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Tools of the Trade Apron

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.

A good apron is a great companion to any meal you're cooking. With all the places this apron has for holding cooking tools, it's a chef's best friend.

Two pockets, two loops, and a button keep kitchen essentials close at hand, while colorful fabrics and embroidery give this apron an abundance of charm.

I made an adult-sized apron in this project. There are dimensions for making a child-sized apron below. The instructions will work for the child's apron, with the measurements given.

Read on to learn how to make this cute and practical apron!

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.

Supplies Needed:

**1/2 yard print cotton fabric (for front and back of apron - I used lightweight canvas)

**1/3 yard solid-colored cotton fabric (for pocket - I used lightweight canvas)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive


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Air-erase pen


Supplies Continued: 


**Fabric glue

**1 1/2" wide grosgrain ribbon (for ties - 100" length or 2 3/4 yards for adult size. See below for child size)


**1" wide grosgrain ribbon (for ribbon loop)

**One 1" button (for hanger)
 



Special Project Notes:

Designs Used:

I used the 5" x 7" size of the Kiss the Cook design on the large pocket. For the towel, I stitched the small size of the Fresh Cherry design, and on the potholder I embroidered the small size of the Chef Pig design.

Finished Size:
Adult: 22" wide by 17" high
Child: 15 1/2" wide by 12" high

Note: I am making the adult-sized apron. You can make the child-sized apron by following the instructions below and using the measurements listed here:

Child-Sized Apron Measurements
** Embroidered large pocket piece: 6 3/8" wide by 6 3/8" high
** Side pocket piece: 3" wide by 6 3/8" high
** Apron front and back: 16 1/4" wide by 12 3/4" high
** Ribbon loop: 8" long
** Ribbon tie: 70" long or 2 yards


Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

The first step is to prepare the fabric for the apron's large pocket. With an air-erase pen, I drew a 9" wide by 9" high square on the solid-colored fabric (I'm using lightweight canvas). I measured each side of the shape, divided by two, and marked the center of the side. Then I drew lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

I find it helpful to use paper templates to position my designs. If you are new to using templates, see these step-by-step instructions about making and using templates.

Poke a hole in the center of the template and align it with the center point on the fabric. Make sure the design fits well within the shape, with at least 1" between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the shape. This allows for a seam allowance around the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

I sprayed a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive and smoothed the fabric on top, then hooped the fabric and stabilizer together. The lines on my fabric line up with the marks on the hoop. I moved the hoop so that the needle was directly over the center point of the fabric and embroidered the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

When the design was finished, I trimmed away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

Then I cut out the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

Next I prepared the fabric for the side pocket piece by cutting a piece of the print cotton fabric (I used lightweight canvas) to 3" wide by 9" high. I aligned the side pocket piece on top of the embroidered large pocket piece, right sides together, with the side pocket piece lined up with the right side of the large piece. I pinned in place and sewed a 1/2" seam along the side and top edge only, leaving the bottom edge open for turning.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

To prepare the inner lining of the pocket, I laid the assembled pocket piece on top of the fabric, pinned in place, and cut out the shape. Then I aligned the inner lining piece on top of the assembled pocket piece, right sides together, pinned in place, and sewed a 1/2" seam along the side and top edge only, again leaving the bottom edge open for turning.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

I turned the fabric right side out and pressed the seams. I also turned the fabric of the bottom opening in 1/2" and pressed.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

Now it's time to prepare the front and back of the apron. I cut two pieces of print fabric to 23" wide by 18" high. I laid one piece flat with the right side facing up, and laid the pocket on top with about 4" between the bottom edge of the pocket and the bottom edge of the fabric, and about 2" between the right edge of the pocket and the right edge of the fabric. I pinned in place and sewed a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges only.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

Next, to separate the large pocket from the side pocket, I top stitched a seam along the existing seam in between the two pockets.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

For the ribbon loops, I cut an 8" length of 1" wide grosgrain ribbon, folded the ends over 1/2", and glued in place with fabric glue.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

I placed the ribbon onto the apron front with the folded edges facing down, and with the top edge of the ribbon lined up with the top edge of the pocket.

With the ribbon about 1" from the side edge of the pocket, I pinned in place and sewed a 1/4" seam at each short end of the ribbon to tack it in place.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

To create the two loops, I sewed a vertical seam down the center of the ribbon.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

To get ready to sew the front and back pieces of the apron together, I laid the front piece flat with the right side facing up, and aligned the back piece on top, right sides together, and pinned in place.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

If you like, you can round off the bottom corners of the apron. To do this, align a 7" diameter round object at each bottom corner and trace the shape. Then cut along the lines, cutting through both layers of fabric. Sew the two layers together with a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges only - leave the top open for turning.

Turn the apron right side out and press the seams. Also, turn the fabric of the top opening in 1/2" and press.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

Next I prepared the ribbon ties by cutting a length of ribbon to 100" (about 2 3/4 yards), and measuring and marking the center of the length of ribbon and the center of the top edge of the apron. I aligned the marks together, also aligning the top edge of the ribbon with the top edge of the apron. I pinned in place and sewed a 1/4" seam along the edges of the ribbon that cover the apron top.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

You can also add a button about 1" inch from the left side of the ribbon loops. The button can be used to hang anything that has a loop, like this potholder. And your apron is complete!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered loops and pockets apron.
 

Keep all your important utensils right at hand, and look great doing it! This apron is as practical as it is adorable. Bon appetit!

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Products used in this Project:

Fresh Cherries $2.49 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.99" x 5.30" | 2.90" x 3.85"

Chef Pig $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.87" x 6.85" | 2.16" x 3.85"

A Made to Order Design Pack $10.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.87" x 6.87" | 3.87" x 3.87"

A Retro Kitchen Design Pack $12.97 - $14.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 6.81" | 3.87" x 3.87"