“Let’s Eat Cake” Apron

I have a sweet treat for you today!

I call it the “Let’s Eat Cake” Apron.
Because it’s always time for cake.

I don’t think you can have enough aprons.
And if by some unlikely chance you think you do have enough – this one would make a great gift too!
(Did you know Christmas is 3 months away? Ack!)

This super cute gingham apron is decked out with cake ribbon and embroidery and is finished at the hem with a retro-y (yes. That’s a word.) scalloped border.
If you can’t find cake ribbon, you could take the methods used in this tutorial and adapt them to any ribbon, to coordinate with your decor and style!

Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

• Fabric for Apron – about 1 yard
• Small piece of contrasting fabric for pocket – about 10″ x 20″
• Decorative Ribbon – about 16″
(I got this ribbon in a little fabric shop in North Carolina.
I am sorry but I don’t know the name of the shop or the brand.
But I’ve seen some really cute cupcake ribbon lately and I think that would make a darling apron too!! )

•Ric Rac
• Embroidery Floss – colors to coordinate with your ribbon
• Thread

 

Start by making your pocket.
Redraw a design from your ribbon onto a 10″ x 10″ piece of  contrasting fabric with a disappearing fabric pen.
I chose one of the cake styles. The overall size of the design was 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.

Put your fabric in an embroidery hoop. Outline your drawn lines with a stem embroidery stitch, in the colors that match your ribbon.
To do this, separate your embroidery floss, threading your needle with 3 strands.
Knot the thread and bring it up at one corner of your design.

Bring your needle from front to back to front again, facing the place where your thread came up. The distance between the thread and the stitch should be about the same.

Pull the thread through the fabric.

Hold the loose part of the thread downward, and then make another stitch just like the first, with the needle coming up where the first stitch ends.

Continue making stitches around all the lines, making sure to hold the thread end the same direction before each stitch.
(If you need help with these stitches, send me an email! I’d love to help!)

What a cute little cake.

Using a bowl or other rounded item, trace 3/4 of a circle around the design. Move the bowl up and trace the bottom again so the top of the circle is scooped too. Cut out your pocket and cut this shape out of your remaining contrasting fabric as well.

Place your two pocket pieces right sides together. Lay the ric rac between the pieces.
Sew around the sides of the pocket, catching half the ric rac. Leave a small section open at the bottom for turning.
Clip around the pocket up to the seam and trim off the corners so it will turn well.

Turn the pocket right sides out and press.

Cut our a large rectangle for your apron skirt  – 27″ x 16″.
Mark the center bottom point on the long side of the rectangle. Use the same bowl to trace scallops onto the bottom of the apron, centering the first scallop over the halfway point.

Cut your scallops out.

Cut out a 3″ x 27″ rectangle. Lay your apron skirt over this piece and cut out the bottom edge so it is scalloped also.
This is your hem facing.

Hem the top, straight edge of the facing. Turn the edge over twice and sew.

With right sides together and the scalloped ends together, sew the bottom pieces of the apron and hem facing. Sew along the sides as well.
Clip the curves up to the seam and clip little “v’s” out of the top corners of the scallops.

Don’t clip through the seam. It makes you say fake swear words. Trust me.

Turn the scallops right sides out, with the hem facing to the back. Press the scallops down.
Hem the sides of your apron skirt and sew along the edges of your scallops, 1/4″ from the edge.

Determine where you’d like your pocket and pin it on. Mine is 3″ from the top of the apron skirt and 4 1/2″ from the left edge.

Sew around the pocket, except for the top. Make sure you catch the section you left open for turning.

Cut two rectangles of apron material to sew to the top and bottom of your ribbon, 1 1/4″ x 16″.

Sew these to the top and bottom of your ribbon with a 1/8″ seam. Press the seams towards the center.

Cut out 4 rectangles for your ties, 3″ x 36″
Cut out a back waistband piece also, 3″ x 16″.

Sew a tie piece to each side of your center waistband piece.

Sew the remaining two tie pieces to either side of your waistband back piece.

Gather the top of your apron skirt so that it measures 16″.
Pin and sew the apron skirt to the center waistband front, right sides together.

Fold the waistband piece back up and lay the other waistband piece and ties over it, right sides together. Sew around the ties on all three sides and sew along the top of the waistband pieces. If you want, angle the ends of the ties. Leave the bottom section of the waistband open.

Turn the ties and waistband right sides out. Press well.

Turn the bottom of the waistband back piece under 1/2″ and hand sew down.

You’re all done!! What a cute apron you’ve made!!

You could shrink your measurements down and make this for any little helpers you might have around the kitchen too!

Doesn’t it make you want to bake a cake?

Or maybe put it on and eat a cake?

Either way, you will look so cute.

52 Comments

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Phoenix Peacock

    “Because it’s always time for cake.” This is why you and I are such good blog friends.

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Debby Messner

    I need to order that for my B
    D. So cute.

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    This is too cute!! From the scallops, to the ribbon, to the handmade pocket. Love it, Bev!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Kara

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Great tute and super cute apron. My sis-in-law would LOVE this for a Christmas gift (but then again, what girl wouldnt?!). THanks for the inspiration!!

    Kara @ Mine for the Making

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    AprilK

    So cute! I don’t think I am talented enough for this…yet…

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Christine Aldinger

    no it just makes me want the apron!!! how cute i need to find a sewing machine!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Christine

    It’s so cute Bev! Your tutorials are always so precise and detailed…they are wonderful…Thanks!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Liz

    That is soooooo cute! Thanks for the great instructions. I love it! :)

    ~Liz

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Lynne

    So cute! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Amy @ Chicy Creations

    How sweet. It’s perfect! I think I need to make this one, it’s my birthday this week and sadly the only reason I am excited is because it gives me a valid excuse to eat cake!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Happier Than A Pig in Mud

    Turned out great, it’s really cute!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Chari

    Hi there…

    Ohhh…your “lets eat cake” apron is just sooo darling!!! It’s one of the cutest aprons that I’ve ever seen! All the extra little details really do make is so pretty…like the cake trim around the waist…and the little scallped lace around that pretty embroidered pocket…and the scalloped hem! Gorgeous, my friend! Ohhh…and I love the pink gingham fabric!!!

    You did a marvelous job with the tutorial! I know that must have taken alot of time and work putting that together for us! Thank you so much…and I love, love, LOVE your apron!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Jill

    What an adorable apron! and so much work gone into a fabulous tutorial too!

    I’d love if you’d link this post up to my weeky “Round Tuit’ party at:

    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/2010/09/round-tuit-16.html

    Hope you have a lovely week

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Christie

    I LOVE this and love aprons! We have purchased many…my girls have one for each holiday, but how special would it be, if I could make one for them! I am a beginner sewer, so this might be too much, but I will save for later! LOVE it!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    sue weems

    Very Cute! The little cake on the pocket is just the right touch to make it feel more ‘personal’. I would make it for a gift, but I don’t know anyone that like aprons….more then I do. So guess who will just keep it! lol

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    merrie

    Oh, that is so cute!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Gwen @ Gwenny Penny

    This is so adorable! And so detailed! Just too cute. Bravo!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Melissa Howard

    The apron turned out really cute. The ribbon is definitely icing on the cake.

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Mindy

    Let them eat cake! And wear a fabulously cute apron in the process! Darling, darling.

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    texttussi

    This is just too cute for words! I love it! And now I’ll have a look at your other posts.

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