Easy Japanese cross over
I might have been watching too many bon appetit test kitchen shows. I love Molly’s apron so I’ve made one that fits me. I’ve put hidden side pockets and made it out of nice linen. This should only take less than a day to make. You can find all of the
1 yard 30 inches at least 44 inches wide.
Washed and ironed folded in half right side together.
Putting your pattern together
Print out the pattern and cut it out. You should have front, back, strap and pocket. I like to use packing tape when I make these. If I’m planning to use the pattern a lot I will cover the entire pattern in packing tape. I find it easier to trace the pattern. Use the pictures to help you put the pattern together.
Overlap the lines and tape together.
With the front
This is what the front should look like when it taped together. Cut 1 on the fold out of your fabric. Please note that the top of the apron will end up being 14 inches wide. Make sure that this is not too wide for you. Remember this is a Plus size apron for people 2x to 4x so it is made on the larger side.
The back is easy just follow the picture. You will need to cut 2
Here is your completed pattern. You should have 4 pieces Strap, Front, Back and pocket.
Laying your Pattern out
Here is how you should lay out on your pattern on your fabric. I printed out an extra pocket so you can see the layout. I’m using linen so it’s wider than 44 inches so I’ve moved the pattern to the side. I also printed out a second pocket so you could see the layout. You will 4 pocket cutouts.
Make sure you mark your fold and pocket lines.
Cut out all of your peices and then make sure to transfer your pocket lines on to the inside of the front and back of the apron.
Take your straps and fold them in half right sides together and iron flat and pin.
Sew a 1/4 inch seam on both side then go over that with a nice wide zig-zag. I go as wide as I can.
Now turn it inside out. I use my finger.
Iron flat and then sew a 1/4 seam over the top on both sides. This keeps the strap nice and flat.
Open up the front of the apron and lay it out. You should be able to see the pocket marks you transferred from the front.
Pin a pocket to each mark, right side together.
Do the same thing to the back of the apron. Don’t forget to pin the right sides together.
Sew all your pockets on with a 1/4 seam. Then go back with your zig-zag stitch.
Iron all the pockets on the front and back of the apron flat.
Now lay one of the back pieces on top of the front piece, right sides together lining up the pockets. The pockets are the most important thing to line up. Because pockets and the best and we want them nice.
Sew the back and the front together with a 1/4 inch seam you will need to backstitch an inch on the bottom of the pocket. This helps keep things like your phone inside.
Now lay the other side down lining up the pocket sew it like the other side. Don’t forget the back stitch. Then go back and Zig-zag over the 1/4 seam.
You now have your sides on you want to go to the top and bottom of each side and even it up. It is more important to have the pockets lined up and just trim the sides to make it even.
On each side were going to hand roll a 1/4 seam. I like to iron down the fold and pin. Then sew down the hem. If you have a foot that will roll the hem for you, please use it. 🙂 Keep life fun and easy.
Fold over the top and bottom iron and pin and sew down.
Now you should have all the edges nicely hemmed. We can now go back to the straps.
When you rolled the hem you covered up the fold marks so go ahead and grab the pattern and remark the fold marks. The first fold mark is your hem. Then take the hem and fold it down to the next mark iron flat and then fold to the last fold mark. Iron pin and sew it down.
Fold the end of each of the straps, about half an inch. The end length of the straps folded over should be 25 inches. Sew down the fold over on the strap.
Overlap the strap on the top fold of the apron. Hem side down. I pinned both straps down at the same time.
I sewed a square and the used a zig-zag kind of stitch to fill in the square.
Now layout the straps on the back. Place the strap on the inside about an inch and half down Laying next to the seam. Use the same kind of stitch to attach it to the back. That’s it you’re all done. I hope you had fun making it. Here is one more link to the pattern. If you have any questions you can always contact me on my Esty page. Thank you 🙂