Have fun using festive red, white and blue fabric scraps from your stash to create this country-style jar apron. Fill the jar with fresh flowers or a candle and decorate your mantel for the summer months!
What you will need:Coats & Clark Threads: Dual Duty XP General Purpose Thread: Color No. 100, White; Color No. 2250, Red Red, white and blue fabric scraps in prints and solids Backing fabric, 14 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Fusible fleece, 14 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ White 7/8″-wide grosgrain ribbon, one yard Red ribbon rose, 1 1/4″-wide, one Buttons- navy blue doll button for yo-yo embellishment, one; 18mm, navy blue buttons for closure, two; 15mm, red heart quilt button, one One-quart glass jar, one Sewing machine, Clover yo-yo maker, rotary cutter/plastic ruler/mat, iron and pressing board, scissors, needles, pins,
Seam allowances: Seam allowances for this project are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.
1. Cut eleven red and ten blue 2 1/5″ x 1 3/4″ rectangles for piecework apron.
2. Cut one 5″ circle from white fabric for yo-yo.
3. Cut one piece backing fabric and one piece fusible web 14 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ each.
4. Arrange layout of rectangles into three rows, lining up short sides for stitching.
5. Chain stitch two pieces together and then sew the units together to make seven pieces in each row. Sew rectangles into three rows, pressing seam allowances to blue side.
6. Press fleece to wrong side of apron front.
7. Pin front and back right sides together and sew around all edges, leaving a 4″ opening at lower edge for turning.
8. Trim corners, turn to right side. Fold raw edges of opening to inside of apron and press entire unit. Topstitch around edges using red thread and a decorative stitch.
9. Mark and then stitch two buttonholes vertically along ‘right’ edge.
10. Sew buttons to back of apron.
11. Make white yo-yo and sew to center front of apron layering 7″-inch length of white ribbon folded in half, white yo-yo and red rose with blue button on top.
12. Tie white ribbon around jar rim and knot. Sew red heart button to knot.
The buttons for this project were supplied by Dill Buttons of America, (888) 460-7555, www.dill-buttons.com.
About the Author
June McCrary Jacobs has been using and enjoying Coats & Clark threads and zippers since she began sewing in the late 1960's. Nearly one hundred of June's original sewing, stitchery and crafting designs have been published in books, magazines, e-newsletters and blogs during the past six years. Visit June at her 'Writing & Sewing' blog to download complimentary sewing projects and read her sewing tips at http://www.junemccraryjacobs.com. You may contact June via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.