This was invented by accident one day when I was trying to develop a skit pattern. The shape of the pieces makes it easier to use scraps and such to upcycle. The best part of it is, the simplicity of it is so flattering. Every hostess deserves to feel special, after all!
To make my Triangle Apron, I used a retired skirt and an old project. (I think the project scrap was intended for a quilt top once.) For the backing, I used the backing of an old quilt. For the waistband/tie, I dismantled the top hem of an old top sheet.
Use what you have to make your apron. Use the seams and other features that are already in the fabric you have. They are not flaws, they are design elements and you can use them to make your project really shine.
Step 1: Make the Pattern
Use a scrap of paper or piece of newspaper
On fold, make a line that is 2″ long and one that is 5.5″. Measure out 20″ in between your lines
Use a straight edge to connect the points
Cut out and unfold
Step 2: Create top of apron
Use pattern to cut out 5 triangular shapes
Sew them together and press
You will notice that the narrower part of the top now has a bit of a “U” shape. Fold down corners until side are level with the middle panel. Cut so that all pieces are level.
Step 3: Create a backing
Lay your backing fabric on a flat surface, right side up
Lay your apron top, right side down, onto the backing fabric
Using the apron top as a pattern, cut apron back out
Pin edges of apron top and back together
Step 4: Sewing and top stitching
Sew together the two sides of apron and wide bottom edge with 1/4″ to 1/2″ hem
Turn right side out and press
Top stitch edges of bottom and sides
Top stitch sides of triangular panels
Step 5: Create waistband/tie
Cut out a long rectangular strip that is approx. 110″ long by 4″ wide. (Don’t be afraid to have a tie that has a seam across it. Mine has one at the 60″ mark. Otherwise, it does get harder to use upcyling to make this.)
Fold in half lengthwise and press
Fold one edge 1/2″ in and press
Fold the opposite edge in and lay it on top as you press, insuring that it matches up with the other hem.
Step 6: Sew waistband/tie
Center your apron top on your waistband/tie and pin it as far inside the main fold as it will go
Sew together all 100+” of your waistband/tie carefully
Fold over and finish each end of the tie
The elements of the found fabric really added to the finished product.
Here’s another of the Triangle Aprons that just makes me feel pretty. It is made from upcycled linens, except for one panel which is a fabric remnant from JoAnn’s.