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- Fold apron body in half crosswise, right sides together, over upper and lower pockets, and matching top and bottom.
- Stitch along both sides, over previously-stitched pockets and basted sprayer loops.
- Turn right side out. Snip excess fabric from seam allowances and press.
- Top-stitch along all finished edges, turning at bottom pocket and stitching bottom pocket division along central crease.
- Sew two lines of gathering stitches (longest stitch length) 3/8" and 3/4" from the upper, raw edge of apron body.
Waistband and Finishing:
- Fuse waistband interfacing to waistband piece. Align wide side of interfacing along selvedge of waistband piece. Fuse according to interfacing directions.
- Fold waistband in half lengthwise. On the raw edge, mark the waistband center by snipping a small triangle from the seam allowance.
- On the raw edge of the waistband, measure 7" from either side of the snipped center marking. Mark the waistband on each side to mark placement for the apron body.
- Pin the right side of the waistband to the right side of the upper apron body, matching waistband center markings to central crease of the apron body.
- Pull the gathering threads gently, and gather the apron to meet the placement marks on the waistband. Pin each side.
- Stitch the apron body to the waistband between placement marks. Remove gathering stitching.
- Turn seam toward waistband center. Press up 5/8" along remainder of raw waistband seam. Press up 5/8" along waistband ends.
- Fold waistband in half, wrong sides together, along fold line of waistband interfacing. Top-stitch along all sides of the waistband, 1/8 inch from the edge.
- To apply Velcro brand hook and loop fastener, sew "hook" portion of fastener to the right side of one end ofthe waistband. Center the Velcro strip beginning 1/4 inch from the end of the waistband, and sew around all edges, backstitching when finished.
- Sew "loop" portion of Velcro fastener to the wrong side of remaining waistband end. Center the Velcro strip beginning 1/4 inch from the end of the waistband, and sew around all edges, backstitching when finished.
Optional: Add A Graphic
Have a color printer? Using T-shirt transfer paper, apply a graphic to your Clean Sweep Apron. We've supplied one here, or use your own.
To copy this graphic to your hard drive in Internet Explorer, click the right mouse button anywhere on the graphic. Select the "Save Picture As" button, and save the graphic to your hard drive.
To copy this image in Netscape Navigator, click the right mouse button anywhere on the graphic. Select the "Save Image As" button, and save the graphic to your hard drive.
While we're not able to offer technical support for graphic transfers, here are some tips for successful graphic transfer:
- Select transfer paper manufactured specifically for your printer. Not all ink/transfer paper combinations work well.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for printing, trimming and applying your transfer. Pay special attention to temperature and cooling recommendations.
- Set printers to high quality, and make sure that any special paper options are properly selected.
- Remember to reverse graphics! Transfers will appear as a mirror image, so be sure to flip or rotate graphics before use.
- More questions? Check the Web. Most printer manufacturers have web sites and discussion groups to share questions and ideas for using graphic transfer technologies.