So there are probably two scenarios. Either you have seen this and are squealing and jumping around with glee, or you just don't get it and think I've lost my senses at last. Probably the latter. It's not exactly my usual style.
For those of you excited and already running to your stash for the right fabrics – May the Force Be With You. The rest of you need a Jedi mind-trick – these ARE the droids you are looking for! Or I guarantee that someone you know wants one of these, you just might not know about their secret Star Wars obsession.
Did you notice I'm a secret Sci-Fan fan? Yup, ever since I was a little girl. The original Star Wars film came out in 1977, when I was 8 years old so I basically grew up with the Star Wars original trilogy. Then for Sunday tea-time there was Dr Who, and I would hide behind my cushion when the Cybermen or the Daleks came to take over the world. I might just have given it away recently when I sewed this Dr Who bag. And I've hinted in the past at my love of Star Trek too – who will ever forget the tribble!
Celebrate your inner geek with this awesome R2D2 inspired droid apron. Unisex style, good for guys and gals and not difficult to make. Check out the video below and I'll show you how to make one.
Disclaimer: Obviously this apron design is not an official design and is neither endorsed or licensed by any of the companies associated with the Stars Wars films. I am not affiliated with or sponsored by any of the Star Wars companies. This pattern is intended for your own enjoyment and is my personal interpretation only.
If you like this one, you'll probably also like the Darth Vader apron too – check that out here.
- White fabric for the apron base – cotton twill, canvas etc,
- Optional – you can use a grey fabric for the top section or leave it white
- Small scraps of black and red cottons
- Silver fabric if you have it, if not use a light grey
- Mid-blue fabric – 1/4 yard
- Twill tape for the ties – length according to your size (or make your own)
- Heat N Bond Ultrahold fusible web recommended, or Lite if that's all you have
- Black thread
Benefits of sewing this apron?
- Lots of geeky fun for you and your friends
- Show off your sci-fi side
- Be the envy of the kids
- Unique! None of your friends can get one unless they pay you millions of space dollars to make one for them.
- The Force will be strong with you when you cook
- Good for guys and gals too
How to sew a R2D2 apron
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Step by step how to sew a R2D2 apron – see video for detail
- Assemble your pattern and cut out around the outside. The dotted line is the finished size after turning in the edges.
- If you are using an all-white base, use the pattern to cut out your fabric. If using a grey at the top and white below, split the pattern at the dotted line, add a seam allowance and join grey for the top and white for the bottom part of the apron. Trim and neaten the seam and top stitch neatly.
- Decide on the length of twill tape you need for your ties at the neck and waist depending on your size. You can also create your own ties using 2.5 inch wide strips of fabric – I used a navy blue. Sew into a tube with a 1/4 inch seam and turn before pressing and top stitching to create the ties. Hard to turn a tube of fabric? – check out this trick!
- Baste the twill tape to the top of the apron, 1 inch in from the sides. Baste the tape at the waist of the apron.
- Turn 1/2 inch to the wrong side around all edges and press. Turn in another 1/2 inch and press.
- Sew the hems in place, folding the twill tape to the outside as you go. Sew over the tape at the seam to secure it
- Transfer all of the grey, black, blue and red pieces to Heat N Bond, following the abbreviations on the pattern. There is also a color diagram in the pattern download to help you.
- Fuse the Heat N Bond fusible web to the reverse of your fabric
- Cut out all of the pieces carefully. Lay out the pieces on your fabric according to the diagram. There are a few pieces that need to be reversed in the top section and are fused on the other way around. The rest can be fused according to the template.
- Remove the backing paper from the pieces and fuse them all in place.
- Stitching around each of the pieces is optional, but recommended if using the Ultrahold, and essential if using the Lite version of the fusible web
- Cut out the white areas marked on the pattern. Use the pattern as a template to mark out the black stitching lines. Use a black thread and a thick stitch or go over the lines several times to make them show up clearly.
- Done – enjoy your geeky Star Wars inspired apron. Remember to take it off before answering the door or your secret might be out!