1001 Peeps Summer Camp Utility Apron ~ Lizzy House

on June 17 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 204 Comments

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Summer Sewing and Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps Summer Camp Kick-Off continues with today’s fun tutorial. Lizzy created this 1001 Peeps Summer Camp Utility Apron for all of your camp/craft/sewing/summer activity needs! To celebrate the 1001 Peeps collection and Lizzy’s new book, 1001 Peeps: Five Magical Projects, Lizzy is giving a copy of the book away to one lucky winner! The book includes four beautiful quilt patterns and a crewel embroidery project, and it’s debuting any day now… Your comment below enters you to win the book.

For more about the book read our interview with Lizzy and, in that same post, don’t forget to complete your first summer camp activity for your chance to win eight 1001 Peeps fat quarters!

What you will need for this project:

  • 2 coordinating 1001 Peep fat quarters
  • Template (optional– You can draw your own if you’d like!)
  • Coordinating thread
  • 3 yards good quality cotton ribbon (I always use Angela Ligouri’s Italian Cotton Ribbon)
  • 18×20 piece of thin batting (I used Fairfield’s Evergreen, which is made from plastic bottles!) OR 18×20 piece of light interfacing
  • Pencil for drawing or tracing

1. Lay your batting/interfacing down, then one fat quarter right side up, and the second right side down. True up all pieces.

2. From the top of the fabric measure 4 inches. Draw a line across the fabric to create a guide when drawing your points. From here mark the center of the line, and make a mark on both ends of the line an inch.

3. Using either one of the templates provided, or free-handing it, draw your scallops, point, or triangles across your line. If you start from the center where you marked, they should end up even. Keep the inch on both ends clear.

4. Cut around the drawn line.

5. With your cut points facing down, fold back your top layer of fabric.

An inch from the top, pin a piece your ribbon (2 pieces 24-30 inches).

Stash the excess of both ribbons in the middle. Cover back up and pin all layers together so they stay together when sewing.

6. Sew around the entire piece leaving a space large enough to turn inside out.

7. When you have sewn all the way around, depending on what shape your points are, clip the corners and make little snips on the curves so they round properly when turned out.

8. Turn it out! You might use the pencil you were just drawing with to work the corners.

9. Once everything is turned out, you can close the seam on the side, by turning in the fabric and machine sewing it. No need to hand stitch it.

10. If you are using batting, this is where you would quilt your piece. I prefer tight quilting, and it gives the apron a cool look. If just using interfacing, press well so all your edges are crisp.

11. Cut a piece of your ribbon long enough (plus 2 inches) to go across the straight side of your apron. Using an iron, press the ribbon in half.

Once pressed, fold in the outside edges. Covering the front and back of the apron, carefully sew the ribbon across the top.

12. At this point you can still choose which fabric you want on the inside, and which you want on the out. Once you have decided, fold the points over the top of the apron, and insert a loop of ribbon into one of the sides. Sew up both side over the top of all the layers.

13. Use the valleys of the points to indicate and choose the lines for your pockets. I left two scallops for a larger pocket on both sides, and divided the rest into three smaller pockets. Sew over all layers to create pockets. Back stitch the top and bottom of your dividing lines.

14. Snip all excess threads, tie this apron on and get to work on all your summer activities!

Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win a copy of 1001 Peeps: Five Magical Projects!

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204 Responses to 1001 Peeps Summer Camp Utility Apron ~ Lizzy House

  1. I really like in which blog structure . How was it created? It’s so great!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    SO CUTE! I love it! My wee one will love it too. =) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Heather says:

    What a good way to keep everything handy during crafting!

  4. Julianna says:

    I should finally sew an apron for myself! This one is lovely!

  5. Jessica says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Annmarie says:

    Aprons always make good gifts. Thanks!

  7. Marcia K says:

    Sew very cute!!

  8. Marieke says:

    My little girl would love this a lot! Very cute indeed.

  9. Jennifer L says:

    I adore your fabric!

  10. Tara says:

    Very cute!

  11. LuvMochi says:

    Love it! Can’t wait to try and make it.

  12. Jeanne says:

    Now that is a handy dandy utility apron and I can’t think of one woman who wouldn’t be pleased to have one. Thanks for the op to win the fab fabric

  13. ashley says:

    I’m making this right now! (Well after I turn off the computer).

  14. Lark says:

    Love the apron! Would love to make one for a little princess!!!

  15. jill says:

    very cute. it’s castle-ish.

  16. Emily Margaret says:

    Really cute apron and fabric!

  17. Brynn Checca says:

    What a lovely weblog. I’ll definitely be back again. Please hold writing!

  18. TERESA MEDDERS says:

    Love this, especially the shadow skyline as a pocket maker. Can’t wait to see other projects.

  19. Audie says:

    This collection is fantastic and I can’t wait to see the other days of camp!

  20. Michelle says:

    Great project and lovely fabric! Thanks for posting.

  21. Seanna Lea says:

    This looks like a lot of fun, though I admit that I always expect aprons to have skirts at the bottom.

  22. Ann says:

    Looks like a pattern I can handle! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  23. Sara says:

    What a unique idea!

  24. Sheryl says:

    Sweet apron project! It would be fun to make one to wear to work (I work at the local quilt shop).

  25. Ohhhh, would love to win! Crossing my fingers & toes!

  26. starjumper says:

    i’m so excited for her book. i’m waiting for the fabric to arrive, but the canadian postal workers are on strike! it’s like torture!

  27. Kelsey says:

    Super cute apron!!

  28. Jessica says:

    Very cute!

  29. Salma says:

    Fantastic. Very handy for busy mums!!

  30. Carmen says:

    What a unique apron. I’ve never seen anything like it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. lee says:

    Love the project! and the purples!

  32. Cali says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  33. Margie Bennett says:

    Very cool apron & a really unique design!

  34. Abby says:

    That apron is adorable! Not like any other utility apron I’ve seen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Eleonora says:

    what a funny and useful project! thanks!

  36. Lexi Lucas says:

    Oh wow! What a great idea. Here I go to whip one up…

  37. Erin says:

    this tutorial seems totally do-able! what a fun summer project!

  38. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    What a cool apron!

  39. Anita says:

    Cute apron and love the fabric! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Kim S says:

    So excited to check out this new book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Janice says:

    Great summer camp project!

  42. Katie G says:

    Great project! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Carmen says:

    Both the fabric and the book look awesome. Thanks so much for your giveaway!

  44. Sydney says:

    what gorgeous fabric!

  45. jessica says:

    This apron would make me feel like royalty!

  46. Kristin H says:

    how cute! I love the little arches.

  47. Lindsay says:

    This is adorable! I might actually be able to make this and enjoy sewing it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Heidi says:

    I am so excited!!! Summer Camp is ON!

  49. Brooke says:

    Great blog, Just wanted to comment that i can not connect to the rss stream, you might want install the right wordpress plugin for that to workthat.

  50. Lindsay says:

    What a way to kick things off. Thanks!

  51. Susanne says:

    What a nice idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. hueisei says:

    Cute apron….nice..
    Haha Arabian style..creative ^^v

  53. hueisei says:

    Cute apron..
    HaHa.. arabian style..creative!!

  54. Birdie says:

    Love the apron and fabric – going to try to make a kids crayon pouch with this theme

  55. Lydia says:

    wow! not your usual apron… i love the unique look!!

  56. Fran says:

    This is super cute, thanks for the book giveaway.

  57. Jenelle says:

    fun project! I can’t wait to take a look at the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. Lori P says:

    Very cute apron! Love the summer camp idea! I plan to follow along!

  59. Jackie says:

    Cute apron, the Scheherazade Persian Purple is one of my favorites in the collection.

  60. angelina says:

    woa, how cool is this.

  61. Stephanie says:

    I like that pink fabric. Great apron!

  62. Amy says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  63. Fran says:

    What a cool project !
    many thanks….& thanks for the very nice giveaway !

  64. craftytammie says:

    I love the colors in this line! fun project!

  65. shelly says:

    such a creative and fun utility apron! thank you for sharing.

  66. Christine M says:

    What a very different apron. Very cute!

  67. Lillian says:

    So cute! Love it!

  68. Emma says:

    Would have been handy at my garage sale this weekend!

  69. brooke says:

    thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Mary says:

    I think I’m going to try to make this apron for my sister’s birthday! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial, they ALWAYS help!

  71. Mary says:

    Such a cute project! I would love nothing more than to win this book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Mama Spark says:

    Adorable!! I love it. Can’t wait to see more.

  73. Julie says:

    So cute. Would be perfect for a little boy or girl, too.

  74. christi R says:

    This blog is so good. I love it. I hope a win a cool new book!

  75. Brittney B says:

    very cute and creative

  76. Marilyn says:

    Nice work lady!

  77. Joanne says:

    Beautiful fabric and project! I’m a happy camper!

  78. Betty van Os says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  79. Amanda says:

    Such a cute project and a great idea for a utility belt!

  80. Vicky says:

    This is cute, I love this line, so adorable.

  81. Mary says:

    That is so fab – will have to shuffle my projects around to squeeze this one in! Thanks for the chance to win.

  82. Ashley says:

    Love the apron! Such a different shape!!! I have a few friends with little girls who I know would live a mini apron like that. Great giveaway thanks…would love to see the book!


  83. Bethany says:

    oh that is a super must have. I will have to make that when I get home to my machine!! Thanks for the chance for a giveaway!!

  84. Sandy says:

    The pockets would be handy, love the fabric!

  85. Kerry says:

    I love that red and white fabric!

  86. Laurie says:

    I just love it!

  87. Linda C. says:

    Love, love, love it!!!

  88. Alethea says:

    Very cute! I love how it looks like the tops of Arabian buildings (geez, I wish I knew what those were called!).

  89. I am loving 1001 peeps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. caroline says:

    What a delightful and fun fabric line! A quilt from this fabric would be so fun!

  91. Natalie says:

    Neat! I can see minarets, Eiffel towers, lighthouses and anything else that the fabric might “say”. While I love this one, I will probably modify it to suit my daughter’s latest favorite: a tower inspired by Rapunzel and the movie “Tangled”. Thanks for the project!

  92. Dana says:

    Love the shape! Very cute and fun.

  93. Marta M. says:

    i love this apron, I love this fabric, and I’m so excited to hear about the book! I can’t wait to see it!

  94. Margaret says:

    Adorable and practical! I saw a few prints of the 1001 Peeps line at my LQS yesterday–it is lovely!
    mcglen8 [at] gmail [dot] com

  95. Suzanne says:

    truly ingenious!

  96. Libby Jones says:

    Wow, what a good idea. This is the perfect size for summer, not so long that it makes you be hot. How handy! CAn’t wait to check out the book. Hope it will be on Amazon??

  97. brenda says:

    So cute! This looks quick and easy

  98. Kate F. says:

    I am loving that purples are making a comeback this year! I think this Scheherazade print is going to be a big part of that. Oh, and happy birthday, Lizzy!

  99. Lorri Weaver says:

    Looks like fun! Love the fabric! ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. That is so fun! I love how they took something practical and made it playful too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Jennifer says:

    Too cute! I’d love to win!

  102. Ruth says:

    Would be great for a market or craft stall, business cards and cash.

  103. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    Looks like the first thing I need for 1001 camp!

  104. Brie says:

    So cute! That is a fun summer project!

  105. Claire says:


  106. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    How cute!

  107. Mary Jo says:

    So cute! I’m making a lot of my Christmas presents this year so this book would really help with project ideas!!

  108. Annie Mc says:

    What a great little make!

  109. Such a cute and practical apron!

  110. Mama Urchin says:

    A cute apron!

  111. elsa says:

    Really a very clever apron and I can think of a few people I know that would love one!

  112. Dawn says:

    What a fun apron and fabric. Can’t wait to see the book.

  113. Katie P says:


  114. Rhonda says:

    Super cute!! I can see the kids turning it into a crown LOL

  115. Audrey says:

    I love this idea! A lot of teachers at my school use these, and I might just have to spend the summer making cute ones for them!

  116. Pepe says:

    Nice fabrics!!!

  117. lisa says:

    thanks for sharing. will have to make this one!!!!

  118. I haven’t been to summer camp in ages. Thanks for the fun activity!

  119. Heather K says:

    Sew cute!! Can’t wait for camp to start.

  120. Emily says:

    What great summer fun!

  121. Sharyn says:

    sometimes i just need a project to inspire me about the fabric. thanks

  122. Jayne says:

    Cute project! Where was this stuff back in the day when my kids were small!!!

  123. M. Malik says:

    Cute and useful. Great

  124. Jules says:

    Looks really cute!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. marcia says:

    functionl and beautiful-what I look for in anything I make

  126. Alli says:

    That would be really cute for a little kid apron!

  127. Martina says:

    What a cute idea!Love it!

  128. Manda says:

    Cute apron!

  129. Johanna W says:

    Great clear instructions. Thank you!

  130. Cinnamon says:

    The fabric looks good all sewn up too. I can’t wait to see a few more items made with it!

  131. Brie says:

    This is cute cute cute! I love it. Thanks for the tutorial ๐Ÿ˜€

  132. Sherry says:

    Cute!! I need to get me some Peeps. ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. Serena says:

    What a super cute apron! So fun!

  134. EveLily says:

    So handy and fun! Would be perfect to wear while doing my sewing. Scissors – check, Cutter – check, phone – check, pins – check! I’m ALWAYS losing these while working. Thanks!

  135. Meg says:

    Love the new peeps! I think camp is gonna be a blast!

  136. beverly says:

    Very cute! I love the fabric!

  137. May says:

    Interesting pattern.

  138. Jennyroo says:

    The 1001 Peeps fabric seems to make every project sing! I’m crushing on the purple color palette for sure!

  139. Ramona says:

    Such a cute design. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  140. carrie says:

    love love love the fabrics and the idea for a camp!!!

  141. Lindsay says:

    What a fun apron and I love this fabric!

  142. Caroline says:

    Now that is one awesome utility apron! I may need one for diapers and wipes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  143. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Great little apron ๐Ÿ™‚

  144. Crystal says:

    This book looks like loads of fun!

  145. Sissy says:


  146. Jessica says:

    Too cute!

  147. Tara says:

    I am in LOVE with this line of fabrics. This apron is awesome.

  148. Sherry J says:

    adorable apron, very original pattern. thanks.

  149. Glenys says:

    Awesome project!!

  150. Holly says:

    Happy Birthday! The apron is adorable! Can’t wait to try it! =)

  151. Nancy M says:

    love this fabric!!

  152. Amber H says:

    I don’t have any 1001 Peeps, but I’ve got other fabrics I can use.. totally doing this this weekend!

  153. Tong says:

    So cute! Love the fabric!!!

  154. DianeY says:

    That’s so cute! Fabric is perfect for that style!

  155. Jeni says:

    SO fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  156. Katie says:

    So cute! I can’t wait to whip one of these up!

  157. Aleta schuelke says:

    I love this fabric line! And that was a great tutorial – clear and well explained. Thank you,

  158. Mary says:

    Very cute and practical as well.

  159. Annabel says:

    I have a small boy here who’s every keen on dressing up, i tbhink we could do with one of these!

  160. Jackie H says:

    Yay for more Peeps from Lizzy House and I love the colorway with the snazzy purple in it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  161. Stacey says:

    Really cute, would love to win the book! Thanks for the chance : )

  162. Gillian says:

    Lovely! The points are awesome on that apron…

  163. Amy G. says:

    How cute!

  164. cheryl bernard says:

    Love Love your fabric and the apron.

  165. Anne Marie says:

    Love the apron.

  166. Allison C says:

    Love the apron and love the fabric!

  167. anna says:

    so very cute! I can’t wait to start sewing with my peeps. ๐Ÿ™‚

  168. Marcia W. says:

    Wow! Yes, please – my grandnieces would love that crown apron – thanks for the book giveaway

  169. Bianca says:

    So cute! I love the quilting aspect of it. Very cool and oh so handy.

  170. Amy says:

    Super Cute Apron, thanks for a great giveaway!

  171. Katrina H says:

    I really love this! Thank you for sharing.

  172. Holly says:

    Adorable! I might need to make one soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

  173. Anna says:

    oh i love the useful pockets!

  174. Annika says:

    That is adorable!

  175. Jane says:

    Love the shape – but it is now making me think about fussy cutting one of the prints………..

  176. Colleen says:

    What a sweet apron! I especially love the scallops!

  177. Such a fun apron! ๐Ÿ™‚

  178. alli b says:

    Am so excited about the new line! he colourways are gorgeous, and so much fun.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  179. Crystal says:

    I’m going to start this tomorrow. I just need two more items and I’m set to start.

  180. Deb Joseph says:

    Absolutely adorable!

  181. nprice says:

    i love lizzys fabric and lizzy!!!

  182. kim says:

    Dats cool… and would be quite functional for me.

  183. Ella says:

    can’t wait to see the book!

  184. Beth says:

    The fabric and the design compliment each other so nicely! Lovely project!

  185. Kristy says:

    My girls would love this! I see some more projects going on my list!

  186. Jen says:

    Very clever!

  187. Kate says:

    Awww!! I LOVE the apron!! I will have to go get some 1001 peeps soon!

  188. Jane says:

    Really cute apron. It’d be handy to always my scissors on me as I move back and forth between the sewing machine and my cutting area!

  189. Foldedstar says:

    Sooo cute!!

  190. Karen says:

    That’s a great apron, love the purple fabric!

  191. Andrea C says:


  192. Jenn says:

    Oh, I can just see my little girl in this apron! Thanks for the chance to win!

  193. aquaknits says:

    Love this line, and such a fun, simple project!

  194. Dell says:

    This apron is seriously cute. Love the shape

  195. Laura Reich says:


  196. Some magical projects would be wonderful to jump start the summer sewing!

  197. Susan C. says:

    Adorable apron! Love it!

  198. Bobbie23nc says:

    This is a very cute apron. I’d love to see the other projects in the book.

  199. Laura says:

    Cute apron. I like how you continue the middle eastern theme with the shape!

  200. Christina G. says:

    What a fun apron! Can think of so many other uses for it too.

  201. FLORENTINA says:

    that was such a neat apron. love it!

  202. Jen C. says:

    What a cute pattern! Thanks for having a giveaway!

  203. Liz T. says:

    Looks cool. I love this line!

  204. Vickie In Dallas says:

    What a cute project!

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