Recently there has been quite a resurgence in the popularity of aprons. This could be as a result of the economy, with more and more people realizing that home-cooking is not only fun but saves money, as well. Or, it could be that there is a sense of nostalgia for the “good ol’ days” when mom (frequently) was working in the kitchen when the kids came home from school, baking cookies or a fresh loaf of bread. Maybe it is just that we think they are cute! It is possible that there is a longing for the days when women were unapologetically feminine. Whatever it is, there is definitely an interest in aprons among women of all ages, and for a variety of reasons.
If you are intrigued by the notion of wearing an apron around your house, whether you are cooking and baking in the kitchen, scrubbing or vacuuming floors, or washing windows, you will discover a wide variety of options in style as well as price. You can purchase an apron online at www.flirtyaprons.com where you will find aprons that are sweet, sassy, classy, and practical. The prices are great for your budget, and any one of their aprons will make you feel truly feminine.
Other options for finding the perfect apron can be found at the website for Sur la table. Their aprons are both functional and practical, as well as fashionable and stylish. I particularly like the little black French Hostess Apron and the Cupcakes Apron. They are a bit pricier than the aprons at Flirty Aprons, so depending on your budget, you might want to check them out.
If you want to buy a hand-made apron, be sure to check out the Apronista blog at www.apronista.com. Or you can even find patterns and tutorials on making your own apron. The Apronista has links to other sites where you can download free patterns to make all kinds of aprons. Another way to make a fun apron is to upcycle a pair of bib overalls. You know, the kind that have holes in the knees or perhaps are too short. It is really easy to create your own unique apron design simply by cutting the bib off of a pair of overalls, and then use your imagination to design your own apron skirt. You can make your apron plain and simple, or you can add ruffles, buttons, applique designs, pockets, and various other embellishments.
So, if you are ready to make your own apron, here is a quick tutorial on upcycling your bibs into an apron for you, your kids, your hubby, your grandma or mom, dad or grandpa. Just start with the size bibs that will fit whomever will be the recipient of your hand-crafted apron and get busy!
Step 1: Cut the bib off a pair of bibs, of any size that you want to make. Separate the front from the back of the bib, removing the straps with the back section so that all you have left is the front of the bib.
Step 2: Cut a piece of fabric about twice the width of the bottom of the bib. Hem all around and gather up using a long, running stitch either by hand or on your sewing machine. Pull the gathering stitches up to fit the width of the bib, and stitch onto the bib.
Step 3: Cut two sashes approximately 6″ wide and twice as long as the waist measurement of the person who will be wearing the apron. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch closed, leaving one end open for turning right side out.
Step 4: Turn right side out and press. Top stitch all around, and then stitch to either side of the apron at the waistline, just below the bib.
Step 5: Cut one more strip approximately 6″ wide and the measurement from one button on the bib, up and around the neck, back down to the other button on the bib. This will be the neck strap. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch closed. This time enclose both ends but leave an opening in the side approximately 4″ long to turn right side out.
Step 6: Turn right side out, press, and stitch the opening closed. Stitch buttonholes in both ends (either by hand or by using a buttonhole foot on your sewing machine), button one end on each of the buttons, and your apron is finished!
Step 7: Of course you can embellish your apron any way you want to!
Have fun experimenting with different aprons this summer. Whether you purchase your apron from one of the online sites that offer so many options, or make your own using a pattern that can be found online, or make your own by upcycling that pair of bib overalls hiding in the back of your dresser drawer, you will be quite stylish for any picnic or pool party you are invited to this season.