- Purchased apron
- Mesh screening 15” x 18”
- Extra-wide double-fold bias tape
- "Busy Bee" embroidery design
- Chromium needles size 14
- Optional – large rickrack for added embellishment
- Robison Anton rayon embroidery threads:
Pale Yellow #2557
Merit Gold #2463
Dark Brown #2372
Brite Yellow #2396
Spring Garden #2551
Natural White #2342
- All-purpose thread to match binding
Fabric Preparation and Set-Up:
- Carefully hoop mesh screening in largest hoop available.
- Set-up machine for embroidery. Turn off machine and remove sewing bed and
replace with embroidery arm. Attach embroidery foot.
Note: Hooping too tightly may leave an impression of
the hoop on the mesh.
Importing and Editing Design in Machine:
- At the computer, open the design into the largest hoop available. If the
software allows, position desired number of bees in hoop.
- Send design to machine for embroidery.
Sewing Procedure: Embroidery
- Place hoop on machine and thread with first color listed. Continue sewing
out design with threads as listed.
Note: It may be necessary to re-hoop the mesh screening
to embroider desired number of bees, depending on machine used.
- When embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine. Unhoop mesh
screening and trim threads.
Sewing Procedure: Binding and Finishing
- Turn off machine and remove embroidery unit. Replace sewing bed and regular
- Round the corners of the pocket (this makes sewing the binding easier).
Fold mesh screening in half, pin, and trim corners to match apron bottom.
- Thread machine needle and bobbin with matching thread.
- Open bias binding and insert side of mesh “pocket” into the
binding and refold bias binding.
- Edge stitch around sides and bottom.
Note: If pocket is a square, miter corners.
- Cut piece of bias binding ½” longer than top of pocket. Insert
“pocket” top into binding as above and fold under ¼”
on each end. Edge stitch in place.
- Position pocket on apron front. Pin in place. Edge stitch in place, reinforce
seam at upper edge of pocket.
- If desired, sew several rows of rickrack across bib of apron to embellish.
Option: If making a garden apron, one alternative is to
stitch one or more vertical seams through the pocket to compartmentalize it.