Here is what I'll be showing you how to make:
The supplies you'll need to get started are as follows:
-A 5 gallon bucket (I picked up one at my local hardware store for about $5)
-1 yard each of a main focus fabric and a contrasting fabric
-sewing machine (if you have a walking foot for your machine I highly recommend you use it for this project. If not, pin like crazy.)
-chalk pencil or something to mark on fabric that will wash out
1. From your main focus fabric, you need to cut:
-2 pieces measuring 17.5" x 13.5"
-1 piece 22" x 17.5" (pocket #1)
-1 piece 15" x 17.5" (pocket #2)
-1 piece 11" x 17.5" (pocket #3)
2. From your contrasting fabric, you need to cut:
-2 pieces measuring 17.5" x 13.5"
-3 2.5" x 13.5" strips
-3 2.5" x WOF (width of fabric. Fold fabric in half from selvedge to selvedge) strips
-2 3" x WOF strips
This is my main focus fabric. Pictured are the two pieces 17.5" x 13.5" that I cut.
3. For the 3 pocket pieces you cut, you need to fold each of them in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press along the fold. After you've done that your pockets should look like this:
Repeat this step with the bottom edge.
5. When step 4 is complete, you need to layer the pocket pieces on top of the large 17.5" x 13.5" pieces of your main fabric.
To mark my stitch lines for the pockets I used a chalk pencil and a large acrylic ruler.
Now, this is where the walking foot on your sewing machine will come in very handy. It helps to feed the top and bottom layers evenly through your machine to prevent bunching.
Once you have stitched over all of your lines, your piece should look like this:
8. Now we need to make the binding that will go all around the 3 outside edges of each pocket apron. If you are a quilter like me, you may not need to follow along for this step, but I took pictures of this process for my non-quilty friends too.
Take the 3 pieces of contrasting fabric you cut that measure 2.5" x WOF. To make the binding, you need to sew all three of these pieces together, end to end like this:
Repeat this step again to add the 3rd strip. When you are done, you should end up with a very long strip of fabric. We now take that very long strip of fabric and fold it in half, wrong sides together, lengthwise, and press all the way down. You should now have this:
9. Time to attach the binding around the outer 3 edges of the pocket aprons (we are leaving the top open for now).
Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, begin at the top and begin stitching down the edge. When you get about 1/4" from your first corner STOP. This is where it feels a bit like making origami...
10. It's now time to fold the binding over to the front and stitch it down. Turn your work over so you are looking at the main focus fabric (the side with the pockets). Fold the binding up and over that edge:
When you are finished, you should have 2 pocket apron pieces that look like this:
Remember back in step 4, when we made the pocket binding? We are basically doing the same exact thing here. The only difference is that you will need to fold in both ends of each strip about 1/2" like this:
12. THE LAST STEP! YAY!
All of your sewing, cutting, measuring, folding... that's all done. Now we just need to tie a couple knots.
All of the pictures and steps can seem intimidating, but I made this project start to finish in just a few hours time. And that includes the time it took taking all the photos, writing steps down as I went along, and leaving for a bit to pick up my kids from school =)
Please let me know if you have any questions or if any steps aren't as clear as they should be. As this is my first tutorial I wouldn't be surprised if I skipped a necessary photo or two. Also, if you make this project, I would love to hear from you to see how it turned out!