HOW TO MAKE… AN APRON AND TEA TOWEL SET
Q 75cm (29½") patterned fabric (we used Michael Miller Fabrics Llama Navidad in Red) Q 50cm (19¾") plain fabric Q White cotton tea towel Q Matching sewing thread Q Bias binding, 2m (2yd), 2.5cm (1") wide Q Pom pom trim with 1cm ( 3 /8") pom poms Q Tailor’s chalk
For foodie folks, December means plundering the spice rack, digging out the Christmas cookie cutters and generally indulging in extra time in the kitchen. We think this calls for suitably jolly accessories, and a llama apron and tea towel set definitely fit the bill.
The playful print, pom pom trim and contemporary flashes of mint add modern retro vibes that make this easy-sew set fun to create. Use them to add a festive feel to your kitchen, or give as a gift – if you can bear to part with them.
For the apron
01 Fold the patterned fabric in half along the width with right sides (RS) together, making sure the print runs horizontally across it.
02 Using the template on page 98, mark out the apron front with tailor’s chalk, again, making sure the print runs horizontally across. Pin along the chalk line, then mark on an additional 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance around the side and bottom edges. Cut out the apron along the outer chalk marks.
03 Sew the pinned chalk outline, leaving the top straight edge of the apron open, and removing the pins as you go along. Snip small triangles along the length of the seam allowance, as shown, to help keep the curves smooth. Turn the apron RS out and press neatly.
04 Measure and mark four 10cm (4") intervals along the top straight edge of the apron. At each marked point, fold the fabric to form a pleat roughly 1.5cm ( 5 /8") wide, then pin the pleats flat with the fold pointing towards the centre of the apron. Sew along the top of the apron, 1cm ( 3 /8") down from the raw edge, to secure the pleats in place.
05 Unfold one of the long edges of the bias binding. Starting at one top corner of the apron, and working along one side, pin the opened-out edge of the binding to the apron, with RS together, and positioning the crease in the binding 2cm (¾") in from the raw edge of the fabric. Continue working around the outside of the apron, finishing at the opposite top corner.
06 Sew along the crease in the binding, removing the pins as you go, then fold the binding back on itself. Press in place.
07 Turn the apron over and fold the overlapping binding down to cover the raw edge of the apron. Pin in place, then sew using small, neat stitches, being careful not to sew through to the front of the apron.
08 To make the apron ties, mark out two 90 x 90cm (35½ x 35½") strips on the plain fabric, then cut out using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance. Place the two pieces with RS together, then sew along one short
edge, 1.5cm ( 5 /8") in from the end. Open out into one long strip.
09 Fold all four raw edges to the wrong side (WS) by 1.5cm ( 5 /8") and press in place. Fold the strip in half along the length with WS together and press again.
10 Pin and sew along the open long edge, 0.5cm (¼") in. Fold the strip in half along the length to find the centre, pin it to the centre point of the top of the apron, aligning the top edges, and sew in place.
11 Measure the top straight edge of the apron, then draw a rectangle the same length, and 10cm (4") wide. Cut out using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance. Fold all four raw edges to the WS along the seam allowance and press, then fold in half along the length with WS together and press again.
12 Pin the rectangle across the top of the apron, with the WS of the strip sitting against the RS of the apron fabric, and the central crease at the top. Sew along the side and bottom edges of the rectangle, 0.5cm (¼") in from the edge.
For the tea towel trim
13 Measure the width of the tea towel. Fold the patterned fabric in half with RS together, then mark out a rectangle the same width, and 12cm (4¾") long. Pin along the chalk lines, then cut out using a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance. Sew the short edges and bottom long edge, leaving the top edge open.
14 Turn the fabric RS out and press, then fold the long raw edges to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8") and press in place. Slip one short end of the tea towel into the rectangle and pin in place. Sew along the open long edge of the fabric, roughly 0.5cm (¼") down from the top, to secure it in place.
15 Cut a length of pom pom trim slightly wider than the tea towel. Sew in place along the bottom edge of the fabric rectangle, as shown, folding either end of the pom pom trim over twice and securing in place with a few stitches.