King of the Grill

Father’s Day is literally right around the corner, friends! And this year will be my honey’s very first. 🙂 I knew I wanted to make him something really special and wracked my brain for weeks. I ran through so many different ideas before finally landing on this King of the Grill apron! And not to toot my own horn, but I am OBSESSED with the way it turned out. 😉

There are so many things I love about this project:

  1. It doesn’t have to be a Father’s Day gift
  2. It was extremely affordable to make
  3. It didn’t take long
  4. An absolute beginner can make it, and still have it look professionally made (hello! that’s me. haha!)
  5. You can add any personal touches you can dream up

Which brings me to my favorite part of the apron I made for Ryan:

That is our sweet Harley girl’s actual handprint!

Honestly! These machines are A M A Z I N G!

So let’s dive in to the How-To

As I said, this project is insanely easy, if you have the right tools.

What you’ll need:

  • An apron
  • 4″ x 20″ fabric strip (this will give you a tad extra in case of mistakes)
  • Peel-n-Stick adhesive embroidery stabilizer
  • An embroidery machine
  • Embroidery software (I use Premier+ 2)

~ Quick side note on embroidery machines – you really don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

Simple projects can be done on a starter-level sewing/embroidery machine! So if you’re interested in jumping in to this hobby with me, you can start for a great price. Kiki’s Quilt Shack, I kid you not, has truly unbeatable prices. They are passionate about the craft and make it possible for anyone to get started.

First thing’s first

Other than ordering my apron, my first step started on my computer with my embroidery software. I knew exactly what I wanted the apron to say and had a pretty good idea of what I wanted it to look like, so I scrolled through and chose from the built in fonts Premier+ 2 had to offer. Notice how the words “king” and “grill” show my fabric inside of them. This is because they are typed in an Appliqué font.

I happily share my embroidery files with anyone who purchases their software from Kiki’s!

Once you’ve created your design, you simply export it to a thumb drive, in the proper format for your machine (the ladies at Kiki’s are always happy to help with this process), and pop it into your machine!

This is a Babylock, Destiny 2.

Hoop your apron

This next step is quick and simple. Using your peel-n-stick stabilizer, you won’t need to completely hoop your apron. The stabilizer will be stuck to the back of your hoop and you simply lay your apron flat and press against the sticky side of the stabilizer.

The reason we are doing it this way, is because we want to use a large enough hoop (if available with your machine) to fit the entire design. And with this sized hoop (I used a 9.5″ x 9.5″), the top of the apron is a tad too small.

Stitch it out!

Once your design is on your machine and you’re all “hooped up”, you’re ready to stitch it out! Since we didn’t hoop the apron, I recommend throwing down a basting stitch so your apron doesn’t move.

The color of your basting stitch doesn’t matter, since you’ll be pulling it out anyways.

Appliqué is my favorite!

While appliqué is a whole process of it’s own, it has quickly become my favorite technique! And the more you do it, the faster you’ll get.

Step 1: Your machine will stitch a placement guide.

Placement stitch for the letter “R”

Step 2: Lay your fabric, covering the entire letter with room on each side.

Leave at least a quarter inch on each side to prevent bubbling.

Step 3: Your machine will tack down the fabric.

Step 4: Using appliqué scissors, trim around your letter getting as close to the stitch as possible.

Don’t panic about removing your hoop from the machine for this step.
Your machine will remember where you left off. 🙂

Step 5: Return the hoop to the machine to finish the letter.

Step 6: Repeat!

You’ll do this process for each letter until you’ve finished your word! The end result is soooo worth the time and effort. Doesn’t it look incredible?!

Step 7: Remove tear-away stabilizer and press your design

Something Extra Special

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add and extra special message to your apron too! This part of the design was done completely in my machine, no embroidery software needed. 🙂 The Babylock Destiny 2 has an AMAZING feature for all you creatives out there: A SCANNER!

When I was first shown this, my mind was BLOWN. And as soon as I learned how to use it (Thank you, Kiki’s Destiny Owners class!) I knew I wanted to do something sentimental with it. So (after a million I finally got Harley to sit still long enough to trace her handprint. From there, the personalization was a piece of cake!

I simply scanned her handprint into my machine, added a sweet little message, and voila!

With all the amazing technology out there, your imagination is your only limit! There is so much you can do.

Let me know if you’ve got any questions! I’m happy to answer them in the comments below. 🙂

Happy crafting!


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