The above stencil was cut out by hand using an exacto knife on a piece of plastic velum. I have used this on many dish towels & aprons. I sewed a piece of natural twill tape on the bottom that I decorated with dots printed from a pencil eraser dipped in fabric paint. I made a set of these towels as a house warming gift for friends moving into a new apartment.
This linen apron was made for my sister a while back & it’s apparent that it needed some ironing. I used the same stencil that was on the above linen dish towel but used 2 colors for the top & bottom borders. The straps were made from some really great polyester striped taping that I found at one of my all time favorite Japanese ribbon stores in NYC. When it was all finished I embroidered around one of the bottles & added a flower.
The last version of this stencil belongs to me! I use this cafe apron constantly. I sewed on a small red cross detail for interest & hand stitched the bottoms of the strap with red embroidery thread.