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I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. ...

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Jingle Trees Christmas Apron

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(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Jingle Trees Christmas Apron
Jingle Trees Christmas Apron
Jingle Trees Christmas Apron Jingle Trees Christmas Apron

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing and embroidery

Pattern Description:

Chicken scratch embroidery on gingham was a favorite stitchery style in the 1930-1950s---the heyday of apron making. My grandma made lots of these aprons, but my favorite is this simple holiday style with cross-stitched trees and little bows with jingle bells. It takes only 1-1/4 yards of fabric, the sewing is easy, the embroidery is simple cross stitching, and it's easy enough for any beginner. The rickrack is "embroidered" onto the apron by hand with contrasting embroidery floss. The style is just like the basic half-apron I made when learning to sew in 4-H--an easy one to embellish for other seasons and reasons.

Bonus: I've included my favorite recipe for iced and decorated Christmas sugar cookies!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • One size fits all


  • 1-1/4 yards woven gingham with 8 checks per inch

You Will Also Need:

  • Thread
  • Embroidery flosss
  • Small red ribbon bows or ribbon to make your own
  • Small jingle bells
  • Small safety pins