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Sew a Reversible Criss-Cross Apron for Your American Girl Doll (Advanced)

In this one-time class we will sew a reversible criss-cross apron for any 18-inch doll.
Karen Highland
199 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
85 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

The skills sewers will learn with this project include: 
sewing curves and straight lines, trimming and clipping, turning and ironing a lining, top-stitching, and adding optional embellishments or pockets.
1. Assemble the pattern (the pdf will be added to the classroom)
2. Pin and cut out the fabric.
3. Sew the sides together on both pieces.
4. Match up the pieces, front to front, pin together.
5. Sew all the way around, leaving a 4 inch opening in the bottom.
6. Trim, clip and prepare the seams.
7. Turn inside out.
8. Finger press the edges, then press them with the iron.
9. Top-stitch around the entire apron.
10. Sew the straps to the top of the apron.
11. Embellish with buttons or lace or trim. I will show them how to add an optional pocket.
Whatever they don't finish in class, they will have everything they need to finish on their own.
* The pdf pattern is in the classroom. Please print it out and have it ready. I often post a video the day before class if I need to explain anything. * Fabric. The secret to making this apron special is to choose two fabrics that compliment each other. In my example, I have a simple floral on one side and a plaid on the other, both with the same color green. Two fat quarters (used for quilting) are perfect for this project. If you have other fabrics, you'll need two different fabrics, each measuring a minimum of 16 inches by 14 inches. * Matching thread. Try to get fabrics that will use the same thread. It is frustrating for young sewers to have to stop and change threads in the middle of the project. (I am ALL about trying to minimize the things that are frustrating.) * Threaded sewing machine with proper tension and properly sized needle. (more than one is always advisable in case one happens) Light weight fabrics will need a size 12 US (80 EU) Medium weight fabrics will need a size 14/90. Heavier weights will need a 16/100. You can get them and any supplies at if you don't have access to a store, or Amazon, of course. Give two weeks for delivery...mail-order is running pretty slow these days. I've also done curbside pickup with JoAnn's and it is great! * The pdf file of the pattern will be uploaded in the Classroom. I often post a video a day before class to show sewers how to cut the paper pattern out and put it together if it is necessary. * Scissors, seam ripper, pins. * Iron and Ironing board, set on proper setting for the fabric. * Buttons or trims or lace, whatever you have available for embellishing...but totally optional. The apron is cute just the way it is.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
They will complete a cute, reversible apron that criss-crosses in the back. 
1 hour 25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parents, you know your child's capabilities. This 90 minute class is best for students who have some of experience on the machine, not brand new to the machine. I would call them intermediates. It's best if they are familiar with their machine and can re-thread it if the thread comes out, as well as re-thread the bobbin. If they need help with anything, then it would be best if parents are there to help if the needle comes unthreaded, or if the machine has any problems, like tension or other problems. It is very difficult for me to see from their laptop camera and figure out what the problems are, especially since all machines are a little different. Please make sure the machine is working and the tension is right. It can be very frustrating for students when these things aren't working properly.

You will find the directions in the sewing machine guide that came with the machine. Some machines (Singer) have arrows stenciled onto the front of the machine, showing the correct path to threading. 

If you don't have the guide, you can usually get it on the manufacturer website. 

Do a quick test on some scrap fabric to make sure the machine is in working condition. It is very disappointing to a learner to show up to class only to find out that their machine is not working. [insert sad face]

Some Quick Sewing Safety Tips:

Make sure your sewing machine cord is in good shape. 

Keep hair pulled back. 

Unplug machine when not in use.

Don’t sew across pins. As a pin nears the presser foot, stop the sewing machine long enough to remove the pin.

Make sure you’re using the proper needle for the fabric you’re sewing. A needle that isn’t the right size or thickness for the job could end up breaking.

Pay attention to the way your sewing machine sounds. If it starts making strange noises, or seems louder than usual, it might be time to have it checked by a pro.

Make sure there’s enough light. Using a sewing machine in poor lighting can lead to mishaps.


Karen Highland
Lives in the United States
Learning is Natural When You Fan the Flame
199 total reviews
198 completed classes

About Me

I teach Algebra and sewing. I'm passionate about Algebra because I believe it is a fundamental to building the life skills of critical thinking and problem-solving. 

I also teach some life skills classes, various sewing and needlework classes.... 
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