My wonderful parents are coming today for a quick visit. They wanted to come straight after my surgery, however between their commitments, and mine, this is the first chance that we have had. I am really looking forward to them coming, as my father still spoils us by cooking dinner for us whilst he is here, and mum is going to take me out for a coffee in the morning.
Mum did have one request however. She is attending a sewing camp in a few weeks, and on the last night of the camp, they have a “dress up night”, where all of the ladies are encouraged to create something to wear. For instance a few years ago it was all about the tiaras, and each lady was encouraged to make their own tiara. This year it is all about aprons, and so mum has come to me.
Amongst her friends, mum has the nickname of Queenie (for our family, I have narrowed this down to Her Majesty, or Madge), however a good friend of hers created a beautiful crafting bag with the word Queenie, and a crown on it, that mum really loves. The other thing that you need to know about my mother is that since dad stopped working so hard (he now only put in about 10 hours a day) (approximately 20 years ago), he has taken over the cooking and meal preparation. So it is a big joke that mum would never need an apron, as she doesn’t cook.
For this project, I wanted to create mum a fun type of apron. I purchased an apron from K-mart for $5.00, however you could definitely make your own, and a necklace from Lovisa for another $5.00
I have created this Queenie design, and am offering it as a freebie download for anyone who wants to make their own queen a beautiful apron.
- Apron – K-mart have these for $5.00
- Pearl Necklance (I purchased mine from Lovisa for $5.00)
- Queenie embroidery design – free from Julie Hall Designs
- Embroidery Thread (I have used hot pink)
- TearClean Tear Away Stabiliser
- Sewing Thread to match the apron
- Hot Fix Crystals
- Take the apron and iron flat
- Mark up the centre point on the front of the apron.
- Measure 4” down from the top of the apron, and using the markings of created, hoop together the stabiliser and apron, centring these points.
- Load the Queenie design onto your machine (as a hint, make sure the design will be stitch the right way around, you do not want this upside down), and stitch the design out in your chosen thread colour.
- Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine, and the apron from the hoop. Turn the embroidery over, and remove any excess stabiliser.
- Take the necklace, and undo the clasp.
- Lay the necklace out on top of the apron, and place it at the neckline. Once you are happy with the placement, gently use your free motion zig-zag to stitch the ends of the necklace to the apron (if this part concerns you, feel free to hand stitch this part)
- Take your hot fix crystals, and gently place different crystals around the design.
Your apron is now ready to wear, and perfect for the Royalty in your home.