embroider your apron with chicken scratch

I think this type of embroidery has a few different names, but I know it as chicken scratch. Cross stitch and embroidery designs on gingham brings this simple fabric to a new level. I own several vintage gingham aprons with chicken scratch embellishments like contrasting thread, cross stitch motifs, and even rick rack designs. The gingham checks provide a pre-measured background to stitch on, so bigger checks might be easier to embroider if you are a beginner. Why not take my spring gingham apron pattern up a notch by adding some chicken scratch embroidery? Try this daisy flower design on your apron or get some inspiration from the gallery of vintage gingham aprons below.

Supplies

  • 1 pkg of white rick rack
  • 1 pkg of jumbo pink rick rack
  • White embroidery floss
  • Pink embroidery floss
  • Mint green embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle

Instructions

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Position the jumbo pink rick rack right over the bottom hemline. Using 2-3 strands of pink embroidery floss, stitch over the rick rack at angles from the hills and valleys. I sewed the slanted angle in one direction first and then came back and sewed in the other direction so the rick rack is very secure.

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Next, position the standard white rick rack about ½ inch away from the pink rick rack. Then stitch in place with mint green floss angling in one direction. In the center of the motif, I cross stitched a daisy flower design with white embroidery floss. Use the daisy flower embroidery pattern template as your guide. I used a dark pink floss for the center in an asterisk design.

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Add a pretty flower posey to the pocket too. To save heartache embellish the pocket before sewing it to the apron. In this example, I enlarged the design a bit for the pocket. More vintage stitch inspiration: P1060589

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 chicken scratch Try your hand at chicken scratch embroidery!  What fun pattern did you use? Want some more ideas?  If you search for chicken scratch on Pinterest, you will find all kinds of designs and examples for gingham embroidery. Happy Stitching!