Simple Sewing Tips and How to Make a Vintage Inspired Apron: An Introduction

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I don’t know if I’ve told you before how much I love to sew.

I’m not perfect… not by 5280 feet.

My mom taught me what her mom taught her, and I’ve plugged along reading books and teaching myself some techniques.

But I’m a mostly just measure, cut, sew… rip out, start over and make it work kinda girl!

And I haven’t sewn a ton over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love it, baby!

Anyway, I’ve made a couple of aprons here at The Bold Abode.  This Vintage Inspired Apron, I sent to my sweet Mom-in-law.

Vintage Apron 1


And this Vintage Inspired Apron, I gave away on the blog!


Beth was the luckie-duckie and I do so hope she liked it.  I think she did.  Here’s what she said on Instagram.

Well, I was rummaging through my fabric stash, and came upon an entire duplicate of Beth’s Apron… still yet unmade.

Apron found in fabric stash!
Here’s the find on Instagram!

You can find lots of sneak-peaks on my Instagram feed.  I {heart} Instagram…

How I lost that project in the abyss, I’ll never know, but it’s back.  And I thought I would use this time around to share some simple sewing tips.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share with you my new series:


Simple Sewing Tips: A Custom Vintage Inspired Apron

I’ll share the steps I take to create a one-of-a-kind Vintage Inspired Apron as well as the simple sewing tips you need to know to create your own.

  • How to Make a Custom Pattern for a Vintage Inspired Apron
  • How to Make and Attach a Ruffle
  • How to Make a Box Pleat {It’s easy!}
  • How to Make and Add the Waistband

And then I’ll put it all together and, maybe… we’ll just have another Vintage Inspired Apron to Giveaway!

I freakin’ LOVE to sew, and I’m going to do more of it!  And I’m going to show you how I do it, breaking it down into simple easy steps so it’s not so scary and mysterious.

It breaks my heart when I hear my lovely friends say they could never sew… or don’t know how… or are scared of it.

If this self-taught, short-cut-taker, fan-of-the-lazy girl can do it…

Anybody can!

So are you ready to get down and dirty with your sexy sewing machine and make your own Vintage Inspired Apron?

Let’s get on with Part 1 and Make our Vintage Inspired Apron Pattern!




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  1. you, my friend, are so talented! i am hitting ikea friday and planning to get some fabric to make emmy some new shams…. time to dust off my machine.

  2. So pretty Gwen! I love the mix of colors and fabrics!

  3. These aprons make me wax nostalgic…will be good for culling the stash! Making pretty things is so much fun and I have great
    memories of my Grandma wearing similar ones .

    1. These little babies are great for culling a stash! And they make me remember my Grandmother, too. She was always wearing a half apron to cook!

    1. Isn’t fabric just wonderful! I hope this series will help you get your groove on and love that machine, girlie!

  4. Yay! This sounds like so much fun! I hardly ever sew, but I love it when I do. I’ve been using my machine a bit more lately since I have a little dedicated space for it now. I’m ready to dive in and learn some more!

  5. I <3 sewing! I go through dry spells and then I seem to run a sweatshop in my craft room that goes on for days! I've had a lot of projects swimming along in my head lately, time to get crackin!'

  6. Have you ever posted the rest of this series? The links don’t seem to go anywhere. 🙁 I really wanted to see how you did the rest of this.

    1. Hi Michele! I just posted How to make a Ruffle today. I’ll be back on Friday with How to make Box Pleats and then next Monday with How to make a Waistband. It’s all written and ready to go! Thanks so much for asking!

      1. No problem, I just found your site that night & saw this was an older post so thought maybe I was missing something.

  7. Thanks for the tutorials! I made a cute apron out of bright summer materials and added pockets. Not sure how to post a pic or I’d share it with you. The boxed pleats are great! I did add more material for the ruffle than what the pattern calls for.

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