Sunday, April 1, 2012

"A" is for Aprons #2

Sew: Ana White work aprons version 2:

Ana and I added a few options to the original pattern and design.

1. We added the option of pleat tucks in the main apron piece where it meets the waistband, for those that may prefer an apron that opens up:

These tucks allow the apron to lie flat against the body while giving 'room' in the pockets for tools and supplies.

You can see how the pockets magically have more space, they're more open:

Or you may still prefer the original flat apron as well:

2. We added a pencil slot option near the right edge.

The perfect cozy spot for your pencil to rest and you'll always know where to find it.

3. We also added a ruffle detail to some of the aprons.

Kick up that cute girly factor just a notch with a fun ruffle on your apron.

Here's how to make the modifications:


1. Use the original apron plans from Ana White here and my post here.

Before you pin the waistband to the apron in Step 7 make 4 small 3/8" tucks and pin:
(I made them at 3" and 7" off center on both sides.)

Then go to Step 7 and add the waist band.


at Step 3 add another stitch line 2" from the edge and only through the front and back pocket pieces.

The solid black line below denotes the stitching line:


Using 1" bias cut strip at 48" long, run a long zig zag stitch just off-center and pull one thread to get the 'ruffle':

Pin the ruffle to the front pocket piece 1.5" from bottom edge:

Then straight stitch down the middle:

Thank you Ana for all your help and constructive comments in making the work aprons not only look good but provide purpose and function for all DIYers.

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  1. Very impressive and very cute!

  2. Now I have to make one, too! Please come share at

  3. I am going to pick up some drop cloth canvas on my next trip to Home Depot - probably today. That place has become my new favorite store! I love the modifications you made, and I was even thinking of adding a pencil slot myself. The pin tucks are a great idea that I hadn't thought of. Can't wait to make one (or two)!

  4. I love the idea of having everything I use frequently on me in its own spot. How awesome to be working with Ana!

  5. Every DIYer needs one of these. So cute. I'm so glad I found your blog via the DIY party and I am now following so we can stay connected. I would love if you stopped by and follow too. Lori

  6. Hi Jaime! I'm near-hopeless and woefully unprepared for sewing endeavors... so I ordered one of these aprons from you last week! I just got it and LOVE it. You and Ana are incredible- and so inspiring. I really could have used this when I tore my closet apart last weekend. Now onto the next project...

  7. I was talking to Ana about your aprons at SNAP. These are the best invention for a DIY gal!!! Thank you so much for the pattern!

    And for sharing them in the Parade!