They have a Christmas event up at the hall with Santa, real reindeer, and a craft fair. There will be a hog roast and we will be serving mulled wine and mince pies. I offered to make new festive aprons for us to wear and thought I would share them with you all.
I started by buying the fabric, this plain coloured cotton drill from ohsewcrafty.co.uk. I bought two metres of the red for the aprons and fat quarters of black, white and green to do the applique designs. I had some Christmas fabric to use for the plates. No matter how I try I find a patch pocket never looks as good as I hope, so I decided to make a pocket strip right across the entire width of the apron, then divide it into three.
To make it more interesting, I used some one-inch cotton tape to bind the top edge. I also made the apron short enough that the bottom of the pocket is the hem (which made it a bit thick when I turned the sides over but not too bad). I chose to use 1" Herringbone cotton tape for the straps as it was less prone to fraying than the cotton twill tape I used as binding. I left the straps off until I had finished the applique and embroidery as they would just have been in the way!
"Seasons Eatings" is a play on the more usual "Seasons Greetings" and seemed apt. I hand embroidered the Christmas Pudding one with a buttonhole stitch but switched to Double Knot Stitch (aka Palestrina Stitch ,Twilling, Old English Knot Stitch, Smyrna Stitch, Tied Coral Stitch!) for the other three, tracing it onto the fabric with my light box and Frixion pen.
As I am English I chose our national favourites - Christmas Pudding, Christmas Cake and Mince Pies. I sketched out my designs on tracing paper, reversed them then traced them onto Bondaweb and fused them in place, building up from the plate. The Christmas cake is my personal favourite, with a little yellow from my scraps for the marzipan, and braid for the piped icing (frosting)
I use raw edge applique and zig zag stitch to fix them in place. I added some free motion machine embroidery for all the 'fruity' bits, and on the holly leaves and berries. For the mince pies I used some faux suede for the pastry and added some hand embroidered seeding to represent icing sugar sprinkled on the top!
However I needed a fourth design and chose the anglicised version of the French "Bûche de Noël", a chocolate "Yule Log". Very popular with chocaholics and the fruit-intolerant brigade!. I used chocolate brown corduroy and more of the faux suede from the mince pies for the chestnut 'filling'.
All in all, I think they make a very 'tasteful' line-up! In case you want to try and make your own, I've managed to attach my instructions for making the apron and how to draw the pattern (you can add your own decorations). These are my own instructions to myself, so I hope they make sense as I don't have anyone to proof-read them for me!
DOWNLOAD: POCKET%20STRIP%20APRON%20instructions.pdf - instructions
DOWNLOAD: POCKET%20strip%20APRON%20pattern.pdf - pattern