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Everyone needs a cute apron for the holidays!

We know it’s a busy time, but here’s a very simple project that makes a wonderful gift for the holiday hostess or for yourself! This apron is made up of rectangles ... that means no cutting out patterns, no sewing curved hems, no fit issues ... super simple! A long rectangular pocket stores recipes and spatulas easily, while a tiny ruffle at the top adds a little holiday pizzazz. I used fabric from my new holiday collection, Merry Mistletoe for FreeSpirit Fabrics.

Gather:

1 yard main fabric

1/4 yard pocket fabric

1/2 yard fabric for straps and ruffle

Sewing thread

Sewing machine

Scissors

Iron

Create:

1. Cut out the pieces for the apron:

1 rectangle of the main fabric at 36 by 20 inches for the bottom

1 rectangle of the main fabric at 11 by 10 inches for the top

1 rectangle of the pocket fabric at 11 by 6 inches

8 rectangles of the strap and ruffle fabric at 2 by 24 inches and 1 rectangle at 2 by 18 inches

2. For the Bottom Piece: Fold each edge in 1/4 inch and press. Then fold the edges in again another 1/4 inch and press. Using your sewing machine, sew the four edges, turning at the corners.

3. Repeat step 2 for the top piece.

4. Find the centers of both the bottom and top rectangles by folding in half. Using a sewing pin, mark the center of the top rectangle on the bottom seam and the center of the bottom rectangle at the top seam. Place the top rectangle right side down on the bottom rectangle so the centers match. Pin together and sew. Press the seam with an iron.

5. For the pocket: Fold each edge in 1/4 inch and press. Then fold one of the long edges in another 1/4 inch and press. Sew only this side with your sewing machine.

6. Gather the ruffle for the pocket using the 2-by-18-inch rectangle you cut. Gather until it is the length of the pocket.

7. Sew the gathered ruffle onto the top of the pocket (the edge that you sewed in step 5).

8. For the straps, pin two rectangles with right sides together. Sew up three sides, leaving a short end open. Turn the strap right side out and press with an iron, folding in the open end. Repeat with the remaining straps.

9. Pin the straps to the top two edges of the top rectangle and the sides of the bottom rectangle. Be sure to pin the open side of the straps so when you sew them to the apron, you’ll sew them closed as well. Sew the straps onto the apron.

10. Pin the pocket onto the apron wherever you’d like it to go. Sew it to the apron, leaving the top open.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com

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