Celebrate National Craft Month by losing a shirt (and gaining an apron – free pattern!)

It’s National Craft Month!

March is the month to reclaim time for doing the things you love—like quilting, sewing, and crafting to your heart’s content.

We Martingale staffers love to quilt, but we love other crafts, too. And of course, sewing tops many of our lists. That’s why we’re kicking off National Craft Month with a fun freebie: The Shirt Tales Apron!

Shirt Tales Apron free pattern
Shirt Tales Apron by Linda Griepentrog. Sign in or register at ShopMartingale.com to download the free pattern.

It couldn’t be easier to make an apron from a man’s dress shirt—by keeping some of the shirt details intact, it’s a snap to sew. The collar, buttonholes, and placket are already done! All you need is one large or extra-large men’s button-down shirt, one yard of medium rickrack, and 1⁄3 yard of 1/2″-wide fusible-web tape. You might already have everything you need in your sewing supplies (plus one thing from your guy’s closet).

This free apron pattern comes from the eBook Kitchen Stitches, which will have you making special items for your kitchen all month long. Just look at all the pretty, practical items you can sew:

From Kitchen Stitches
From
Kitchen Stitches

Looking to celebrate National Craft Month by broadening your crafty horizons even more? Browse any of these books to try a new technique or stretch your sewing skills!

Stitches from the Garden Sew Many Gifts Sew Much Fleece
Sewing Pottery by Machine Baby Says Sew Style and Swing

You’ll also find many more ways to celebrate National Craft Month with our entire fleet of freebies—all yours to download for free when you register or sign in at ShopMartingale.

Free patterns from Martingale

If you make the Shirt Tales Apron, be sure to snap a pic of your project and hashtag it with #madewithmartingale—we’d love to see and share!

We know you  💕💕💕 quilting—but what other crafts do you enjoy? Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery? Tell us in the comments!

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