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People who work hard knitted mattress fabric at homemaking, barbecuing and in the workshop will appreciate a handicraft gift of a sturdy apron. A person who cleans houses, for instance, can use pockets for odds and ends they pick up as well as for their spray bottles, sponges, and scrub brushes. Children, too, can use an apron for many of their activities, such as arts and crafts..

Start with a piece of sturdy fabric suitable for the individual for whom you are making the handicraft gift. Measure from the fold about 5-1/2 inches.Now decorate the apron with pockets and any other decorations you desire. Other materials you'll need are thread and a sewing machine. To make the apron, fold the piece of fabric lengthwise.If you are looking for a handicraft gift idea to make for someone special, perhaps that person would like an apron.

The best types of fabric to use are sturdy cottons, such as medium weight denim or twill. When we think of aprons, we often think of mothers and grandmothers in the kitchen, but men can often benefit from having an apron as well. Mostly they will appreciate the effort and design you have put into making a handicraft gift that they can use. (If these ties seem a little long, it is because a lot of people like to bring the ties to the front and tie them there. Cut two pieces of fabric a yard long by two inches wide.

Be careful not to twist it when you attach it. This will allow you to cut the shape with one cut, making the two sides symmetrical. When these pieces are cut off, the result should be an apron shaped piece of fabric. Press and stitch down along the length to make the ties. The fabric needs to be wide enough to wrap 1/2 to 3/4 of the way around them and long enough to cover them from collar bone to just above the knee. A slimmer adult can use a narrower apron, but if they will be wiping their hands on the sides of it, they might appreciate the extra width. Attach the ties at the waist of the apron handicraft gift. Press again with the raw edges of the long side tucked under 1/2 inch.

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