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CRISS CROSS BACK STRAP APRON… that’s a long title:)
Confession: I am a very messy cook. I also like to wipe my hands on my apron or anything I’m wearing as I cook. As a result, I need a lot of aprons. Usually 1 each day that I’m spending time in the kitchen. This Cross-Back Apron is a real utility apron, and is perfect for me and my messes ( and guys will like it too:))
When I was through Pinterest and came across the picture and fell in love. I had made a Japanese Style Back-Cross aprons before (unfortunately out of scrap fabric so I won’t show you)….and as well, I have worn it out already. I originally purchased the materials to make my for one of my D-I-L’s but made her a girly vintage one instead.
I guess I should disclose. I decided to make the birthday gifts for my family this year. I love making things and giving them away, so these were gifts from my heart. I just recently dropped the ball though. With all this new blogging and learning curve, I kinda forgot my youngest son’s birthday. Not completely, but he got a few cool things off Amazon and shipped quick instead. Sorry Rudy…..not his real name, just a nickname:)
Back to the apron. I also realized when I followed the pin to the site it was to purchase said apron (whaaaaat?), so I proceeded to figure out how to make it. When I was buying the fabric, linen was not at a price I was comfortable spending so went with a more industrial strength fabric, Cotton Duck that would work well too. I think it turned out great and I can hardly wait to mess it up!
CRISS CROSS BACK APRON DIRECTIONS:
45″ of linen fabric about 40″ wide. – I got my fabric at Joann
Package of Curtain Grommets (you need 4 they come in pkg of 8)- I got them at Hobby Lobby
2.5 yards of Twill Tape – I also got at Joann
Sewing Machine and thread
Sharp Fabric Scissors
Chalk or Pencil (use what will show up on your fabric for marking)
1. You may want to wash and iron your fabric first. (I didn’t) I have washed the heavy duck fabric since and it softens up very well….does wrinkle and requires a hot steamy iron. (Linen will be easier care)
2. You will need 40″ wide (and about 45″ long) so cut some off the side if you need to
3. Fold your fabric lengthwise in half
4. To determine the width of the top front of your apron, hold a tape measure up while looking in the mirror. 8-10″ across will probably be fine and add 1″ on each side for seam allowance. Because your fabric is folded, measure 5-6″ out from the fold.
5. To determine where you want your front to back curve to land, hold your fabric against your body. I suggest to have it fall to your waist. Using a pencil or chalk, freehand the curve from your apron top to the back. (See picture)
6. Cut curve (See picture)
7. Snip along curve (about 1/2″ in) so you can fold fabric for sewing. (See picture(s))
8. Roll, pin and iron fabric curve. Stitch along wrong side close to the edge (see picture)
9. Fold, pin and iron top and sides of your apron. Stitch along wrong side close to the edge.
10. Hold your apron up to you and determine how long you want it. Mark with a pin, lay flat, measure and cut, making sure you add another 1.5″ for your hem (or more) Iron and sew close to the edge(See picture)
11. If you want pockets, cut them out of the curve piece or buy a extra inches when purchasing fabric.
Cut and turn and press raw edges under. Sew across the top (these were finished edges on my fabric) and then determine where you want them and sew them on three sides (top open) Make your you double stitch the top corners as they will get the most wear as you use them. (See picture)
12. Read the directions that come with the Grommets. Using their template, trace on wrong side of fabric with pencil or chalk. Cut out the circle. (See picture(s) Note: My fabric was thicker and the grommets I bought were for lighter fabric. I ended up cutting a little bit bigger and also cutting out some of the thick seam to fit them together. It worked great.
13. Snap the Grommets together (See picture) You’ll have to press hard with your hand on a firm surface. but it will come together (be tough!)
14. Cut your twill tape in half. With the two pieces, thread each through the top of your apron. Turn the edge over about 2″ (and then roll the end) and sew in place a few times across so it’s strong. Sew the opposite ends to prevent fraying. (See picture)
15. Weave the twill across and through the Grommets on the back of your apron. Pull it over your head and pull the twill tape ends around your waist and tie. Voila!
There is an easier way to get a look that’s similar. Buy a commercial type apron (they’re usually white poly/cotton blend) Cut off the neck straps and the strings at the waist. Add grommets and twill tape in a contrasting color. (See my directions on how to apply grommets and twill tape) There you have it! Let me know how you did and if you have any questions. Enjoy!