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Apron Skirt Tutorial

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This is such a simple and easy little skirt to make. I wanted to do something different than just a bunch of plain skirts for Skirting the Issue and this is one of them that I decided on.


I used about a 1/2 yard for the skirt and maybe an 1/8 for the little apron. A fat quarter would be great!! ๐Ÿ˜‰



Step 1 –ย 

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Fold over the edges on 3 side by a 1/4″, press and fold them again by 1/2″

Then ย stitch them in place.

PRESS again!


Step 2 –ย 

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Next ย cut out a heart from the main fabric, just like cutting a heart from paper. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then ย pin it within an inch of its life and zigzag it all around.




Step 3 –

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Set the little apron aside and fold and press your hem. Fold and press 1/2 ” and then again by 3/4″.

Then ย stitch it in place and press again!



Step 4 –ย 

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Now, pin the apron to the skirt, wrong side of apron to right side of skirt.

Sew a line of stitches across the top to secure the 2 pieces together.



Step 5 –


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Next, pin and sew your back seam.

Press it.



Step 6 –

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Now, you are going to make your elastic casing.

Fold over the top of the skirt by 3/4″ and press. Then fold it over by 1″ and press.

Sew the casing but make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic.

Pin one (or both ends) of the elastic with a large safety pin and thread it through the casing.

Sew the ends of the elastic together.

Sew the casing closed.

You are now DONE!!!!!!

Sit back and admire your pretty little appliqued apron skirt! ๐Ÿ˜‰


As always, if you have any questions, just hit the Contact Me button at the top of the page and shoot me an email! I always answer back! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me know if you find this easy to follow!







Reverse Applique Knee Patches Tutorial

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Here is what I have been working on for so long…. A while ago my cousin (Sandra over at Rivas & Co.) commissioned me to make a t-shirt into short-alls and a pair of leggings with diamond shaped reverse appliqued knee patches with a matching bib. It took me FOREVER, or at least it felt that way!! I goofed SO many times on this…. I think I made 4 different sets!!! The first time my machine at the leggings. GRRRR!! The 2nd time I cut and/or sewed the patches in the wrong way. The print is a little crazy and the lines are not straight. I had to cut, pin and sew them JUUUST right. Then on the 3rd, I did every thing just right but when I went to cut the top layer over the patches, I cut the leggings instead!!! YILES!!!! Finally the 4th time was a charm! Good grief! LOL

So here is what I did.


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The 2nd and 3rd attempts were made from this black t-shirt. The 4th attempt was from a different one. The 1st attempt was from some black jersey knit.

First I cut off the sleeves and collar. Then I cut the shoulders and sides. That left me with enough fabric to make 2 pairs of toddler leggings.



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Then I cut the legs. These are for leggings so the legs are skinny and there is more room in the seat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I cut them, I used the t-shirt hem for the leggings hems. ๐Ÿ˜‰



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Next, I cut the diamond shapes from 2 fabrics, 1 main and 1 for stabilizing.



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Then I pinned and sewed the patches to the INSIDE of the leggings.

Next, I trimmed the excess from around the stitching. Be very careful here! THAT’S where I cut the hole in the leggings!!!



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Now, I very carefully snipped the fabric from over the top of the patches and cut off the excess.

After that is done, you simply sew the leggings like you would any pair of pants. ๐Ÿ™‚



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This is the matching bib. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope she loves them!!!


If you would like a step by step tutorial for making the leggings, you can follow my tutorial for the T-shirt Tunic and Leggings.

If you feel that you would prefer a pattern, try SquigglyTwigs Designs Quick Pantsย (you might recognize the model over there), just be sure to cut the legs narrower. ๐Ÿ™‚


My next few projects will probably be very hush-hush. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be working on my Pay It Forward gifts for 2013! I can’t wait to get started!!




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