When I read about the Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition on the Live It. Love It. Make It. blog I was so excited - I knew I had to enter! The competition is being judged by the Hilary's Design team alongside Sammy & H from the Live It. Love It. Make It. blog; Hilary from Craft Blog UK; Rosie & Hannah from The New Craft Society; and Caroline from Burkatron.
I went for the Calluna fabric - the colours and abstract nature of the print really appealed to me, and I am now considering making curtains from it for my lounge! I decided to make a girly sweetheart style apron - I am a messy cook and I think this would be the perfect addition to a dinner party outfit! It could also make a cute housewarming gift or a mother's day present if your mum loves to cook!
1 piece of fabric around 1m x 60cm
brown paper, pattern paper, grease proof paper or even printer paper taped together (to make the pattern)
Scissors / Pinking Sheers
Clear nail polish
1. First of all, prepare your pattern - measure 69cm down one side of your piece of paper - this is your first line - at the bottom of this line draw a perpendicular line 30cm long. Then draw a line perpendicular to the end of this 49cm long. At the top of the paper, measure 16cm across and mark. You want to now join this mark to the end of the 49cm vertical line - I would do this depending on your sewing level - if you are fairly confident, do a bit of a curve. If you're no so confident, just do a straight diagonal line. I have a not very fancy hand drawn diagram above so use this as a bit of a guide. For the sweetheart curve, measure 5cm from the end inside line vertically & horizontally then draw a loveheart-esque curve. Cut it out - here is your pattern!
2. Fold your fabric in half & pin the pattern to the fabric on the fold. Cut it out using pinking sheers. At this stage, also cut out 3 rectangles which are 6cm wide and 60cm long, and a large loveheart shape (to form a pocket) with your pinking sheers. Now you have all of your pieces.
3. I used some clear nail polish to seal the edges of my pinked heart as I wanted it to have a pinked, crafty edge. Then I got to work on finishing my rectangles - these will form the straps and neck loop. I folded & pressed the edges in to hide the raw edge, then folded & pressed in half then sewed along the edge on my sewing machine using straight stitch. Repeat this on each triangle! Then it was time to hem the apron itself - I folded in the raw edges and pressed and pinned, then sewed this on my sewing machine with a straight stitch.
4. I attached the straps just below the corner where the curve / diagonal line meet the straight edge on the inside of apron. I sewed this forward, then backward then forward again to make sure that the join was strong. I did this with the neck strap too on either side.
5. Finally, I attached the love heart pocket to the front of the apron using zig zag stitch - this gives it a nice homemade feel.