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ScarletCalliope Shabby Chic Apron 1a

Hello Friends!

I’m going back to my shabby chic roots for this weeks project featuring Lovebug Creations Rumple Ribbon. I like to call this look Prairie Chic, since it reminds me of something that Laura might wear if she could choose a pretty apron to wear in her Little House on the Prairie.

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I started with a piece of unbleached cotton canvas and ripped off 16″ of fabric. I prefer ripping cotton fabric as opposed to cutting it with scissors because ripping fabric ensures that your seams are completely straight. This apron is about 16 inches high by 20 inches wide. I folded the fabric in half and cut a nice curve at one end.

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I laid out my doilies and stitched them into place. Next, I created the ruffle, (leaving one side with a raw edge), and stitched it along the edge of the apron, right on top. Then, I added a piece of crocheted lace trim on top of the ruffle stitching. Finally, I created a waistband sash and added more crocheted lace trim to keep the look cohesive.

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In 2010 I went to a very special event in Minnesota called The Creative Connection and got to meet one of my favorite artists, Ruth Rae. Ruth signed a copy of her book, Layered, Tattered & Stitched, for me and I’ve treasured it ever since. I’ve been inspired by her work for a long time now, and from time to time I give free motion stitching a whirl. It’s a little difficult to see but the words I stitched are LOVE, CREATE, IMAGINE.

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I created a rosette from some sheer mesh and used Lovebug Creations Rumple Ribbon to create the center of the flower and added a pretty bow to the sparkling glittered key.


The ribbon that I used is called William. It’s been one of my shabby chic favorites and it’s part of the Oh Cecilia Collection.

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This apron is for sale in my Etsy shop. Please come over and check it out along with my other shabby chic and vintage treasures.

And if you haven’t visited the Lovebug Creations shop lately, you’ll want to check out all of the beautiful colors of ribbon, and now mesh, that they offer. From Shabby Chic to bright and vivid, there are many stunning options for you to choose from. If you’d like to give some Lovebug Creations Rumple Ribbon as a gift, you can also choose a gift certificate and your gift recipient can select their favorite colors!

Thank you so much for joining me for this project. I hope you have a wonderfully creative week!


Christine Barker