Every year we have a Christmas cookie party and I seem to have made it a thing now to have offer a homemade item as a prize (yes, prize–people vote for their favorite!) I wasn’t sure I had time this year to make an apron, but then I saw this at Better Homes & Gardens. I remembered that my mom once made me an apron like this-with the sliding adjustable neck and ties-and thought it would be a great “no pattern” apron to make. I used their basic dimensions of starting with fabric 20×28 inches. (Actually,I added about an inch and a half so that I could hem it. They were starting with something prehemmed.) The diagram for cutting the angles was poorly marked, so I sort of guessed about slicing off the edges. It all worked out, though. Basically you make a casing along the diagonal, and then you make a very long tie that gets threaded through it.
I loved this green and cream fabric but had a lot of difficulty choosing a coordinating fabric to go with it. Solid red seemed too bright, I didn’t have anything burgundy, nothing was working. Finally I realized that the red and cream fabric I had bought for Christmas napkins (or an apron for myself) would, in fact, be perfect with it. I made a very long tie so it can be worn wrapped around the waist and tied in front (or, fetchingly, to the side.). This is a super adjustable style in terms of how you wear it, length, girth, etc. I will definitely be whipping up some more like this!