You can use ribbon or twill tape for the ties on an apron, but sometimes you want the ties to match the apron's fabric. Make sturdy finished apron straps in your choice of fabric in any width you chose. For any easy color-block look, sew the skirt and some wide straps from one fabric and the bib from another, or put contrasting pockets and straps on a straight apron. You can also make everything from beige fabric for an apron that will go with almost any outfit.
Cut the straps twice as wide as the desired width of the strap, plus 1 inch. For example, cut the fabric for a 2-inch strap 5 inches wide.
Fold the strips of fabric in half lengthwise with the right side of the fabric on the inside.
Sew along the side of the strap opposite the folded edge with a straight stitch and a 1/2-inch seam allowance. This will make a fabric tube.
Turn the tube right side out. Hook a large safety pin to one side to help you turn it.
Press the tube flat with the seam running along one edge.
Top stitch the strap by stitching 1/4 inch from both edges with a straight stitch.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing machine
- Large safety pin
Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.