By Mary Mulari, guest blogger
Each time I make this apron, I choose some different features to add. This version combines sherbet colors, neckline trim, and buttons for a bright cheerful apron.
The bottom hemline of the Hot Dish Apron is open so while wearing the apron, you can carry garden produce, weeds, or clothes off the clothesline when you lift up the bottom edge and separate the two layers of the apron. It’s a temporary transporting device.
Never Enough Zippers
One side of this apron is made from zipper decorated fabric and has one pocket that closes with a zipper. Large stylish flowers trim the other side of the apron.
Hot Mama Apron
The chili pepper design on this apron adds heat to the kitchen!
Notice the appliqué embroidery trim on the small pocket on the green side of the apron. This design is from my embroidery CD Appliqués for Aprons. The apron ties are wide shoelaces. The apron pattern includes three pockets.
Zipper Trim Apron
Single Layer Version
The newest version of the Hot Dish Apron is made from a home dec weight IKEA fabric with a super large print.
Single Layer Apron Tutorial
- After cutting out the apron body, I serged all the edges except the “V” of the neckline. I decided to trim the neckline with flat piping. These are 1” long strips of fabric cut across the grain of the fabric and folded and pressed in half with wrong sides together. I pinned and sewed 8-1/2” lengths of flat piping, with the ends of the piping folded inside.
- I cut a piece of fabric for one pocket, choosing an area that would blend into the faces on the apron’s right side. Can you see the pocket edges? I sewed it on with white thread.
- The neck and waist ties were constructed as 3” wide single pieces of fabric with my favorite fold, press, and stitch technique. Here you see the two folds pressed inside. On the opposite short end of each tie, turn under and press 1/4” for a finished end. The completed tie is below, showing the stitching in the center. With this time-saving technique there’s no sewing followed by turning ties right side out. Pin the tie ends to both the neck edges and the apron sides.
- This fabric was designed by students at the Beckmans College of Design in Sweden. I included the wording from the selvage edge in one of the apron ties, just for fun.
- Next, I drew a line on the pattern front as a guide for cutting a neckline facing, making it about 2″ wide. The outer edge of the facing is serged before the facing is pinned and stitched to the apron top and V-neck edges.
- Instead of stitching the facing edges in place on the wrong side of the apron, I fused them to the apron.
- Sew the apron waist ties to the edges of the apron with a scant 1/4″ seam and then turn and press all other exposed edges to the wrong side of the apron and topstitch them in place. You can sew Velcro® to the neckties, or knot them to wear the apron.
Parade of Hot Dish Aprons
In this parade of Hot Dish aprons, you’ll see Gail Brown, Natalie Sewell, me, Nancy Zieman, and Eileen Roche. We modeled the aprons after a rehearsal for Sewing with Nancy’s 30th Anniversary Special which you’ll see on PBS television this fall.
Which apron featured is your favorite? I always like to read your feedback.
Zucchini Hot Dish
Note from Nancy: Picked from the garden or the farmer’s market, zucchini is prolific this time of year. This hot dish can either be the main event for the evening meal or a side dish. Enjoy!
- 3 cups shredded zucchini
- 2 medium carrots, sliced or shredded (approximately 1 cup)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons parsley, snipped
- 1 cup biscuit mix, I usually use the low-fat kind.
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased casserole or baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Many thanks to Mary for her fourth installment of terrific apron sewing tips. If you haven’t read the other three apron blogs, check them out!
Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #2 – Church Ladies’ Apron with New Twists
Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #1 – The 4-Way Apron
Bye for now,