I started by ironing the fabric! This is not my favourite part but is definitley necessary. I then pinned my greaseproof paper pattern to the fabric before cutting out the main apron shape, neck tie, 2 back ties and contrasting pocket with my trusty fabric scissors.
STEP 2 ~ Pinning
I pinned the pocket seam allowance all the way round, stitching the top of the pocket. I then pinned the pocket in place on the main part of the apron and stitched in place.
STEP 5 ~ Putting it all together
Finally, I attached the back ties and the neck ties, looping the shorter neck tie in half with 2 D-rings attached so that the length can be adjusted as needed. And hey presto! The apron was made!
I was most pleased with the final result. I had made one for myself first as a practise and there where a few hiccups along the way, but I got there eventually. As the friend in question is a keen knitter I made an appropriate card and matching gift tag.