Today I am bring home my Four Quarters Apron tutorial that was part of UCreate’s Fat Quarter series. This was a super fun series with so many great ideas I was lucky to be part of it! If you sew you probably have several fat quarters lying around that you picked up because they were cute but you have no idea what to do with them. Well, you could whip up your cutie an apron in under an hour!! To be upfront I am not a quilter, but I am a HUGE fan of pre matched sets of fabric. Who doesn’t love having that work done for you? I wanted to make sure she loved it and thought making it reversible would be a fun extra touch. Each side only takes four fat quarters to make. You can find the pattern HERE.
It is extremely simple and quick to make and I promise your little sweetheart will love it!
I went with a fat quarter set from Simply Sweet Fabric , they are a wonderful Etsy fabric store who has perfection combinations already matched up for you. Also her shipping was lightening fast. Something I REALLY appreciate.
I like the flowers, Evie likes the chevron, so its fun we can both be happy ha!
Are you ready to make your own?!?
Lets get sewing!
What you will need:
8 fat quarters, 4 for each side
Sewing machine, pins, scissors, iron
Pattern found HERE
**Before you start sewing aka prep sewing***
You need to make your ties and your ruffle. All you need to do is select which fat quarter you would like for your ruffle. Use your pattern piece to cut as many as possible. I was able to cut my fat quarter into five long rectangles. I then sewed them all together you make one loooonnngg strip of fabric. I ironed it in half lengthwise so there was a nice finished edge then I used a gathering stitch to gather up the top. Make sure to leave nice long tails so that you can loosen or tighten your ruffle as needed.
Your neck ties are really easy as well. I would suggest using the same fat quarter as you do with your apron top. After cutting the top use the scraps to cut four strips. Place two of the strips right sides together. Sew around three edges, leaving one end open.
Once done turn it right side out and press. Repeat with the other two strips. Now you have your neck ties!
Okay now the fun sewing starts. With your ruffle and your two apron bottom pieces we are going to make a little sandwich. The apron bottom pieces should be right sides together with the ruffle in between them. The raw end of the ruffle should be poking out a little. Pin in place then sew all the way around, leaving the top open. Turn right side out and press.
Once you have pressed your apron bottom stitch a gathering stitch across the top and gather the apron bottom. Set aside.
Now we are going to make our apron top. Again we are going to make a little fabric sandwich. Take your two apron tops and lay them right sides together. Slide apron straps on either side with raw ends out. Pin in place. We are NOT going to sew across the bottom, so starting on one side sew up the edge, across the top and down the other side. Once done turn right side out and press. I then top stiched for added strength.
Now we are going to make our waistbands. You will have three waistband pieces of each fabric that need to be sewn together to again make one long strip. Once they have been sewn together take your gathered apron bottom and sand which it between the two waistband strips, right sides together. Pin into place. Do not iron over the edges at this time like you see below. I did that to early ha! Starting with at the ends with the two waistband strips lined up begin stitching and stitch all the way across to the other end of the waistbands. Once done press both waistbands up. While pressing to make the next step easier, also press down the raw ends of both waistband strips so that when sandwiched together there are no raw edges.
Once you have ironed the raw edges of your waistband find the middle of your apron bottom and apron top and line them up. Sandwich the apron top down in between the apron waistbands. Pin in place. Again start on one end and top stitch all the way across to the other side.
You are all done!!! So easy right? I love that you can totally use scraps of fabric you have lying around!