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My White Elephant! + Learn Applique Skills

A few years ago I had a stall at a Craft Fair and filled it with my aprons for kids.  I had four sizes and did applique pictures on the pockets to suit boys, girls and both.  They sold well, but one has been hanging around ever since, my elephant!

Obviously he was a little too exotic for rural Norfolk!  So I decided to take him off, and replace him with something else that would go with the wild colours but be more popular.  I decided on a farm cockerel, and here he is!

I use Bondaweb and do raw edge applique.  I use a zig-zag stitch to fix each layer, varying the width of the stitch to suit.  I finished him off with hand stitched eye and markings.

I'm really pleased with how he turned out.  Next I am working on three adult aprons as Christmas gifts for a Gardener, a Music Lover and a Shakespeare Fan!

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Comment by Irma Furnish on November 11, 2012 at 9:44am
These are great! I am making an apron for my niece's daughter who is getting her first Easy-Bake oven for Christmas.
Comment by Wandie Garren Williams on November 6, 2012 at 5:06pm

he is really cut! i haveto say much better than the elephant!

Comment by Karen on November 6, 2012 at 2:01pm

Hi Debbie

No pattern, I went on Google and searched "cockerel" in Images.  I found this image (which came from this website  and printed off to the size I wanted.

I traced around each feature in the different colours - had to lose a little detail -  onto Bondaweb and then applied it to the fabrics.  I used a tracing of the whole design to help position the pieces on the pocket, starting with the feet, bonding them then stitching round them then adding the next layer.

Hope this helps!


Comment by Linda Heck on November 6, 2012 at 12:41pm

Love your Rooster Apron. Truly did a wonderful job on it.

Comment by Jill Dewar on November 6, 2012 at 11:12am

being a rooster collector - I am awed by him (& your talent)!


Comment by Ags on November 6, 2012 at 9:37am

Amazing!  Your rooster is fabulous, the work you did on him is fantastic!

Comment by Debbie Reaves on November 6, 2012 at 7:36am
Oh I love him. What a cute apron. My kitchen is decorated with a few roosters. Would you share where I could purchase the rooster pattern?

Thanks for all you do. Have a great day!

Comment by Susan on November 6, 2012 at 7:17am

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