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Stashtacular Tutorial Tuesday: Pleated Hostess Apron (& Giveaway)

Welcome to the 2nd week of Stashtacular! There’s a lot goin on, so go check it out.

There’s still time if you’d like to get in on Manic Monday linky party and the Jelly Roll Giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop.

This lovely Pleated Hostess Apron tutorial is my contribution to this week’s Stashtacular celebrations, and I really hope you make one and love it – and if you do, and add a picture to the Flickr group, you’ll be entered to win some really lovely prizes!

You will need:

  • (Main Fabric) 60 cm or 24 in length of fabric for apron front, waistband and ties
  • (Accent Fabric) 75 cm or 30 in length of fabric for apron border and back

1. Cut out:

  • 49 x 91 cm (20″ x 36″) length of Accent Fabric for the back, plus a 13 x 91 cm piece of Accent Fabric for the apron’s border.
  • Then out of the Main Fabric, cut a 39 x 91 cm (15″ x 36″) piece for apron front, plus a 15 cm by 70 cm (6″ x 27.5″) length for the waistband. For the ties, cut 2 lengths, 11 cm x 60 cm (4.5″ x 24″)

Seam Allowance is 1.5cm (about 3/4″) unless otherwise noted. RST=Right Sides Together, RSO=Right Sides Out, SA=Seam Allowance.

2. With RST, sew one long side of apron border to one long side of Main Fabric apron front.

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© Copyright, J C Excell 2011

3. Then place the Apron front and back RST and sew along the bottom and sides, but leave open the top (I accidentally sewed it shut, and it’s not a really big deal either way.). Now you can fold it all so it’s RSO, and edgestitch along the 3 edges. Optional: Stitch in the ditch of your apron border.

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4. Now mark the top middle (on the front of the apron), and make a mark 12 cm (about 4.75″) away from the center on both sides, like in the picture:

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5. Fold each side in to make a pleat and baste as in the pictures below (I also ‘basted’ the pleat with a 0-length zig zag stitch because it was bugging me when it kept coming apart) – If you are really confused about making the pleat, check out my Pleat Tutorial Google Doc:

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© Copyright, J C Excell 2011 - I basted the pleat in place with a zig zag stitch for stability during construction, but it's optional.

On the other side of the apron, the pleat you have just made will show as a different kind of pleat. See bottom pics to get what I’m talking about.

6. Take your ties and press them RST down the length, and to make turning them out easier, place a length of ribbon next to the crease. Make sure the end of the ribbon peeks out of one short side so that your stitches will ‘catch’ it when you sew:

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7. Sew down one short side and the long side of the tie, then use the ribbon to turn it out easily:

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Cut the ribbon carefully at the end and keep it for another tie! And press the ties into shape. Then set them aside for now.

8. Take the waistband fabric and run a stitch 1.5 cm (about 3/4″ or so) down one long side and then press at that mark:

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9. What we’re doing here is adding the waistband to the apron as if it were a huge piece of bias binding.

Now line up the unstitched long edge of the waisband with the top edge of the apron front and sew (using a 1.5 cm (3/4″) SA). Make sure your stitching is straight, and if it’s not, stitch again until it is:

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Here’s what it will look like pulled up:

Now this is going to sound a little odd, but take the waistband and fold it RST on top of itself and press the fold:

10. Now flip the waistband back up so its right side is facing you. Pin and stitch the ties to the waistband with unfinished edges pointing outwards, making sure the ties are as close as possible to that crease you just made:

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11. Now, you’re going to fold the waistband lengthways so your edges meet, like in the picture. Note that the ties are tucked up inside.

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12. Draw a line marking the outside edge of the apron front like in the picture:

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13. Baste using a long stitch length along that line. Then turn it all RSO to make sure it fits over the apron front smoothly. If there is extra waistband hanging out, stitch again even closer. Once you’re happy, use a short stitch length to ‘lock it in’ and trim those edges and corners!

© Copyright, J C Excell 2011
© Copyright, J C Excell 2011

15. Flip the waistband RSO and you can either slipstitch the back by hand, or machine stitch along the edge. I chose to topstitch along the top of the waistband as well.

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That’s it! You’re done, and you’ve got a lovely new apron to give as a gift or keep for yourself!

© Copyright, J C Excell 2011
© Copyright, J C Excell 2011. You created this pleat on the other side when you basted in your pleat as instructed above. Does that make sense? Trust me, it will work. Or email me, jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk

© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.


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10 thoughts on “Stashtacular Tutorial Tuesday: Pleated Hostess Apron (& Giveaway)

  1. Really cute apron. It would also make a great skirt… you know, with a little more fabric to cover your rear, but cute nonetheless!

  2. This is a lovely apron. Wish I had time to just stop and make one. Oh well, maybe when the kids are a bit older.

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