Choosing Fabric for An Apron


It’s safe to say that I have spent a lot of time matching fabrics to aprons.
Today, I want to talk about how I go about putting two fabrics together to create an apron that I will love.
For aprons, I ALWAYS use a 100% cotton in a quilting weight from a quality fabric manufacturer.  A few examples would be Michael Miller, Windham, and Moda.
I have been wanting to remake a few of my aprons in current fabrics and redoing all of my pattern’s cover pages. Starting with my Urban Chic Apron Pattern, I’ll show you how I chose the fabrics for this project.

The process begins with me being drawn to a particular fabric.   It may be the color or design.  In this case, I love both.  The combination of yellow and gray still excites me, so the colors are perfect.  I am also drawn to the modern design in the print and the fact that it is a stripe.

Another thing to consider is the size of the design.  Since I want a large print for the apron skirt, this fabric works perfectly.
Decision made; I’m going with this fabric from the Echo Collection by Windham Fabrics.  Besides, I’m a huge fan of the designer, Lotta Jansdotter.
The next step is choosing a companion fabric.  Since this fabric is part of a collection I will want to see what fabrics are available and start there.

From the same line, I tried this smaller gray and white print.  I’m not really in love with it because it looks like chicken feet, but it would definitely workHowever, I’m going to keep looking.


My second try was another fabric from this line, but this time I used a different design that will pull out the yellow in the fabric.

Technically, this fabric works.  The print is smaller than the one that will be used in the skirt and the colors go together well.  Also, I love the dandelion since that is my logo.

When I put them together they just don’t work for me.  The skirt fabric has a lot of white and so does the dandelion fabric.  If I used this in an apron it would be too bland.  Since I want my apron to be on my pattern’s cover page, I’m thinking bland won’t work for me.
Third try.  Again, I went with something from the fabric line, but this time I went with a  large print on an orangey background.  I love the orange print, but not with the gray and yellow.  If these were pillows in my living room it might work, but not for an apron.

I will use the orange fabric elsewhere since I really like it.

Fourth try’s the charm.  The minute I put these two fabrics together, I knew that I would like them in an apron.  The gray and white print is a smaller version of the skirt print.  The gray is a little more saturated color so it will stand out some.  Also, I like that it is a stripe.
With the Urban Chic Apron Pattern I need a fabric for the bodice top and also for the hem band.  This fabric gives me the option of running the stripe in a different direction at the hem.

How to Pick a Fabric
Notice how I ran the bodice and pocket band in the same direction, but the hem band and the pocket are running in different directions.  This is why I like the striped nature of this design.  I gives me options with the pattern.

New UC Cover Page 1
Matching fabrics with patterns really is easier than you think.


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  1. says

    What a really unique article. I loved reading how you chose your fabrics. Thank you for sharing. It’s always great to be able to look at things through the eyes of other designers/creators. Thank you for sharing it, and also linking it up at our blog. Tomorrow will be a new TIME FOR A PARTY. Hope to see you there again!

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