Hello Cupcake

Hello Cupcake

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This month I'm joining, for the first time, the Quilt Block Mania Blog Hop. Each month the participating designers share a block pattern inspired by the month's theme. The pattern is free for the month! So fun. 

This month's theme is "Kitchen". In my kitchen we're baking cupcakes! My appliqué design features a delicious cupcake with sprinkles delivered on the back of a sweet elephant. What little one (or big person) wouldn't love that! 

To learn how to get my free pattern, see "Get Free Pattern" at the end of the post.  You'll also find the links to the other great participating designers.


So what do you do with this cute applique design? Really, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. But here's an adorable idea... Use it to embellish the pocket on a child's apron. 

This simple apron was made using a purchased kitchen hand towel and yards of 1/2" cotton twill. (Rick rack trim is optional.) So easy! Follow the simple tutorial to make this apron, just in time for the holiday baking season. It would make the perfect gift for your little baker! 


If you love this as much as I do, you may want to make more than one, or possibly choose a different design. So I have designed a few more options. These patterns are available for purchase in my shop as PDF downloads. Get just one or buy the whole set for a discount. VISIT MY SHOP HERE!

Cutie Pie

Tough Cookie

Baby Cake 

Honey Bun

 Apron Tutorial

  • Start with a purchased kitchen hand towel. The size can vary, it does not need to be exact. Mine measured approximately 18" x 28". I chose to shorten it a bit. I cut 6" off the top edge = 18" x 22", then re-hemmed the edge by turning under 1/2" twice and top stitching.
  • Cut 45° angle corners by following the diagram below.
  • If you want to add trim to the top of apron, add it now. (I added rick rack trim.)
  • Make casing on angle cut edges. Press edge under 1/2". Fold again at marked line and press. Sew close to inside folded edge. This should leave you with an approximately 1" wide casing. See image.
  • Add trim to bottom of apron if desired. (I added rick rack trim.)
  • Using your preferred appliqué method make appliqué block. My appliqué design will fit on a 10-12" block. For this application I suggest cutting your background to 10½" square.
  • Make the pocket by cutting a fabric square the same size as your appliqué block. Lay this square right side together with appliqué block. Sew a 1/4" seam allowance around the square, leaving a 5-6" opening at the bottom. Turn right side out. A chop stick works well to get into the corners. Turn under seam allowance area at bottom opening and press edges flat. 
  • Place appliqué block pocket approximately 2" from bottom edge and center across width of apron. Pin in place. Top stitch close to edge down one side, across bottom and up other side, leaving top edge unsewn. 
  • Make apron tie using 1/2" twill trim. You will need 60-70". I used 64". Thread twill up through casing on one side, leave a loop for the neck, then down through casing on the other side. This makes it easily adjustable for any size child.

      Get Free Pattern

      To get your free pattern, all I ask is for your email address for my newsletter subscription. My emails go out no more than once per week. This is where I share free patterns, tips, pattern releases and exclusive offers only available to my email subscribers. The link below will take you to my home page where you can subscribe to my newsletter. After subscribing you will receive a welcome email with a link for the free PDF download. If you don't see it, be sure to check your spam folder. And remember, this block is only free until November 30. 


      If you're already a subscriber, you don't have to do anything. You should have already received my newsletter with a link to the free pattern. 

      Be sure to use the links below to visit all the participating designers to get their free blocks too. 

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      Happy Stitching,




      Steaming Pot by Carolina Moore
      Spatulas by Inquiring Quilter
      Measuring Cup by Inflorescence
      Economy Quilt Block by Scrapdash
      Rolling Pin Applique by Patchwork Breeze
      Hand Mixer by QuiltFabrication
      Kitchen Tile by Penny Spool Quilts
      Morning Mug by Crafty Staci
      Sunny Side Up Diner
      Tea Party
      Whats For Dinner
      Apron & Oven Mitts by Appliques Quilts and More
      Broken Dishes by Epida Studio
      Hello Cupcake by Colette Belt Designs
      Canisters by Chickenscratch
      Fish supper by Flowerdogandco
      Stand Mixer by Oh Kaye Quilting
      Let Them Eat Cake!

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      Love the series!

      Ruth Crump

      thank you for this adorable pattern and showing how to make this simple apron. I really need to replace mine. perfect timing.

      Lori Smanski

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