This square or 4 corner apron is quick-to-make and perfect for the beginning sewer but clever enough to appeal to all sewers. Selecting the coordinating fabrics is SO easy because it looks good in everything. Whether modern, cottage, Christmas, or barbecue, the apron takes on the personality of the fabric! By the way, it’s very comfortable AND flattering!
Adjustments in size are made by the length of the neck strap on the apron — 23″ to 26″ for small, medium, or large. Slightly more fabric is required for the apron if using vertical print fabrics (like stripes) or one-way vertical print fabrics (like chickens). This pattern is selling great for those intending to give an apron as a gift — customizing it for the receiver’s personality by using themed fabrics.
Why is the size of the front panel different from the back panel – by 1/4″? Claire, MA. This is on purpose — our thinking that staggered seam allowances lay flatter or reduce bulk on the inside (a technique used in couture sewing). Originally, the back panel was smaller that the front panel but currently, the back panel is 1/4″ larger that the front panel. This also helps to provide ‘wiggle room’ for matching the two large square panels together. Use the front panel edges to measure your 1/4″ seam allowance at the sewing machine!
A great tip! Use the front panel (with trims attached), with RST, to cut the back panel. Brilliant! You don’t have to measure anything and they fit perfectly every time!
Here’s another great tip: when cutting out your pieces, I always seem to screw up! I have found that if I cut the larger pieces first, I can fit the smaller pieces in here and there. Otherwise, I buy 1 1/6 yd instead of 1 yd.
I leave the openings for the ties on both sides (about a 2″ to 3″ opening each) around 3″ above both side corners. The opening up higher doesn’t make any sense! Cindy, ARPin It