Patriotic Apron

Between Memorial Day (which we just celebrated a few weeks ago) and the 4th of July holiday a mere two weeks away… there’s another upcoming patriotic observance that may have slipped your memory.

Flag Day will be celebrated tomorrow (June 14) and marks the adoption of our U.S. flag in this country.

With that in mind (and because I just can’t have too many of these), I created a patriotic apron to mark the occasion.

patriotic fabric

The striped fabric I used is called ticking and is a wonderfully versatile textile that I’ve used for many different projects including my popular handcrafted holiday cookie sacks which you can see HERE and HERE.

Add to that, this cute all-over navy stars fabric which made for a great combo for a tribute to Old Glory.

By the way, this apron took me about 3 hours to make and with the fabric on sale… it cost me under $8.

apron buckle

Over the years, as I’ve devoted more and more attention to expanded topics and categories on this blog, I haven’t gotten in front of my sewing machine as much as I’d like to.

Despite my many interests, sewing really is my first love and it’s so rewarding when I’m able to whip out something like this… just for the fun of it.

apron pocket

The addition of this pocket was a bit of an after-thought but I’m glad I added it.

Notice the bodice of the apron features horizontal stars and the pocket fabric is positioned vertically. That’s great contrast.

My little loop has the dual purpose of not only adding visual interest but also as a utensil holder.

apron strings

When it comes to apron ties, I love them extra long.

That way they can wrap around the back and extend around the front for tying with a long bow and long tails down the center of the apron.

apron elements

Here’s a closer look at that utensil holder.

Imagine a wooden spoon or some other favorite kitchen tool sitting snugly in that loop.

Another way I added interest to this simple apron project is to tie the apron strings in knots on the end.

It’s little details like this that add up.

lisa's apron

While Stars and Stripes take center stage in this post, I’ve gotta give a shout-out to my son and trusty photography assistant, Jordy.

Jordy has been my sidekick for a long time… tagging along to help me prepare and shoot content for this blog over the years.


He’s a long, lanky teenager who is still growing into his feet… and you can see him as my little helper HERE  in his earlier days.

Jordy is like my own personal key grip.  He takes on a lot of roles for me including (but not limited to) holding reflectors and boards, balancing trays and dishes, helping to haul and set up equipment and pitching in with styling, presentation and of course… shooting.

He’s becoming quite the photographer himself and he’s been a valuable contributor, especially as I’ve recently made a concerted effort to include more pictures of my face on this blog… instead of just my hands.

I told him I’d give him credit for most of the photos in this post.  Thanks Jordy!

grill and grill tools

Meanwhile, now that I’ve got a spanking new apron…. I’m ready to put it to good use.

My husband, Boris is the grill master in the house but he’s about to get some serious competition as I spread my grilling wings this summer.

I’ve got the garb… I’ve got the grilling tools… now bring on the meat and the heat.

DIY Apron

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 

  • Botanic Bleu

    Love your patriotic apron and grilling plans! Jordy is a great helper and photographer. Perhaps he should start his own blog?


    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Judith. Yes, Jordy is a great helper… and that’s a great idea for him to start his own blog.
      Hmm… of course I’d probably lose a lot of his help if he did that-lol.
      Glad you like the apron too. Hope you have a lovely week.

  • Puja Darshan

    Wow…it’s a beautiful Apron.Loved the idea to have that loop to hold a utensil. Pinned

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    How handsome is Jordy!!!….It is so wonderful to have a “sidekick/assistant”. I can see a great future in photography & styling ahead of him….and that apron….oh my how so very cute and of course not to mention functional….what a great idea to have that loop to hold a utensil…..and love the very beautiful pictures of you!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Shirley! What would I do without, Jordy?
      He’s allowed my readers to finally see my face instead of just my hands-lol.
      Hope you have a wonderful week.

  • cindy

    First, way to go Jordy for being such an awesome sidekick! And Lisa…this is just the cutest dang apron:) This couldn’t be anymore perfect for the 4th! And of course you look absolutely stunning in it:D Have a wonderful day, Lisa!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Awww, Cindy. Yes, Jordy is such a sweet helper and he’s quite patient too because I really put him to work some days-lol
      He has a great interest in photography and digital media so, we’ll see if that ends up being his calling.
      Thanks soooo much for popping by. Enjoy your day too.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Lisa, I really love your apron!! And I’m an apron wearer from way back. I even wear an apron when I garden and pockets are a must. Every since i saw your red ticking cookie sacks I ordered some from Jo-Ann’s. I haven’t made anything yet but I believe this will be first. I’ve got to find some star fabric. And I DO love to sew!! Your son is doing a great job — you have a beautiful family.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Oh, Marisa… you’ve got to do something with that red ticking. You know it’s also available in navy and I’ve seen it with green stripes too.
      The red is still my favorite though. Thanks for your sweet words and your support.
      Hope you have a great day.

  • Jeanne

    Love the apron, Lisa. The details make it, for sure. And you’re right about extra long ties. I love to flip the long ties around me and secure in front…makes me feel so “ready to cook”. Silly, I know…but true. Happy Grilling!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Jeanne, it felt so good to get back to sewing.
      I know exactly what you mean about those secure ties in the front-lol.
      Hope you have a wonderful week.

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