Hi guys!

Sarah from Wanderstitch here again, back on the Minerva Crafts blog with my next make which is... AN APRON!

I tend to get a bit clumsy in the kitchen and usually end up with something down my front, so I thought the time had come to make a fun apron to keep myself clean.

The pattern I chose was Kwik Sew 3247, which comes in both adult and child sizes (both sizes are given in the envelope). As well as an apron you can also make yourself a matching oven mitt from this pattern!

Even though this apron would still totally work in a quilting weight cotton or a poplin, I wanted to give the Cotton and Steel Canvas Fabrics a try - they have some really awesome prints. As much as I was tempted by the colourful prints - you know I can't resist! - I felt I couldn't pass up on this apple print Fabric. After all, what better fabric for a kitchen apron than one with food on it?!

The canvas is a good weight fabric, and would definitely be useful for bags and home furnishings too - especially cushions, which are also another simple make! I didn't prewash it, like I would usually do with dressmaking fabrics, because I figured that it doesn't really matter too much if it shrinks a little in the wash. 

As there's only one size of apron for adults, you've not got any decisions to make about which size to cut. The only thing you have to decide on is whether you want to add on the two small patch pockets - I knew I wouldn't use them, so decided to leave them off.

This meant that the make was going to be super simple - just three pieces:

1. The main body of the apron

2. The strap

3. The facing for the inside of the apron

Even if you do decide to add the pocket, that only makes the fourth piece, so it's definitely not an overwhelming make.

Life will be a little bit easier if you have an overlocker (to secure the raw edges of the facing and the hem), but you can totally use a regular zig-zag stitch if you don't have access to an overlocker - so don't let this put you off!

One thing I really liked about the construction of the apron was that the strap slides through a channel - made by the facing - from one side, all the way up through the neck and back down the other side. So you could adjust the height of the front of the apron by making the neck strap shorter. I was a little bit worried that the weight of the apron body would cause it to just slide down the straps, but this definitely doesn't appear to be the case. The strap is very secure within the facing and you have to pull on it to adjust it - there's no way it would move on its own.

Overall I'm very pleased with the finished result - it was a simple make, the fabric is awesome, and I now have an apron that's much more exciting than the ones in the shops. The oven mitts would actually make fabulous gifts as well - perfect for a 'new home' present! (or even a matching apron-and-mitt set for a Christmas gift if you're feeling super organised and want to get started on that already!)

This would be a perfect beginner project - there's no buttons, no zips, and nothing too fiddly - and an excellent way to use some of the other prints available in the beautiful canvas range from Cotton and Steel.

I hope you've enjoyed this post - I'll be back again next month!

Happy sewing,

Sarah // Wanderstitch