I love having holiday-specific decor and accessories so it’s no surprise that I had to make a new apron this year for Thanksgiving. I created it to gift to my mom because she loves entertaining even more than me and I’m pretty sure this will get a lot of use this season! Check out how EASY it is to create your own Give Thanks and Gobble Thanksgiving apron and to download the free file that you can use!
Supplies needed to make your own Thanksgiving apron:
- Canvas Apron
- Heat Transfer Material
- Weeding Hook
- Die Cutting Machine
- Give Thanks and Gobble Design (for personal use only)
Step 1. Measure the front of your Thanksgiving apron to determine the size of your design. I like mine proportional to my garment so I usually size it to the maximum size I can do as it tends to look smaller afterwards (since the measurements of the design you see on the screen include the character swashes and extra space and it tends to be smaller than it actually is!).
TIP: If you are short like me, you can fold the top part of the apron one or twice to create a shorter apron body. Sew it down for a clean look.
Step 2. Download the design using the link provided in the supply list. Size your design on your cutting program and send it to your machine to cut. I wanted to be a tiny bit fancy so I used two different heat transfer material colors (orange and brown glitter) so after I’ve sized it to the size I wanted, I ungrouped the whole design and grouped only the ones I wanted the same color of and moved the ones that aren’t the same color off the mat prior to cutting. Make sure to flip the design as we ALWAYS want a mirrored design when working with heat transfer material.
Step 3. Cut and weed your design, removing the areas inside letters and around.
Step 4. Use an iron or a heat press to adhere your design – adhere one color layer at a time and use a protective layer such as a teflon sheet or even a thin piece of cotton fabric on top of your design to protect it from melting on the iron’s hot surface.
Step 5. Finally, remove the carrier plastic and you have yourself a completed Thanksgiving apron!
BONUS TIP: If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can definitely print the design onto some light fabric transfer and iron that on! Simple but still fun.
Customize with your own color combinations and even add personalization such as your family’s name or the cook’s name! It’s another great hostess gift idea as well if you are visiting family or friends who have invited you over for a Thanksgiving feast. What do you look forward to during Thanksgiving?
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.