March 1, 2011

craft culture:: t u t o r i a l:: craft vendor apron.

guest blogger:: Rebecca Moran, Happy Baby Designs

I have been preparing for the Cowtown Indie Bazaar (as I'm sure many of you are as well!), so I figured I'd share my tutorial for a craft vendor apron with you. When I sold at my first craft fairs last year, I quickly realized I needed some kind of apron to hold my money and a few other important items (pen, paper, cell phone, chapstick). I searched high and low for a tutorial on how to make one but I couldn't find one that I liked (and was within my skill level ☺ ). So I decided to come up with my own design.

Here's what I came up with...

Cute, huh? And it's super functional, too! It securely holds my money on one side and my notebook, pen, cell phone, etc...on the other side.

Here's what you'll need to make your very own Craft Vendor Apron:

2 Fat Quarters or similar size pieces of fabric (the liner piece is slightly heavier duty than the outside "decorative" fabric).
1.5" Piece of Velcro
2 pieces of 27" Quilt Binding Bias Tape (or other trim/bias tape for your ties).

Prewash and Iron your pieces of fabric.
I got this cute Fat Quarter for FREE on Mother's Day at a local quilt shop. Isn't it so sweet?
Take your liner fabric and lay it out about 3" from being folded in half.
Decide what side you want your velcro pocket on (I put mine on my right since I'm right-handed). Then pin your velcro in place making sure the 2 pieces line up together (I wanted the scratchy side against my body so my hand wouldn't get scratched every time I reached in and out of the money pocket...which hopefully will be a lot! So put the scratchy part on the long half and the soft part on the short half).
Now stitch your velcro in place. I used a zig zag stitch to secure it well (since I'll be reaching in and out of it so much to put all that $$$ in there ☺).
Now you want to prepare your apron ties. Start by ironing your bias tape and cut 2 27" pieces. Unfold it slightly at one end and fold down the end about 1/2".
Now fold the bias tape back in half. This will finish off the ends of your ties nicely.
Now stitch along the entire length of your ties to "close" the bias tape. You should have 2 ties that look something like this when you're done.
Now place your 2 pieces of fabrics right sides together. Sandwich your ties between the 2 pieces and pin in place (make sure to pin the ties about 1" from the top to allow for the stitches and turning the fabric).
Now pin the 2 pieces of fabric all around to prepare to sew. (Your ties are between the 2 fabrics)
Sew all the way around your fabric, leaving an opening to turn your fabric. Clip the corners and turn your apron right side out. It will look something like this...
and this on the other side...
Iron your apron giving a nice crisp line to all of the edges. Before you fold your apron in to it's "apron shape" you want to stitch across the top of your pocket (the short side of your apron that doesn't have the ties). Now you can fold up your apron, matching the velcro pieces together and pin it in place. My "rectangle" wasn't exactly a perfect "rectangle" at this point, but it doesn't really matter. Just make sure you line up the edges perfectly.
Now you want to sew around all of the edges, reinforcing and securing the apron in place. It will also serve to close the hole where you turned your apron right side out. And finally, stitch down the center, forming your 2 pockets. I stopped my stitch about 1" from the top because I figured it'd be a little easier to get my hand in and out if there was little slack.

And there you have it! The perfect craft vendor apron {patting myself on the back}. These would actually be great as an all-purpose craft apron, for teachers, a garage sale apron, really anything where you want pockets. There are lots of details you could add to this simple apron. You could embellish them with appliques, round the corners, add some decorative trim. The possibilities are endless!

If you make one, I'd love to see it. Send me pictures to And as always, please only use this design for personal use (i.e. you or your friends, not your Etsy shop ☺).

Thanks to Etsy Fort Worth for letting me guest post today! I'd love it if you'd come by and visit me at my blog, This Present Life and check out my shop, Happy Baby Designs (I'm also on Facebook and Twitter with links to both on my blog). And if you're attending the Cowtown Indie Bazaar in a couple of weeks (eek!) stop by and say hi!

::::A big thank you to Rebecca for her contribution! Here is a little more about her! Hop on over to her blog and say HELLO!::::

I am a stay at home mom of 2 toddlers (ages 3 1/2 and 2). I've always been a crafter, but last year I decided to make every gift I gave. I started my blog to chronicle all of the projects I was working on. I discovered that I love to sew and make baby things so I opened up my Etsy shop, Happy Baby Designs.


Margaret said...

Thanks for the easy to follow instructions, what a cute apron! I look forward to meeting you at The Cowtown Indie Bazaar. I will be there as a vendor and a shopper.

reveldesignsdiary said...

great tutorial!! and now I'm a follower of your blog!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

@Margaret - Thanks so much and I look forward to meeting you!
@Cindy - Thanks!