Easy Apron Pattern. You can make an apron so cute – your kids will never want to leave the kitchen! 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.
1.25 yards cotton
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat (optional)
small elastic or pony tail holder
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Download the free pattern here, tutorial below.
Video Tutorial Here, Written below:
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
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!