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Help for Mothers Day?

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#1 by Beginner1
Beginner1 created the topic: Help for Mothers Day?
Hi my name is Jeff and I'm not really an expert with a sewing machine
But does anyone one know of something nice I can make my mom that is at a beginners level
Please and Thank you :)

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#2 by ljforbes
ljforbes replied the topic: Re: Help for Mothers Day?
Hey Jeff,

I think it's really great that you want to make something for your mom. What does she like? I think maybe an apron would be easy. Every mom can use an apron.

Here's some instructions for a really simple apron. Go to the fabric store and ask for a "fat quarter". Trust me, they'll know what you mean even if you don't. Pick a fabric that you like and then buy about 1/4 yard of a fabric that goes with the fat quarter you selected. You will be buying two pieces of fabric. I suggest you pick a nice print for your fat quarter and a solid color for the 1/4 yard cut of fabric.

The fat quarter should measure close to 18" by 22". The 1/4 yard piece of fabric should measure 9" by 44". These are standard measurements, but your actual fabric may vary. Don't worry about it, it will all be okay in the end.

Cut a 2" strip from the solid fabric (your 1/4 yard piece). Make sure you are cutting the strip along the length of the fabric not across the narrow part. Fold this strip in half with the wrong sides of the fabric together, then iron it. Then open it up and fold the sides into the middle so they meet at the crease you just made with your iron. Don't worry, it only sounds complicated.

Now on your fat quarter, take the long side (22") and put at the top. Right now you are not going to do anything with the top side of the fabric. Take the folded strip of fabric that you just created and start at a side edge of the fat quarter. Insert the fat quarter edge into the center of the folded strip. Go all around three sides of your fat quarter. You may want to round the bottom corners so it's easier to put this strip of fabric on your apron. You can round your corners very easily by placing a large plate or bowl near the edges of your fabric and cutting off the corner by following the edge of the plate or bowl. You're going to want to pin your strip fabric to your fat quarter as you go along so it stays in place later when you are sewing.

Put the apron under the sewing foot of your sewing machine and sew on top of the strip fabric. Sew about 1/8" away from the edge of the strip of fabric. You will be sewing the strip of fabric to the top and bottom of your apron at the same time. You can use a straight stitch or a zig zag stitch (looks like the letter Z). Too cool!

Now we are going to work on putting the waisteband onto your apron and we'll make the ties that go around. You should have 7" x 44" left of your solid colored fabric. Cut this in half lenghthwise so that you have two strips that are 3 1/2" by 44". Fold one of these strips in half end to end, then cut in half along the fold. Take one of these half-strips and sew to each end of the long strip. Put the right sides of the fabric together and sew a seam. Iron this seam open -- that means pressing the folded fabric so that they lay on opposite sides of the seam line instead of folding over the seam line and laying on the same side. Sorry if that's confusing.

Next you're going to take the long solid colored fabric strip and fold in half lenghthwise with wrong sides together. Iron to get a center crease. Then open up your strip of fabric and turn under 1/4" of fabric on each long side. Fold back together again. Now you need to find the center of this long strip and mark with a pin. Then fold your apron bottom (the fat quarter piece) in half to find the center of the top of the fabric (the side you didn't put the previous strip of fabric on). Match the center of your apron bottom to the center of your long strip of fabric.

You're going to do the same thing with this as you did when you put the narrow fabric strip around the three other sides of the fat quarter. Starting from the center of the fat quarter and the center of your long strip of fabric, place the fat quarter piece inside the folded strip. Pin as you go and pin all the way to the end of the long strip. Then go back and do the same thing from the center of both pieces to the other end of the long strip. Sew 1/8" away from the open edge of the fabric. You will be closing the ties and sewing the waistband to your apron bottom at the same time. Once you get this seam done, you're done! Tah Dah!!! You mother will love it, especially since you made it for her.

And if all of this sounds too complicated, there's always chocolate!

Good luck. You can do it!

Chocolate -- it's not just for breakfast anymore!

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