Vendor Apron From Pillowcase Tutorial

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About: I like crafting and am kind of addicted. I'm currently working on starting my own craft business. You can check out my site here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ABirdInTheHandArt

I have seen other craft vendors wearing these cute little half aprons at shows and have been wanting one. But I didn't want to pay a lot for it nor spend hours creating one. After some thrift store wanderings, I came up with this pillowcase apron.

Step 1: Cut the Pillowcase


Start by cutting the bottom 10" or so off the bottom (closed end).

Step 2: Fold


Next, fold up the cut end twice so that the folded end lines up with the hemmed edge of the open side. If this is confusing, you can look at the diagram I included at the end. The reason I folded over twice rather than just folding up once was because it allowed me to skip hemming that edge as well as give the apron a little extra thickness.

Step 3: Sew


Now, sew along the two edges as well as two times in the middle; this will give you three pockets. Just measure your pillowcase to know where the seams should go; I had to measure in about 7" from each side.

Step 4: Attach Ribbon


For the ties, I used thick ribbon but this is also open to your own interpretation. I ran the ribbon lightly through a match to seal the ends and prevent fraying. Then I folded down the edge and sewed it to the front of the apron.

Step 5: Overview Diagram


That's it! I liked this project because it was SUPER short and easy. It also is open to lots of tweaks and personalization. Fabric appliques, extra pockets, contrasting edging, etc.

Here's the diagram on how I did it.

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    Noriah

    2 years ago

    Nice idea you've got here. I'd recommend moving the overview diagram to the first step, so that people can have an easier idea of where you're going with it earlier, saves scrolling back and forth.

    If you're going to fold over the newly cut side twice, why do you cut it in the first place? Because three folds would be too thick?

    Though if you're going to cut it anyway, you could use the cut off bit for the ties instead of a ribbon.

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    TabbyDeAnne

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks so much for sharing! I will post a pic when I've finished!

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    sandy-g

    7 years ago on Step 5

    Great idea with the pillow case. I never thought of a pillowcase. I crochet rag rugs so I use pillow cases for ripping. My bad. I read that you are thinking about starting a craft business...I would like to check out your site. Thanxx.

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    jchang8sandy-g

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

    Hey Sandy-

    Thanks for the comment! Rag rugs also sound cool. I bet they are fun to make.

    You can see my shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ABirdInTheHandArt
    And my blog here: http://abirdinthehandart.blogspot.com/