Ok. So here’s the thing.
I keep buying more and more pretty bed linens from the thrift store. I can’t resist them! But they are slowly taking up my garage…so I needed to develop another project for them, so here we are. Hopefully you won’t mind- and the sewing isn’t complicated, I promise!
Vintage aprons are just so pretty- and I know a lot of folks that collect them. But I don’t actually know of anyone who wears them in the kitchen. But, a more utilitarian apron for yard sales and craft/vintage markets and fairs? Now THAT is something a lot of folks can and will use. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
To begin, gather a vintage pillowcase and a thrifted ribbon belt- they were purchased at different times from different thrift stores, but look at that color coordination!
To create this apron, I ironed the pillowcase (oh the horror of ironing!) and laid it flat with the closed end at the top, open end at the bottom. Then, I laid out my ribbon belt about 2½” – 3” beneath the closed end. After determining it was decently centered, I pinned it in place.
Next step- I folded the bottom of the pillowcase up, over the belt- roughly in half.
Then, with the bottom end (open end of pillowcase) still in my hands, I folded it part of the way back down, lining up the crease just beneath the belt.
After smoothing it out and lining it up as evenly as I could, I pinned it in place…leaving the folded edge beneath the belt unpinned/open.
Then I hit it with the sewing machine– stitching the belt in place and three sides of the pillowcase. The folded edge underneath the belt? Leave that section open/unstitched.
Last sewing step- With the apron facing me, right side up, I folded it in half to find the dead center. You could measure it, of course, but folding it was good enough for me! And then I pinned it along the fold and stitched down the center, creating two open pockets.
Ok, now the sewing part is done and there is just one more step! That 2½”- 3” section above the belt? I folded it over the top of the belt to create a flap and ironed the crease. A nice finishing touch, don’t you think?
And voilà- a simple, effective, and pretty little apron for vendors of all kinds- perfect to hold money, business cards, etc- and the flap keeps everything secure! Use it when you’re a vendor at a festival or market… during your summertime yard sale… or at your school’s next bake sale!
So cute!! But I only used two of my pillowcases and my stash is still overwhelming. Time to put my crafty thinking cap on again…