From the Archives: Reversible Apron and Hot Pad Tutorial for Father's Day! - Published June 12, 2015
Looking for a fun, fast and easy apron pattern for the big and tall guy in your life? Kris made up this nifty reversible one and you can whip it up in no time! It makes great use of your fabric too, because you can use scraps for some coordinating hot pads. Make it for Father's Day with this groovy butcher/meat combo, or just use any fun prints you love!
Materials (fabrics by Dear Stella Designs):
1 yard Sunburst Stripe in charcoal
1 yard Kiss the Cook Butcher's Chart in charcoal
1 yard Kiss the Cook Meat in gray
1/3 yard thermal batting, such as Insul-Bright
Scraps of thin cotton batting, enough for 2 - 9" squares
1" curtain grommets (can be found at JoAnn's)
1. Using Sunburst Stripe, cut five 3"-wide strips from selvedge to selvedge (approximately 43" long). Trim off selvedge edges from each of the strips. Sew three strips together at short ends in order to make one very long strip. Cut the other two strips 31.5" long. On one end of each of the three strips, foldand press 1/4" towards the wrong side.
2. For the long strip, fold right sides together lengthwise, and sew a 1/4" seam at the opposite end from folded edge. Pivot and continue to sew a 1/4" seam along the long side of the strip. Turn strip right side out. This will take a little while - be patient! It'll pay off in the end. Use a chopstick to help you turn the strip. Press and top-stitch a 1/8" seam around the perimeter of the strip.
Repeat this step with the other two strips. Set aside.
3. With right sides together, and selvedge edges matching, layer Butcher's Chart fabric on top of Meat fabric. Fold layered fabric from selvedge edge to selvedge edge. You should have all four selvedge edges together. Using your rotary cutter and ruler, square up along folded edge and trim top and bottom edges so that they are straight.
4. Position the fabric on the cutting surface so that the folded edge is on your left. Measure in 6" from folded edge and mark with a pin through all 4 layers.
Measure down 18" from top right edge and mark with a pin.
Using your rotary cutter, cut an arc from one pin to the other.
Set aside the smaller piece for hot pads. From left folded edge, measure in 17" and cut off right selvedge edges. Separate apron pieces.
5. For the Meat side of the apron, make a pocket for the front by cutting a 12.5" square out of Sunburst Stripe. Fold right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along raw edges, leaving a 3" gap for turning. Turn right sides out and press. Press the turning gap 1/4" inside the pocket, making a double-sided rectangle. Top-stitch 1/8" around the perimeter the pocket. To mark the center of the pocket, fold pocket in half, short ends together, and press a crease. Open pocket. Find the center of the Meat apron piece by folding in half and press. Center pocket on top of the Meat side of apron (and low enough where it will be functional - you might want to hold it up to your body to place it correctly) and pin into place.
Sew around sides and bottom of pocket, following the top-stitching. If you like, sew down the center of the pocket, following the crease you made earlier, and backstitching on ends to secure. Set aside.
6. For the Butcher's Chart side of the apron, lay out apron piece right side up on a flat surface. Center the long strap across the front of the apron and 1/2" down from side edges.
Measure in 10" from edges of apron and secure strap at mark. Starting 1/2" inch in from sides of apron, stitch strap down over original top-stitching to 10" pin mark; pivot and stitch across strap to other side of top-stitching, pivot again, and sew back out towards edge of apron, stopping 1/2" from edge.
Repeat this process on opposite side of apron. Find center of apron and mark with a pin on the strap. Stitch a vertical line along width of strap on this center line, backstitching to secure both ends of the stitched seam.
7. Press both sides of the apron well. On both pieces, fold bottom edge up 1/2" and press.
Fold straps in at sides, and pin away from the edge so that stitching won't catch the strap when sewing the pieces together. Pin apron pieces, right sides together, matching up all edges. Sew a 1/2" seam all around the sides and top of the apron pieces. Do not sew the bottom edge yet. Clip corners and inside curved seams.
Turn right-side out, making sure to poke points out with a pointed tool (such as a chopstick). Press. Pin bottom edge together, then top-stitch 1/4" all around the perimeter of the apron.
8. Following manufacturer's directions, attach curtain grommets to upper right and left sides of apron, lining up circle template about 1/4" away from top-stitching.
Take one of the shorter straps that you made in step 1, and measure 5.5" from one end and mark with a pin. Loop end of strap through the grommet and line end of strap up with pin mark. Stitch strap to itself to secure.
Your apron is finished!
Make the hot pads:
Using extra fabric, cut two 9" squares from each of Meat and Butcher's Chart fabrics. Cut 2 pieces of insulated batting, each 9" square, and also 2 pieces of thin cotton batting, each 9" square. Starting with the Meat fabric right side down, layer one of the insulated batting squares, followed by a cotton batting square, and topped with the Butcher's Chart fabric, right side up. Pin together and quilt however you like. I used a basic stripe quilting pattern with my walking foot. For binding, cut two 2.5" strips of Sunburst Stripe, from selvedge edge to edge. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Attach binding strips however you choose and finish as you would a quilt.
And here is Kris' husband modeling the apron!