This DIY project is for your favorite cook, dog lover or both..
I created this project with a good friend in mind – she is a a busy mom, a great cook and is the owner of a very unique dog. I have know them both for many years. Her dog Benny is quite the character and I thought he would be the perfect model for my 2012 Happy Holidays Apron.
This apron is super easy to make. It is a great gift for someone special in your life – it is useful, personalized and sure to make the recipient smile for years to come.
This project was made with a store bought apron. You can choose how much or little you want to customize the apron. My whole project didn’t break the bank – store bought apron, fabric from my closet and image transfer paper [ I had to buy the paper]. To update the apron, I chose to add colorful waist ties and a fun picture of my friend’s dog .
- Store bought apron
- 2 colors of fabric
- Image to transfer onto fabric
- Transfer paper
- Pins, needles, sewing machine, iron, ironing board
8 easy steps:
- Gather materials. I bought the apron from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores for under $5.00. I usually like to sew everything, but the apron was inexpensive and made this DIY project something even a non sewer could do..
- Measure the length of the apron from 1 waist tie end to the other end. Using that measurement – cut out 2 long strips of fabric 2 1/4″ wide by the length measurement. Cut 1 strip in your front/self fabric and another in your back/lining fabric.
- Turn and press the seam allowance of the straps approximately 1/4″. Do this for both front and back pieces.
- Pin down at the waist across the front of the apron. Make sure the strap is level at the waist from side seam to side seam. Note -new strap should also be level with the original apron waist ties.
- Sew down the strap from side seam to side seam.
- Pin the back/lining strap to front strap. Starting at the side seams – sew the front and back straps together.
- Transfer the image onto your fabric. There are a few options for transferring the image. You can use Avery products or The Electric Quilt Company. Cut the image to size leaving at least a 1/4″ seam allowance around all sides. Press and turn seam allowances under. Pin dto chest area of apron. Make sure the image is aligned with the top edge.
- Sew down the 4 sides of your image.
That’s it – Happy Holidays everyone.