Charity here with a handmade treat for your special trickster. This Spooky Apron and Art Bag set are just what you need if you have a messy artist in your life. Crafters without a sewing machine will be able to accomplish this project since it is entirely sewn by hand. The apron has haunted house pockets for brushes and pens. Tomorrow I’ll post directions for the matching burlap art bag with its scary spider, loops for pens and pencils, and space for a notebook.
~ Spooky Artist Apron ~
This Canvas Corp has a variety of aprons just waiting for your imagination to bring them to life. I chose one without pockets because I had my eye on the fabric panel printed with a spooky tree, pumpkins, and black cat. I knew these would look just right with the Haunted Abode canvas banner.
Step 1: Cut printed designs from fabric panel, leaving at least a 1/4 inch edge. For this project you will need the trio of pumpkins, spooky tree, and black cat. The spider will be for the art bag.
Step 2: Color images with permanent markers. I only wanted a touch of color on my apron, but SO much more can be added!
Step 3: Pocket placement can be determined by tying the apron on and placing a straight pin where the pants pocket opens. The Canvas Banner will be the right-hand pocket. Pin it to the apron front about 1.5″ from the right edge. Use a straight edge against the top of the banner to be sure it is on straight.
Step 4: Sew both sides and the bottom, leaving the top open. The canvas banner already has finished edges so a backstitch will be the easiest way to attach it. Follow the stitching of the pre-finished edge if you are worried about getting it to look straight.
Knot the thread and pull it through the fabric to the front. Insert needle 1/8″ below the thread and back out 1/8″ above the thread. Insert it again, this time where the last stitch started and back out 1/8″ above the most recent stitch. On top of the pocket you will be sewing backwards, but underneath you will be sewing forwards.
The left-hand pocket will be the spooky tree. When you are finished with Steps 5 – 8 you will have turned a raw bit of canvas into a pocket. It will look something like the photo below.
Step 5: Check the edges of your spooky tree with a straight edge and trim where necessary.
Step 6: Cut 1/4″ strips of the Heat Activated Fabric Adhesive. Iron them on the back of the tree pockets sides. Follow the adhesive package directions for times and temperatures. Peel the paper backing off. Fold the sides over 1/4″ and iron them down.
Step 7: Repeat step 6 for the top and bottom of the pocket. The fabric adhesive will keep the canvas from raveling out.
Step 8: Stitch the top edge of the pocket to reinforce the fabric adhesive. Pin the pocket to the apron measuring and straightening as you did for the first pocket. Stitch the sides and bottom of the tree pocket to the apron using a backstitch.
Step 9: The Cat and Pumpkins, are appliques. Trace them onto the paper backing of the fabric adhesive. Cut out your tracings, iron the adhesive to the shapes, cut the shapes to the right size, peel the paper backing. Follow the package directions for ironing times and temperatures.
Step 10: Position the pumpkins and cat on the front of the apron. Follow package directions for ironing. Stitch the edges of the shapes to the apron using a blanket stitch. Blanket Stitch
This stitch is like a capitol “L”. Knot the thread and pull it through the fabric to the front a 1/4″ from the outer edge of the shape. Insert the needle 1/4″ above and to the left of the thread then straight down and back out 1/4″ to the left of the thread but on level with it. Slip the loose thread under the front edge of the needle and pull the needle through the fabric. This should leave a capitol “L” with the thread now coming through to the right of where the sides of the L intersect. Continue to insert the needle 1/4″ above and to the left of the thread as you sew around the shape. If you did not slip the thread under the needle you will have a diagonal line and the thread coming up on its own.
This canvas apron is just the right thickness to protect an artists clothes from the paint splatters and other staining supplies they so enjoy. The hand sewn decorations and useful pockets will remind them of your love with each use.
Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for instructions on hand sewing the art bag.
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