Have you seen the awesome Birthday Giveaway, and free apron pattern? If not I hope you will take a second to go and enter the giveaway!
I began by making 12 pieces that were essentially 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares with rounded corners at the top. I sewed 2 of each piece together with a 1/8″ seam allowance across the top, leaving the straight bottom open. I then turned and pressed the 6 pieces.
Next I ran 2 rows of machine basting stitches across the bottom of the petals, overlapping each petal by about an 1/8th on an inch.
I then pulled the basting stitches as tight as I could without popping the thread, and looped the petals into a circle, with the ends slightly overlapped just like the other petals.
I’ve only just become aware of how gross the water spots look on my ironing board, so eewwee. Next I placed the flower onto the front of the apron, and stitched around in a circle to pin it down, and then I ran up and down each petal twice (with grey thread in the needle and white in the bobbin) to pin it in place like a vein or something.
Here’s what the back looks like, I went up and down the petals to make them lay flat, and not get floppy.
Next I took a 1.25″ wide, by 12″ long bias strip, and pinked the one end with my pinking sheers.
I did a hand running stitch on the non pinked edge, and pulled the thread tight, and tacked it all into a rosette circle, that I squashed flat with an iron.
I sewed the rosette to the top of the flower, by going up and down the rosette the same way as the petals, with all white thread in the bobbin and needle. Lastly I finished the center off with a vintage button.
Because everything is tacked pretty flat to the apron, it should wash well and look pretty flat without Ironing. I have finished this sort of flower with a fabric yoyo in the center before too, so that is also a pretty option.
I like simple washable elements like this, because I think they are a great way to tie color schemes and whimsical elements together!
If you end up making any flowers or a Sweet Sarah Apron, I would love it if you would share it with me in my flickr group, or by tagging #cathgrace or #sweetsarahapron on instagram! I will eventually do a round up post featuring everyone else’s creations, and I would love to add your pictures to it!