Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 5

Good morning Scrappers! I am so excited

to share this week's project with you and the story behind it. Aprons are important in my family because food and cooking is important in my family. My Grandma Sheridan was an amazing cook and she loved to make people happy with food. I grew up in her kitchen as much as I did my own mother's. Before I was tall enough to reach the counters, my grandmother stood me on a chair to help cut potatoes or make pie crust cookies. So many of my favorite childhood memories were made in my grandmother's kitchen.

In honor of that lovely woman, we are making aprons this week! These scrappy aprons are fun to make and beautiful to wear. They are easy to resize to any person no matter the height or the waistline. I made one in the adult size for my sister-in-law and one in a toddler size for my 2 year old niece. We'll talk a little bit as we go through the steps about resizing and what to measure for.

Cutting for the Adult Apron:

Cut strips 2 1/2" wide (I chose a range of bright colors and light fabrics)

You will need 1 yard of backing material and four 3" x 42" strips for the waist and ties.

Cutting for the Toddler Apron:

Cut strips 1 1/2" wide (I cut these from the same fabrics as the larger apron so I could create matching aprons for my sister-in-law and my niece)

You will need 1/3 yard of backing material and four strips 2 1/4" x 30" for the waist and ties.

Begin by measuring the waist of the person you are creating the apron for. Double that number to determine how wide your apron strata will need to be. Also measure how long you would like the apron to be.

Step 1. Begin creating your strip sets. I wanted this apron to be approximately 18" long with the waist in, so I made all of my strip sets at least 18" long to allow for a bit of trimming. Piece as many of your 2 1/2" strips together end to end to reach the length you need. As you can see in the image above, I made every other strip start with a light color and the alternating ones I created with no light fabrics present. You'll see why as we get to the finished piece.

Step 2.

When you have enough strip sets to make your apron as wide as you need, begin to piece your strata together, always pressing towards the strip set with the light fabric at the top.

Step 3.

When all of your strip sets are pieced together, trim up both the top and bottom of the strata to even up the edges. I trimmed mine to measure 17 1/2" x 82".

Step 4. Set up your backing material by cutting two pieces 17 1/2" x WOF (Width of Fabric) from your one yard of backing fabric.

Piece the two rectangles together to make a backing piece 17 1/2" x 84" and trim down to the same size as your strata.

If your strata is a little wider or shorter depending on your measurements at the beginning, cut your backing material to match.