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Picture of Appliqued Apron
This is why I throw NOTHING away! This project combines recycling (the denim), photo play, and needlework to create a simple but fun apron.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Denim (reclaimed from a 20-year-old dress, well-worn but not at all flattering)
White sheeting (left over from making a bed skirt)
Batting (just a scrap; again, left over from another project)
DMC threads, #646, 647, and 844, and cross stitch needle
Reliable HP inkjet printer, Model 2110 (from Craigslist; one of the best $20 investments I've made)
Twill tape for ties
Needle and thread for applique
Fray Check fabric glue (who knows how long that's been in the cabinet?)
Coffee mug (it's not elegant, but I made it, and that was important)

Step 2: Step 1: Cut out the apron

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Prepare your fabric. I cut up an old dress. Yes, it was big.
I used another apron as a pattern. I just put the old one on top of the denim and cut.
Turn under the raw edges and machine stitch. I used the existing hem of the dress.

Step 3: Step 2: Shoot and print

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Take a photo--mine was a mug shot :-).
Cut an 8" x 11" piece of the white sheeting. Press it. Lay the 8" edge against the 8.5" edge of copy paper and tape the seam.
Flip the fabric over the paper.
Carefully feed the fabric/paper into the printer. For the HP 2110, it went tape side first, fabric side down.
Print, watching the process to ensure that it all goes through without gobbling up the fabric. I think that wouldn't be good.

Step 4: Step 3: Prepare the applique

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Remove the fabric print from the paper.
Cut out the image, leaving a 1/16' margin for stitching.
Finish the very edge with Fray Check or some other waterproof fabric finish.
Cut a batting piece to match the image.

Step 5: Step 4: Attach the applique

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Place the applique and batting onto the apron.
Pin the applique to the denim.
Begin stitching the applique, using a tiny whip stitch.
Stitch all the way around all the edges of the applique.
All done with the applique.
The steam tendrils are just beautifully done!
That would be awesome! I think I want to make my self a cupcake themed piece,
Dr. P (author)  ATatteredCanvas2 years ago
Ohhh, you could do some of that shredded fabric thing for frosting on one of them! (I don't know how to do it, or what it's actually called, but I've seen it and it would be cute!)
I'm going to try this out when I get a chance.
Dr. P (author)  ATatteredCanvas2 years ago
I want to play with the photos a little more. A kid's fabric personalized picture book, maybe?
This is lovely!
Dr. P (author)  ATatteredCanvas2 years ago
Why, thank you! It makes me want to do more freehand embroidery. With a thimble.