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
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.
Connect both points with a straight line.
Now, using the straight line as reference, draw a second line, curving it slightly, as in the diagram below.
From the lower left corner measures 4" up and 4" right, mark both points.
Connect both points with a curved line.
Cut out the template.
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.
Finish the sides and hem of the apron with the bias tape. Notice the edges that are still unfinished!
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.
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.
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!