Hi there, I am Hannah from Made With Hugs and Kisses and I am extremely excited to be blogging here today as part of the Seasonal Sewing Series at So Sew Easy!
I will be honest, even though I am nearly 24 I act much more like a 4 year old when it comes to Christmas!
As I am sure it does with many of you, the festive season just brings out the child in me. The lights, the decorations, the endless amounts of scrumptious food, and of course, the great excuse to craft until your heart is content. Last year I even made handmade gifts for everyone in my family!
I generally start to get excited around mid- October and my husband has to do everything in his power to stop me from going up in the loft to bring down the Christmas decorations early. However, this year has felt a little different. I just haven’t been able to find my Christmas mojo yet and I am most disappointed. Would you believe, and I hate to admit this, but I have even caught myself saying that I think it is too early for the shops to be getting kitted out in Christmas gear. That is just something I would never dream of saying! So, when Deby of So Sew Easy came up with the genius idea of a Christmas themed guest post series lasting the whole month of November, I just had to join in – and I am so pleased I did because it has truly helped me get in the festive mood
Now one of my favourite things to do on Christmas day… other than give and receive presents of course… is to cook the Christmas dinner. I make a mean Christmas dinner! This is generally followed by my least favourite things to do on Christmas day… the washing up, which is where my rule of ‘I cooked so I don’t have to wash up’ comes in useful.
As much as I enjoy cooking, I do tend to make an awful mess which leads me to the Christmas themed project I want to share with you today. My little present to you….
A Free PDF pattern for a Traditional Christmas Apron!
DOWNLOAD YOUR APRON PATTERN HERE
I call it a traditional apron not only because of my choices in fabric and colour but also because of the style of the apron. The gathered, full skirt, the ruffles and the fitted bodice work together to emphasize the traditional vintage silhouette.
As you can see, it fastens with ties around the waist and neck making it easily adjustable and comfortable. The contrasting fabric used for the ties and the skirt ruffles really stands out.
How to sew the Christmas Apron Pattern
This is a pretty straight forward pattern to follow but here are a few instructions that might be of use:
Of course you need to start by printing out the pattern, piecing together the pieces as you would a normal pdf pattern, matching the notches, letters and numbers and then cutting out the pattern and your fabric.
Seam allowances ARE included in the pattern.
1. Begin by gathering the apron skirt and bodice as stated on the pattern.
2. Take the 6 strips of fabric you are going to use to create the ruffle around the apron skirt. I know six folded strips sounds like an awful lot, but stick with it as the effect is worth it! Join these together to make one continuous strip.
3. Fold this long strip in half length ways and press using an iron.
4. You are now going to attach this straight onto the skirt, creating pleats as you go. You want to make small pleats, about a finger width wide and make sure they are following the same direction. I change direction half way around the skirt to ensure the same effect on both sides of the apron skirt. These pictures give you an idea of what the pleats should look like:
5. Once you have attached the ruffle, top stitch around the edge of the apron skirt as follows:
6. Take the bodice binding pattern piece. Fold it in half and press. Then turn in the edges to the middle to create binding, the attach this to the top and side of the bodice.
7. Take the two strips of fabric that will be used for the apron waist band. Cut one of these strips in half and attach one to each end of the second, full length pattern piece. Doing this means that you wont have an ugly seam line down the center front of your apron. Repeat with the waist band lining pattern pieces.
8. You now need to sandwich the bodice and skirt in between the lining and waist band pattern pieces. Now I have tried a couple of different ways of doing this but my preferred method it to press the seam allowances and top stitch in place. My advice is to pin it in place first before you stitch anything just to make sure your positioning is accurate.
9. Nearly there… take your two neck tie pattern pieces, fold in half length ways, right sides together and sew across the top and down the length of the strip. Turn the right way around and press flat.
10. Attach to the bodice of the apron, again p in first to check positioning. These pictures show you the front of the apron and the inside view, showing how I have attached the straps.
And there you have it, your Christmas apron is complete!
I hope you like it and find the pattern useful. I want to see you all wearing aprons this Christmas and cooking up some wonderful treats!
Thank you ever so much Deby for inviting me to stop by and share my ideas. It has been a lot of fun creating a festive themed project and I now feel truly read for the holiday season!
Merry Christmas everyone, and happy festive sewing, Love Hannah Smith from Made with Hugs and Kisses