Honey Bee by Rae Ritchie explores the endlessly fascinating, socially complicated honey bee. The fresh spring palette celebrates the busyness of beekeeping, bees and their favorite flowers.
Step into spring with this sweet ‘n flirty Honey Beehive Apron Tutorial by Danica Willig Designs! Scroll on for the instructions to make this project.
Danica and her family live in Houston, Texas (the most humid place in the US and home to the Fall International Quilt Market). She is the proud mama of two precious little boys Ephraim, 2, and Nathaniel, 3 months. She spends her days chasing and caring for her boys and slips away into her studio whenever she can, usually during nap time. Danica loves being creative and crafty though her specialty is sewing, clothing and pattern design. Danica recently launched her own line of mama and baby products. Check her out on Facebook & Instagram @danicawillig.
¾ yd of Fabric A, “Honey Bee” STELLA-SRR669-Navy
⅔ yd of Fabric B, “Scallop Dot” STELLA-SRR512-Corn
¼ yd of Fabric C, “Butterflies” STELLA-SRR672-Navy
¼ yd of Fabric D, “Bee Floral” STELLA-SRR673-Multi
¼ yd of Fabric E, “Bee Hives” STELLA-SRR670-Sky
Notions: Coordinating Thread, Sewing Pins, Iron, Ruler, Scissors, Marking Chalk or Pen, and Safety Pin or Loop Turner
Cut two 12” tall x 17” wide rectangles out of Fabric A
Cut one 12” tall x 21” wide rectangle out of Fabric A
Cut three 4” x WoF (width of fabric) strips out of Fabric B, then cut one strip in half to make two 4″ x approx. 21″ strips
Cut two 2.5” tall x 21” wide rectangles out of Fabric B
Cut one 6” by WoF strip out of Fabric C
Cut one 6” by WoF strip out of Fabric D
Cut one 6” by WoF strip out of Fabric E
Take the two 12” x 17” rectangles out of Fabric A and round top corners as shown in the illustration below.
Assume all seams are sewn at ½” unless otherwise stated.
Take the 12”x21” rectangle and roll hem the bottom and side edges at ¼”. Do this by folding and pressing edge inward twice by ¼” then stitch in place.
Take the 6” strips out of Fabric C, D, & E and roll hem the bottom and side edges at ¼”.
Take the 4” wide strips out of Fabric B and fold in half length-wise and stitch, creating 2 long and 2 short tubes.
Use a safety pin to turn all 4 tubes right-side out and press. (Similar to how you would feed a drawstring through a casing.)
Finish short ends of each strap by folding inward ½” and stitching along the edge.
Place the unfinished ends of the short straps 5 inches apart (each 2.5” from the center) and sandwich between 2 bodice pieces created in step 1.
Turn bodice right-side out and press.
Take the two 2.5” x 21” rectangles and sandwich the bodice piece between them, right-sides together. Pin in place. Take the unfinished ends of the long apron straps and center them between the side seams of the rectangles, right-sides together. Pin in place.
Stitch around the side and top seams of the rectangle. Make sure not to get the straps stuck in the top seam.
Flip right-side out and press. Now you have finished the bodice, straps, and waistband.
Take 3 ruffle strips finished in step 3 and gather the top edge. Do this by creating two basting stitches along the top edge at ¼” and ¾” making sure to leave long tails. Then pull evenly on both bobbin threads from each line of basting creating gathers.
Take the apron skirt finished in step 1 and draw a straight line across at 4” from the top edge and 8” from the top edge. This will show you were to place your ruffles.
Place ruffle from Fabric C on the line 8” from the top. Adjust gathers to lay evenly and stitch in place between the two basting stitches. Then pull out basting threads. Topstitch ¼” from the top edge of the ruffle to prevent edge from raveling.
Place ruffle from Fabric D on the line 4” from the top. Adjust gathers to lay evenly and stitch in place between the two basting stitches. Then pull out basting threads. Topstitch ¼” from the top edge of the ruffle to prevent edge from raveling.
Place ruffle from Fabric E on the top edge of apron skirt. Adjust gathers to lay evenly and pin in place.
Place one side of the waistband on top of the apron skirt with the top ruffle pinned in place and stitch from side seam to side seam of the waistband.
Flip right-side out and remove basting threads.
Press the raw edge of waist band in ½”, fold over, and pin in place. This creates a self-finished edge for the waistband.
Hand stitch edge of apron waistband closed.
Create ½” pleat in the apron bodice next to the neck straps by folding the apron bodice in by a ½” and then back on itself on the outer edge of the neck straps. Pin and then topstitch pleat in place.
CONGRATS you have finished the Honey Beehive Apron!
Be sure to post your finished project and use #beehiveapron and tag us @dearstellafab and @danicawillig!