Lesson 1—Supplies and Preparation

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Welcome to our Oh! Christmas Tree Apron Sew-Along, sponsored by our friends at HUSQVARNA® VIKING®! We are so glad that you have joined us!

Our sew-along is going to last for four weeks, after which you will have adorable aprons for the entire family to wear during the upcoming holiday season! During our first week, we are going to cover the supplies that you will need and all the fabric preparation and cutting steps. In week 2, we will learn all about machine embroidery using the Ribbon Embroidery Attachment and also about manual applique by machine. Week 3 brings additional embellishments of decorative bands, piping and pockets. And finally, in week 4, we will finish constructing our aprons! Before you get started, click here to visit the sew-along homepage, where you can download the free Oh! Christmas Tree Apron PDF pattern and enter for your chance to win an EPIC™ 95Q sewing machine from HUSQVARNA® VIKING®!

Supplies

Fabric

Size Men’s Ladies’ Boy’s Girl’s
Main Fabric

(Trucks & Trees)

1 yard 1 yard

(subtract 1/8 yard for optional ruffle)

5/8 yard 5/8 yard
Accent Fabric

(Polka Dot)

N/A 1/2 yard

(add 1/4 yard for optional ruffle)

N/A 1/3 yard
Lining Fabric (Solid) 1-1/8 yard 1 yard 5/8 yard 5/8 yard
Plaid Fabric 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard

Fabric Notes:

  • The plaid fabric is cut on the bias. If you substitute a non-plaid fabric, you may need less fabric than listed here.
  • If making more than one apron, check the cutting instructions before purchasing your fabrics as less may be needed.

Other

  • 2-1/8 yards (adult) or 1-1/4 yard (child) of pre-made piping or make your own using 1-1/2” bias strips of fabric and 5/32” piping cord
  • Two 1” D-rings (for adjustable neck straps)
  • 1/8 yard of Fine Fusible Fleece (for adjustable neck straps and matching waist ties)
  • One 11-3/4” x 9-3/4” rectangle of HeatNBond Lite

Threads

  • Construction thread to blend with fabrics
  • Construction thread to attach buttons
  • 40wt. Embroidery thread in green and any other colors desired
  • 60wt. Embroidery bobbin thread

Needles

  • Size 80 Microtex needles

Notions

Sewing Machine Feet

  • Piping foot
  • Edge-Joining or Stitch-in-the-Ditch foot
  • Left-Edge Topstitch foot
  • Button foot and Placement tool (optional)

Pattern

Additional Supplies Needed for Machine Embroidery Version

  • Medium tear-away stabilizer
  • Embroidery Design. The design used in the samples is Ribbon Embroidery Attachment Appliqué Christmas Tree from the mySewnet Library. It is available with a current subscription or through an individual design purchase at www.mysewnet.com.
  • Embroidery hoop appropriate for chosen design (360×260 if using the design showcased on the samples)
  • HUSQVARNA® VIKING® Ribbon Embroidery Attachment
  • 3 yards of chosen embellishment material for garland. Note: if you use a different design, this amount will vary. Do not let yourself get caught up in the fact the attachment you are using has “Ribbon” in its name. You can use anything in the attachment that can glide through it easily and can fit in the “ribbon” ring. In our samples, we used 3/8” satin ribbon on the Ladies apron and mini rickrack on the Girl’s apron. When we show you how to use the attachment in a later lesson, we will be using 3/8” grosgrain ribbon. Think how pretty a metallic middy braid or a metallic yarn would be! There are loads of embellishment possibilities!

Additional Supplies Needed for Manual Machine Appliqué Version

  • Sewing thread for sewing buttons (could also use 40wt. Embroidery thread)
  • Various sizes and colors of buttons for embellishment
  • Lightweight tear-away stabilizer
  • Tree Template
  • 9mm Open Toe foot
  • Button foot and Button Placement Tool (optional)

Cutting

Size Men’s Ladies’ Boy’s Girl’s
Main Fabric
Apron Body 31-1/2” x 30” 31-1/2” x 30”* 20-1/2” x 19-1/2” 17-1/2” x 19-1/2”
Pockets Two from Pattern
Accent Fabric
Top Decorative Band 2-1/2” x 14” 1-1/2” x 10”
Pocket Bands Two 2” x 8”
Curved Neck Straps  

 

Four** Neck Straps from Pattern  

 

 

Four** Neck Straps from Pattern
Wide Waist Ties Two 3-1/2” x 28-1/2” Two 3” x 19-1/2”
Ruffle 8-1/2” x 56” (optional) 6-1/2” x 34”
Lining Fabric
Apron Body Lining 31-1/2” x 30” 31-1/2” x 30”* 20-1/2” x 19-1/2” 17-1/2” x 19-1/2”
Pockets Four from Pattern (two Pockets and two Pocket Linings)** Two from Pattern (Pocket Linings)
Adjustable Neck Straps & Narrow Waist Ties

 

One 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” and Three 2-1/2” x 28-1/2”

 

One 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” and Three 2-1/2” x 19-1/2”

 

Plaid Fabric
Applique 12” x 10” BIAS 12” x 10” BIAS 12” x 10” BIAS 12” x 10” BIAS
Top Decorative Band 2-1/2” x 14” BIAS 1-1/2” x 10” BIAS
Pocket Bands Two 2” x 8” BIAS
Fine Fusible Fleece (only if using adjustable neck straps) One 7/8” x 3-1/4” and Three 7/8” x 28”

 

 

 

One 7/8” x 3-1/4” and Three 2-1/2” x 19

 

 

 

*Cut Apron Body and Apron Body Lining 28-1/2” x 30” if using optional ruffle.

**Cut two with pattern right side up and two with pattern wrong side up.

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