I am a petite gal, so I chopped off 1" on the bottom of the apron, just to shorten it a bit, which was perfect, thus instead of placing the pocket 2.75" from the bottom edge, I placed it 2" from the bottom edge. I also created two pockets instead of one, simply by stitching in between two of the blocks. So the first quilt block is one pocket, and the last two combined are the second pocket. This way pencils and such won't get lost in a huge open pocket. You can also see in the photo below the reinforcement stitching that I did on the spot where the ties meet the apron body. This way I know they won't be coming off. The book called for you to cut the ties at 34" long, but since I cut them with the width of the fabric, which was around 42", I just left them at that length. A little extra length never hurt anybody, right? I don't think so.
I am pleased as punch with this little apron and look forward to using it in the kitchen and if I ever tackle any other craft fairs, I can use it there too!
Book: Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahashi
Sew Along: Hosted by LRstitched and A Quilter's Table
Project: Polka Dot Cafe Apron
Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/patchworkplease/