Making an Apron from a Vintage Table Cloth
I love a vintage linen table cloth. Every time I see one at a flea market I feel like I have to adopt it, bring it home with me no matter how stained and full of holes it is and breath new life into it. You just can't replicate the delicate colors, gorgeous prints and interesting patterning in modern cloth. If the cloth does have stains or holes, you can usually work around it to make something new. You can check out the vintage table cloth pillows I made here. My sister-in-law saw the vintage table cloth apron that I made for the Woodstock Library Benefit Auction (you can check it out here) and requested one for herself for Christmas. So I made one for her. Shhhh....don't tell her! Follow my instructions below and make an apron for yourself or for a Christmas gift!
Direction for sewing an apron:
- 1 Vintage table cloth
- sewing machine
- lining fabric
- Cut out each element of the apron. The top, bottom, pocket and strips for the straps.
- Sew the pocket to the front of the apron.
- Gather the sides of the apron and pin. Then sew a straight stitch across the gathering.
- Cut out pieces of lining fabric to match the straps for the top and waist of the apron. Place the lining fabric and vintage fabric face to face and sew the long edges, leaving one side unsewn. Turn right side out, iron and sew a straight stitch at the seams to keep the straps flat.
- Cut out a piece of lining fabric to match the top of the apron. Place the two pieces face to face and sew the sides. Place the straps inside of the two pieces of fabric and pin the top to the inside of the top part of the apron. Sew the top edge.
- Turn right side out and iron.
- Lay the top part of the apron face to face with the bottom part of the apron and pin together. Sew together.
- Lay the apron flat and pin the waist strap to the front of the apron. Sew to the apron. (Optional: sew lining fabric on the back side of the apron where the strap is sewn on.)