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  • 1 sheet
  • 2 strips of contrasting fabric for the waist band - 2 1/2 inches wide and each 26" long. If you're using one strip, it should be at least 52" long to allow for tying
  • 1 extra- large embroidery hoop - makes it easier to paint on (largest one I could find is 14" in diameter
  • 1 medium embroidery hoop
  • 1 round glass, jar or cookie cutter to use to trace semi-circles
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 paint dauber
  • 1 small to medium sized flat paint brush for the background
  • 1 small liner brush to paint details
  • 1 small to medium round tipped paint brush for painting with the stencil
  • 1 recycled or other plastic surface to use as a painter's palette
  • 1 small bowl of water to clean brushes
  • Paper towels
  • 1 Stencil, pre- cut or your own design - we used a Fleur de Lyis symbol (to make your own stencil, use vellum paper, trace it and cut it out)
  • Fabric or Acrylic Paint
Instructions for the Apron:
  1. Place a large square of the sheet (at least 24" x 24" ) into the extra- large embroidery hoop.

  2. Using the pencil and stencil draw the design onto the sheeting material

  3. Craft practitioner tip: use a piece of colored tape on the stencil to make it easier to spot - otherwise it will get lost in your project)

  4. Mix up small amounts of paint and medium on the palette

  5. Using the round brush, paint along the pencil drawn symbol with the pink or orange paint (we used pink)

  6. Using the flat brush paint the background in a contrasting color - we used orange

  7. Use the dauber to make round "daubs" of paint in white, or yellow citron around the design

  8. Allow to dry

  9. Remove from the embroidery hoop and cut along the round edges - fabric that's been painted on will not ravel, so there's no need to hem this (Note: you can stop here and use this as a placemat, doily or wall hanging)

  10. Fold over an inch at the top of the fabric and then fold it again to make a waist band and press, using clean sheeting to protect your iron
Instructions for the Ruffle:
  1. Cut a rectangular strip of sheeting to use as the ruffle. 40" long x 6" wide (this allows for gathering and trimming

  2. Use the round jar, glass or cookie cutter to draw a line of semi-circles on the edge of the rectangular strip, creating a scalloped effect

  3. Using the round brush, paint the semicircles with either pink or orange

  4. Using the dauber, make round daubs of a contrasting color within the semicircle in a triangle

  5. Using the liner brush, create flourishes to connect the center, like a cherry stem with 3 small cherry daubs at the bottom

  6. Allow to dry

  7. Cut along the scalloped edges and trip the unpainted side if necessary

  8. Hand baste or gather the strip so that it creates a ruffle

  9. Pin painted side to painted side of the circular side of the apron and sew it together

  10. Remove basting
Instructions for Waistband:
  1. Fold over 1/4 inch along the length of both sides the contrasting fabric, press and fold over again.

  2. Sew a straight seam on each side and edge to create a finished waistband.

  3. Options: you can fold over the ends to create a triangular edge, you can create a bow in the front
About Kathy Peterson:
KATHY PETERSON is a seasoned craft and design expert, TV spokesperson, best selling author of 5 books and has more than 25 years of television and craft design experience. She is a co-host on LIFETIME TV's The Balancing Act and is regularly featured and quoted in numerous publications including The Associated Press, USA Weekend, Woman's Day, Better Homes and Garden and more. She has also made 100's of guest appearances on HGTV, DIY NETWORK, THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, LIFETIME TV, ABC FAMILY, E!, TNN, PBS and more.

About Barb Dehn, RN, NP:
BARB DEHN, RN, NP is a experienced TV health expert, consultant and spokesperson. She co-produces health segments on ABC TV's View From The Bay, visits with her patients, publishes health pamplets and is often asked to speak on health concerns around the country. She has a BS in nursing from Boston College and earned a MS as a nurse practitioner from Univ. of California San Francisco. Barb loves to talk about health, whether as a popular lecturer at Stanford, or on numerous broadcast appearances as a health expert on NBC's iVillage Live, CNN and Good Morning America Now.

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