Chintz Aprons with Appliqued & Embroidered Pockets

I enjoy making these aprons so much that I am continuing to sew them even though I’ve only sold a few.  They are very nice to have on hand for gifts.  I have used one for a hostess gift and Emily has taken taken a couple for bridal shower presents.  For these two aprons, I decided to try something a little different, and add some hand embroidered elements.

The first apron is made with the most wonderful chintz fabric that has a high glaze.  The name “Textron”  is printed on the selvage, a brand I have not seen before.  The cute motifs remind me of embroidery transfers, and I scanned each one for future projects.  I selected two designs for the big pockets which I embroidered in black floss.  The diagonal plaid is new and, although I know it is a sort of odd companion for the novelty print, I really like them together.  I wish I had made the bird flying the other direction.

The next apron is made with the softest, smoothest chintz.  It’s a vintage 36″ wide Waverly print called “Stockholm” with a sort of folk art leaf pattern.  This is the second apron I’ve made with this beautiful fabric, and I still have some left (thanks, Barbara!).  I copied the two largest designs from the print and appliqued them to the pockets using a blanket stitch and embroidery floss.  The brown polka dot pocket trim fabric is a vintage scrap, and the waistband is a grosgrain ribbon backed with a solid yellow.  The waistband ribbon thing was really a drag, mostly because of the way I decided to attach it.  I don’t think I’ll ever do this again.

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