If you are crafty or like to cook, you definitely need a custom embroidered apron to show off your personality! This was one of our projects for the 10th Annual Crafty Chica Art Cruise and everyone took this idea and made it their own. Thanks to Darice Crafts, who sponsored the canvas aprons, embroidery threads, needles and hoops, we were able to create some pretty awesome pieces. By the way, I have some leftover aprons, leave a comment below if you want one, I’ll choose three entries to receive one. I really want to pay the generosity forward!

To make my apron, I used a thin black pen (you can also use washable ink pens for this purpose) and drew out my design. I didn’t even sketch it first. I just went for it. Here’s some inside info – that heart is my new Crafty Chica logo! It’s a sacred heart with lightning bolts radiating out! Right before we left on the cruise, I had approved the final design. I couldn’t wait to start using it! I also colored the designs with fabric markers and used contrasting thread to outline. It went much faster and really made my apron POP!


Here’s how to embroider make your own apron: Darice has a lot of choices – if you have a business license, you can order wholesale in bulk through their main site, or as a consumer you can buy single pieces at

Darice 100-Pack Embroidery Floss with 12 Free Bobbins

Dritz 5-Piece Tapestry Hand Needles, Size 16

Darice Wood Embroidery Hoop 10″

Dritz Disappearing Ink Marking Pen, Purple

When it comes to the designs that the cruisers used – I bought these wonderful Loteria iron-on patterns for them. They are from my friend, Jenny Hart at – check out her site, you’ll find an array of other cool Latinocentric designs you can use!


Start with a canvas apron and wash it to remove the sizing. You can draw your design with a pen like I did. If you are using a pattern, iron it on.


Then use the hoop around the area you want to embroider to make the fabric taut.


The floss comes with six strands. You can choose to use all the strands (that’s what I do!) or for a more delicate look, you can use three of the six. Cut a piece of floss from the tip of your finger to your elbow. Thread the needle and leave about 1.5″ of a tail. Tie a knot at the other end, leaving about 1.5″ of a tail. Poke your needle up through the bottom of the fabric and pull all the way through. To do a basic chain stitch, poke the needle through the center of the previous stitch that you just completed. And continue.

Here is one of Jenny’s tutorials to help you get started!

Here are some pictures from the cruise! Stitching on a boat? Really? Yes! We found it really relaxing. I loved seeing the cruisers working on their aprons while lounging by the pool or at the coffeehouse area by the giant sunlit windows. Embroidery is such a portable craft!

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Pauline drew a butterfly and spent almost the whole cruise working on it! So pretty!


One of the cruisers shared a picture of her suitcase with all her crafty goodies. Her apron was right on top!


ArtGirlCathy (Cathy Mejia) went above and beyond and created this amazing design! She is an illustrator and painter and translated her talent into her embroidery!


This is from Danielle. She shared pictures of all the things she made, including part of  her apron!


Vesna is a talented and popular textile artist here in Phoenix, I was delighted that she joined us on the cruise! Here is her web site.


And here is Maya, working on her T-shirt!


Leave a comment below if you want an apron and some thread – I’ll choose three names to send them to! Thank you again to Darice for being so generous! Make sure to follow them on social media! FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube!


Stay tuned for more tutorials from our cruise workshops!

Love & light,