I like to complete a creative project every week. It has been a busy time lately while planning our move to a new apartment, getting ready for baby, staying cool, but I couldn’t wait to make my first apron. I was inspired to do this particular project because of my new found skill of getting very messy while cooking! The pattern is from Sew What You Love by Tanya Whelan. It is good for beginners because it is pretty simple yet you learn skills like using tracing paper to make a pattern and making darts, a ruffle, and straps.
Because I am new to sewing I want to highlight where I learned each new skill, especially if it’s from around the web, so other beginners can have an easy time learning to sew. I hope the tips sections is helpful in that it will remind you of essential tidbits to remember.
- How to use tracing paper to make a pattern, here
- How to make darts (part of the pattern)
- How to make a ruffle, here
- Making straps (part of pattern)
Tips to remember:
- Don’t forget to backstitch! Seems obvious, but I only remembered about a third of the way through the apron.
- Read through all of the directions first so you know how the project will proceed.
- Keep your machine manual handy so you don’t waste time searching for it every time you need to troubleshoot.
- Get a rotary cutter–such a time saver! I just ordered this one: OLFA Rotary Cutter
- Stay away from drafty windows so a random strong wind won’t blow your fabric and pile of loose pins all over the floor! (You never know..)