Sew a Cross-Backed Reversible Apron in a Day

Tutor: Claire Humphries

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 6 people.

Full Day

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The cross-backed apron is the perfect cover-up apron – just the think for painting, crafting, gardening, cooking and it could even be the ideal Christmas gift. Pick the fabric suits the apron’s function or its intended owner – it’s up to you! With the guidance of seamstress Claire Humphries, you will create a practical, reversible apron with 2 pockets (applique decoration if you choose).

With Claire’s guidance and hot tips you will cut out out the apron using the pattern provided. You will get your sewing machines revved up and learn how to create a simple applique design and then construct the apron itself.

When choosing what fabric to buy, it it will be best to use cotton or linen fabrics of medium weight, not to heavy. Make the most of the reversible design you should choose a patterned fabric, and a complimentary plain fabric. Or, alternatively, for the flamboyant, a large pattern fabric with a complementary small pattern can be really effective. Claire recommends washing the fabric in advance in case of shrinkage.

So, you bring along your sewing machine, the fabrics and threads (click what to bring, below for how much to buy). Everything else will provided including the pattern and instructions, Bondaweb, machine embroidery threads and fabric scraps for the applique.


Please check below for what fabric and equipment you’ll need to bring.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Please bring with you:

- sewing machine with manual.
- Basic sewing kit ,scissors, pins etc.
- Thread to match your fabric choices.
- Main fabric 1m @ no less than 130cm width
- Lining fabric 1m @ no less than 130cm width
- Scraps of complimentary fabric for applique, though some will be available

“I loved everything!  I feel much more confident with my sewing machine now...hope to be back soon.”

– Natalie

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