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How to Make an Adorable Child’s Apron…
Dust off your sewing machine and tune in to learn how to make an adorable children’s apron with a free printable pattern and get baking with your family!
As my grandchildren are growing up (not too big yet….the oldest coming on 5) it’s so much fun to spend time in the kitchen with them. As soon as I head to the kitchen they are usually right on my heels, pulling out stools, chairs or the flour bucket to stand on and I’m tying their aprons on.
I am an apron person (mostly because I am a very messy cook, wiping my hands on my apron/pants/towel, whatever is handy) So with my collection of aprons, comes little aprons for them and it doesn’t take much more than a couple of fat quarters to make up an apron. Of course, if you want to make a cute apron, you need cute fabric…..so get hunting! My grandson’s apron was just made from three fat quarters from Walmart, just .97 each and it’s also double sided!
The fabric I dug out of my little stash came from a cute quilt store in St. George, Scrap Apple Quilts They didn’t have enough of the label on the quarters I got to tell you what line they came from but 3 of the 4 were Moda. That’s the best I can do, but they are adorable. Do any of you out there in internet land have trouble parting with fabrics that just look so pretty?. Cutting into them seems so harsh that I have to save every scrap. Sigh. It’s really okay because when I see them in their new aprons it makes me smile and the sacrifice is worth it:)
Okay, this is totally adorable. When I brought my newest apron project upstairs to show my sister, she opened her linen closet and brought out this cute little gingham apron she made when she was in 7th grade (1969). She really took much better care of her things than I did. As she showed it to me she said our Grandma had given her the embroidery floss for this project and died only a few weeks later. She was such a treasure to us and just thinking about her right now brings tears to my eyes (and a thousand memories for our short time with her) She was that wonderful. But isn’t this apron adorable? Her little granddaughter’s use it now. I’m going to make a pattern for this one next.
On to how to make an adorable child’s apron. Anyway, if you’re at all daunted by sewing, this little project will help you feel like a pro before you know it. Simple seams, mostly straight sewing. The potholder has a bit more skill involved but is totally optional.
- Free Apron Pattern Printable (1 body, 1 pocket and 1 pot holder)
- 4 pieces of coordinating fabric (If you’re not making the potholder, 3) I used fat quarters (your stash, Walmart, Joann, Hobby Lobby, online and any Quilt Store) So many fabrics…so little time:)
- Coordinating Ribbon
- Fabric and Paper Scissors
- Sewing machine with matching thread
- Velcro ( I used peel and stick dots and then sewed over them)
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Small Square of Flat Batting or Heat Resistant Batting (specially made for constructing pot holders)
- Print off Free Apron and Potholder Pattern (Size 2T-4T) and cut it out
- Iron Fabric
- Pin apron and pocket pattern to fabric and cut out
- Fold pocket edge over twice and press
- Using your sewing machine, sew along the edge of the pocket, using a 1/4″ seam allowance
- Pin pocket pieces to the front and back pieces of the apron (if you want a pocket on each side)
- Sew the pocket onto the apron sides. I sewed along the edge of each side as well. (See note below)
NOTE: I sewed three pocket slots on one side and 2 larger slots on the reverse side. It might be fun to put some goodies in the pockets like cookie cutters and a small rolling pin.
- Cut three pieces of 1″ grosgrain ribbon. 2 x 25″ and 1 x 20″ for the ties and neck strap
- Pin the ties onto the front of the ribbon 1/4″ away from corner. Pin one side of the neck strap 1/4″ away from the edge. See Photos
- Tuck ribbon ends in the pockets so they don’t get sewn into the seam (accidentally of course!)
- Pin back of apron to the front, leaving a 4″ gap along the bottom middle (to turn it right side out)
- Sew a 1/4″ seam around the apron
- Slip corners and turn inside out, using scissors or a pen to poke the corners into points.
- Sew all around the outside of the apron using 1/8″ seam allowance. This will also close the opening seam at the bottom
- Sew the ends of the ribbon ties (see photo)
- On the end on the neck strap, turn over about 1.5″ tucking the end under. Sew
- Stick on velcro and sew in place with an “X”
- Stick a velcro dot on the apron front and sew in place “X”
- Using 2 buttons, sew as decoration on deck strap (see photo)
NOTE: If you are sewing the pot holder proceed to the next steps
- Pin potholder pattern to the batting (or heat resistant batting) and cut out
- Pin the potholder pattern to two pieces of coordinating fabric. Cut out
- Make some binding trim out of coordinating fabric (I used the rest of the fat quarter for mine and it was not cut on the bias, therefore it didn’t curve well at the corners (and I am not very good at this part) See photos
- Pin all the layers of the potholder together, right sides out with batting in the center
- Trace heart onto center of the potholder and sew through all layers slowly
- Sew around the pot holder, rounding the corners as you go. Trim and get ready to bind.
- Pin the binding around the potholder and then sew in place, leaving enough to overlap and make a loop for attaching as well.
- Hand stitch the back side binding in place (you can sew it in place with your machine making sure you pin well and stitch in a ditch and catching the fabric on the back side
- Sew by hand a large button on the front of the apron. Attach the pot holder. Too Cute!
Your little ones will love wearing these cute aprons whether they are really cooking or just pretending:) If you liked this post please pin and share
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