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1960s Retro Apron

1960s Retro Apron

$ 4.99

Create a little bit of history for your 18" doll with this 1960s Retro Apron pattern. 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! The 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."

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Skill level: 

Confident Beginner 


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

Designed to fit:

-Most 16" and 18" dolls

-Child Medium (with a waist measurement of approximately 24" - age 7 to 12)

-Adult (one size fits all)

Download, Print, Sew!

This digital PDF pattern includes step-by-step instructions with full color pictures and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader (you can download Adobe reader for free from their website) is required to view and print the files. Please check your printer settings prior to printing. The scaling on your printer should be set at 100% for US letter size paper (8 1/2" by 11”). Each pattern page has a 1":1" scale to ensure that your patterns print to size.

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Love U Bunches is not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®, Kidz ’n’ Cats® or Heart and Soul® or A Girl for All Time®.

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