Cricut Tutorial: Scallop Apron

With only 10 days to go until the start of Handmade Fair, the Cricut team is more excited than ever to welcome you to our stand (E36) and hear about all the great projects you’ve been making throughout the year.

The theme for our stand this year is our ‘sweetest’ to date and we’ve really enjoyed making almost every aspect of it using the Maker, EasyPress, Explore Air 2 and rolls of fabric, vinyl, paper and other Cricut consumables. We particularly love this Scallop Apron which has been cut ENTIRELY using the Cricut Maker.

A perfect gift for a budding chef or baker, you can create it by following this step by step guide. This is just one example of the thousands of projects available in Cricut Design Space that includes cards, projects to decorate your home, personalised clothing or gifts to make ahead of the festive season.

Happy crafting and look forward to saying hi at the Handmade Fair!

You’ll Need:

2/3 yd. White canvas fabric

2/3 yd. Mint canvas fabric

Cricut Maker (Connected to your Cricut Design Space account opened on a laptop, PC, Mac/iOS or Android device)

12” x 24” Cricut FabricGrip Mat

Cricut Fabric Pen

Cricut Sewing Set

Cricut Brayer & Remover Set

Double fold extra wide bias tape in red (5 yds.)

Double fold bias tape in red (6 yds.)

Decorative rick rack in red (2 yds.)

Sewing machine

Matching thread

To Make:

Preparation

1. Locate the Scallop Apron project in design space and select make it now - https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/projects/project-detail/5a0b5038231b6a3196e34bd2?keywords=apron&community=false

2. If you want to make a larger or smaller apron, extra pieces may be cut and added into the line of scallop stripes if desired. This can be done in the mat preview screen, but may require some pieces have their colour changed to preserve alternating colours.

3. Cut the white canvas fabric into pieces of the following sizes: One that is 12” x 21”, three that are 7” x 21”, and one that is 7” x 15”. The grain should run the length of the pieces.

4. Cut the mint canvas fabric into pieces of the following sizes: one that is 12” x 21”, two that are 7” x 21”, and one that is 7” x 15”. The grain should run the length of the pieces.

Cut

1. Insert the fabric marker into the machine when prompted.

TIP 1: If you have never used the pen tool before, check out the ‘More Help’ section here (scroll down the page)

TIP 2: Use the brayer tool to secure the fabric on to the cutting mat to ensure good grip and minimise air bubbles and rouching.

2. Mat 1 - Place the 12” x 21” piece of white canvas, printed side down, onto the mat.

3. Mat 2-4 - Place a 7” x 21” piece of white canvas, printed side down, onto the mat.

4. Mat 5 - Place the 7” x 15” piece of white canvas, printed side down, onto the mat.

5. Mat 6 - Place the 12” x 21” piece of mint canvas, printed side down, onto the mat.

6. Mat 7-8 - Place the 7” x 21” pieces of mint canvas, printed side down, onto the mat.

7. Mat 9 - Place the 7” x 15” piece of mint canvas, printed side down, onto the mat.

Assemble

1. To make it easier, familiarise yourself with the marked pieces.

2. Press the pocket pleats along the marked lines.

3. The pocket pieces should fit together, with the pleats in the centre.

4. Pin double-fold bias tape around the curve of the pocket pieces. Pin extra wide bias tape across the top, with rick rack along its bottom edge. Sew around the edge of the pocket, along the bias tape edge, then sew along the rick rack and the bottom of the wide bias tape across the top of the pocket at the same time. This will complete your pocket piece.

5. Pin 10” sections of bias tape around the bottom of each of the curved scallops. Set the edge of the scallop all the way against the fold of the bias tape. Sew along the edge of the bias tape to secure to each scallop.

6. Pin generously for best results, and sew carefully, taking care to keep the bias tape flat and in place.

7. Pin an 28” section of bias tape around the two edge pieces, starting at the squared off top end, with the scallop seated into the fold of the bias tape. Sew around the edge of the bias tape to secure each border scallop and edge.

8. Sew the scallop pieces together along their lone sides, with right sides together, then press flat with the seams open, creating a border.

9. Top stitch along the seam edges if desired after ironing. There should be a bit of overlap on the bias tape visible on the back side.

10. Sew a 9” piece of bias tape across the curved end of the front-pieces, then attach them along the long sides, and iron the seams open. Topstitch along the edges if desired.

11. Attach the pockets to the front of the apron, and sew in place around the curved edges. Reinforce at the top corners by backstitching.

12. When both pockets are attached, sew a line of rick rack along the top of the apron, centred at about 1” down from the top edge.

13. Sew a line of rick rack along the bottom edge of the apron front, about 1” from the bottom edge. Sew two 36” pieces of bias tape along the two long edges of the apron front, and continue the seam along the edge of the bias tape. Folding the ends of the bias tape in to create strap ends.

14. Unfold two 2.5 yd long pieces of extra wide double fold bias tape, and press open. Pin the two bias tape layers back to back, sandwiching the bottom of the apron in between them. Sew along the bottom edge of the bias tape to sew the apron bottom, and two bias tape lengths together.

15. Sew slowly and make sure the layers stay aligned for best results at this stage.

16. Sew the top of the apron into the bias tape layers, sewing along the entire top edge of the two bias tape strips to create the top of the waist strap. Turn in and sew the strap ends closed.

17. Topstitch if desired for a more finished look, and enjoy your apron!

*This project takes 3+ hours to create and the tutorial is also available on Design Space