrift store jeans. Because I wanted it thick.


      Re: Trying to make an apron

      Welcome to the Forum, Hawaiigal! Here's a site that has lots of free apron patterns: Have fun, and don't forget to post pics of what you make!


        Re: Trying to make an apron

        As someone that worked in hotel kitchen for 18 years I have worn many aprons. They were for keeping your uniforms clean of flour, chocolate and splashes of oil etc.,straight forward with no ruffles. Do you want it cute or utilitarian?
        Last edited by Hulamoon; November 18, 2016, 08:02 PM.
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          Re: Trying to make an apron

          I used duck canvas (100% cotton) from Joann's to make one; preferred the thicker feel of it vs. quilt cotton.

          Trimmed with a quilt cotton "food" print for the binding, neck, and waist tie. Can put pockets on with printed cotton as well.

          Would suggest that you use 100% cotton since it will probably be near fire or heat.

          I would also opt for a denim one (but be careful as some of the denim is stretch denim and contains poly and/or spandex), but daughter wanted a purple apron, so I used duck canvas.
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            Re: Trying to make an apron

            Oh my goodness thank you all for the helpful responses!!! I guess I'm looking for an apron that is:
            Comfortable and cool (we are preschool teachers and work in a very warm climate 12 months out of the year)
            Machine washable (lots of little runny noses)
            Pockets are a must for all the tissue and what not we must have on us
            Kind of cute
            This forum is awesome! Thanks again for all the help!


              Re: Trying to make an apron

              This is one of my favorite aprons. It doesn't hang around your neck and covers your bum if you tend to wipe your hands there.

              It is reversible and I have made them without the pockets. My favorite is batik on one side a a mid-weight quilting cotton on the other.
              Be who you are and say what you feel
              because those who mind don't matter,
              and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss



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                Just wanted to share this. Don't know where it came from or who wrote it but my Grandma wore an apron every day her entire life and though she has been gone over 50 years, I always remember her and her apron. This sums it up:
                Grandma’s Apron
                The principle use of grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath,
                but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the
                oven, drying children’s tears and, on occasion, was even used for cleaning
                out dirty ears.

                From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks,
                and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

                When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

                When the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

                Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood

                Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

                From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables; after the peas had been
                shelled, it carried out the hulls.

                In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the

                When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much
                furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

                When dinner was ready, grandma walked out onto the porch and waved her
                apron - the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.

                It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace
                that “old-time apron.”

                They served so many purposes.

                REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the windowsill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the windowsill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.

                Good luck with your apron.


                  Re: Trying to make an apron

                  That scallop apron by Paisley Pincushion might be able to be made single sided if you chose to hem all of the edges or cover them with bias tape. It is longer than you might like, but I successfully shortened it for my daughter-in-law who is 4'10". I imagine you could do the same. It wasn't hard to construct either.
                  She had several other apron patterns too. I liked this one because it covered much more territory and sat over my shoulders instead of the strap around my neck. I honestly forget I am wearing it.
                  Good luck on the hunt for the perfect apron!
                  Be who you are and say what you feel
                  because those who mind don't matter,
                  and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss