Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pillowcase Apron Tutorial

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Whew!  You girls sure show up for gore.  Well, sorry to disappoint, but there will be no stomach-turning photos of dirty floors in this post (or possibly ever again)!  But thank you for indulging me one gross-out post per year.  

Instead, we'll return to our regularly-scheduled broadcast of everything lovely or of good report!

I had a blast last night with the women of Relief Society during our cookie exchange.

Having 13 Girlfriends in my home, laughing and chatting until the wee hours of the evening was quite therapeutic, and yes, I made everyone admire my sparkling clean floors.

My husband said that he could hear me laughing the whole night, and that made him happy.
What a sweet man I have.

But enough about that.

Here is a neat idea for a last-minute gift...if you need one.

During our Secret Sister gift exchange last week, a sister gave a homemade apron sewn from a vintage pillowcase.  She had never sewn anything in her life and it turned out so sweet.

So I decided to try it out myself.  Here is an apron that I made for a dear friend for Christmas.

It's fairly self-explanatory, but here's a link to the original tutorial.

Start with a pillowcase.

Cut it like this.

Then cut the smaller piece into strips and a pocket and sew and you're done!

Or you can change it up a bit with different fabric for the tie like I did...and add scrappy fabric flowers on the pocket.

My son just asked me, "Did you put cupcakes on that apron?"
What a cutie.

To make these I just twist the fabric and then twist again around itself until it looks flower-like and then I hand-stitch the back until it is secure.  Sounds right to me anyway!

And when it's all said and done, you'll have this to give away to someone sweet and wonderful who has made this year special for you!


  1. I wish I could make that. I bought a sewing machine last May.. and I used it for about a week.. And got so frustrated. I could not teach myself. My lines were all shaky.. it took me ten minutes to thread it. Didn't know how I am supposed to end a stitch (am I even using the right wording?) finally, just gave up. Been in the closet ever since. Looked for a sewing class in town. nothing. hopefully when we move to a bigger city, i can find one then.. hopefully that move will happen soon. bleh.

  2. such a creative and simple idea. thanks for sharing :)

  3. such an adorable apron! love the gray polkadots and the pink flowers together!!!

  4. So cute! Things like this make me want to learn how to sew. Maybe one day when I can afford to buy a sewing machine that will be my new skill-instead of a college course a crash course on sewing!

  5. I love the fabrics you chose! I like having an extra cute apron when I'm entertaining... so Ican switch out of the grungy one that has kept me clean and into the nice clean and cute one and feel a little bit like June Cleaver. :)

  6. Thank you so much for the tutorial for the apron. I might try it! What a great Christmas Idea.
    Happy for you that you had a great night with friends.
    Blessings to you! LeAnn

  7. i like that apron. I just found a christmas one in my decorations box that I made and gave to my mom years ago, now I have it back to use again!

  8. Oh, I love it. What a great way to use pillow cases, and you can always find some at the thrift store or the discount store. I love the contrasting fabric and the cute little flowers!

  9. This is beautiful! I have collected a bunch of pillow cases that need to be created into something new! Cheers!