Make a Children’s Apron 

Materials

Oil cloth 

Invisible thread 

Apron tape 150cm

Cotton thread to match rear side of oil cloth

Cotton thread to match apron tape

Paper Scissors 

Fabric scissors 

90/14 machine needle

Teflon machine foot

Pattern paper

Pencil 

Set square 

Sew on Velcro (2cm wide and 7cm length)


1. Draw pattern using set square for straight edges and making the arm curves not to severe otherwise it won’t hem well.

2. When happy with pattern, cut the oilcloth 

3. Cut x3 50cm of apron tape

4. Double fold the end of two of the strips of apron tape and stitch with coordinating cotton

5. Hem the arm curves with a single fold (approx 0.8cm) and stitch in place, using invisible thread in the spool and cotton thread that matches the backside of the oil cloth in the bobbin.

6. Stitch the two unhemmed tapes in position as shown above

7. Stitch the remaining tape to the two points shown above.

8. Hem the remaining edges

9. Change the bobbin thread to the colour that matches the tape. Fold back and stitch all four points where tape is attached 


To make the neck strap adjustable… 

10. Cut the neck strap 11cm up on the right and hem both ends.

 

11. Sew 5cm of the hook side of Velcro to the short part of the strap and sew 7cm of the loop side to the long part making sure they fasten as pictured below.

Hand printed Christmas Cards

To make lino print Christmas cards you will need –

  • Soft Lino block sheet (grey)
  • 4″ brayer / roller
  • Lino cutting tool set
  • A4 sheet acrylic perspex (3mm thick)
  • A6 cards
  • C5 envelopes
  • Pencil
  • Lino printing ink
  • Baren
  • Greeting message stamp and ink pad

*there are different types of starter kits available too.
You will need a good sized surface to work on and make sure to protect table if necessary. 

Pencil sketch design onto lino sheet. Images and text need to be in reverse. Once happy with design, carve out all the areas that will be blank. You may want to practice on spare lino first to get used to the right pressure needed to cut and size of tools needed. *Always cut away from body and other hand*

  
Using a small amount of ink, roll out onto acrylic perspex sheet making sure there is only a fine and even layer on roller. 

Roll the ink evenly onto lino design. 

Place lino block on a test sheet, use baren to give an even print. 

Carefully peel away lino and if happy reapply thin layer of ink to roller and print onto card. Each time reapplying ink and using baren for even print.  

Keep an eye on paint on fingers, being careful not to get fingerprints on cards.

  

When cards are dry, stamp in greeting massage. 

  

My cards are available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/thechrissiewhiteshop

 

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