Cross Back Apron From Recycled Tablecloth

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Introduction: Cross Back Apron From Recycled Tablecloth

About: Hello, my name is Auroris. Every day we have the opportunity to learn new things, to rethink tired processes, and to improve the way we work.

Hi friends!

I want to share with you how to sew Cross Back Apron from Tablecloth. Maybe you have a tablecloth that didn't fit your table or one which is not in perfect condition but you are still keeping it, Now its time to reuse it and sew a simple and stylish apron. Cross Back version is fast to slip over your head and it will nicely drape.

Sure it will become your favorite apron model!

Supplies

  • Tablecloth or Fabric 80x60 cm
  • Cotton webbing 1.2 m
  • Iron-on sticker
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Step 1:

We will make an apron for size S-M.

Do not cut the hem at one side, use it as finished bottom side. Cut out:

  • a rectangle with 80 cm / 32" height and 60 cm / 24" width
  • 2 strips by 60 cm / 24"

Step 2:

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, pin together to secure the fabric from slipping. Draw a curved line (like 1/4 oval shape) and cut out accurately.

Step 3: Iron the Edges

Fold a thin hem along the edge, over to the wrong side, and then fold it again so no raw edges will show. Make several cuts on the curved side to release the tension otherwise, it will be difficult to fold the fabric. Iron-on and pin it.

Step 4: Sew With a Straight Stitch Around the Top and Sides

Step 5: Straps

First, fix the straps to the top. Sew forwards and backward 2 times to secure it.

Now twist the strap and pin it to the opposite side, that will be under the arm. Measure your apron, the straps should be aligned correctly. Check and sew the straps into position.

Step 6: Pockets

I use a table-napkin for pockets.
Cut out 35cm x 20cm rectangle. You can cheat again and keep the finished hem, but if you have the raw edges fold them and iron on. Find a good position for pocket, pin it an sew the bottom and sides. Leave one big pocket or split it into 2 by stitching throughout the middle.

Step 7: Iron-on Sticker

Place the sticker in place and cover it with a piece of fabric. Iron over for 15-20 seconds without steam and then let it completely cool down.

Step 8: Done! It Looked Pretty Easy, Didn't It?)

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    19 Comments

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    GrimSteve
    GrimSteve

    1 year ago

    Hey mate! I love how straight to it and simple youve made this! I have never even touched a needle and thread but i reckon ill give it a try and post pics!

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    Auroris
    Auroris

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for appreciation! yeah.. it's time to learn a new skill ;) Good luck

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    smbrown
    smbrown

    1 year ago

    First, the origin of elephant and the bird iron-on must be revealed to the public! This will be one of the Christmas presents to my wife and 2 chef sons. Great instructions!!!

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    Auroris
    Auroris

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi! I ordered those stickers from AliExpress.com
    Search by “ Washable Heat Transfer Iron Sticker” and you will find a lot of options/ and sellers.

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    bbennett26
    bbennett26

    1 year ago

    Hi. Could you give me some indication as to how high/low the pocket should be? Maybe a measurement from the bottom of the apron to the bottom of the pocket!

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    Auroris
    Auroris

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi!
    My pocket is 22cm /9 inch - from the bottom of the apron to the bottom of the pocket.

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    cutelittledevil
    cutelittledevil

    1 year ago

    This is going on my to do list. I love vintage tablecloths, but usually they are not quite suitable for clothes.
    That is a really cute iron-on sticker. I don't think I ever can across such a thing.

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    Blood_artisan
    Blood_artisan

    Question 1 year ago

    Do you know the measurements for XL I want to make it for my brother as a surprise so I cant just measure him

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    Auroris
    Auroris

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi, I don't know the measurements for L-XL, I only sewed for my mother and friends and that's the size S-M size.
    But after some research I came to the conclusion that for the L-XL size you have to increase the size by 30-35%, but for Man XL is even better by +50% in sizes. And you need to make the sleeve cut more deeper.
    For comparison:
    Women M: Bust around 36 inch, Waist around 28 inch
    Men XL: Bust around 46 inch, Waist around 38 inch

    I hope this little bit of help will be a step forward,
    Pls share your experience, we will be grateful.

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    Blood_artisan
    Blood_artisan

    Reply 1 year ago

    My brother is gonna love new his painting apron thank you modeled by our mother

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    I like the way you did the permanent custom-fit straps. I've been wanting to make myself a new workshop apron, and I hate having to adjust fit every time, and deal with twisted straps that don't lay flat over shoulders.. so when I get around to it, I'll be doing it this way! :D

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    Auroris
    Auroris

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanx ;D

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    covehithe
    covehithe

    1 year ago on Step 8

    That's what I like - nice clear instructions and images - well done
    I've now cut out the material and pinned it together so I know it fits The webbing is arriving Friday - wearing it at weekend barbecue ( socially distanced off course??)

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    Auroris
    Auroris

    Reply 1 year ago

    I'm glad you liked this apron model. You should make a photoshoot at BBQ and share your outfit with us :))

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    Rileyfelt
    Rileyfelt

    Question 1 year ago on Step 8

    So measurements are for S,M, do you have them for L,XL?

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    Auroris
    Auroris

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi, I don't know the measurements for L-XL, I only sewed for my mother and friends and it almost the same S-M size.
    But after some research I came to the conclusion that for the L-XL size you have to increase the size by 30-35%, but for Man XL is even better by +50% in sizes.
    And you need to make the sleeve cuts more deeper.
    I hope this little bit of help will be a step forward.
    Pls share your experience with us, we will be grateful :)

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    WWHverring
    WWHverring

    1 year ago

    Great! Just what I almost needed! :^)

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Cute and I like that you put a bird on it :)