Appliqued OlyFun Apron tutorial

appliqued olyfun apron

appliqued olyfun apron

If you enjoyed Master Maker, Crafty Lady Abby’s fun DIY apron made for her artsy daughter, you might like this apron idea using oly*fun and fusible webbing. Read more on how I created this Appliqued Oly*fun Apron.

Appliqued Olyfun Apron

Oly*fun is the perfect material for creating things like aprons. It’s lightweight, water resistant and machine washable. I chose a bright color scheme because I loved all the brilliant colors in comes in.

appliqued olyfun apron

Supplies forAppliqued Olyfun Apron

I used blueberry, sky blue and kiwi for the sky and grass background, cutting the fabric into 8″ x 18″ strips.

  • iron and pressing cloth
  • fuseable webbing
  • printer and printable fabric
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • scissors

 

appliqued olyfun apron

Then a sewed the strips together using a 1/2″ seam allowance, patchwork style. I also cut smaller pieces of hot fudge, snow white, kiwi and bubblegum so that I could fuse them to webbing. This can be quite tricky when using iron-on webbing since oly*fun needs to be used with a pressing cloth and iron on a low heat setting. So this is the technique I used. If you try using fusible webbing with oly*fun, give yourself time to perfect the technique. It takes patience. This is what happened when I got into a hurry. See the giant hole in the green fabric?  Follow the directions. 🙂

appliqued olyfun apron

To fuse oly*fun to webbing, set the iron to a low heat setting. Usually you cut the webbing slightly smaller than the fabric so that the webbing doesn’t end up melting onto the ironing board cover. But in this case, you will need to cut the fabric even with the webbing.

appliqued olyfun apron

Then use your iron to heat set the webbing. I cut a tree trunk from the hot fudge, clouds from the snow white and a tree top from the kiwi. Next peel off the paper backing and gently fuse the shapes to the front of the apron.

appliqued olyfun apron

I used the paper backing from the fusible webbing as my transparent “pressing cloth” so I could see the actual placement of the shapes. Of course the hole I burnt in the sewn strips determined the placement of the little house!

appliqued olyfun apron

Next I used free form sewing and black thread to create texture on the tree top.

appliqued olyfun apron

Oly*fun is really easy to sew on!

appliqued olyfun apron

For the edges of the apron and the apron “strings,”  I sewed knife pleats into 2 1/2″ wide strips cut from the oly*fun and placed them on the apron with machine stitches.

appliqued olyfun apron

Finally, I created my own black text on white background fabric using a book page and inkjet fabric sheets for the bottom part of the house.

appliqued olyfun apron

appliqued olyfun apron

Oly*fun is sold on bolts and in quick grab and go packages. The bolted material is 60 inches wide and can be cut to whatever length you like. The grab and go package is 20 inches wide and includes 3 yards of material. Check your local Hancocks store or click here to learn more.

Live Life Creatively,

Melony

 

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