This post was found unpublished in my files. I made this apron and chef hat last week after I made this. However, this post wasn't published. So, I am publishing it today when I don't have the time to make any post because I am busy creating more things to sell in my etsy shop for a donation drive. I have my sister, some relatives and friends in Japan. So, even if I am not there, I can feel their worries, pain and suffering. I hope that in our own little way, we can help... You don't need to buy from my shop to donate. You can donate an item to sell, or donate directly to:
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Now, enjoy the tutorial!
Pretty Apron and Chef Hat for a Little Girl
Last Sunday, I made this and this. My princess brought the hand-painted apron to school on monday as told by her teacher. When she was back from school, she told me that they were asked to bring a chef hat with their apron the next day. I really don't think making a chef hat out of the burlap curtain is a good idea. Well, I am not sure anymore it's burlap... I think is more of a cotton or poly-cotton with a burlap appearance. As the curtain is already old, it heavy yet so soft. So, I have decided against using it. I wanted to make a matching apron and chef hat for my daughter so instead, I looked for some fabric in my stash and made her this:
She was so happy and really liked her apron and chef hat. Let me show you how I made it.
I used the hand-painted apron as template for my apron pattern. Well, the hand-painted apron was based on one of my princess' dress. I made a template for this but for unknown reasons my printer/scanner wouldn't work. So, I just drew it so you would have an idea of my measurements. Please, take note, do not use this as a pattern, this is only for demonstration purposes. ^^)
So basically, your finished apron will be 22.5" long and 16.5" wide(approximately). And your rounded corners will depend on how round you want them to be.
So you will need:
bias tape 2 pcs. 1" x 44"
bias tape 1 pc. 1" x 9"
1 round pc of fabric, 14" diameter
1 rectangular pc. 22" x 6.5"
thread and other haberdasheries and sewing notions
Get your bias tape (mine wasn't a bias tape as I didn't have enough of the same fabric to make a bias tape so I just cut a rectangular piece)and sew it on your upper side (9") and then, your armhole part. Lay your apron piece right side down, on top of it lay your bias tape right side down also. Sew a straight stitch. I cannot give you the exact measurement of the nape tie and back tie as they were one continued piece on each side. You would just have to estimate and decide how long you want your ties (around the nape and back) to be.
Turn your apron piece and fold your bias tape following the creases and sew a straight stitch. Do the same to the other side. The ends of your bias should be turned inwards before sewing, see here.
I took some pleated chiffon in my stash and decided to sew it all around the apron except the armhole area. I placed my pleated chiffon right sides together with my apron piece, making sure that the edges are aligned and have sewn a straight stitch all throughout the entire length.
Sew a zigzag stitch to your edges so your fabric won't fray.
Do the same to the top side of your apron.
Here's your almost finished apron. Set it aside.
Get your remaining rectangular piece and iron-on your interfacing if you have some. Then attach both ends together by sewing a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. Then fold the piece lengthwise, wrong sides together and sew a straight stitch which would seem like a topstitch.
Set your stitch length to the longest possible, mine's 5.0, sew a gathering stitch leaving 1/2" seam from the edge of your round piece. Do not backtrack.
Gather your round piece by pulling the bobbin thread. Turn your round piece wrong side out, and place your rectangular piece inside.
Sew a straight stitch all around your hat.
Then, a zigzag stitch.
I have cut two butterflies from the same fabric.
I have sewn it on some felt.
Cut it out and sew, just the body of the butterfly, to your chef hat so the butterfly would look like it's just perched on your hat and ready to take flight! I did the same to the apron!
My princess loved her apron and chef hat!
I also made on for my Li'l Guy!
He liked it!
Here are my kids with their own aprons and hats!
I hope you liked today's tutorial.
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