This week I was busy sewing samples and making up kits for the Half & Half Apron project sheet (instructions by Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company).
I’ve got to say I LOVE this little apron pattern/project.¬† It works up so easily and so quickly and the results are fantastic.¬† All the seams are finished and quite professional looking.¬† The pocket is fantastic–though it blends in with the apron body so you need to look closely. You could add lovely monogramming or other cool embroidery to the pocket very easily before stitching on the apron.
Here are the samples I’ve sewn so far:
Tracy’s Review & Tips
1. The Half & Half Apron project sheet is very well thought out, nicely illustrated and very easy to follow step-by-step.
2. Unfortunately, there is no specified seam allowance on this project.¬† I used a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout and it worked perfectly.
The only place that might require a slightly deeper seam allowance is at the waistband since gathers are used and it may be tricky for beginners to deal with “gathering lines of stitching” that close to the fabric edge and stay within a 1/4″ total seam allowance. If you need to go a wee bit deeper than 1/4″ when sewing on the waistband, the project will still come out very nice.
3.¬† For those who do not know how to do “gathers” there is no instruction on how to perform that technique.¬† There is one illustration that gives you some clues.
Here is how I prepared my gathers: I make two parallel lines of long machine basting stitches very close to the edge of the fabric.¬† On one end of the lines of stitching, I find the bottom thread tails for each line of stitching and pull gently.¬† This creates a ruffling effect and you can slide the fabric gently to spread the gathers evenly to the center of the apron.¬† Repeat¬† on the other side until gathered fabric is even across the project and project dimensions are correct.
4. After I finished the apron instructions, I added top stitching to the waistband and ties — all the way around.¬† You could use decorative top stitching for an even fancier result.¬† The reason I added the stitching to the waistband and ties is that I know it will help keep the ties flat when I wash the apron in the future.¬† Without stitching, the ties are likely to “tube up” and twist in the washer and dryer making it more difficult to press flat.¬† Top stitching also adds more durability and a nicer overall finish to the ties.
These kits make gift making go sew much faster!¬† And…once you’ve made one, I bet you’ll be burning through your stash whipping up even more great combinations.
Kits also make FANTASTIC gift giving ideas for fellow quilters or sewing enthusiasts…since this particular kit includes the fabric and the project sheet of instructions, all the recipient needs to get started are rotary cutting supplies, thread and a sewing machine.¬† What quilter doesn’t already have an ample supply of those tools?