|For the skirt, cut (1) 18" by 30" rectangle|
For the pocket, cut (1) 9" by 30" rectangle
For the waistband and pocket trim cut (2) 3" by 30" strips
For the ties cut (2) 3" by 44" strips
For the hem, cut (1) 6" by 30" strip
Fold over toward the right side of the fabric and press. Make sure that when you press your binding that you cannot see the backside of the pocket fabric peeking over the top from the front side. You only want to see the binding at the top edge.
Beginning at the bottom of the pocket, stitch following your guide line to the top edge of the pocket. I like to do 2 lines of stitching here. Always start at the bottom edge of the pocket to avoid puckering. Repeat for the other side of the pocket.
Now take your remaining 3" by 30" strip and your (2) 3" by 44" strips. Sew one of the 3" by 44" strips to each side of the 3" by 30" strip. Press the seams open.
Lay your apron skirt down, with the right side of fabric facing up. Center the waistband that you just created on top of the apron skirt with right sides together. You can pin it in place if you like.
Stitch the waistband to the apron skirt.
Press the seam up towards the waistband.
Fold the waist ties with right sides together and beginning at the end of the tie, stitch the short end and with the needle down, pivot and continue sewing until you get to the apron skirt.
Another view of stitching the ties.
Stitch until you reach the point where the apron skirt begins. Repeat the process on the other side.
Clip the corner of the apron tie close to the stitching but be careful not to clip the threads.
I use a wooden dowel to turn the ties right side out.
Gently push out the corners. I use a large safety pin to carefully pull out the corners. A crisp corner can really make a difference and make a garment look "finished'. After you have done both side ties, take the apron to the ironing board and press the ties.
Press under 1/2" on the raw edge of the waist band.
Now fold the waistband over and press in place. Make sure that when you press the waistband the folded edge is just slightly over the stitching line so that when you top stitch from the other side you will be sure to catch this side in your seam.
Take your apron with the right side of the fabric facing up, begin top stitching at the intersection of the waistband and ties, pivoting at the corners with your needle down.
Top stitch across the apron waist band until you come to the intersection of the tie on the other side. With your needle down, pivot and continue all the way around the waistband, until you return back at your starting point.
At this point you are done! Stand back and admire your work!
Maybe by now, you've worked up an appetite?
Put on that apron and make something yummy!