Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sew for Dad Tutorials: Day 3

It's the third day of the Sew for Dad blog hop here at Sew in Love with Fabric, and today's designer came up with a great idea for using all those fun novelty prints, like those in Man Cave IIIII and IV, combined with solids, checks and stripes.  Enjoy Jaime's tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a pack of 10" squares of Man Cave prints!

Hello readers Jaime here and I blog over at That's My Letter where I build, paint and sew everything.  It's all DIY all the time and today I'm sharing how to sew these work aprons.  Originally the aprons were designed by Ana White and myself as a feminine work apron.  I have tweaked the tutorial ever so slightly for a more masculine version just in time for Father's Day.  Today I'm sharing how to sew a work apron:


  • self healing cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting ruler
  • scissors
  • thread to match
  • straight pins
  • iron
  • drop cloth (pieces listed below)
  • pocket & trim fabrics (pieces listed below)

Step 1: Cut drop cloth pieces as listed above.

Step 2: Cut pocket and trim pieces as listed above.  Trim is cut on the bias.

Step 3: Construct front pocket - layer drop cloth, fabric then trim.  Stitch trim using 1/4" seam allowance.  Press trim open.

Step 4: Flip pocket over to back, press trim raw edge in 1/2", fold over seam allowance and pin.  Stitch trim in place from front stitching in the ditch.


Step 5: Center back pocket piece on top of main apron body drop cloth, pin at center and stitch.  Begin stitching with a tight zig zag for extra reinforcement then switch to straight stitch.
Step 6: Fold drop cloth body back to left, layer front pocket piece on top of back pocket.  Measure 3 1/2" from center, pin and stitch again using tight zig zag at top. 

Step 7: Repeat process for left side.

Step 8: Lay apron flat and trim bottom edges flush.

Step 9: Pocket pieces should extend 1/2" beyond main apron body.  Pin pocket pieces flush to edge of main apron body and then make one pleat tuck in corner and pin.

Step 10: Pin main trim to edge of apron and stitch using 1/4" seam allowance.  Trim excess at both corners.
Step 11: Press trim open, press raw edge in 1/2" then fold again and pin to back.  Stitch in ditch from front. (Same process as Steps 3 & 4.).

Step 12: Find center of waistband piece and center of apron, pin waistband to apron at top then stitch using 1/2" seam allowance.  Press waistband open.

Step 13: Flip apron to back, press raw edge in 1/2" then fold over to back and pin.

Step 14: Press raw end of ties in and then press raw edges of sides in.  Fold in half and pin.

Step 15: Top stitch ties and waistband.  Start at one end of ties, once you get to the waistband shift the stitching into the ditch. 

Thanks Jaime!

You can win a pack of 10" squares of these fun Man Cave prints. For details on how to enter to win, head over to Jaime's blog.
Don't miss our other Sew for Dad tutorials:
Day 1: Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation with a quilt using Who's on First
Day 2: Benartex blog design team with a travel roll using Venezia
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  1. Jamie, love love love the apron. I like the Ana White versions, too. Great tutorial.

  2. I love that apron! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Great tutorial!
    I'm off to check out Jaime's blog!

  4. These would be so useful for everyone, scaled down for kids too.

  5. I think I'll be making some for my grandsons.

  6. Gorgeous apron.Thanks for the tuto!!