This basic bib-type apron is knee length and has fabric ties around the waist and

at the neck. This simple sewing project is great for beginners and makes a wonderful gift. Things You’ll Need: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Brushes Butcher Papers Embroidery Needles Muslin Dressmaker Pins Dressmaker Shears Embroidery Floss Embroidery Hoops Fabric Paints Fabric-marking Pens Fabrics Irons Scrap Fabrics Sewing Machine Tapestry Needles Threads Scissors Pencils Kraft Papers Yardsticks

Step1 Choose 1 1/4 yards of fabric for your apron. If the apron is for gardening or other outdoor work, choose a heavy fabric such as denim or canvas. Otherwise, choose a medium-weight fabric. Prewash the fabric. Step2 Make a paper pattern for your apron out of butcher or kraft paper. Lay the paper on a fabric cutting board and use a yardstick, pencil and scissors to measure and cut the paper to 36 inches by 25 inches. Position the paper so that the 25-inch ends are to your left and right. Step3 Make a pencil mark 8 inches down from the top left corner on the left short edge. Now make a mark 10 inches from the top left corner on the top long edge. Rotate the paper to the right so that the short left edge is now at the top. Step4 Start at the first pencil mark you made in step 3 and draw a line that gently curves down and out toward the second pencil mark. This line will form the bib portion of the apron. Step5 Fold the apron fabric lengthwise and place the 36-inch edge of the paper pattern on the fold. Pin the paper to the fabric with dressmaker pins and make sure that the paper's edge lines up evenly with the fold. Step6 Use dressmaker shears to cut through both layers of fabric just outside the paper's edges (except at the long edge placed on the fabric fold). Cut along the curved line you made in step 4. Unpin the pattern and set the cut-out fabric aside. Step7 Use a fabric cutting board, yardstick and fabric marking pen to mark, measure and cut out 8 fabric strips - 4 that measure 29 inches by 2 inches and 4 that measure 19 inches by 2 inches. Step8

Use an iron to press all raw fabric edges (on both the strips and apron piece) in toward the wrong side of the fabric. Step9 Turn under all edges on the apron piece an additional 1/2 inch and pin the fabric into place. Use a sewing machine to stitch the turned-under edges into place. Step10 Take two strips of equal size and lay one on top of the other so that the wrong sides are together. Pin the pieces together. Sew along all sides about 1/8 inch from the edges. Repeat for the remaining fabric strips. Step11 Attach the two shorter strips to the top of the apron. Place each strip about 1/2 inch in from the sewn edges and position it so that about 1/2 inch of each end is hidden behind the apron top. Stitch over each strip end, using the hemlines you made in step 9 as a stitching guide. Step12 Repeat step 11 for the remaining two fabric strips. This time, however, attach the strips at each side of the apron at the point where the bib portion ends.