Click on the image above to watch a video that shows you how to turn a plain, calico apron into something special, which you could wear as a fashion accessory or give away as a gift to a family member or friend. Read the step-by-step tutorial below.
You Will Need
- A pre-washed calico or linen apron – white or cream in colour.
- Three fabric paints in a colour scheme of your choice
- Plastic dishes or saucers
- Masking tape
- An iron
- An empty spray bottle
- A of cotton or linen fabric
- Sewing threads
- A sewing machine
How To Customise Your Apron:
- Wash your apron in warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Let dry and iron to remove any creases. Tape your apron down onto a flat, plastic-covered work surface using masking tape. You are now ready to begin painting.
- Pour each colour of fabric paint into a separate dish or saucer. Use a sponge to apply paint to your apron – gently dab the sponge randomly across the fabric to release the colour. (Note: take a look at a colour wheel to get some help with colour mixing. You could try using the three primary colours of cyan, magenta and yellow or perhaps a monochromatic palette – tones of one colour.)
- Spritz your apron again with water to get the colours from step 2 to blend into one another – aim for an effect that resembles a watercolour painting. Let dry.
- Remove the masking tape. Iron on the wrong side of the apron to ‘fix’ the fabric paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Cut out a rectangle of cotton or linen fabric in proportion to the size of your apron. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to paint this rectangle of cloth. Let dry.
- Apply decorative stitching to the painted section of cloth using free-machine embroidery or you can hand embroider it if you prefer. (Note: if the apron is intended as a gift, you could embroider the name of the recipient.)
- Stitch the embroidered panel to the front of your apron – sew approximately 6mm / ¼” from the edge of the panel.
- Frame the stitched panel using four lengths of lace or Broderie Anglais. To make the frame, join the pieces (right sides together) of trim diagonally across with a few stitches and trim away any excess. Stitch the frame to the apron.
- To finish, pin a fabric brooch or flower to your apron. Wear your customised apron to a party or when preparing an extra special dinner.