Our favorite aprons for hostessing, crafting or just plain enjoying.
We're all for bringing back the apron as an accessory. After all, wouldn't it be easy to throw a little organza number over our simple black dresses, instead of worrying about a new outfit? Or tying on a tailored half-apron instead of lugging a purse? Sounds good to us. Whether you need a cute way to stay clean while cooking or an extra pair of pockets while you craft, we've found a bunch of smart options for any level of sewer. This patchwork half-apron, for example, looks impressive but is a fitting project for a novice.
For a free pocket apron tutorial, visit Cut Out And Keep. (For a patchwork effect, color block contrasting fabrics along the front pocket.)
You might think of seersucker as a fabric for warm weather, but this adorable apron proves that it can go beyond summer. The subtle stripe affords a tailored look, while the texture is exceptionally forgiving of wonky stitching. Another great choice for a beginner.
For the free seersucker apron pattern, visit TipNut.
1920's Smock-Style Apron
Full-coverage never looked so fab. This simple apron is based off of a pattern from the early 20th century and is surprisingly easy to sew. Make this one in filmy organza for a "dress" effect, or back muslin with a contrasting fabric for 2-in-1 flair.
For the simplified instructions, visit Flickr.
Apron Made From a ... Sheet?
Yep, this sweet little number is made from a thrifted sheet. Other surprising material options for aprons include tea towels and pillowcases, but a sheet will give you enough for at least one adult and one child-sized apron. Add trim to give it extra pizzazz.
Cheery Appliqued Apron
Like seersucker, red gingham is often thought of as a summer staple. But it's too cute as an apron, affording an instant "vintage" look. (Plus, red-and-white gingham is popular in Sweden as a Christmas fabric.) The natural grid pattern makes cutting and aligning a breeze.