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DIY Stamped Retro 50's Apron

I knew I wanted to make an apron the minute I received these fun retro kitchen stamps…stamping on fabric? Yes you can, with the help of Memento Luxe Ink Pads and Fabrico Markers it’s a snap. I was able to stamp, highlight and even dye the ruffled trim with ease. You can stamp and sew an apron from scratch as I have done or simply purchase a pre-sewn, plain apron to embellish.

 

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1. Purchase a plain apron or if you’d like to sew an apron purchase 1 yard white or cream cotton fabric.  Pre-wash the fabric or finished apron prior to stamping.

2. If you are sewing the apron, cut the various pieces from the fabric. I drew a basic apron shape onto a piece of paper and used it to cut out the body of the apron; cut the left over fabric into (3) 5″ strips for the ruffle and (2) 3″ strips for the tie.

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3. Use Sponge Daubers to ink a stamp requiring multiple colors. Pear Tart, Love Letter and Rich Cocoa were used for the cherries.

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4. Firmly press the inked stamp onto the fabric; for best image, re-ink the stamp each time.

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5. Iron the fabric after all of the cherries have been stamped.

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6. Continue stamping additional images one at a time and iron after each new addition: Teapots = Bahama Blue; Sugar Bowl = Dandelion; Grater = Pear Tart; Rolling Pin = Rich Cocoa; Mixer = Teal Zeal; Clock = Tuxedo Black

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7. Add depth and define the images by adding outlines to various areas of each image using Fabrico Markers.

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It takes your images from this to this.

8. Iron the fabric after you have added the pen work.

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9. Use a scrap of fabric to form a pocket; stamp the pocket and strips of fabric for the tie with the retro design image using Teal Zeal ink; iron.

10. Stamp a cherry onto a canvas die-cut heart, iron; stamp sentiment over cherries and iron.

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11. Wet the three strips of 5″ wide fabric and add a few drops of Love Letter and Rhubarb Stalk inkers. Massage the ink into the fabric until it has been completely dyed; set aside to dry.

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12. After the fabric is dry, iron to set the ink and take out any wrinkles.

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13. Stamp the pots and pans collage image on all three strips of fabric using Memento Luxe Love Letter ink.

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14. Iron to set the ink.

15. Assemble and sew the apron together.

by Roni Johnson

Difficulty

Advanced

Time

1.5 hours + dry time

Materials Needed

Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko:

Other:

  • ClubScrap.com: 50’s Kitchen Rubber Stamps; Apron or Cotton Fabric; Iron; Canvas Die-Cut Heart; Sewing Machine; Thread


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