Over the past few months here at Home Ec 101, we’ve learned an awful lot about the basics of sewing. We know the straight stitch and the Frankenseam, we know how to hem trousers two different ways, how to repair holey jeans, and we even learned how to darn socks, but for those of you who are result driven (like me!) these projects may not have been very interesting or rewarding. Though hemmed trousers and the sewing basics are practical, they’re not often the sort of thing that creates shareable results. Welcome to the sewer’s quandary: to mend or to create?
When you’re not completely secure in your knowledge and skills, you may opt to limit your sewing to mending. Given the cost of fabric these days, I understand your pain. Who wants to spend $20 on a project only to have it not work out as planned? I sure don’t—and I’ve been sewing for years! Fortunately for all of you Nervous Nellies and Tentative Timmys out there, today’s post will introduce you to a nifty project that is incredibly inexpensive and so simple you may want to get your kiddos involved!
Bandana Half Apron
What You’ll Need:
- 1-22”x22” bandana or tea towel*
- 2-36” long ribbons
- Sharp sewing scissors
- All purpose needle
- Seam gauge or measuring tape
- Matching or contrasting thread
- Iron and ironing board
*Note: 22”x22” is good for older children and petite adults. If you need more coverage, go for a 24”x24” (or larger) square of fabric—just remember to look for something with finished edges unless you feel like hemming them yourself. There’s no need to measure yourself unless you’re ordering online, just hold the fabric up and see if it covers you from waist to knee.
Step One: Use your seam gauge to measure the width of your ribbon, then multiply that measurement by two. Set your seam gauge to that measurement plus 1/2 inch. For example: If your ribbon is 1 inch wide, set your seam gauge to 2 1/2 inches.
Step Two: Fold over the edge of one side of the first piece of ribbon, then fold it again to encase the raw edge of the ribbon. (Just like we did in step one of this post.) Press the crease into place using the iron (make sure to use the correct setting for your ribbon), then straight stitch along the edge of the fold to prevent future fraying. Repeat on one side of the second piece of ribbon.
Step Three: Find the side of your bandana with the copyright information (if applicable), then use the set seam gauge to mark the second measurement (2 1/2″ in the example) on that side of the bandana.
Fold the bandana on that mark, then press the fold using your iron. While the iron is hot, press the rest of the bandana.
Step Four: Straight stitch along the bottom hem of the ironed fold to create a tube. When you reach the end, turn your work to reinforce it.
Step Five: Insert the raw edge of one piece of ribbon one inch into one side of the tube created in the last step. Straight stitch along the edge of the tube to secure the ribbon. Repeat on the other side of the apron using the second piece of ribbon and you’re done!