My daughter got invited to a slumber birthday party for one of her ballet buddies. The birthday girl likes to cook, so we decided her gift should be a personalized apron.It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any embroidered items. To be honest, I have been doing very little sewing or embroidering over the last several months. I’ve just been too busy with other areas of my life. Even though I’m busy, I still like to create a gift rather than just buy something. I like to make something that will actually get used or worn. That is easy with having an embroidery machine. I’ve made many personalized gifts since I got it. My daughter likes giving these unique gifts to her friends. My daughter was excited about this gift and party because the birthday girl is a few years older. It was a big deal that my fourth grader was included with these fifth and six graders.
We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare the gift, so I decided to add stitching to a premade apron. Since my daughter picked out turquoise, we decided to trim the apron with a printed ribbon. I started out by embroidering Emma on the front of the apron. I used one of the default fonts on my embroidery machine and did the name in CAPS. Then I added the grosgrain ribbon across the top and bottom of the apron with a zig-zag stitch. I went with white thread to attach the ribbon so that it would blend in with the white apron. The embroidery took about 10 minutes and the ribbon took about 5 minutes.In under 30 minutes, I had a cute one-of-a-kind gift for the birthday girl. My daughter said that she really liked the gift.If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you could stitch a name by hand or stencil it on. However you do it, it’s a quick, easy, inexpensive gift that is sure to please the recipient. What ideas do you have for a personalized gift?