POCKET APRON

Em­brace the hygge trend and take time to get cre­ative (or messy!) in the kitchen with Kasja Kinsella’s prac­ti­cal pocket-front apron.

Simply Sewing - - CONTENTS -

YOU WILL NEED

Main fab­ric: striped pur­ple, see in­struc­tions for de­tails

Pocket fab­ric: nat­u­ral, see in­struc­tions for de­tails

Cot­ton lace: nat­u­ral, see in­struc­tions for de­tails

Cot­ton twill tape: 2.5cm (1in) width, see in­struc­tions for length

Ba­sic sewing kit

CUT­TING OUT

Step one Use a favourite apron and draw around it onto sheets of news­pa­per to make a pat­tern. To make it more use­ful as a work­ing apron, add a lit­tle ex­tra to the width and length.

Step two Add a 2cm (¾in) seam al­lowance to the straight top edge and the hem. The side and arm­hole edges will be bound so you don’t need to add a seam al­lowance.

Step three Pin the pat­tern onto the main fab­ric and cut around it.

Step four Cut a long strip from the pocket fab­ric, mea­sur­ing 28cm (11in) in height and as wide as your apron.

HEMMINGTHE APRON

Step one Turn the top edge of the apron un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) to the wrong side (WS) then the same again and top­stitch in place to hem.

Step two Re­peat this to hem the bot­tom edge.

MAKINGTHE LONG POCKET

Step one Turn the bot­tom long edge of the pocket strip un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) and press.

Step two Turn the top long edge un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) then the same again and press then stitch. Step three Cut a length of cot­ton lace to the same length as the pocket strip.

Step four Pin to the top of the hemmed pocket and top­stitch into place along both edges.

MAKINGTHE SMALLER POCK­ETS

Step one From the rem­nants of the main apron, cut a few pock­ets in dif­fer­ent sizes to suit your needs. I made a few nar­row ones for my scis­sors and pen­cils. For each pocket, you need to add 1cm ($⁄"in) to the bot­tom and sides and 2cm (¾in) to the top edge for hemming.

Step two Turn the top edge of each pocket un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) then the same again. Press and top­stitch into place.

Step three Stitch cot­ton lace across the top hemmed edge up to the side raw edges in the same way as for the main pocket.

Step four Turn the sides (in­clud­ing the lace trim) and bot­tom edge of each pocket un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) to the WS and press.

FIN­ISH­ING THE POCK­ETS

Step one Pin your smaller pock­ets along the long pocket strip in your cho­sen po­si­tions. Top­stitch into place down the sides and across the bot­tom.

Step two Pin the long pocket strip to the apron, po­si­tion­ing it 8cm (3!⁄"in) up from the lower hemmed edge of the apron. Top­stitch into place down the sides and across the bot­tom.

Step three Cre­ate sec­tions in this long pocket by sewing straight up from the bot­tom of the pocket to to the top of the lace. You can make as many pocket sec­tions as you like – I made five large pock­ets in mine.

BINDINGTHE EDGES

Step one To cal­cu­late how much cot­ton tape you need to bind the apron and cre­ate the neck strap, mea­sure up one side of the apron and around an arm­hole, and add 25cm (10in) for half the neck strap. Dou­ble this mea­sure­ment and add 2cm (¾in) for turn­ings.

Step two Fold this mea­sured length of tape in half length­ways and press.

Step three Turn one short end un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) then fold it around one side of the apron, mak­ing sure that the cut side of the apron is right in­side the fold of the tape. Pin this into place then con­tinue fold­ing and pin­ning the tape around the arm­hole edge right to the top of the apron.

Step four Take the other end of the tape and re­peat this to fold and pin the tape around the other side and arm­hole edge. You will be left with a loop of un­folded tape in the centre, which forms the neck strap.

Step five Top­stitch the bind­ing in place along the sides and arm­hole edges, leav­ing the neck strip un­stitched.

ADDINGTHETIES

Step one Cut two 70cm (28in) lengths of the tape for the ties.

Step two Take one length and fold both short ends un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) then un­der by 1cm ($⁄"in) again and press.

Step three Top­stitch one end down to hem.

Step four Pin the other end to the WS of the apron just in from the sides and stitch into place. Stitch a square with a cross in the centre to strengthen the end of the tie.

Step five Tie a knot at the very end to fin­ish the strap. Re­peat this to make and at­tach the other strap on the other side.

Step six Now all you have to do is to don your apron and get to work!

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