by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
The word applique used to scare me, then I did it (crudely) a couple of times and now it’s my go to for immediate sewing gratification. I’ll wear this Spring inspired bistro apron all year…as soon as I can rip it off one Ms. Bunny Ragsdale.
1 bistro apron (I used white)
A few scraps of fabric (gingham and polka dot preferably)
Patterns made of card stock (flower, pistil and leaf )
1 pair scissors
Colorful thread (I used green)
Basic sewing machine (you can also do this by hand)
What to do:
Use your stencils and trace onto the fabric scraps. Make a few of each, and cut out.
To machine applique you don’t need a fancy machine, just a basic machine capable of doing a zigzag stitch.
Stitch around the perimeter of your applique pieces using a tight zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, or alternatively, stitch by hand using a blanket stitch. Change your thread colour as you go to match (or contrast if you like) with each applique piece. When stitching curves and corners, put the needle down into the fabric on the opposite side to the way you are going to turn, then lift the foot and pivot the fabric.
I stitched the centers/pistils onto every flower first, then pinned them into the placement I wanted on the apron. Then starting sewing!!
Apron up and serve your best smile with Easter dinner!