Self-Drafted Apron + Sewing Tips for Beginners (From a Beginner)

I recently started sewing and this is my first piece I have made from fabric without a pattern! I love how this turned out, even though it was mostly improvised 🙂

This is my first self-drafted (if you can call improvisation a draft) sewing piece that I made out of some fabric I originally bought for a skirt. So, I started off with cutting the bottom part to fit as a midi half-circle skirt, which I did following Annika Victoria’s tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bHhMIzVA5k&t=181s

I did not like how the fabric easily crinkled, so instead of finishing it as a skirt I randomly decided to make an apron! I got some white fabric to make the waist and neck ties, which I did by sewing the fabric strands together on each side and then turning it inside out (Seen on the picture below)

Making of the apron ties!

Tip #1 – Use pinking shears on easily frayed fabric! As you can see on the first picture, the white fabric frays when cut straight, but the zig-zag pattern prevents this, which is key if you want your project to last long.

Tip #2 – Turn your sewn fabric strand inside out by using a safety pin at the end. I also recommend doing this step outside, as it’s one of the only times you won’t require an iron or sewing machine so enjoy the nature 🙂

Tip #3 – An iron becomes your best friend with sewing; Not only does it make the strands flat and crisp, but it helps cut the right size with straight edges of the fabric you are using

Another reason to use the iron

Tip #4 – Another great use of your iron is to iron your hems in place! I find hemming quite difficult for now, but doing this really helps make it straighter and more even. I still pin it in place just to be safe though 🙂

I decided to make the top piece broader at the waist and thinner at the shoulders, as I thought it was more flattering, and also covers the parts where I make my clothes the messiest when cooking or baking.

Tip #5 – Try it on at every step! Here I pinned together all my pieces to see the fit, and saw that there was a lot of lose fabric in the middle of the top piece. So i remade the top part to fit better, which I wouldn’t have done if I didn’t try it on (duh). I did not use a pattern, so trying it on was the only way to determine where to sew and cut!

I sewed the top straps on with a rectangle pattern to make it sturdier (rather than just one line of straight stitching), but I found it hard to make it a perfect rectangle.
Tip #6 – If you don’t want any thread to show up at the front, you can use fabric glue to attach the strands!

I have been wanting an apron for a long time, especially now as I spend more time in the kitchen over the summer break. But I am glad I didn’t buy one, as making it was much more rewarding and I was able to choose the colours and fit I wanted! So, buy less and make more and happy sewing 🙂

Buy Less, Make More – Improve Your Mindset by Crafting :)

This past week I focussed on being less greedy and more charitable, but this post will focus on how I have neglected greed by creating more. I will be upfront and say I am quite charitable as a person – I like to give my time and efforts to volunteering and other people. At home, I live out my generosity by running errands for my Animal Crossing villagers and, of course, cooking or helping with other household tasks. But greed is something that eats away at the modern day person, which is sadly due to a materialist and consumerist society encouraging an excessive ownership of cheap and low-quality items.

Nowadays, we often buy cheap things that easily break and aren’t actually useful. Rather than consuming, make items you require so that you waste less money and plastic!
Picture source: https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/the-good-and-bad-sides-of-consumerism

Greed is the desire of possessing certain things in life, which I have seen in my own life concerning clothing and food. While the sin of greed is opposed by the virtue of being charitable, to me the opposite of greed is a mixture of giving and being grateful. While you should give more and take less, you should also learn to be grateful for what you already own so that you consume and desire less.

This is something I am currently progressing towards in life, by changing how much and what I buy, and instead working towards making items I need myself. This means I sew, knit and craft almost every day, which not only teaches me patience, but also leads to owning items that are better in quality and are much more appreciated – I also consume and waste less, which is not only good for one’s soul but also the environment. By needing time to create what I want or desire, I find that my mindset on owning items has taken a shift, and I am much happier and grateful for what I have in life.

I wanted a cute pink shirt, so I made one! It was a bit tedious (as you can see from the uneven seams, but oh well), but making it myself meant I could make exactly what I wanted, while it also taught me patience and appreciativeness

To me, making your own items means you become more satisfied with yourself and your possessions, resulting in taking better care of them while also being proud of your skills and patience. I will be honest – I am feeling happier than I have been in quite a while, and I can see that learning to be patient and resilient through crafting is transferring to my general mental health. So, I definitely recommend spending your free time by adopting hobbies that require determination and time, to teach you a positive mental mindset 🙂