As you’re planning for the holidays have you thought about how to dress the cook? Dressing should include more than just the turkey or roast beast you know. If you’re the cook, you may wonder what you’ll wear as you’re dashing around a warm and steamy kitchen.So, let’s make two new aprons. One for the actual cooking and one for serving. You can give everyone the impressive appearance that you’re totally in control and no apron (or cook) was harmed in the making of the meal! Once the aprons are done, we’ll make adorable Christmas Present Potholders to protect your precious hands while you’re busy feeding the masses.

Image courtesy of craftinessisnotoptional.com

Image courtesy of craftinessisnotoptional.com

Cute and Simple Apron

Not much time to sew before the big gifting and feasting holiday? No problem! Grab a basic apron you already own and follow Jess in her post on the Craftiness is Not Optional blog. You’ll be able to quickly stitch up something new to wear while cooking your gourmet meal. Jess designed a simple apron with a perky bow to hold it securely at the neck and a saucy tie with a bold bow at the side front.  She used a bright print for the body of the apron and a coordinating print for the ruffle and ties. You can use any cotton fabric you find appealing. You’ll also need interfacing, matching thread, your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. That’s about it chefs – just follow Jess step by step and boom – you’ll have a new apron to dress the cook in no time!

Click here for the tutorial for this Cute and Simple Apron.

Image courtesy of doityourselfdivas.com

Image courtesy of doityourselfdivas.com

Flirty Ruffled Apron

For a homespun holiday look, designer Stephanie of the Do It Yourself Divas blog used four yards of natural colored muslin to dress the cook for the big day. I love the look, but I know food would suddenly magnetize all over this light colored fabric if I was the one doing the cooking. If you’re like me, plan a darker color or red and green prints to hide the spills. Stephanie’s construction methods are pretty simple, but four rows of ruffles will take you some time, so make sure you block out a few hours for your apron making session.  This apron is a re-work of another Flirty Apron Stephanie designed. You’ll want to follow the link to the original in her blog post to be able to make this ruffly version.

Click here for the Flirty Apron blog post.

Image courtesy of fortworthfabricstudio.com

Image courtesy of fortworthfabricstudio.com

Christmas Present Potholder

Oh, my goodness, these are charming! Backed in linen and constructed of rectangles and strips, these delightful potholders will go together quickly. Designed by Lindsey of the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog,you’ll find great step by step photos and instructions to make your potholders easy. Christmas Potholders will make wonderful gifts in any scrappy combo, so don’t fret about making each one the same.  The key to a successfully protective potholder is the inside lining of Insul-Bright or other thermal batting product. Choose straight line quilting as Lindsey did or practice your Free Motion Quilting skills before finishing your potholders with binding. And, if you’re a little shaky on binding, you’ll love the link in the post for Lindsey’s binding tutorial.  After you dress the cook with present potholders, think about dressing the table. Leave off the hanging hook and you can make trivets, too!

Click here for the Christmas Present Potholder tutorial and pattern download.

Any of these projects would make fabulous hostess or holiday gifts. A new apron is always welcome and those super-cute Christmas Present Potholders are sure to make any cook smile. Dress the cook with a little handmade and I bet all the food will be tastier than ever!

About the Author


Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.

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