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« on: September 28, 2006 08:32:40 PM »

Sweet Apron made from a Pillow Case Tutorial

Step 1. Select your pillowcase. I get mine from the thrift store - they're 99 cents each there, and I'm always able to find really nifty ones. If you look at the above photos, you'll notice that at the bottom of the apron there is some type of neat-looking trim. Most of the pillowcases I find have this on them already - at the opening to the case.

Step 2. Cut your fabric



Cut your pillowcase into two parts. The bottom (aka the opening) part will be the apron, so make sure it's approx. the length you desire.



Cut the second piece of the pillowcase (aka the part that is NOT your apron) in half lengthwise.



Take the half that has 3 edges sewn (aka the top of the pillowcase). This will be where your pockets stem from. Cut a piece from this as wide as you'd like your pocket to be.



Match your first cut pocket to the other side of this piece of fabric and cut out your second pocket.


You should now have five pieces.
1) the apron body (not shown)
2 & 3) the pockets
4) the piece of fabric from between your pockets
5) another piece that we haven't dealt with yet.


Fold the piece that remains from between your pockets in half. Cut along the fold line. This will form two pieces which will be sewn as the pocket flaps.


Move to the spare piece of fabric. Cut it in half length-wise.


Cut one end open on each spare piece length. These will become your tie straps.


In total, you should have cut seven pieces from the original pillowcase.
1) Apron body
2 & 3) pockets
4 & 5) pocket flaps (picture on top of pockets)
6 & 7) Tie straps (loooong pieces)

Step 3: I like to sew-it, sew-it!


Turn pocket flaps right side together. Sew edge except the top. Turn right side out. Ready to sew.



Turn the pocket pieces right side together. Sew the edges together (minus a small opening). Pull the pockets right-side out again. They're ready to sew on.



Arrange your pockets and flaps on the apron. Try to keep your kitty OFF the apron.



Sew ties right-side together only on ONE side. Fold over top of apron. Fold raw edges under and pin in place.

Sew ties, on both sides. Sew pocket flap on bottom raw edge (underneath, on side that will not show). Sew pockets on right, bottom, and left edges.

Final touch - I used no-sew snaps - attach snaps to your flaps. Topstitch whatever you'd like to have a decorative finish on.



The finished product!

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2006 09:10:42 PM »

very nice tutorial!

i really enjoy the apron... makes me want to make one even though i'm not an apron user...
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006 12:00:30 AM »

Thanks for this tutorial!  The apron turned out really nice.  I've been meaning to make an apron lately, so this should come in handy...
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006 04:38:45 AM »

lovely tutorial!  thank you. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2006 06:13:09 AM »

Great tute! I love the pillowcase you used.
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2006 06:13:26 AM »

so cute! i love it!
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2006 08:38:51 PM »

Thanks so much for the tutorial.  I hadn't realized that you finished it.  Great job.  You included the pockets which is an added bonus.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2006 06:20:32 PM »

i love this apron soo much (i really can't sew so i bought one from jen in her etsy shop - so very very cool!)
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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2006 11:42:09 PM »

That apron is way too cute to be worn during household chores.  I'd wear it out over jeans, even though that would be something I'd normally feel silly doing.
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2006 10:51:12 AM »

I love love love this apron! I am going to start one for myself today (and hope I finish it before I leave for work-- drat that work!).
Anyone have any patterns for a halter style apron (free or purchase), like the ones Anthropologie is selling?
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2007 09:20:22 AM »

Too cuuuuuute!  Your tut is great, going to use it today  Smiley  Thanks so much!
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2007 07:24:01 PM »

Post pictures if you make it!
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2007 05:40:29 PM »

Do you think you could use a pair of matching pillow cases and make an apron that has the top chest piece too? I love the idea of reusing items like that, and may have to make something for myself, lord knows when I start quilting I'll probably need an apron to hold my things in! Smiley
 Love the tut, very easy to understand.
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2007 09:03:16 AM »

thanks for the compliments!!!

I'm sure that it could be done! it'd just be a matter of cutting out the shape. I bet that it wouldn't even need to be double-layered - just use seam binding on the edges!

Maybe i'll play around with that someday. if i do i'll upload photos.

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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2007 12:10:37 PM »

That is super cute. Love the idea!!
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2007 02:11:55 PM »

It's so sweet! Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2007 07:14:23 PM »

that's adorable, very helpful tute, too.
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2008 03:07:21 PM »

I just saw this and LOVED it................. Tongue ............I'm new to sewing......though I'm an accomplished crocheter, as well as a self-taught knitter..............this was the perfect project to break me in!!.......Thank you for posting it!......... Kiss


Okay.........so it's been a day............and I'm TOTALLY addicted......... Tongue

I loved this tute so much I jus' HAD to make another.........an' I have another in the works.......... Grin
On the second one I made...........(I have a TON of bed clothing a friend of mine gave me,  with some REALLY cute old pillowcases...... Grin ) ..........I actually used two pillowcases..........and made some minor changes to it........... Grin  .........and I plan to take the remnants to either make a third,  or to make some really chic oven mits........as I also have tons of old denim I can put to good use for the filler in them......... Grin
In the bag of bed clothes........I also came across some absolutely fantabulous handmade pillowcases......I thought I'd post a pic to see if you had ideas about how to alter the pattern for those......... Roll Eyes

Pics to come soon!.............. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2008 09:29:47 PM »

I decided to try this tonight & it turned out great.  I still haven't posted enough times for it to let me post a picture but here's a link to it - http://bp2.blogger.com/_rbrCwiWFVyA/R4b-GInetxI/AAAAAAAACKY/c5fukwoNWAw/s1600-h/DSC_0129.JPG
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« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2008 08:51:41 PM »

Adorable and great tute!

I love your fabric Merry and yours came out cute too!
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now that's pretty fancy! great tute
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« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2008 09:06:33 PM »

Adorable and great tute!

I love your fabric Merry and yours came out cute too!

I used a pillowcase that I got for $0.99 at Value Village.  I love how it turned out!
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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2008 09:45:17 PM »

I'm glad it's working well for everyone!
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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2008 01:27:14 PM »

I love the idea of using pillow cases, so adorable! I have quite a few vintage cases I've collected over the years (many from my mom who's gone now), and the idea of being able to wear them like this, well, it's just neat-oh! Great tutorial, thank you for posting it!
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« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2008 03:20:25 PM »

LOVE IT!  sew cute!  Thanks for the Tute  *off to look for pillow cases*
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« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2008 09:00:23 PM »

Okay.........here's the pics of the ones I made......... Smiley
The gathered one is still in progress in the pics........but I've finished it now and I'm already using all three!........ Cheesy






Lovin' them ALL!!!......... Grin

Still have two hand-crafted cases.........gonna take pics soon........I hope someone can help me figure out some adjustments for the pattern for them....... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2008 06:44:45 PM »

absolutely awesome
If I make one, I'll probably end up wearing it outside of my kitchen..
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2008 07:31:31 AM »

Thanks Raina! This was my first sewing project that I've made since I was 12 or 13 years old (I'm 28 now). Your tutorial was easy to follow and I love my new apron! Thank you!!
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« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2008 09:32:47 AM »

sooooo easy and cute i might add.
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« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2008 10:42:20 AM »

thanks so much for the tute - the apron is truly delicious!
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« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2008 12:24:42 AM »

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!  I know it has been on here for awhile but I just saw it. I can't wait to make one....SO cute!!!
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« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2008 10:54:43 AM »

This is really cute. I'm a hoodie kind of girl because I love sticking my hands in the pockets because my jeans' pockets are too small. But, during the summer it gets too hot to wear hoodies so I need some other alternative. An apron is a great idea. I already wear skirts over jeans sometimes (when I feel like wearing a skirt but I don't feel like shaving my legs) but having something with pockets would be a bonus. I don't cook very often so I wouldn't wear it in the kitchen.
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« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2008 06:56:24 AM »

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. What a great way to use existing materials!
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« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2009 11:46:01 AM »

This is nifty.  Now I have a use for the pretty pillowcases lying around.
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« Reply #34 on: June 17, 2009 07:46:07 AM »

I'm sure I've seen this before, but I love this!  Add to the pile of projects...now, if only I hadn't just hauled everything from the "cleaned-out-the-closets-stash" to goodwill last week...man!  Oh well  Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: June 17, 2009 03:38:40 PM »

  Roll Eyes ...... Donation day at Goodwill ALWAYS doubles as craft shopping day at Goodwill.............. Grin Grin
Oooooooooooooohhhhh......pretty curtains and sheets............and jeans!!!  Oh my!.............. Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #36 on: June 17, 2009 05:59:53 PM »

awesome tute and I absolutely love the pillowcase you used. I am never able to find anything like that at the thrift store.. and I look!! Maybe I should go to the next town and look.. lol.
I am totally not an apron person but I might have to try this =)
Thanks for sharing =)
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« Reply #37 on: June 17, 2009 09:09:01 PM »

I may have to try this. I've been wanting an apron so that I can have extra tissues and other supplies for my students at hand. CUTE!
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« Reply #38 on: June 18, 2009 12:39:51 PM »

I saw this on the homepage, it's awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.
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Awww! The apron came out so cutee! Thanks for the tut! I will definitely be on the lookout for some cute pillowcases next time I go to the thrift store so I can make one Grin
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« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2009 09:18:40 AM »

I saw this on the homepage, it's awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

it was on the homepage? SO COOL!!!! THanks Smiley
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« Reply #41 on: February 18, 2011 07:29:48 AM »

I know this is a super old thread now but I had to bring it back because I just tried this tutorial out today.

This is, I think, the third thing I've tried sewing since I got a (quite lightweight, and it did struggle!) sewing machine for Christmas, and I'm so chuffed with it.

I got these pillowcases from my ex boyfriend who had it in his stash of bed linen that he'd accumulated from his mother (who is a right hoarder). As soon as I saw them I just knew they could be turned into something awesome, with such pretty floral pattern - if I ever learnt to sew. So I kept them. Two years later, and here one of them is, reincarnated as an apron!

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