Retro Apron for Girls and Dolls


Create a little bit of history for your 18" doll with this 1960s Retro Apron pattern by Love U Bunches. In the early 1960s, cross stitched gingham aprons were all the rage. The little squares that make up gingham fabric provide the perfect background for cross stitching. Gingham comes in a variety of colors and so does 6-stranded embroidery floss. Pattern options are endless! This PDF sewing pattern includes apron instructions for the following sizes: 18" doll, child medium (waist approximately 24"), adult (one size fits all).

This pattern is dedicated to my mother and memories of her baking cookies while wearing a hand stitched gingham apron.

Interesting factoid: Cross stitching on gingham is also called "Chicken Scratch".

Recommended Fabrics:  gingham fabric, light weight cotton fabric

Supplies Needed:
Gingham cross stitch option for the 18" doll apron:
-14" x 16" piece of gingham fabric (squares = approximately 7 per inch)
-Matching sewing thread
-6-stranded embroidery floss: 2 colors of your own choice
-Sharp or crewel sewing needle
-Small embroidery hoop (4" - 6" diameter)
-Measuring tape
-Optional: Waste canvas (wash away Aida cloth)

For the 18" doll basic apron:
-One fat quarter light weight woven fabric such as cotton quilting fabric measuring 14" x 13"
-Scrap piece of fabric (4" x 5") for optional pocket

For the Child and Adult Apron (includes optional pocket):
-Child: 1 yard woven fabric with a minimum width of 44"
-Adult: 1 1/3 yard woven fabric with a minimum width of 44" (Cross stitched gingham option: squares = approximately 7 per inch)

Cutting and pattern drawing supplies for the child and adult apron:
-Option 1: Yardstick, project paper, pen
-Option 2. Quilter's cutting board, rotary cutter, cutting grid
-Optional embellishments for all aprons: Rick rack, trim, or ribbon

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

What You Get: One 36 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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