If you have little sous-chefs in your kitchen, little aprons are a must! I had a little apron that we got from a Kindermusik course which served my son very well.
However, my daughter now wants to help too, so I needed a second little apron. I liked the fit of the Kindermusik apron, so I decided to use it as a template to make my new apron. It had two pockets on the front that my kids didn’t use, so I decided to go pocket-less for my version. I traced the outline of the original apron onto do-sew to make my pattern piece, but if you want to try this here are the measurements that I cut (i.e. including seam allowance):
- width of bib: 8″ at the top, curve out gently to the full width of the skirt.
- length of bib:8″
- width of skirt: 17″
- total length: 20″
- width of ties:3″
- length of ties: ~20″ the lengths varied because I cut them however I could to use the least amount of fabric.
This apron is really easy to make and is great for beginner sewers. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to put it together.
1. cut out two apron pieces. I cut both pieces from the same fabric, but I think choosing two different fabrics would be cuter. That way your little one basically gets two new aprons!
2. cut out four ties.
3. Fold the ties in half lengthwise. Press. Fold each of the unfinished sides in towards that middle crease. This is what you should end up with: 4. Fold up 3/8″ of one end of the tie and press inwards. This is just so that the end of your tie doesn’t have any unfinished edges when you’re done.
5. Sew open edge of ties shut using only 1/8″ seam allowance.
6. Sew all four ties onto one of your apron pieces as per pictures.
Waist tie placement
Neck tie placement
I sewed back and forth a few times to make sure that the tie was going to be securely anchored.
7. Place remaining apron piece right side down on your first piece and pin in place. You are now going to sew all the way around the outside of your two pieces, leaving only a 3-4″ gap so that you can turn the apron right side out. I left the gap on one of the sides of the apron skirt.
Leave 3-4" gap for turning the apron right side out
I used a 3/8″ seam allowance. **Make sure you keep your ties in towards the centre of your pieces so that you don’t inadvertently sew them into your apron seams.
8. If you are a beginner sewer, here is a quick tip on sewing 90 degree corners. Sew straight down the side of the apron. When your needle is 3/8″ from the bottom of your apron stop sewing. If your needle is in the up position, turn the wheel on the side of your machine to put the needle in the down position. Lift up your presser foot and rotate your piece 90 degrees. Sew straight along the bottom of your apron. Repeat at next corner to go up the other side.
Presser foot is up, needle is down. Now you can rotate your fabric 90 degrees.
9. Turn your apron right side out and press your seams flat.
10. Top stitch around the outside of the apron. This will close the gap that was left for turning as well as giving it a professional finished look.
11. Enjoy the finished product! I was so pleased with the first one, that I decided to make a second one for my son.
I’m still learning about my fancy camera, and I didn’t quite get the settings right for this photo. The colours are really washed out 😦