Baking Outside the Box Apron Pattern

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Easy Child Apron Pattern. You can make an apron so cute – your kids will never want to leave the kitchen!  I love this cute apron pattern for little girls. It's a perfect little gift for my little baker. Great sewing DIY idea.This handy pattern comes in three sizes for a perfect fit.  You can also make the skirt longer – great for Art and crafts.  Also good special needs children that might need more coverage.
Inspired by the “Baking Outside the Box” Recipe book.
You’ll need:

1.25 yards cotton

Rotary cutter, ruler and mat (optional)


small elastic or pony tail holder


Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)

Sewing Machine

Download the free pattern here, tutorial below.

You can get a free copy of Adobe reader here. By downloading  you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern envelope to download the .pdf !

Video Tutorial Here, Written below:

Baking Outside the Box Apron Pattern Tutorial

1 – Cut out pattern

Print out the pattern (you can get assembly instructions here.)
Cut out pattern pieces. You will need to cut 2 of the top – One of the front and one of the liner.Cut 1 of the liner bodice. Fold up or cut off the bottom pattern to the front line on the front of the pattern.Cut 1 of the front bodice .Note: I chose to make the front and back from separate fabrics, but they can be the same.  Be sure if you use different fabrics that when you cut the liner you either flip over the pattern, or  place the pattern on the wrong side of the cloth so it will line up properly.

1.b Additional pieces to cut

In addition to the top you will need to cut the following pieces of cloth. 2 pieces of 5 inches by 20 inches (for the ties).Then cut –   One square/rectangle that is 40 inches by whatever length you would like the apron to be – this will be the skirt part of the apron.  For a child anywhere between 8 to 15 inches.

2 – Make the Straps

Taking the two long strips that will be the ties, fold one right sides together (so it makes a strip that its 2.5 inches wide and 20 inches long), and sew, using .5 seam allowance.  Turn right side out, press.  Repeat with other strip. Take one end of the strip and tuck the raw edges in on itself, about an inch and top stitch shut.  Set aside.

2.b – Begin to build the apron

Because this garment will be washed a lot it’s important to finish the edges nicely.  Make a baby hem around 3 sides of the apron skirt (the sides and bottom).  To do this : turn under .25 inches twice.  (you can make guides by sewing a straight stitch .25 inches from the edge and then another straight stitch .25 inches from the previously sewn line.  Press under the seam twice and sew down using a straight stitch. Set the skirt aside.

3 – Make the bodice

Take the front of the bodice and the large skirt part of the apron.  Make a basting stitch in the top of the skirt (the 40 inch long side) near the edge (about .25 inch) gather to the length of the bottom of the bodice.  With right sides together, pin to the bottom of the bodice and sew using a .5 inch seam allowance..

3.b Prep Bodice

>Take the bodice lining and press under 1.5 inches along the bottom

4 – Add the tie straps

Pin the tie straps to each side of the bodice on the right side of the fabric.  Sew into place using a .25 inch seam allowance for extra support.  Pin straps out of the way.Make your elastic loop (be sure to test it on your button – so it’s the right length) and place at the end of the long strap (facing in) tack into place for extra support.

5- Bring it all together

Then pin the lining or “back side” of the bodice to the front, right sides together – the straps and loop should be sandwiched in between.Sew all the way around the bodice from one side to the other leaving the bottom (where the bodice meets the skirt) open using a .25 seam allowance.
Turn right side out, making straps are fully turned.Tip:  I like to use a crochet hook to grab the elastic to turn the long neck strap right side out.

6- Finishing touches

Now that  the bodice is turned you are almost there!  Top stitch all the way around the bodice .25 from the edge – including the bottom (this should sew that gap shut.)
Add a button to the other side of the strap.  Trim threads and you are finished!



I love this cute apron pattern for little girls. It's a perfect little gift for my little baker. Great sewing DIY idea.

Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
Angel Hickman Peterson
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  1. Thanks so much for the pattern! Just wondering what sizes the small fits? I am making 4 aprons one for a 2 year old, one for a 4 year old and two 5 year olds. Just wondering if small would do al of these or should i use medium for the older girls? thanks x

  2. Thanks so much for the quick reply Angel. Can’t wait to make these so so so thankful I found your website, makes me think I might actually be able to make something. Every other tutorial I’ve found made me think it was too hard. Thanks so much again.

  3. Thank you for a cute, quick and easy apron pattern. Have been looking for one to make my niece and completed in about 2.5 hrs!

  4. LOVE this pattern!!! Making apron, napkins and placemats in coordinating fabrics. Can’t wait to get started. Adorable!!

  5. I want to make 3 of these for my daughter’s bridesmaids – I think they’ll be a great cover up to protect their dresses when the little girls sit down for the wedding breakfast.
    As the wedding is taking place at the Zoo (!) I’m going to make the top in a zebra print and the skirt in ivory.
    I haven’t told my daughter about them – I hope she’ll love them as much as me !
    Thanks for sharing your patterns.

  6. I just started sewing (taking some classess) and this is great. Hope will be able to do some of these projects. Thank you so much!

  7. I have downloaded the small size pattern and I thank you so much for sharing. Will you please advise on the proper “scaling type for the printer? Mine is presently set up at “Fit to Printer Margins” which shows the scale at 96.94%., and I am not sure how that came through I can set it to a different scale and see that “None” will give me 100% which probably is what I need, but I wanted to be certain. Would you please comment on this aspect for me? Thank you so much for this pattern and for your website.

  8. This is a very clever and beautiful little apron. I appreciate the neck closure as I have always been a little worried about straps around a child’s neck. The button and elastic closure method makes the apron a bit safer than the strap. Angel, I feel that you are a very creative person and wish to thank you for this pattern. As a teacher, I enjoy making aprons for my students for messy art projects and for science activities. Your apron pattern will be my summer project. Twenty-five little aprons… I had better get started! Thanks again. This is the best pattern that I found on the web.

  9. I just finished this for my niece and it was so easy and came out so cute!! It took about 4 hours total from start to finish. Thanks!!!

  10. Great apron and easy to make. I want to make one for myself. Do you have an adult pattern? Also, I don’t see where you sewed a button on. I would like to see how you did that!

  11. I love your pattern–and your instructions are wonderful! I have been sewing for more than 50 years and have made several aprons–both for adults and my grandchildren. I usually make my own patterns but decided to check out the web and found your site. I love that the neck strap goes around the neck and fastens on one side, rather than two ties or a strap that just goes over the head. I am getting ready to make one now for my granddaughter. Thank you so much!

  12. Thank you very much for the pattern and for the tutorial. The video is fantastic! I made one apron for my daughter and it was very beautiful!!

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