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Holiday Season Apron

An embroidered apron makes a great holiday gift. They are easy to sew, very practical and appreciated by anyone who likes to cook. This is a very beginner-friendly project. You can use a purchased apron, or sew it yourself according to the instructions below.

For embroidery we used designs from the Santa Claus Decorative Set and Small Snowflakes Redwork Set.


You will need

  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon),
  • light-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • a canvas apron of any dark color,
  • (alternatively) if you would like to make the apron from scratch, you will need
    • 1 yard of light-weight canvas, denim or duck cloth,
    • 5 yards of double fold bias tape,
    • a large sheet of paper for the template, at least "10x28",
    • pencil, ruler and scissors.

If you are using a ready-made apron, skip the next two sections and go directly to Embroidery.

Apron - Cutting:

First make a paper template.
On the sheet of paper, draw a rectangle measuring 10" x 28".

From the upper right corner measure 4 1/2" to the left and mark the point.

From the upper left corner measure 9" down and mark the point.

Holiday Apron Diagram

Connect both points with a straight line.

Holiday Apron Diagram

Now, using the straight line as reference, draw a second line, curving it slightly, as in the diagram below.

Holiday Apron Diagram

From the lower left corner measures 4" up and 4" right, mark both points.
Connect both points with a curved line.

Holiday Apron Diagram

Cut out the template.

Holiday Apron Diagram

Fold the fabric in half. Position the template on the fabric with the right edge of the template along the folded line.

Trace the template and cut out the apron.


Apron - Sewing:

Finish the upper edge of the apron with the bias tape.

Holiday Apron Diagram

Finish the sides and hem of the apron with the bias tape. Notice the edges that are still unfinished!

Holiday Apron Diagram

Cut a piece of bias tape about 102" long. Fold it in half and place a marker (pin) in the middle. Measure 11" from the marker on both sides and place 2 more markers. You can remove the middle marker.

Pin the bias tape at the first marker to the left top corner of the apron. Pin the bias tape at the second marker to the right top corner of the apron.

Holiday Apron Diagram

On your sewing machine, topstitch the bias tape to the curved edges of the apron edge to close it and attach 2 sections to the bib.

Holiday Apron Diagram

Embroidery:

Upload the files from the Santa Claus Decorative Set and Small Snowflakes Redwork Set into your machine. Stabilize the fabric with light-weight cut-away or tear-away stabilizer.

The Santa Claus Decorative Set consists of 2 files - one with Santa and the second one with snow swirls. Embroider the Santa file in the center of the bib, then embroider the swirls around the apron.

Now add small snowflakes from the Small Snowflakes Redwork Set.

Embroider as many designs as you like. Please note that if you embroider several designs in one hoop, stabilize the fabric. If you have a 2.4" x 1.6" (60x40 mm) hoop, you can embroider the designs in it without any stabilizer.


Your apron is done. Enjoy!

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