Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Child’s Apron

Children’s aprons are very easy to make and you can have a lot of fun decorating them any way you like. Here is how I made an apron for my granddaughter. It fits about a size 3-4 very well but you can adjust size to your child easily.

This apron can be made reversible if you choose to, just use any fabric you like as the lining.

You need two pieces of fabric, one for apron front and one for a lining. (You can buy 2 ‘fat quarters’ at fabric stores, they are 18 by 18 inches) Cut each piece down to 16 ½ inches square. And a small square for a pocket that cordinates or matches.

At the top edge of your apron measure from outside edge in towards middle 5 inches on each side. Mark with a pin.  

On the top outside edge measure down 6 inches from the top along the side on each side and mark with a pin. You will then cut from the pin at the top edge to the side edge pin on the fabric in a straight line. Repeat on second fabric piece.

To make a pocket cut a square of fabric about 5-6 inches or any size you would like. Hem the top edge and press under a ¼ inch around the other 3 sides. Place  the pocket on the apron front on the right side of the fabric and pin it down. I lined my pocket top up with the point where the back ties are attached. Stitch pocket to apron front. If you are making it reversible, repeat with a pocket on the second piece of fabric.

I used a purchased binding as ties for my apron. I cut 2 pieces 18 inches long for the ties on the back, and 2 pieces 15 inches long for the ties around the neck. Place the ties about a1/2 inch in from the edge and stitch in place.

 I used tape to hold the ties in place during stitching but you can pin them if you like.

Place both apron front and lining right sides together with edges lined up, pin and stitch leaving an opening for turning at the bottom.  I reverse stitched over the ties to make them really secure.

Turn your apron right side out, press and then stitch around outside edges to finish and close the opening. I also stitched the binding edge closed.

And here it is, my model is a size 3 so there is room to grow.

Linked at Made by You Monday at Skip to my Lou and Under the Table and Dreaming.

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  1. The apron is precious. Your model, even more so. Thanks for the smile. Hope your Valentines Day was warm and lovely.

  2. What a cute apron and a cute model!

    We bought the tiles at Home Depot. But it's been so long ago that I don't think they have them anymore. Maybe special order? Don't know you made them but they are two different manufacturers. One is black marble and one is white marble.

  3. Thanks Manuela! BTW, she is refering to a comment I made on her post about her kitchen floor. Check out her site, it's really nice!

  4. Adorable! And having a special apron to wear makes those times in the kitchen even more special.

  5. What a cute apron! I love the little pocket! I used to love helping my mom in the kitchen! Precious memories are made in sweet aprons like that!

  6. Yes it’s great for kids to have their own apron. I still have one from when I was a kid. I let my grandkids wear that one when they are cooking with me. I want them each to have their own to make memories in at home.

  7. Thank you for this clear and easy tutorial. I have made adult aprons before from my own pattern, but I need kid sized ones too, for the various family events I host. The best part is your suggestion to use fat quarters for minimal waste. When I made the adult aprons, I purchased a few yards of fabric and just hoped for the best! I'm obviously no math wizard! I am also thinking that I will make my aprons reversible as you suggested. Aprons for two activities for the work of one!

    1. Painting or messy craft on one side and save the other side for nice :)


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