HOW TO MAKE… AN APRON AND TEA TOWEL SET

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

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.

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