To embellish the apron I used some solid green and pink cotton fabric and decorative canvas that I created using a transfer technique where I transferred patterned paper on to sticky back canvas with a multi-medium. Scroll down to read my instructions for the paper transfer technique or you can learn how to do that by watching our FREE how-to video!
On the waist and the area just above the ruffle I sewed simple strips of the solid colored fabrics with white thread. The green and pink compliment the colors in the patterned paper that I used for the transfer technique. Then on the pocket area I did a decorative strip on the top and bottom of the pocket using a strip of the green fabric underneath and the pink canvas strip on top.
To enhance the ruffle I used thin strips of the decorative canvas and sewed them along the edge of the ruffle, you will find that towards the ends of the ruffles you may need to gather the strips slightly as you sew them.
Paper Transfer Instructions:
I’m a huge fan of the Claudine Hellmuth studio products by Ranger Ink and I follow Claudine’s blog so when I saw her feature this cool transfer technique I thought it would be a great idea to show our readers. This technique is great because you can basically turn a piece of your favorite patterned paper into a piece of fabric and then create wearable art or use the canvas fabric in your mixed-media artwork.
First choose a piece of patterned paper that you love. I used papers from the Radiant collection. Cut the paper and a piece of canvas down to the same size. Peel the sticky of the canvas and lay the paper down (the side of the paper you want will go face down onto the sticky side). Burnish with a bone folder. Fill a mini mister with water and spray the canvas piece generously. Start rubbing with your finger to peel off the top layer of paper. You will need to keep spraying the water as you go to help the paper come off. You will slowly start to see you patterned paper revealed. Once you have rubbed off as much of the paper as possible, you will notice that some small white pieces of paper pulp will still be on the canvas so to get those off you can rub some Multi Medium Matte into the canvas to get the white pieces off. Set the canvas aside to dry and then use it creatively in all your projects! Watch the video to see how simple this paper transfer technique is!
If you decide to use your finished canvas pieces on a tote or similar wearable art project, it would be a great idea to paint it with Collage Pauge as this will help protect because Collage Pauge is water resistant.