Demo 3 - A Frilly Pinny

This demo is to show you how to make this lovely pinny with a Lavinia Stamps digital image on the pocket. Demo 1 and Demo 2 will have shown you how to transfer the image onto fabric and to attach it to your project, this is the sewing side!

You will need -

  • A piece of cotton or poly cotton 41cm L by 46cm W for the main part (excluding selvages)
  • A contrast piece of cotton or poly cotton 40cm L by the whole width of the fabric ie usually 112cm
  • Corresponding coloured threads
  • Your digital image on the pocket piece of fabric from demo 1 and 2 edged with your contrast fabric or bias binding
  • Approx 1.5 metres of 25mm bias binding (iron this in half length ways before you start, makes it easier to attach)

Main Piece

I made a quick paper pattern using brown parcel paper which measured  41cm long by 23cm wide, down one side I measured 31cm and then drew a curved line to join to the other side and so form the bottom curve.

Fold your main fabric piece in half,  lay your pattern on top with the longest edge against your fold, pin and cut the other 3 sides. You will now have a shaped piece of fabric measuring 46cm across the top. Find the centre of the top and measure and mark 8cm on either side of your centre mark then fold in 2.5cm from these outer marks to create 2 pleats. Sew across to fix ........see picture below.
Sorry if this sounds gobbledygook! Basically you are simply creating 2 evenly distributed pleats on the waist of the apron .....

Then sew your pocket onto the main piece by using a top stitch  - approx 12 cms down from the waist band and 5 cms in from the side.

That's your main piece done for now.


Now you need to take your contrast fabric (don't forget to cut off the edge selvages)  and cut 4 x 10 cms strips right across the full width of the fabric so if you have used 112 cm wide fabric you will have 4 pieces measuring 10cms by 112cms. Join 2 of your 10cms x 112cms pieces together down 1 short side so you get a long strip 10cms x 224 cms and put the other 2 pieces to one side. Top stitch your folded bias binding along one long length of this piece and then gather the other long side to create a frill.
Pin your frill to the whole curved edge of your main piece, when you're happy with the distribution of gathers machine it in place. Then to make sure your frill doesn't flop you should top stitch all the way around  about 5mm in from the seam of the frill and main piece to hold it in place.

Trust me we are nearly there! We are now going to attach the waistband ........


Take the remaining 2 pieces of contrast fabric which you cut earlier and which measure 10cms x 112cms and cut ONE of those pieces in half so you now have 3 pieces of fabric - 2 pieces measuring 10cms by 56cms and 1 original piece 10cms by 112cms. Attach the 2 shorter pieces by the short edges, one to either end of the original long piece. You now have 1 really long piece which measures 10cms by 224cms with 2 seams evenly distributed along the length - thus avoiding a seam line in the middle of your waistband. Now a girl's best friend here is their iron! First of all iron this piece in half length ways and then iron in approx 5mms all the way around .......

This makes it so much easier to attach the waistband to the main piece as you have already made sure that when folded the back and front will tally when you sew them together.  Top stitch all the way around the waistband...........along the bottom edge, up the side, along the top edge and the last side..........

.......we're on the home run now! By going all the way around you are strengthening the band.
So just tidy up any loose ends you have ..........and you're done!
One pretty frilly pinny to serve your tea in china cups and cupcakes to your friends!

Now, believe me - this is a lot easier to make than it is to write about and if you have basic sewing skills it will be a doddle! Any questions please leave a comment below and I'll get back to you.