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Cooking Mama Apron
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Project: Cooking Mama Apron

It’s a Cooking Mama Apron! Or rather an apron, adorned with a hand cut felt appliqué of none other than Cooking Mama of Nintendo fame. It’s a little bit of a joke with my friend Heidi, who was the recipient, but I am really excited with how it turned out.



  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 1
    Step 1

    To start with, if you’re not framilar with the game I’ll give you a quick overview. Basically your goal is to make different dishes like sticky rice and sweet fired egg following along step-by-step as instructed by Mama. Each step along the way you either succeed and earn her praise or fail and have to bear Mama’s wrath. Here is a still from the DS game, specifically a still of Mama, when she is less then happy with your work.

    When Heidi last came to visit I let her borrow the game. We joked about her fireball eyes and repeated the line “Don’t worry, Mama will fix it.” So late one night over IM I was brainstorming with my friend Lindsey, trying to come up with something to make to cheer Heidi up. There were a lot of good ideas but when we finally got to the idea of a “Cooking Mama Apron” we both knew that was the hands down winner. (Thanks again Lindsey!)

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 2
    Step 2

    So I got to work making patterns from the screen cap of the game.

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then I traced all the patterns onto paper-backed, double-sided fusible webbing.

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 4
    Step 4

    When I was done tracing...

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 5
    Step 5

    I ironed the fusible webbing onto the felt and got to cutting.

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 6
    Step 6

    I started the cutting with an x-acto knife but found I made better progress with my super-sharp gingher scissors. Each piece was hand cut and adhered in layers with the iron-on adhesive backing. Below you can see some of the cut pieces before they were fused, and after.

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 7
    Step 7

    I love how the layers of felt create some dimension, almost like a sort of a low relief sculpture…

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 8
    Step 8

    It was also important to me the apron was just right. The pink gingham fabric and the lace were essential for the kitsch factor. I found a great little tutorial and pattern for the apron on craftster. I also thought it would be a nice idea to turn the little “score” box into a little pocket, which I trimed in blue lace to match the game.

  • How to make a full apron. Cooking Mama Apron - Step 9
    Step 9

    So this is the completed project. I’m really excited with how it turned out. It’s one of the more complicated projects I’ve done in a while, and it made me feel all accomplished when I was done.

    The gift was a hit and I hope you like it. :)

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sweetsundae0 · Ajax, Ontario, CA · 50 projects
No way. That is genius! Now I want one. Happy
Dragoness · 28 projects
this looks so perfect!
Paouii F.
Paouii F. · Mexico City, Federal District, MX · 3 projects
hahahaha thaaat's hilariouuus!¡! love it
Ha ha ha this is adorable!
Scarlet-Begonias · Everett, Washington, US · 15 projects
OMG! That makes me happy inside... <3 I just think this may be my first felt project. <3
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MetallICK™ Mandie-Poo<3 · Tacoma, Washington, US · 5 projects
Why hasnt this been featured?? this is amazing!!!! I think im going to make this for my culinary class Happy
thank you and thanks lindsey
Heather C.
Heather C. · Mt Holly, North Carolina, US · 56 projects
this is crazy good- i simply adore it and want one for myself!
Carameline. · Roma, Queensland, AU
ha, this is so coool! Tongue
great idea (:
Danielle E.
Danielle E. · Pittsfield, Massachusetts, US · 2 projects
I love it. I love the game and I can't beleive the crazy amount of attention to detail. BAD ASS!
Kitty West
Kitty West · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
The layered felt looks awesome, so cute Happy
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