The “I Love the 80s” Apron

I haven’t been able to make a whole lot of time for sewing lately, but aprons are just so easy. Which made this challenge was hard to pass up. In addition, I have been wanting to try a tiered, ruffled apron for quite some time. I went through my stash and to find a trio of fabrics that would go together and wouldn’t you know it . . . I had three that fit into an 80s theme. (The fabrics were left over from the Hot Pad Holder Christmas Present Project of 2011.) Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and mix tapes: Together at last.

I used red cotton for the apron backing, waistband, and tie. To simplify things, I used red bias tape to edge the side seams. I am a firm believer that aprons should have pockets – just not this one. I wasn’t sure about placement. Inadequacies aside, I think it’s pretty cute. And I cleared out some scraps.

The Facts
Fabric: Cotton scraps in my collection
Pattern: None. It’s just a bunch of rectangles!
Year: Right now.
Notions: Binding tape – also from stash.
Time to complete: 1 1/2 hours
First worn: Just to fit the tie.
Wear again? I think this might be a gift for someone.
Total price: $0




Liz makes her home in continuously gray, but lovely, Portland, Oregon. The cloud cover and raindrops only contribute to her dressmaking habit. Liz believes that all dresses should have pockets and all pockets should hold kittens.


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  1. I really love this! I like the idea of a tiered apron. I especially like the 80’s theme-

  2. Fun prints, and sweet apron!

  3. I love the different layers. Very cute!

  4. Very cute and clever too.

  5. Aaah! I love that cassette tape print!

  6. Hehe. I think we lived in different 1980s! These prints were not what I was expecting! It’s an adorable apron, and a great theme!

  7. I love anything Pacman and Space Invaders prints, I’d be tempted to ‘accidentally’ wear this out.