Maybe you’ve been thinking about sewing an apron for each of your family members as Christmas gifts. They don’t take long to make.
Simplicity apron pattern number 2691 is a simple pattern to follow. It comes with a table runner and placemats, and although it was published in 2009, it’s a timeless shape and design.
What most people struggle with are those apron ties, so today I’m going to give you some quick advice about making the apron ties even easier than what the pattern package and instructions may suggest.
Take a look at my Chelly Wood doll below. See the apron she’s wearing?
When I create an apron for a Barbie or similar sized doll, I use folded ribbon or double-folded bias tape all along the edges of the apron. Have a look at this one, for example:
Now compare this to the Simplicity apron pattern number 2691 shown at the top of this page. The neck tie area of that apron is very similar, but instead of using ribbon or bias tape, the folks at Simplicity are creating their own apron ties from scratch.
Why would you bother making apron ties from scratch, when you could buy bias tape that does the same thing? You can see what I mean in my video about making an apron for dolls (see video just below this helpful photo):
To see how I applied ribbons to the Chelly Wood librarian’s apron, revisit this video:
Now for a doll, silk ribbons are perfect because they add shine to doll clothes (which children love), but I’ve made human-sized aprons with ribbons and found them to be less effective than bias tape because they’re slippery. This makes the apron come undone while you’re wearing it.
Instead, I recommend using Wrights Double Fold Quilt Binding (7/8″W x 3yds) in a color that matches (or nicely contrasts) your apron fabric. The cotton/poly blend fabric that bias tape is made from will be less slippery and will hold the ties closed better.
Also, bias tape doesn’t shrink when you wash it, so you’ll find your apron ties won’t look wrinkly or weird after washing the apron.
I do, however, recommend that you pre-wash your apron fabric before cutting out your fabric in the apron’s shape.
To learn more about bias tape specifically, you might want to look back at this video:
Now let’s talk some more about your apron’s fabric.
If you’re wanting to make people-sized aprons for the whole family for Christmas, choose fabric that suits the individual and/or the occassion. Here are some ideas:
- Sports-themed fabric
- Anime fabric (for a child or teenager)
- Science-themed fabric
- University-themed fabric
- Star Wars fabric
- Disney character fabric
- Pets themed fabric
- Holiday fabric
Hopefully those fabric links will give you lots of great ideas for your apron-Christmas-gift projects. And remember, if you buy your fabric using one of the links I provide in this blog post, you help support this website and all of its free printable PDF sewing patterns for doll clothes and craft projects!
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