How to Sew a Neck Tie Apron
I had to share this fun idea with you guys; How to Sew a Neck Tie Apron came about because I wanted to give my sister a fun birthday gift. She is both mother and father to her girls and I though it would be a fun way to incorporate her birthday, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day all into one surprising gift. She really loved it, put it on immediately, and wore it for the rest of the day. I hope you guys like it as much as she did.
6 to 12 neck ties depending on the width you need (check yard sales and Goodwill for your ties. Goodwill has $.50 deals sometimes.)
Basic sewing supplies
Play around with your design and pin it in place when you have the ties the way you want them.
Decide how long you want your apron to be from bib to knee Length and remove the excess length from the top. Leave the large triangle tips as the hem of the apron. Leave the two outer ties full length. the thin part of the tie becomes the neck ties.
Use safety pins to keep the ties in place instead of pins. The Safety pins hold the pieces together without slipping. Ties are heavy and regular straight pins will not hold well.
Step 4 – The Optional Weave
The optional weave allows you to add detail to the Apron and use all parts of the ties.
Use the ends left over from cutting the length and weave them trough the top of the apron. Leave space at the top for trim.
Pin the weave in place carefully. Make sure to press the fabric flat and keep the lines even.
Trim the excess from the weave leaving 1″ to 2″ on both sides.
Sew from the bottom up using a zig-zag stitch. (I used a three point zig-zag stitch) Keep the ties pressed flat and right next to each other. You do not have to over lap the fabric if using the zig-zag stitch. The stitch itself pulls the strips of fabric together.
If weaving the top sew up to the woven area and back-stitch or tack stitch.
Step 6 – Optional Weave
Sew from the top down to where you left off stitching from the bottom up. Use the same stitch. Then stitch across following the weave. Remove the pins as you go. Do not stitch over the pins and sew slowly so that you do not break your needle or thread. You are stitching over many layers so the process takes time and attention.
Step 7 – Optional Weave
Cut the padding out of the loose ends of the woven ties. The padding creates too much bulk.
Fold over the edges to make a smooth outer seam. Pin and stitch them in place.
Trim the top bib edge with a left over tie piece. You can fold over the ends and hem the top but it is not as neat or detailed.
Option 1 is to leave the tie flat and stitch the top covering the raw edges.
Option 2 is to fold the tie over like bias binding and stitch in place. You can remove the internal tie padding to make the process less cumbersome and bulky or leave the thickness and stitch slowly and carefully.
Make the waist ties using 2 ties or left over tie pieces. If using left over tie pieces you may need to sew pieces together to make the right length. Make sure your pieces are the same lengths to keep the ties even.
Pin at the waist line and sew in place. You may want to try the apron on or have the person your making the apron for try it one to get the right waist point.
Sew following the line of the end of the tie. It is a good idea to stitch first around with a straight stitch and the go around again with a zig-zag to secure the waist time well.
The Apron is Now Ready to wear.
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