Earlier this year I was given a lovely toile shower curtain from a neighbor. Having no need for it in my bathroom, I made an apron for a friend. The weight of the fabric was perfect being a heavier canvas like material. It's durable and completely washable. It's hard to see from the picture but I used black vintage buttons on the straps for a little added bling. It was a fast and easy project, perfect for beginners. It appears as if I did some piecing at the bottom with the checkered trim. I did not, it was all one piece and I just added a black ribbon trim to break up the design.
If you are in the market for a new apron for yourself or as a gift, I would highly recommend first checking out your local Thrift shops before going to the fabric store. Most often they will carry fabric shower curtains.
You will save money doing this!!
This lovely little waist apron was made for another friend of mine. I was given a bag of fabric and inside I found 2 pillow shams. I love this print but not for my bedroom! They were just the right size to make into aprons.
The fabric was a soft cotton and already doubled because it was a pillow sham. So there was no need to line it or use any stabilizers inside. I just cut out the desired shape, added some red flannel, slightly gathered trim along the bottom edge, some vintage red buttons and ta-da!! A word on the slightly gathered red flannel trim, it came from the edge of a bed sheet that was also in the bag these pillow shams came in, FANTASTIC!!! I love free materials!!