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Sweet Gingerbread Apron

Free project instructions to make a gingerbread apron.

Free project instructions to make a gingerbread apron.


Bake Christmas treats in style with this tasty apron. Shaped like the classic holiday cookie, it's a sweet addition to any kitchen. Make one for yourself, or give to your favorite holiday helper!


Project Needs & Notes

- 1/3 yard sturdy cotton like twill for pocket and neck strap
- 3/4 yard quilter's cotton for top front of apron
- 1/2 yard sturdy cotton like twill for bottom front of apron
- 1 yard print quilter's cotton for bottom back of apron
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 4 yards (total) of 1 1/2" wide rickrack trim (1 yard each of two different colors)
- 2 yards double-fold extra-wide quilt binding bias tape
- 2 buttons (size 1 1/2")
- 1/2" wide ribbon
- 10" wide plate or plastic lid
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- L7025, Christmas Baking Stack


Finished Size:
21" x 31" with 64" long ties

Free project instructions to make a gingerbread apron.

Prepare the fabric for the pocket. Using an air-erase pen, draw a 7" x 9" rectangle on the twill.

Templates are printouts of embroidery designs, and they are excellent tools for planning where to stitch.

Open the embroidery designs in embroidery software and print them to make templates. If you don't have software, try Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Center the template inside the shape. Allow 1" between the edges of the design and the edges of the shape. Mark the center point and the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

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Remove the template.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

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Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point.

Embroider the design.

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After the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

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Then, using a small round object, like a ribbon spool, round off the bottom corners of the shape by tracing the shape of the spool.

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Cut out the shape.

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Lay the front embroidered piece on top of the remaining pocket fabric, right sides together. Pin in place and cut out the shape.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges only -- leave the top edge open for turning.

Turn the pocket right side out and press the seams with an iron. Turn the top edge in 1/4" and press.

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Cut a piece of rickrack trim a bit wider than the top edge of the pocket.

Pin the trim in place along the top edge of the pocket, fold the ends of the trim under the pocket and sew the trim in place.

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To prepare the bottom front of the apron, cut a piece of twill to 14" x 17".

Fold the fabric lengthwise, right sides together.

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Using a 10" plate (or plastic lid) trace the shape in the lower corner of the folded fabric along the raw edges, and trace the shape.

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Trim the fabric along the line you just drew.

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Unfold the fabric and lay it flat with the right side facing up.

Place the pocket on top in the lower right of the fabric with the edges of the pocket about 1 1/2" from the edges of the fabric.

Pin the pocket in place and sew a 1/8" seam along the side and bottom edges only.

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Then, lay the front/pocket piece on top of the fabric, right sides together. Pin in place, and cut out the shape of the front piece.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the sides and bottom only -- leave the top open for turning.

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Turn the fabric right side out and press the seams.

Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press.

Sew a 1/8" seam along the entire outer edge of the fabric.

Then, add rickrack trim along the side and bottom edges. Set this portion aside for now.

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To prepare the bottom back of the apron, cut a piece of print quilter's cotton to 36" x 40".

Fold the fabric together widthwise, right sides together. Pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the side edges only.

Turn the fabric right side out, press the seams and the bottom folded edge, and top-stitch a 1/8" seam along the side and bottom edges only.

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Sew a 1/4" seam along the entire top edge of the fabric.

Sew back and forth at the start, but sew straight off the opposite edge at the end.

Next, sew a seam 1/4" under the first seam all along the top edge of the fabric. Secure the start and leave the opposite end open as you did with the first seam.

Separate the threads at the open ends. Hold the bobbin threads from each seam in one hand and bunch the fabric together along the seams with your other hand.

Move the fabric down the seams ruffling as you go. Ruffle the fabric until the top edge is about 21" wide. Tie off the bobbin threads and trim them.

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Place the front portion on top of the back portion as shown, with the top edge of the front portion aligned with the top edge of the back.

Allow about 2" of the back to extend out past the side edges of the front. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the top edge to tack them in place.

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To prepare the top of the apron, cut a piece of quilter's cotton to 19 1/2" x 17".

Measure and mark 3" in along the bottom edge starting at each bottom corner.

Draw lines up to the top corners starting at each mark.

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Place the plate at each top corner with the edge of the plate aligned with the lines you just drew.

Trace the shape at each top corner then cut out the shape.

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To prepare the back, lay the front fabric on top of the back fabric, right sides together.

Pin in place, and cut around the shape of the front fabric.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the side and top edges only -- leave the bottom edge open for turning.

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Turn the fabric right side out, press the seams.

Turn the opening in 1/4" and press.

Top-stitch a 1/8" seam along the side and top edges only.

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To prepare the neck strap, cut a piece of fabric to 4" x 24".

Fold the long side edges in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Then, fold the long folded edges in together and press. Sew a 1/8" seam along the entire outer edge of the fabric.

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Turn the top portion over to the wrong side and pin the ends of the strap in place along the top edge of the top portion.

Allow the ends of the strap to extend over the fabric about 3/4".

Sew the straps in place.

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Add rickrack trim to the side and top edges of the top portion.

Also, with needle and thread, add two 1 1/2" buttons in the center of the top portion.

Cut a length of bias tape to 64" long. Wrap it around the top edge of the bottom, centering it with the center top of the bottom.

Tuck the top under the bias tape, centering it with the bottom.

Allow the top to extend behind the bottom about 1". Pin all the layers in place. Fold the ends of the tape in about 1/2" and sew a seam along the inner folded edge of the tape.

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Tie a 1" wide ribbon into a double bow and hand sew it in place along the tape to the left of the pocket.

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Use this sweet gingerbread apron while baking all your cookies and treats this holiday season.

Sweet Gingerbread Apron



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Products used in this Project:

Christmas Gingerbread $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.84" x 6.72" | 4.80" x 5.51"

Gingerbread and Gum Drops $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.93" x 4.79" | 3.17" x 3.85"

Christmas Egg Nog $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.84" x 6.72" | 4.80" x 5.51"

Holly-day Egg Nog $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.77" x 4.76" | 3.06" x 3.87"

Christmas Cocoa $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.84" x 6.72" | 4.80" x 5.51"

Wintry Hot Cocoa $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.65" x 5.17" | 2.73" x 3.87"