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
small elastic or pony tail holder
Video of child apron tutorial here, written below:
Child Apron Tutorial Free pattern:
1 – Cut out the free apron pattern
You will need to assemble the kid’s apron pattern. For instructions on how to assemble the sewing pattern click here.
Cut out pattern pieces for child apron tutorial. 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.
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 Child Apron Ties
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),
Press the apron tie
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. Repeat with the remaining tie.
3 – 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.
4 – Make the Apron 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..
5 – Prep Bodice
Take the bodice lining and press under 1.5 inches along the bottom
6 – 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 neck strap (facing in)
tack into place for extra support.
7 – Bring the kids apron 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.
8 – Finishing touches for the apron
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 with the child apron tutorial!
Download the free Child Apron pattern below:
Other Free Apron Patterns to Enjoy:
How to Make a Kid's Apron
- Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat
- Sewing Essentials ( Pins, needles, etc.)
- 1.25 Yards Cotton Fabric
- 1 Button
- 1 spool Thread
- 1 piece elastic pony tail holder or thin elastic will do
- Download the Free apron pattern in the kid size desired. Assemble the pattern.
- Cut out 2 of the apron bodice pattern. 1 of the front and 1 of the liner (note they are different sizes)
- Cut out the following with a rotary cutter: 2 pieces that are 5 inches by 20 inches. Then cut a large rectangle that is 40 inches ( the width of the cloth by the length you desire - this way you can make either a long or short kids apron - it's up to you.
- All Seam allowances are 1/2 inch. Make the apron ties by folding them in half (so they are 2.5 inches by 20 inches) turn right side out. Press. Tuck in one end and sew it shut. repeat with other tie.
- Finish off three sides of the apron skirt with a baby or a rolled hem. Make a basting stitch at the top of the skirt ( the side that is not finished).
- Gather the apron skirt to match the bottom of THE FRONT apron bodice. Sew the gathered skirt to the front bodice.
- Finish by adding the bodice lining, ties and button as seen above.