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I was inspired to create these holiday aprons when I saw Creative Machine Embroidery’s Retro Christmas design collection and thought it would be a perfect pairing with this apron pattern for the holidays. As this is the only time of year I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and I don’t want to mess my party outfit while I’m prepping for the party! They also make a quick and easy (and personalized) early gift for friends and family. Read on to see how to make…


For the pattern I used our Apron pattern from the 01/2012 issue. I love the shape of this apron and of course the adorable little pockets. It also doesn’t require much yardage as there are no gathers or fullness added. For the fabric I found some holiday printed cotton in two color-ways to experience and make a couple of aprons with.

Then for the embroidery on my first apron (using the tan tree cotton) I chose to use the girl from the CME Retro Holiday Embroidery Collection. And I hooped and embroidered the fabric before cutting out my apron so I could make sure the design was centered and right where I wanted it.


For the pockets, I hooped some more fabric and embroidered one of CME’s Cross stitch snowflakes, and then cut the pocket pieces over top to make sure they were center.


The construction of the apron is quite simple! I first serge-finished around all the edges, pressed the allowance to the wrong side, and topstitched in place. Then for the straps and tie bands I cut long strips of my fabric 3" wide and serge-finished one edge, pressed in thirds, then topstitched down the center of each strip. For the straps I pressed down the top points enough to equal the same width as my sewn strips, then stitched in place. And for the side bands I algined with the pattern marking and topstitched in place.

The pockets were easy to construct, as I first serge-finished the top edge, pressed to the wrong side, and topstitched in place. Then I pressed the outer curved edges towards the wrong side about 1/4" and edgestithced in place on the apron pocket placement lines.


Than ta-da! You have yourself an apron. I love this one and how the embroidery really pops.


After I was finished this one, I just knew I had to make another! I also had a matching cotton with green and white trees printed on it, so I went with the snowman design from the embroidery collection.


I went back and fourth deciding on whether or not I should back the design with a white panel, but ended up not doing so. I actually don’t mind how the design blends into the fabric, and you need to be up close to see in all it’s glory. Now when I look at it I think it is a giant, ghost-like snow man that was built in a large forest.

I constructed it a similar way to my first apron, except I opted for binding to finished the neckline and act as my tie bands and straps.


My favorite thing about this apron is the pockets! As I made them like the original pattern. Instead of cutting one of each pocket, I cut 2. Then I sewed them, right sides together along the outer edge and flipped to the right side. Then I pressed under the top pointed allowances and topstitched in place. To secure the fold over point, I tied a little bow with my binding and hand stitching in place through all the layers of the pocket.Then to sew on the apron, no pressing under of the outer edges required! Because they are already finished, so I simply placed on the apron according to the pocket placements and stitched in place 1/8" from the seam starting right where the top fold is.


To finished the top edge, I sewed binding and then extended to become the straps! Then for the side tie bands, I stitched the pre-pressed binding together and topstitched in place on each side seam.



Finished! I just adore the pockets on this apron and love the little red bows. I also really like the subtle embroidery and with a block of white backing behind it, I feel like it may look a little “crafty”. So I’m very happy with out this turned out.


Then when the company arrives, the holiday party can get started! I made this skirt using our Pleated Skirt pattern and I used a table cloth fabric I found at my local fabric store. I love this print so much, and I wanted to make my own “ugly Christmas skirt” rather than all the ugly sweaters you see out there. Remember the Halloween skirt I made?, I used the same pattern for this one! I guess you could say it is my holiday go-to pattern and I just switch up the themed fabric prints.

Happy Holidays!


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    Jan 7, 2018, 12.26 PMby Cheng9

    We were thinking of doing this until we realised that we cant sow! Looks good but will need to show a seamstress if we are going to take this retro look to our house.

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    Dec 8, 2017, 11.02 AMby nrobson

    those are cute aprons: gorgeous embroidery, and the skirt looks awesome!

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    Dec 5, 2017, 08.56 PMby seabreit

    I like the retro feel of these aprons! I have made at least 6 different aprons as gifts. I would like trying home decorator fabric or table cloth fabric. Those aprons helped me practice my sewing skills. The skirt is adorable on you. Reminds me of a tea cup pattern skirt I had years ago that is lost to time.

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