April 30, 2014

Making a functional kitchen apron

I needed a distraction and had the opportunity to make a one-of-a-kind apron for a friend to give as a gift to her fiancé. She was looking for something that was visually appealing but durable and practical and that would fit him well. I followed a traditional apron shape but chose to cut the top half on the bias for visual interest and lined the apron in a smooth, but washable satin. Clothes are protected but the apron won't cling, so it'll still look good while pulling a pan out of the oven.

There are plenty of pockets and long ties. I included a clip for hanging a potholder or towel (apron-clipped towels are SO handy). A unique feature is the overall style neck strap. Rather than a two-piece tie or the usual adjustable sewn-on strap, I used overall clasps so it's super easy to adjust but if you like having the apron higher up on the chest, it can come off and on with a simple clasp - no adjustments or retying needed. It looks cute too. My husband is modeling the apron below (note: the straps aren't adjusted).


I packaged the apron up, wrapping it in a stretch satin with a fabric bow and padded the box with sequened fabric rather than packing peanuts. The great thing about using fabric as gift wrap is that the recipient might find a use for it. There's enough here to cover one or two throw pillows or make a fun halloween costume.

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