Simple Sewing Apron

Designer: Joyce Cronkhite

The piecing is simple on this kitchen gadget inspired apron.


Materials:

  • 4—34-yard pieces of assorted prints in coral, big dot, small green dot, and cream novelty (apron, pocket, lining)
  • 1 yard green rickrack
  • 2—112-yard pieces of 78“-wide grosgrain ribbon: cream and green
  • Water-soluble marking pen

 

Finished Apron: 21×2812” (overall); 21×2212” (folded)

Quantities are for 44/45″-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 14” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


1. Cut pieces in the following order.

From coral print, cut:

  • 2—534×30″ strips

From big dot, cut:

  • 2—534×30″ strips

From small green dot, cut:

  • 1—634×14″ rectangle

From cream novelty print, cut:

  • 1—2112×30″ rectangle

From green rickrack, cut:

  • 1—22″-long piece
  • 1—7″-long piece

 

2. Sew together two coral print 534×30″ strips and two big dot 534×30″ strips to make apron front (Diagram 1). Press seams in one direction. Apron front should be 2112×30″ including seam allowances.

 

3. Topstitch along one side of each seam (Diagram 2).

 

4. Layer cream novelty print 2112×30″ rectangle and apron front with right sides together, orienting the prints in opposite directions so that the cream novelty print rectangle is right side up when the top is folded over the front. Sew together around all edges, leaving a 4″ opening along one edge for turning. Trim diagonally across corners.

 

5. Turn right side out through opening. Press flat and slip-stitch opening closed to make apron unit. The apron unit should be 21×2912“.

 

6. Topstitch along outer edge of apron unit and remaining side of each seam (Diagram 3).

7. Turn under bottom edge of apron unit 12“; press. Turn under again 12“; press. Sew through all layers close to first folded edge to hem apron unit.

 

8. Referring to photo, on top, pin 22″-long piece of green rickrack over hem stitching, folding ends over edges. Using contrasting thread, stitch through center of rickrack.

 

9. Aligning short edges, fold small green dot 634×14″ rectangle in half, right side inside, to make a 634×7″ rectangle. Sew together raw edges, leaving a 3″ opening along one edge for turning (Diagram 4).

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10. Turn right side out through opening. Press flat and slip-stitch opening closed to make a pocket.

 

11. Referring to photo, on top, pin 7″-long piece of green rickrack 1″ from folded edge of pocket, folding ends over edges. Using contrasting thread, stitch to pocket through center of rickrack.

 

12. Position pocket on right side of apron unit 714” from bottom edge and 218” from right-hand edge; pin. Topstitch side and bottom edges of pocket to make apron body (Diagram 5).

13. Join ends of cream and green grosgrain ribbon pieces to make a tie strip. Press seam open.

 

14. Using a water-soluble marking pen, draw a line on right side of apron body 6″ from top edge. Align and center top edge of tie strip with marked line; pin. Topstitch tie to apron body along both edges of ribbon to complete apron (Diagram 6). To wear apron, tie ribbon ends around waist. Fold top of apron lining over ribbon tie strip as shown in photo.


Wood Triangle Necklace

Designer: Jodi Harris

Tiny triangles cut from wood veneer make a cheery banner-style necklace when strung together with jump rings and chain.


Materials:

  • Iron-on wood veneer tape
  • Fabric scrap for backing
  • Acrylic paint: light blue, medium blue, dark blue, white
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray sealer
  • 11 gold jump rings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Gold chain
  • Gold lobster clasp
  • Download the triangle pattern here.

1. Cut a 10″ length of veneer tape. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use an iron to press fabric onto rough side of tape. Trace triangle pattern onto white paper. Trace eight triangles onto wood side of veneer; cut out with sharp scissors.

2. Paint one triangle light blue, one medium blue, one dark blue, and one white; let dry. Spray all triangles with sealer; let dry.

3. Drill a 132” hole into two corners of each triangle. Connect triangles with jump rings through holes in desired order. Add chain to jump rings on outside triangles and adjust chain to desired length. Add jump rings to each chain end and add a lobster clasp to one end.

Crochet Wrap Jewelry

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Designer: Kari Stecher

This crocheted chain is the ultimate in versatility. Wrap it around your wrist for a fashionable stacked bracelet, or drape the strand around your neck for a trendy, long look.


 

Materials:

  • Sport weight yarn
  • Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook
  • 1/4“-diameter button

Note: Gauge is not critical to the success of this project.

*Crochet abbreviations are at the end of instructions.


Instructions:

Make a chain approximately 72″ long. Sl st in 6th ch from hook (buttonhole made) and in each ch across.

Attach button to beg of ch using tails. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

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Crochet Abbreviations:

beg    begin(ning)(s)
ch    chain
dc    double crochet
hdc    half double crochet
rnd(s)    round(s)
sc    single crochet
sk    skip
sl st    slip stitch
st(s)    stitch(es)

High Tide Bracelet

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Designer: Brenda Lesch

Dangling seashells and bits of sea glass give this bracelet beachy attitude. A series of knots tied onto leather cording hold everything in place.


Materials:

  • 1/8″-diameter leather cording
  • Waxed cotton cording
  • Sea glass beads
  • Seashell beads
  • 14-millimeter wooden bead

 

1. Cut a 12″-long piece from leather cording and a 36″-long piece from waxed cotton cording. Holding two pieces together at one end, fold end over 1″ (be sure to test that loop is big enough to accommodate wooden end bead). Tie an overhand knot below loop to hold pieces together.

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2. Make loop at one end of leather cording and waxed cording, and tie an overhand knot. Wrap waxed cording around leather cording and below knotted loop for 1/2″.

 

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3. Tie a knot in the waxed cording and trim one end. Lay waxed cording along length of leather cording for 1/2″; tie a knot around leather cording.

 

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4. Add bead to waxed cording, letting it hang approximately 1/4″ below bracelet. Wrap cording around cording above bead; tie a knot.

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5. Continue adding beads in the same manner. Tie an overhand knot at end of bracelet. Thread a bead onto waxed cording, and tie a knot at end.

Literary-Bound Bracelets

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Designer: Lana Manis

 

Salvage a portion of a cloth-covered book binding and turn it into a cuff that speaks volumes. Personalize it with a book title that appeals to you, then add your choice of embroidery stitches.


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Materials:

  • Old cloth-bound book
  • Crafts knife
  • Scrap of patterned fabric
  • Scrap of felt
  • Medium-weight fusible interfacing
  • 1-1⁄2×6″ curved aluminum cuff blank
  • Needles: embroidery and curved
  • Glue stick
  • Embroidery floss

 

1. Carefully cut cloth from book with crafts knife. Cut spine loose from cover. Remove cardboard reinforcement if applicable. Trim spine as desired into a narrow strip that will fit on cuff.

2. Cut one 2-3⁄4×6-3⁄4″ strip from patterned fabric and one from felt. Cut two 2-3⁄4×6-3⁄4″ strips from medium-weight fusible interfacing. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse interfacing to backs of patterned fabric and felt strips.

3. Sew strips together with right sides facing and 1⁄4″ seam allowances, leaving one short end open. Clip corners and turn right side out. Turn raw edges under 1⁄4″ and press edges.

4. Insert metal cuff into fabric through opening. Slip-stitch the opening closed.

5. Temporarily attach book spine to cuff with glue stick. Use a curved needle to stitch spine to cuff using embroidery floss and stitches of your choice (cuffs shown use blanket stitches, running stitches, and French knots).

See our basic embroidery stitch guide here.


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