By Mary Mulari, Guest Blogger
I’m back again with another apron pattern; this time it’s the Apple Cobbler. It was almost named the “Lunch Ladies’ Apron” because so many women who work in food service love this style. I added some new features to update the traditional cobbler apron and then tied it all together by naming it for a favorite comfort food dessert, apple cobbler.
The apron models for this blog came all the way from Espoo, Finland to pose for these photos. Merja wears the red & green apron, and her daughter Tiina models the black and white version. Merja’s husband Markus is my second cousin. It was a treat to be able to show them around my small town and northeastern Minnesota for two days this past week.
As with my other apron patterns, this apron requires two 1-yard pieces of fabric, but as you’ll see in the examples, you can do some fun mixing and matching of prints and colors with smaller quantities of fabrics and fat quarters.
This version of the apron features two black and white prints. The apple appliqué design is included in the pattern but it is also available as an “automatic” appliqué on my embroidery CD Appliqués for Aprons. The apron sides are held together with narrow ties, one of two optional side connections. Note the “V” hemline and notched neckline of the apron. These are two of the details that update the pattern.
This apron is assembled in a unique way to enclose all the raw edges of fabric. The front and back reversible sides are each sewn together separately, and each has triangular tabs extending from the shoulders. That makes four tabs altogether. To connect the front and the back, the shoulder edges meet and the tabs extend over the opposite part of the apron. For example, the tabs on the apron front extend over the apron back, the apron back tabs extend over the apron front on the reverse side of the apron, and both sets of tabs are pinned and topstitched in place. The buttons are added just for trim.
As with many of my other apron patterns, you’ll notice that the apron front bottom edge is open to serve as a temporary carrying device.
On the green apron, the trim is a starburst of short zippers. This embellishment idea is included in my book Stress Free Zipper Creations as one of the newfangled ways to incorporate zippers as decoration. I chose to use four different buttons for the tabs…why not?
Pink and white checked ribbons are used as ties for this bright pink apron. Note the contrasting print fabric chosen for the large front pocket. You can’t help but notice the pocket because of the fabric change; it is an accent to the stomach/hip area while the apron is worn so you’ll want to think about it while choosing fabric for this apron. I find pocket fabric that is the same as the apron body blends in and does not draw attention to that area of the body.
This salad apron is an appropriate cover-up for the end of summer and the vegetable harvest. Four different fabrics were chosen for the apron sections so it’s an example of how you can use smaller amounts of fabric to assemble this apron. The side closures are bands that adjust with Velcro.
This is another version of the apron with side bands. I combined two blue tone prints: ladybugs and a print that resembles a sweater knit.
Here’s to all our favorite hard-working Lunch Ladies! Maybe you’ll choose one and make her a new apron with this pattern. Combine a food print with a print that features her favorite hobby—make it personal and one-of-a-kind.
The recipe for this Apple Cobbler Apron blog is from Lois Kurtz, the Administrative Assistant at Nancy Zieman Productions.
7 to 8 fresh apples, peeled and sliced
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 stick melted butter
Place sliced apples in an ungreased 9″ x 13″ cake pan. Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix over apples. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until lightly browned and apples are tender.
Keep on stitching aprons! Check my past apron blogs for other ideas. There’s a lot of sewing satisfaction from creating an apron that’s both practical and attractive!