Sweet Stitches Apron
(with oval applique)
of what you make with the designs is
the best part of our day. One of our
customers, Lyn, showed us a darling
method of combining prints with a
neutral applique piece to highlight
We showed her work on our Facebook
page, and hundreds of embroiderers
gave it the "thumbs up" - and asked
for more details about how the
Read on for more details, and for
the recipe on how to use this
technique in your projects!
**Small piece of cotton fabric
(for applique piece - I used
**Medium weight cutaway
**Temporary spray adhesive
**Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil (for
**Double-sided fusible web
I used the
large size of the
Christmas Cookie Trio on my apron.
You'll notice the designs I used extend
a bit outside of the oval applique shape.
That brings a contemporary look to the
can also stitch a design in the center of
the applique piece (I'll show an example of
this at the end of the tutorial).
I used a Christmas design, but this apron is
great in all seasons. The
Food and Wine category is filled with delicious
designs for aprons!
About 23" wide by
33 1/2" high
Prepare the front of
the apron by cutting a piece of
the print cotton fabric to 24"
wide by 32 1/2" high and lay the
fabric flat. Measure and mark 7
1/2" out from the top right
corner along the top edge of the
Measure and mark
12 1/2" down from the top right
corner along the right edge of
the fabric. Draw a line from the
top mark down to the bottom
fabric widthwise (align the long
side edges together) and trace the
shape of the trimmed curve on the
opposite side of the fabric.
Trim the fabric along the line you
Now that the
front of the apron is ready, it is
time to prepare the oval applique fabric.
The oval applique pattern pieces are sized to work well with
most 6" x 10", 5" x 7", and 4" x 4" size
Below are links to several sizes of the oval
applique pattern pieces. Make sure to check the size of
the embroidery design you're stitching to ensure it
works with the oval size you've selected.
Decide what size oval applique size
you want, click the link below, and
print out the pattern:
11.00� wide by 7.25� high
10.25� wide by 6.75� high
9.50� wide by 6.25� high
8.75� wide by 5.76� high
8.00� wide by 5.28� high
If you are
using the 11" wide piece, it will
print on two pieces of paper. Cut
out the shapes, align and tape them
together. All other sizes will print
on one piece of paper - print out
the pattern and cut around the
The final step
is to add the back fabric piece to the apron. Align the back
fabric on top, right sides together,
pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam
along the side and top edges only -
leave the bottom edge open for
turning. Turn the fabric right side
out and press the seams. Then turn
the fabric of the opening in 1/2"
and press. Top stitch a 1/4" seam
along the entire outer edge of the
apron and you are done!
Available in 2 Sizes:
9.41" x 4.61" | 6.86" x 3.37"
Available in 4 Sizes:
6.88" x 11.72" | 7.61" x 7.82" | 5.86" x 9.38" | 4.87" x 6.00"
Available in 3 Sizes:
8.69" x 5.86" | 6.85" x 4.62" | 3.86" x 2.62"
4.87" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.85" | 3.36" x 3.35"
5.01" x 3.91" | 3.86" x 3.02" | 3.36" x 2.63"