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Child’s Strawberry Apron

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Materials
  • Simplicity® pattern 1240 view B
  • Fabrics per the pattern back for the required size
  • 10” x 14” white cotton piece added to material list for the pocket
  • Tear away stabilizer
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Or a purchased child’s apron

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    These designs will be just as cute on a purchased apron, but you will have to remove the pocket and replace it after it is embroidered. If you need to reduce the time to make the apron use 1 ¾ yards of pre-gathered ruffle to complete the apron.


    Step 1:
    Print out templates of the designs to use on the apron; cut out the pattern pieces from the selected view on the pattern. View B was used to create this apron.

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    Step 2:
    Lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric keeping in mind that we will embroider the font of the apron before it is cut to the pattern piece so we want enough extra fabric around that pattern piece to fit into a 5” x 7” hoop. Pin and cut out all of the apron fabric pieces except the front of the apron.

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    Step 3:
    Cut out the template from the chest front design. Lay the center line of the template on the fold of the fabric at the height that you wish to do the embroidery. Mark the horizontal center of design line with a fabric pen.

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    Step 4:
    Mark right through the pattern the cutting line at the top of the apron so that you can reposition the pattern piece after the fabric is embroidered.

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    Step 5:
    Remove the pattern; the fold in the fabric becomes the vertical guideline. Extend the mark you made for the center of design across the fabric where the embroidery will be stitched.

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    Step 6:
    Hoop the bib of the apron using the fabric center fold and the marked placement line with tear away stabilizer.

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    Step 7:
    Following the color chart embroider the design.

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    Step 8:
    Remove the tear away stabilizer and trim any long thread tails on the back of the embroidery, but be sure you don’t cut off any of the tie off knots.

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    Step 9:
    Refold the fabric; pin the pattern back into place aligning the marks you made at the cutting line for the top of the apron and cut out the apron front.

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    Step 10:
    Mark the placement for the pocket on the apron front.

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    Step 11:
    The apron embroidery will fit in a 4” x 4” hoop. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric that is larger than the pattern piece and suitable for the embroidery hoop. This one was cut 10” x 14”. I chose to use a solid white piece for the pocket but it can be the same as your apron fabric. Hoop tear away stabilizer with the fabric.

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    Step 12:
    Embroidery the chosen design for the pocket; remove the tear away stabilizer. Pin the pattern piece over the embroidery and cut out.

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    Step 13:
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    Assemble the apron following the pattern instructions. Congratulations your Child’s Strawberry apron is complete!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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