I'm an Apron Enthusiast, so I decided that as one of the gifts to my Bridesmaids...I would make them each an apron and have their names embroidered onto it. There's no final pictures with the embroidered names, but that's only because I havent finished all of them yet.
Supplies you'll need:
* Assorted fabric
* Sewing machine
* Pattern of your choice (or be creative and make your own)
- I only used the pattern to cut the right size for the main part of the apron. After that I just added stuff that I liked instead of the ruffles and all the other stuff that it had for it.
* Ribbon, Tulle, Buttons, Old "Cute" T-shirts, and anything else you might want to use to add "flair" to the aprons.
Cut out the large piece of your apron as directed by the pattern. (We only made HALF aprons.) Also, cut out the top part (band) of the apron. Our pattern asked for three of these but we only used one because we decided to use tulle for the tie back.
Oh yeah...we also cut out the pocket. Now you're going to add tulle to the top of the pocket accordian style so that it is just sticking out of the top. Sew this on before you sew the pocket onto the large part of the apron.
Now you're going to add tulle along the bottom part of the apron. (Note that these are two different aprons. It was hard to take pictures while I was also working on things..I kept getting up and taking these. The "Polka Dot" apron does not have a pocket on it, but instead I recycled an olld t-shirt. I cut out the design and then bordered it using tulle. If you look on my personal page you'll be able to see even more of these aprons in just a few weeks.)
Cut the bottom edge of your cotton fabric (not your tulle) with Pinking Shears. This adds just a cute little design to the bottom and save you precious time from folding the entire bottom, sewing & then sewing the tulle on.
Now you're just going to add the top of your apron. We just folded it and sewed it like it would normally be sewed (as directed by the pattern). Then we gathered the top of the apron (pleated it) and pinned and sewed the very top on. Once we finished that we added about 2 ft of tulle (twice...one for each side) to each side using the spools of tulle so that all you have to do is cut the length. We folded it in half and then sewed it to the end of the waistband.
We then added a few buttons to cover the seam from the tulle tie back. We also added some ribbon and buttons to the top of the pocket. You can either sew or hot glue these on.
Now you're ready to have their names embroidered on them.