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Tips and Tricks for Fabric Collaged Apron Embellishments

27 Jan 2010
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by Kim Sherrod

As you contemplate making a Fanciful Collage Apron like mine, take the opportunity to use unexpected materials and motifs. Look with new eyes at everyday objects around your home and experiment. Incorporate those objects or images into your art apron to enhance your novelty fabric images and build upon your theme.

Want to add pizzazz to your pockets? Try these ideas:

Pockets can be created from

  • Embroidered linen napkins
  • Old-fashioned ladies hankies
  • Crocheted doilies
  • Graphics from old favorite t-shirts
  • Back pockets from blue jeans
  • Pre-felted wool sweaters or coat remnants
  • Baby dresses
  • Fabric coasters, placemats, or tablecloths
  • Gloves, socks, or scarves
  • Hats, especially baby hats with ruffles
  • Chenille bedspreads, vintage pillowcases
  • Quilt squares or UFOs from classes

 Scan and print graphics onto fabric using these sources:

  • 4" x 5" photos printed on fabric with simple log cabin strip piecing to the enlarge size
  • Flour sack graphics, either actual fabrics or scanned and printed on fabric from paper sacks
  • Images from labels on canned goods
  • Paper collages printed on fabric
  • Pictures from storybooks, magazines, copyright-free images such as those from Dover Publications
  • Children’s artwork or scanned flowers from your garden
  • Scanned vintage or inherited recipe cards or love letters
  • Scrapbooking paper, scanned and printed onto fabric
  • Vintage postcards or scanned tintypes

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anne murphy wrote
on 16 Oct 2010 6:39 AM


on 2 Nov 2010 8:55 AM

Your ideas gave me this idea. Pure coincidence? I bought yesterday at Value Village an used navy blue "chef" apron. I will decorate it with my many pieces of free form knitting which have not found a place in a mural. I can't wait to stitch my 3D flowers. Thanks for your ideas.

rhrrrg wrote
on 12 Jan 2011 1:22 PM

I love the different materials used to make this apron.

Im going to take this idea and make into a wrap skirt for summer.

Thank you for the inspiration!

cfixit wrote
on 25 May 2011 7:29 AM

... stunning!!

on 7 Jun 2011 7:58 PM

Artsy, cute, creative and pretty too!!!

LorriHeffner wrote
on 28 Mar 2012 11:33 AM

This is way cool.  I adore it.

A. SandraC wrote
on 22 Jan 2013 10:52 AM

I want to make some adult bibs or - as  you could say - shelf protectors. They need to be sort of practical but this is a great starting point to make them fun too. Thanks