Practically Paper Pieced – Luxury Ladies Apron!

Welcome to my blog – SallyBallyCreations.

I have made a VERY picture heavy post that will take people step by step through the creations of an a pron with a New York Beauty style top and skirt trim.

This is aimed at the sewer that is new to paper piecing… I hope you like it and will come back and visit my blog to see other interesting projects!

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So Step one is to get a design. To do this you can either print one off the net or you can draw one. Normal printer paper works fine… but for me tracing paper is MUCH better. What makes it better? I hear you ask… tracing paper is easier to tear away! So as you can see I have drawn the design onto tracing paper and numbered the sections. I was able to draw in the 1/4 inch seam on the straight edge but not one the curved edge as I didn’t have a flexible ruler (I do now!!) so I removed the thread from my machine and using my 1/4inch foot… followed my drawn line to make a line of ‘holes’ this was easy AND effective!

The section above will form the rainbow points. I then drew the section that would make up the inside of the arc as seen below. I have made sure to add in the 1/4 inch seam (using the ruler and the sewing machine) so I make sure that I add enough fabric to cover the seam section.

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Whilst it may seem that you can just cut the two sections and use them both – this is risky as you dont have the seam allowance on both sides and this can be difficult to remember and cover when adding the fabric. The safer option… make two!

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They will go together as above.

I then drew the top of the rainbow points. This will form the top of the bib of the apron.

I also removed the bottom of the inside of the arc and this will form the end of the NYB block and make adding the next part of the apron easier.

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Sewing Time.

I sent my machine up so that my cutting mat and ruler are on my left and my machine is on my right – this is because for each line you sew you also have to cut! I also have my iron set up to the right of my machine… it means I don’t have to be up and down all day!

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In addition to my sewing machine, these are, what i consider to be ESSENTIAL items in paper piecing.

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So here I am. Pattern ready, tools ready, fabrics selected.

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Step one. Place the FIRST piece of fabric WRONG side up. This is the ONLY time you add fabric WRONG side up.  Pin it to the paper.

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Use your little metal ruler to fold the paper back where you will be adding the second piece of fabric.

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Select the second piece of fabric you will be using. In my case a lovely green. RIGHT side UP. Place the white fabric that is attached to the paper ON TOP of the green so the edges of the fabric meet.

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This is how it should look.

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If I bend the white and paper back you can see the green face up – Note this makes the rights sides together.

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I set my stitch length SHORT. This makes the stitching stronger and perforates the paper so it can be removed easily.

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Start stitching before the seam allowance along the line between your first and second fabric sections.

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Use your nail to tear the paper that is IN the seam allowance. Fold the gerrn out – double check it covers the WHOLE section and iron the seam down.

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Now use your little metal ruler to fold the paper between the section just covered by the green and the next section to be covered.

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Once you fold this section back the excess fabric from the green section needs to be trimmed back. Use your ruler and rotary cutter to trim back to 1/4 inch.

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Repeat the steps above. For me the next section is another green. Line the second green FACE UP with the 1/4 inch that you just cut.

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Fold it out, iron, use your little ruler to fold back the paper for the next seam – trim the second green back to 1/4 inch from the fold and line up the next fabric.

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Once you add the two greens and the next white, press your work and it should look like below!

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Continue in this process with the remaining fabrics.

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If you are unsure if you fabric is big enough PIN the fabric ON the line you will sew, fold it back and have a look – if it covers the section AND the seam allowance.. all good. Step backand sew the previously pinned seam.

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Once you add all the fabrics of the section it will look like this!!

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TRIM time.

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Ta Da!

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Now cut your middle arc piece.

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Oh no.. time to remove the paper. This is my LEASE favorite part. Take care not to pull your stitching too much. After all your work you don’t want to muck it up now. I find folding the paper first helps.. as will using a pin or quick unpick for the tight seams.

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I finger press the fabric in half and half again – this helps me with pin placement AND matching the two parts.

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O so all the paper is out – I went back and finger-pressed in the hope magically the paper would be gone.. alas it was not and I had to remove it myself!

So this is what I have now.

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Pinning from the middle I join the two right sides together.  I work out from there to the edge on both sides.

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On curves – is there such a thing as too many pins?

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Time to sew!!

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It is important to snip into the curve to help the seams sit flat. This is an exciting part.. and it also shows things starting to ‘come together’.

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WALAH! What we have so far!

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Next we need to add the TOP – this will be the top of the Apron that we add ric rac to later.

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Using the same process we add the top.

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Woohoo Starting to look good!

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Now to add some sides. We will be trimming these but it is easy to add wedges for now.

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Then we slice the wedges back!

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Now it is time to think of the trim for the bottom of the skirt. Using the system above I add basic triangles.

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Before starting on the next adventure in paper piecing I add a band to the top.

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Triangles, triangles and removing the paper!!

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So here is the top and the bottom.. Need to make the middle!

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The triangles get added to the skirt…

The top is quilted with Pellon, ric rac is added and a backing is added to hide the stitching etc.

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I added a waist band, neck strap and joined all the bits together… Below is the finished project!

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I REALLY hoped you liked this little project.. I look forward tothe adventure of the rest of the Blog Hop!!

Cheers
SB.

OOO There are TWO very important things I forgot to do.

1. Say a HUGE thank you to Kristy for organising the Blog hop and

2. Recommend that you check out all the other participants of the blog hop

1 Kristy from Quiet Play
2 Kate from Kate Quilts
3 Diane from From Blank Pages
4 Lara from LuellaBella
5 Sunday – Day off
6 Charise from Charise Creates
8 Kiera fromKizzie’s Korner
9 Marieka from Bespoke Bites
10 Sally from Sally Bally Creations
11 Jane from QuiltJane
12 Sunday – Day off
13 Taryn from Pixels To Patchwork
14 Jane from Where Jane Creates
15 Laura from Quokka Quilts
16 Emily from Emily the Enabler
17 McKenna from Textile Diva
18 Sat Lauren from Renrad Craft Studio
19 Sunday – Day off
20 Fiona from Finding Fifth
21 Beth from Plum and June
22 Megan from Jaffa quilts
23 Juliet from Tartan Kiwi
25 Sat Tracey from the Peony Teacup
26 Sunday – Day off

28 Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

18 responses to “Practically Paper Pieced – Luxury Ladies Apron!”

  1. Laura says :

    wow, it looks incredible. I must try the curved triangles. I have a book of preprinted patterns like this but it’s still on the to – do list!

  2. Tara says :

    Holy cow, you are too clever!

  3. Kristy @ Quiet Play says :

    This looks fantastic Sally!! I love it – great colour choices too! Well done on an awesome apron!

  4. em says :

    Gorgeous Sal! (also, hot nails!)

  5. Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} says :

    What a stunning apron!! I’m too scared of curves though, lol!

  6. Beth says :

    That is such a lovely apron – I like the triangles across the bottom. And great tutorial!

  7. jmniffer says :

    Your apron turned out great! The tutorial was through and all the pictures are wonderful for a visual learner such as myself. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jodi G.- usairdoll says :

    WoW! I love it! Your tutorial was so great. I took a paper piecing class over a year ago so some things were rusty but with all your great photos and step by step directions, it all came back. I’m going to have to make a NYB one day soon. Thanks for sharing your apron and again for a super tutorial.

    • SallyBally says :

      Awesome! I am glad that it was helpful and not just pic heavy! I might even try some tutes for other things I am in the process of designing. Thank you for the feedback!

  9. Megan says :

    Oh my goodness – my cooking would have to improve if I was to consider myself a cook worthy of wearing this apron. Beautiful!

    • SallyBally says :

      lol! my philosophy is beautiful things are meant to be used just as useful things are meant to be beautiful! This apron would look much better covered in flour, with the wearer sipping a glass or wine waiting for the cake to be ready!

  10. Elnora says :

    What an incredible project! And your tutorial is seriously the most thorough, clear one I’ve ever read online, and I’ve read a zillion of them. Plus, I’m a retired English teacher, so there! You’re a genius!

  11. Hootnz says :

    That is a beautiful apron! Thankyou so much for sharing…. I hope you don’t mind I pinned this to pinterest “)

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