Main Apron Body
Start with the large 25 x 25 inch top fabric, lay it flat in front of you. Place the 3 x 25 inch strip along one of the edges (Right sides together) and sew them together. After each time I sew pieces together I like to iron them flat.
Now Place the 3 x 28 inch strip along edge next to the strip you just completed (right sides together) and sew. Then set this to the side.
All seams are 1/4 inch
Take one of the 3.25 x 25 inch Neck straps, fold rights sides together and sew, about 1-2 inches from the end sew on a diagonal, leave the other end open so you can turn it inside out. Now repeat this for the other neck strap and the 2 back straps.
Tip for turning the straps: To turn the strap in side out I found that using the eraser end of a pencil starting at the closed end of the strap. Start pushing the closed end into the strap and work the fabric till it is all turned.
All the straps are turned right side out. Finish them by sewing a stitch all around the edges of them. (Use matching color thread for this. If you are feeling creative try using a decorative stitch)
Tip: Cut off all the corners before turning materials right side out. This will help give you pretty corners.
To cut the 45 degree angle on the pocket I used my square measuring tool. It came in very handy since it has a 45 degree on it. If you don’t have a tool like this you can get creative and use something that square. The finished pocket is 7 x 7 inch. This means the that the top 3.5 inches of the fabric is the triangle flap.
Place right sides together and sew, leaving a 2 inch gap in the bottom so the you can turn the pocket right side out.
Before you sew the pocket onto the apron, do a finishing stitch on the triangle flap, then sew on a decorative button.
Placement of the pocket is up to you. I just pick a spot on one side and pin it down. You can sew on the pocket on to the main apron body now, or wait and sew it on last. I do it last. I use the finishing stitch to sew the pocket onto the apron.
Sew the Apron together
Now that all the pieces are ready. Let’s assemble them. Lay the 28 x 28 inch back fabric flat in front of you. Now lay the main apron body on top of that with rights sides together. Pin them together and sew leaving 2 – 2.5 inch gaps where the back straps go (See the apron pattern above for strap placement) These gaps will also help you with turning the apron right side out.
Work the back tie straps in about an inch in each of the gaps you left in the apron. Pin them in place. We will sew them down with our finishing stitch. I like to use a decorative stitch all the way around the apron like the one shown in the image below.
Neck Tie Straps and Pocket
We are almost done. We just need to sew on the neck tie strap and the pocket! For placement of the neck tie straps check out the picture below.
Fold the top of the apron down to create a 11.5 inch base. Place a tie strap on the inside of that 11.5 inch base, pin and sew. Be careful to not sew the triangle flap.
Now you just need to sew down the pocket leaving the top open and you are done! Congratulations!!
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