You might have seen this project a few weeks ago at Skip to My Lou – but in case you missed it I’m reposting it here!
I love sewing all sorts of projects – but I have a special love for all things vintage. I think I was born in the wrong time period. :)
It is pretty much my favorite thing to take something old and maybe sitting on thrift store shelf, and turn it into something pretty and fun! That is just what I have for you today! This Colorful Vintage Handkerchief Apron is soooo easy and quick to make and it would be a great gift or just something fun to wear for your Christmas baking.
It’s made up with a few bright vintage handkerchiefs – you can use some family linens if you have them or check out Etsy, eBay or thrift and antique stores. I find them all the time.
I’ve finished the waistband on this apron in one of the easiest ways ever – with some satin blanket binding! No cutting out a bunch of fabric – just a little sewing and you’re done!
How to make a Colorful Vintage Handkerchief Apron
Here’s your materials list:
- 6 vintage handkerchiefs – each at least 11″ x 11″
- lining fabric – 15″ x 33″ – I recommend something light
- satin blanket binding – 2 1/2 yards
- Sewing machine, scissors, pins, etc.
Start by laying out your handkerchiefs to see what order you’d like them in. You’ll need two rows of three. I would choose handkerchiefs that are in good condition and not super thin.
Cut out your lining piece. Hem the two short sides and the bottom.
Sew together the handkerchief rows. Overlap the handkerchiefs so the prettiest edges are on top, and sew them together to make two strips of three. Sew an easing stitch along the top edge – which is just basically a gathering stitch that is only very lightly gathered.
Lay out the lining and lay the bottom ruffle of your apron over the lining so it hangs over the bottom of the lining about 1″. It should measure from the top of the lining to the bottom of the handkerchief row 15″. Pin in place and sew this ruffle down, just inside the top edge of the handkerchiefs. The handkerchiefs should overlap the sides also just a little bit.
Sew the top row of handkerchiefs together and sew your easing stitch along the top. Line the top of the handkerchiefs up with the top of lining and baste together with a gathering stitch. Gather the top edge up to measure 18″.
Cut a length of your blanket binding 2 1/2 yards. Measure out the center 18″ of the binding and mark with pins. Place the apron skirt between the pins in the opening of the binding. Pin in place well. Sew the binding closed all along the open bottom edge, sewing the apron skirt in place as you go. Fold the ends in if you wish to form an angled end. Isn’t this pink ombre ribbon binding fun??
And that’s really it! So fast right? I think it would make such a sweet hostess gift. If you can bear to give it away that is!
I hope you like it!