These are really special aprons, because they’re made with some of my vintage French and German fabric. I don’t usually hesitate to cut into old fabric pieces, but I have been collecting these for awhile now, and I have only used two little pieces before these aprons. I purchase these prints from one of my favorite Etsy sellers — Joan (mamaisonfrancaise), who lives in Volmunster, France. The fabrics are beautiful pastel florals in a feedsack type of weave that I believe may have been duvet covers in their previous lives. About half of mine are monochromatic shades of lavender, blue, red and pink, and the other half contain multiple colors. Joan also sells beautiful French linens.
On this apron, I cut the main fabric in half and stitched it together to make a fuller apron. That made it too short, though, so I had to add a border fabric, which I think looks pretty cute with the sweet eyelet insert. There wasn’t enough fabric for the whole sash, so I used a different floral for the sash facing.
The second apron is constructed with two florals and one plaid (from a new group I just purchased). Apron sashes use more fabric than you might think, so it’s a challenge to find just the right amount of fabric to make it all work. I always like to add pockets, if possible, so I was happy to have a small piece of the bottom border fabric left over to make a little pocket.