Monday, July 2, 2012

Child’s Tractor Apron

Child's Tractor Apron
My girls and I all have aprons that we use while we clean the house. I wanted to make an apron for my son, so I found this cute pattern online for making a child’s garden apron. I altered it a little by adding another pocket, and I embroidered his name on it. He loves tractors, so I was thrilled when I found this tractor embroidery alphabet.


First I cut two 9.5x11.5” green fabric. I also put thick fusible interfacing on one of the pieces to make it more sturdy.
Then I cut a blue piece 11.5x11.5” and folded it in half.
Then I cut one green and one printed piece 4x11.5” and sewed them together at the top, right sides together.
I used a bowl to trace around the corners to round them off.

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I embroidered the tractor and name on one piece.
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Then, with the blue piece unfolded, I put the printed pocket on top of it and sewed two straight lines to divide the piece into three pockets.

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Then, not thinking, I sewed a line for the blue pocket to divide it into two pockets. I only sewed it until I couldn’t go down any further because of the printed fabric. If I were to do it over again, I would sew the pockets the same so that I could just sew right over the top of both print and blue pieces. For instance, both would have two divisions, or both would have three divisions.

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The bias tape was tricky to sew on. First I made the bias tape by cutting a 14x14” piece of the blue fabric and following a video I found online. I cut the strips 1 3/4 inches wide. It made around 60” of bias tape. I made two strips and had some left over.
Then using my Singer Adjustable Bias Tape Foot, I sewed on the bias tape all the way around except for the top.
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Then I sewed the other piece of bias tape that I had made on the top. I folded it in half to find where the center of the bias tape was, then lined it up with the center of the apron. I trimmed the ends of the bias tape and folded them over about 1/4” to finish them.

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