Come to the dark side! Did you see my R2D2 inspired apron earlier this month? If you didn’t see the appeal – then you probably won’t go for this one. But if you loved R2D2 – then fight the Rebel Alliance and join the dark side with Darth Vader. I hear the dark side has cookies.
I hate to hear a man whine, so when he saw me with my R2D2 apron, he was all complaints that I hadn’t made anything for him. His wish is granted with this unisex Darth Vader inspired apron. Now we can fight good versus evil in the kitchen instead of just fighting about who does the washing up tonight.
I told him to look menacing for the photos, but he just couldn’t stop grinning so I suppose that’s a good thing. He really loves his new apron. Best thing I ever made for him.
Disclaimer: Obviously this apron design is not an official design and is neither endorsed or licensed by any of the companies associated with the Stars Wars films. I am not affiliated with or sponsored by any of the Star Wars companies. This pattern is intended for your own enjoyment and is my personal interpretation only.
Materials list for your Darth Vader apron pattern:
- Black fabric for the apron base – cotton twill, canvas etc,
- Dark grey for the central panel (darker than mine ideally)
- Small scraps of bue, green and red cottons
- Silver fabric if you have it, if not use a light grey
- Black fabrics, novelty prints etc for the applique pieces
- Twill tape for the ties – length according to your size (or make your own)
- Heat N Bond Ultrahold fusible web recommended, or Lite/Wonder Under if that’s all you have
- Black thread
Benefits of sewing this apron? Same as R2D2 but more evil!
- Lots of geeky fun for you and your friends
- Show off your sci-fi side
- Be the envy of the kids
- Unique! None of your friends can get one unless they pay you millions of space dollars to make one for them.
- The Force will be strong with you when you cook
- Good for guys and gals too
- Pair it with the R2D2 apron pattern for more Star Wars role-play 😉
How to sew a Darth Vader-inspired apron
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Step by step how to sew a Darth Vader apron – see video for detail
- Assemble your pattern and cut out around the outside. The dotted line is the finished size after turning in the edges.
- Use the pattern to cut out your main apron fabric.
- Decide on the length of twill tape you need for your ties at the neck and waist depending on your size. You can also create your own ties using 4 inch wide strips of fabric – I used regular black cotton. Fold them into 4 for hide raw edges and top stitch, the same as you would for bag straps.
- Baste the twill tape to the top of the apron, 1 inch in from the sides. Baste the tape at the waist of the apron.
- Turn 1/2 inch to the wrong side around all edges and press. Turn in another 1/2 inch and press.
- Sew the hems in place, folding the twill tape to the outside as you go. Sew over the tape at the seam to secure it
- Transfer all of the large main grey and black pieces to Heat N Bond, following the abbreviations on the pattern.
- Fuse the Heat N Bond fusible web to the reverse side of your fabrics
- Cut out all of the pieces carefully. Lay out the pieces on your fabric according to the diagram.
- Remove the backing paper from the pieces and fuse them all in place.
- Stitching around each of the pieces is optional, but recommended if using the Ultrahold, and essential if using the Lite version of the fusible web
- Mark and then stitch heavy-weight vertical lines on the central panel in a black thread.
- Add all of the smaller detailed pieces – follow the template or make your own design
- Done – enjoy your geeky Star Wars inspired apron. Remember to take it off before answering the door and scaring the neighbours or postman!
- Make R2D2 as well, just because you can, then fight it out with light sabres while you wait for the water to boil.
Don’t forget to check out the R2D2 apron too. Just look at us, I’m grinning like a maniac I’m so darned happy to see my husband loving something I sewed for him 🙂
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