Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pillowcase Apron

A few weeks ago I found this old pillowcase at a thrift store. I didn't know exactly what I would use it for but I liked it so I bought it for $.50. I just finished up a special order for 11 tote bags for my mother in law and they were fun to make but I desperately needed to sew something different.

So my pillowcase apron was born.

The open end of the pillow case is the bottom edge of the apron.

I seam ripped up one side and across the top

I cut 6 inches off the top and this is what I used for the straps

Put right sides together and sew

Turn it right side out

I folded in the edges about 1/4 in

Sewed it shut

I then cut the strap in half so that I have one for each side of the apron.

OK now on to the pleats.

I started from the middle and went out on both sides pinning and pressing 1 inch pleats until I got to the edges.

I made the pleats to be about half the length of the pillow case, except for the middle two pleats went about 1/4 of the way down.

Sew a hem on both sides

I made a casing on the top edge about 1/2 inch

With about 15 inches of thin elastic using the old safety pin elastic trick I fed it through the casing

Sewed the elastic together

I turned the elastic to make sure the sewn together part was hidden in the casing of the top of the apron.

I attached one strap to each side of the apron, right about where the pleats stop.

And thats it! an Apron made from a thrifted pillowcase

I hope you like it!


Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

Great job - I love it!! Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas! xx

OhioMomPatriot said...

This is sooooo creative! I really like the pleats. I am placing this in my inspiration file for next year. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Sue said...

This is such a cute idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

Betsy @ Anna Nimmity said...

This is adorable! I made an apron from a thrifted pillowcase, too: http://annanimmity.com/?p=1254. Upcycling is definitely the way to go!

Louise Murphy said...

Excellant use of a redundant item. This I will have to try and thank you for giving us this great idea.

Have a fabulous 2012 and keep up the good work.