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Monday, September 27, 2010

Fat Quarter Apron Tutorial

Make an apron out of a fat quarter in no time flat! Start making some now for christmas gifts, or do like me and just keep it for yourself.

We give so many fat quarters away I thought I'd whip up a quick project for you. All you need is one fat quarter, some cute trim, and twenty minutes.

If you don't know what it is, a fat quarter is 1/4 yard of fabric cut into a fat rectangle 18"X22" instead of a normal 1/4 yard which is cut long and skinny at 9"X44".

So grab one from your stash and get the full Fat Quarter Apron Tutorial after the jump...

And remember, leave a comment on this or any post this week and you could win that awesome fat quarter up on the left to make your own apron!

How to Make a Fat Quarter Apron

1. Pre-wash and iron your fat quarter. I used an awesome matryoshka fat quarter by Kokka from Fabricworm, and some trim, but you don't have too. If using trim you need one piece 1.5 yards long, and two pieces 3/4 of a yard long.

2. Cut a 4" wide strip off one long side of your fat quarter like so:

3. Iron each short end of the strip 1/4" to the wrong side. Then iron each long side 1/4" to the wrong side:

So you've got a long piece that looks like this:

Now fold it in half along the length with wrong sides facing and iron:

Set it aside.

4. Now take your remaining fat quarter and lay it so the long side is on the bottom, wrong side up. Use something round (i used a lampshade but a plate works well) to trace a rounded corner:

Draw it on with an air erasable marker:

Fold your piece in half and cut the rounded corner along your drawn line:

Open it up and it looks like this:

5. Now take your 1.5 yard piece of trim and pin it right sides facing to the whole rounded edge of the apron. You want the pretty part of the trim to the inside, on the apron, face down:

Pin it all the way around:

Baste it on. Basting is sewing with a straight stitch set to a wide width, like a 5.

Now flip it over to the back of the apron and iron flat:

It looks like this from the top:

Sew it on with a straight stitch all the way around. Now it looks like this:

6. Now take your waistand piece we made earlier and lay it out, choosing which side you want to be the front of your apron and putting that side up (pay attention to which way your pattern is facing). Lay your apron under it. Is it the same length? Mine is slightly wider:

So I made a pinch pleat in the center by pinching with my fingers and pinning in place:

Open up the flap:

Place one end of the apron inside the flap about 1/2" down from the top fold:

Pin in place. Repeat on the other side, pin all the way across:

Remove your first pinch pleat pin and replace after you place it inside your waistband:

On each side open the flap and place the end of a 3/4 yard piece of a trim right side up aligned with the top fold:

Pin all the layers together:

7. Sew down each side and all the way across the bottom of the fold. I did two rows at each side to securely hold the apron ties in place:

Finish the ends of your trim, I just tied them in a knot:

You have made yourself a fat quarter apron! Now try to take a picture of yourself wearing it where you can see the apron, you don't look fat, your pajamas pants are hidden and the stains on your shirt don't show. I dare you!

So, got any great fat quarter projects we should know about? Tell us in the comments!

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Blogger Jacinda said...

See?!? Didn't I tell you it was perfect for this weeks FRIDAY{SURPRISE}PRIZE?? LOVE THIS PROJECT! It makes a perfect little gift!

September 27, 2010 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

If I had such cute fabric prints I would definitely be keeping it for myself. Thanks for another great idea for a fat quarter, can't wait to try this myself, for myself of course!

September 27, 2010 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Um... I'm just going to go ahead and thank you for explaining what a fat quarter is. I'm not NEW new to fabric/sewing but didn't have a clue what a fat quarter was. I wasn't, however, going to be the doof that had to ask... and I am apparently too lazy to do the research and find out on my own.
But now I have been enlightened.
Thanks! :)

September 27, 2010 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Mao Mao said...

Sweet and vintage look!

September 27, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Ok. I already made one before my kids even got up this morning! So much fun! I'll post a pic in a bit.

September 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Tegan Aubrie said...

AWESOME Christmas gifts. Thank you!

September 27, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Sandi's pretty fabric is calling my name
Make an apron from a fat quarter?
Sure, I'm game!
I'll trim it up with some rick rack maybe
and end up with a beautiful gift
all thanks to Prudent Baby!

September 27, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

My girl has a kid apron that she won't wear when "cooking." I figure it's because I don't wear one because I don't have one, but I think this tutorial is going to fix that issue! Thanks for sharing.

September 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger juliette said...

I'm on it like white on rice! I've been on the hunt for a simple little project I can do with 2 wee Irish girls I know, and this looks perfect!

September 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Jessibee08 said...

holy fat quarter bat man!!! what a genius idea~ I give you a BOOM and a POW for making my Christmas shopping that much easier!!!!

September 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

WOW, how cute!

September 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

NO WAY! How adorable!! Can think of a handful of mamas right now who need one! Thanks!

September 27, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger The Fiorillo's said...

I love this! i am going to be making all of my Christmas gifts this year and i know just who to make this for!!! besides myself :)

September 27, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Super adorable! I'll definitely be making one for myself. I can't cook worth a lick, but at least if I have one of these I can look good while I pretend to.

September 27, 2010 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Annika said...

Super cute!

September 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Ali Smith and Noah Thomas said...

Drooling over that cute fabric! I assume it's no longer available? Can't wait to make these for a lot of friends with girls.

September 27, 2010 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger The Chidisters said...

This is darling...I am thinking Christmas gifts for my sister-in-laws!

September 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

its becoming quite clear to me that i need trim.

September 27, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger plainjanesews said...

that is on my teacher gift list now.. thanks so much for the tute.. love that fabric!

September 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

definitely will make one.
thanks for tutorial.

September 27, 2010 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Stephanie B. Cornais said...

Oh, I love it! I have been wanting to whip up an apron for some time now. Thank you for this tute! And thanks for explaining what the heck a Fat Quarter was!

September 28, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger My Little Cupcake said...

Super cute! I posted a link to this on my blog

September 28, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I have been meaning to make aprons for gifts for all of my friends for the past 2 holiday seasons. Alas, it hasn't happened. I think I will have to try to get this one done. Just a special request- I am a rather messy cook/crafter/gardner and need something in a full length apron for myself... Got a tutorial for one of those?

September 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am in a craft swap,I'm 37 weeks pregnant and was having a total lack of creativity. This was perfect! I had everything on hand and whipped it up over the boys nap time. Granted it took me over an hour, I used ric-rac for the first time ever and when it was done I wanted to keep it. Totally making Christmas ones as gifts for all the women and all the little girls in my family :)

September 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Lesa said...

ohhhh I think I just found some fun (and inexpensive) xmas gifts for girlfriends! Thank you for sharing!! Yours is adorable!

September 28, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Ammie said...

I <3 <3 <3 this! Your fabric is so cute, and adding the adorable trim at least LOOKS easy. Thanks.

September 28, 2010 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

This is so cute and you're a great teacher. Even I, a person with no experience sewing in over 15 years completely understood. I feel like this would be a good starter project for me and my new birthday present, a sewing machine!! Just need some fabric and other essentials first so I'll bookmark this until then! Thanks so much for sharing!

September 30, 2010 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Laurie Anne said...

I think I will be making one of these for all the women on our Christmas list! Thank you! Love the fabric!

October 3, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger laura said...

Awesome post!! I have a few you have alternative instructions if you choose not to use trim? Also, I am so new at this, what is a good website for finding trim? Is trim just ric-rac?

October 4, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Angie said...


I think you could "trim" it with anything you wanted. For example bias tape, lace, ric rac, beading of some sort etc. I would think you would want the beading for the tie part of the apron but could decorate the actual apron part with it. Hope that helps a little.....


October 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Zachary said...

I just made mine while 1 kid napped. i used some Japanese fabric with Chickens on it. I love it! Too bad I made it after I did all my baking for the day. Jen

October 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Everyone at work wants an apron. Now I can make a few. Looks easier than what I am doing now.. Still learning to make my own bias too.
Love the material

October 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

These are great and so easy to make! I worked with a Halloween/Fall theme- it would be great for a teacher, especially an art teacher. So cute. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!!

October 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Rescued Goods said...

What an awesome tutorial. Looks like I will be putting off the Halloween costumes for about 20 minutes longer! Thank you!

October 25, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Love this! I will be featuring it on our blog Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to get started on mine!

November 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger jennieo1024 said...

Ok, so I am BRAND-FREAKIN-NEW to sewing. Like, I got a sewing machine a month ago(literally), and this was my 1st project that did not involve just stitching straight lines....

And while it DID take me more than 20 minutes to make, I finished this in about 2 hours, AND it looks GREAT! Is it perfect? No, but I am so pleased with how it turned out, and rather pleased with my sewing,....which is probably just a fluke, or something to do with the quality of the tutorial.

Anyway, I think I'm actually going to make one for my mom for a stocking stuffer! Thanks for the great idea!

November 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

That is absolutely gorgeous :) I was wanting to make myself an apron for Christmas, and then thought my sister-in-law would like one, too. This would make a great gift! I'll have to make two, though, so I can have one as well! And maybe a mini one for my daughters :)
And I love the fabric. I have a Russian Doll obsession! I've made a bag with gorgeous Russian Dolls on it, and would LOVE to have an apron with Russian dolls. I'll have to go looking for some cute fabric. Thank you for a great, simple pattern :)

December 1, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Great tutorial! Just made my own and it was very easy. Check it out at

December 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Kimara@weefolkart said...

Great tutorial. As a horder of fat quarters, it's always fun finding new patterns to turn a single fat quarter into a BIG project. I'll be linking on Facebook. Thanks :)

December 11, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger The American Homemaker said...

Very cute!

December 11, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial...I am going to Pin-it so I have a copy of it so when I catch up on my UFO's I will be making these....FOR SURE!..grin...

Shannon Margaret
Shannon.Margaret.Brott (at) gmail (Dot) com

January 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger shorty said...

Love this project! We don't get too many fab fat quarters in NZ unless imported & paid well for them. This will be my new fat quarter obsession... after making bibs, cuffing baby trousers, and making tiny beds with pillows for friends' daughters' dolls.

January 16, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger afjenny said...

Just got some fat quarters on sale for $ glad I found your tutorial! Thanks o much for the easy and CUTE idea for fat qtrs.

March 5, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Hey there! I featured your apron tutorial on my blog today!

Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!


March 9, 2011 at 7:52 AM  
OpenID anestinthemaking said...

Hi! I love this tutorial! I made an apron for myself this past weekend and blogged about it here! I hope you like it! And thanks for the great idea!

Kristi @ A Nest in the Making

June 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Sandra B said...

Woo hoo! I'm new to sewing and I just made this all by myself without a single call to my mom. So stinking proud of myself! Thanks for your super-easy-to-understand directions.

June 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Ausmerican Housewife said...

My mom followed this tutorial and made her own additions/subtractions to make this apron for me. :)

She used this fabric from fabric worm: Monaluna Metro Cafe. I love it! She also made a purse from it for me!

August 5, 2011 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Just decided to make one of these for my sister - thanks for the tutorial!

December 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Molly Halpin said...

I'm going to try this tomorrow, but make it reversible so I don't have to use trimming....

January 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM  

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