Reene Witchard tackles Crazy Patchwork for this issue’s Block of the Month and here’s an extra project to put it to good use!
Reene’s simple but stylish apron comes together in no time and is perfect for a quick dose of ‘me-time’ sewing
Finished size: approximately 27×17”
½ yard of linen (or your choice of fabric) for the apron and pocket
8” WOF strip for the apron ties
5” square of thin cotton or quilter’s muslin for crazy patchwork base cloth
pile of pretty scraps big enough to cover the 5” base cloth
5” square of double-sided fusible webbing (Bondaweb or similar)
From the linen, cut an 18×28” panel for the apron and a 7×13” panel for the pocket.
From the apron-tie fabric, cut two 4” x WOF strips.
Constructing the scrappy heart
Follow steps 1-4 in Quilt Now issue 5 to make one scrappy heart.
Constructing the pocket
3 Press ¼” seam allowance towards the wrong side of the pocket panel along the two short edges. (See Pic A.)
4 Press ¼” seam allowance towards the wrong side of the pocket panel along the bottom edge. Fold the corners in for a neat edge when you sew the pocket on to apron later on. Pin in place. (See Pic B.)
5 Press ¼” seam allowance towards the wrong side of the pocket panel along the top edge. Fold the corners in for a neat edge then fold over by a further ¼” along the top to conceal the raw edges. Press and pin in place. (See Pic C.)
6 Sew ¼” seam allowance around all four sides of the pocket panel. (See Pic D.)
7 If desired, sew a decorative stitch along the top of the pocket panel. (See Pic E.)
8 Remove fusible-webbing backing paper and place the scrappy heart in your desired location on the pocket panel. Fix in place according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Secure the heart in place wusing your preferred stitch. We used blanket stitch and a variegated thread. Put the pocket panel to one side until the apron is constructed. (See Pic F.)
Constructing the apron ties
9 Sew the two 4” x WOF strips together along one pair of the short edges to make a continuous piece. Press the seam open. (See Pic G.)
10 Press the WOF strip in half along the longest edge with right sides together, matching the raw edges as you go. Centre the apron panel on the join in the apron ties and mark the edges of the apron panel on the apron tie with a pin on both sides. Put the apron panel to one side until later. (See Pic H.)
11 Sew a ¼” seam allowance down the short edge and along the long edge up to the pin marker on both sides of the apron ties, back-stitching at the start and finish to secure. Clip the corner of the fabric within the seam allowance at each end of the tie to reduce bulk, taking care not to cut the stitching. (See Pic I.)
12 Turn right sides out and press well. Press a ¼” seam allowance in the unsewn section of the fabric tie. Put to one side until the apron panel is complete.
Preparing the apron panel
13 Sew a ¼” seam allowance down both sides and across the bottom of the apron panel. Use this sewing line as a guide for pressing a rolled hem. Press the seam allowance to the wrong side of the apron panel down both sides, then fold and press this again to conceal the raw edges. (See Pic J.)
14 Repeat along the bottom edge, cutting any excess bulk from the seam allowance if necessary to make it lie flat. Pin or clip in place. (See Pic K.)
15 Sew a scant ¼” seam allowance down both sides and across the bottom of the panel to secure the hem. (See Pic L.)
Attaching the ties to the apron
16 Fold the apron in half along the width, matching the sides together to find the centre. Unfold the apron then align the top centre of the apron with the join in the ties. Pin the apron into place in one of the unsewn sections of the ties, matching the top of the apron with the raw-edge seam allowance of the ties. (See Pic M.)
17 Sew in place with a ¼” seam allowance, then press the seam towards the tie fabric, ensuring that the fabric lies flat on the right side of the apron. (See Pic N.)
18 Flip the apron over and pin the other open edge of the ties to the apron, taking care to cover the stitching line that you have just sewn. (See Pic O.)
19 Top-stitch close to the edge around all four edges of the ties to close the gap and finish the ties neatly.
Attaching the pocket to the apron
20 Align the centre of the pocket with the centre of the apron, then pin in place down both sides and across the bottom. (See Pic P.)
21 Top-stitch close to the edge around the three pinned edges, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure in place. Sew a line of stitching from the centre of the bottom of the pocket panel to the top of the pocket panel, backstitching at the beginning and end to create two sections. (See Pic Q.)
22 If desired, finish the pocket panel with the same decorative machine stitch used in Step 7. Press and admire your handiwork.