Retro Ruffle Apron
and ruffles make any apron extra
sweet! This apron combines trendy
retro flair with contemporary colors
for a look that will be a
below for these free project
yard canvas for apron
top and pocket
yard print cotton for apron
skirt and linings
yard print cotton for ties
package double fold
**Temporary spray adhesive
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To create the pieces for the apron
Use an air-erase pen or dressmaker's
pencil to mark a 13 inch by 27 inch
rectangle on the canvas.
Make a mark in the middle of one of
the long sides, and mark 4.5 inches
to each side of this mark. This 9
inch span is the upper edge of the
trapezoid shape for the apron top.
Connect each mark to the lower
corner on the same side.
You should now have marked a
trapezoid 9 inches wide at the top
and 27 inches wide at the bottom,
and 13 inches high.
Create a paper template of the
design by printing it at full size
using embroidery software. If you
don't have embroidery software, you
can cut a piece of paper the shape
and dimensions of the design to help
with placement and centering.
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
trapezoid - there should be at least
one inch of space between the edges
of the design and the edge of the
Cut out an identical trapezoid for
the upper apron lining.
Cut a rectangle 22 inches high by 44
inches wide. Most quilter's cotton
comes at widths of about 44 inches,
so you can keep the selvedges and
just cut a 22 inch length of fabric.
Mark a square 6 inches wide and 6
inches high on the canvas. Mark a
center point for the embroidery.
Affix stabilizer to the back of the
fabric, hoop, and embroider as you
did for the apron top. Cut out the
Cut out an identical square of the
lining fabric for the pocket lining.
Start with a 1-yard cut of fabric.
Cut the following strips parallel to
Cut five strips of printed fabric, 6
inches wide by 1 yard long. Three of
these will be for the waist sash and
two will be used to make the bottom
Cut two strips of printed fabric 4
inches wide by 1 yard long. These
will be used to make the neck ties.
Cut one strip of printed fabric 3
inches wide by 13 inches long. This
will be used to make the pocket
Stitch three of the 6 inch wide
strips end-to-end, right sides
together, to make one very long
strip of fabric. Press the seam
allowances to one side.
Set aside the waist sash for now.
Take each 4 inch wide strip and fold
it in half the long way, right sides
together. Stitch along the long edge
and one end. Turn the tube inside
out through the open end, and press
Place the embroidered trapezoid
right sides together with the lining
trapezoid. Tuck the neck tie pieces
between these layers, with the raw
end of each in one upper corner of
the trapezoid. Make sure the edge of
each tie will not be caught in the
1/2 inch seam allowance.
Set the top aside for now.
Fold the pocket ruffle piece (the 13
inch by 3 inch strip) lengthwise,
right sides together, and stitch
across the ends. Turn inside out and
To gather the ruffle, grab the top
threads from each seam (leave the
bottom threads free) and pull
gently, scrunching up the fabric
until the ruffle is 5 inches long.
Be careful not to break the thread -
you'll have to start over if you do.
Stitch the remaining two 6 inch wide
strips end-to-end to make one long
Fold the pocket strip lengthwise,
right sides together, and stitch
across the ends - as you did with
the pocket ruffle. Turn inside out
done! Now grab your favorite 1950's cookbook, and start
planning your ultra-cool dinner party. Send pictures to
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Available in 3 Sizes:
7.64" x 5.87" | 6.32" x 4.87" | 3.87" x 2.98"
Available in 2 Sizes:
4.85" x 4.86" | 3.85" x 3.86"
5.87" x 7.83" | 4.87" x 6.46" | 3.87" x 3.85"
4.85" x 6.81" | 3.87" x 3.87"