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Monday, April 1, 2013

Easy Child's Apron Pattern and Tutorial

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I used some of my Christmas money to buy a Simplicity Bias tape maker a couple of months ago and have been wanting to share a project that featured bias tape.  This super easy Apron Pattern for kids is perfect since it uses about 180 inches of bias tape.  (I have also included a printable pattern to make it even easier for you!)

child's apron pattern and tutorial


This apron really is easy to make and is a project that's perfect for using up fat quarters or larger fabric scraps, plus it only takes about 30 minutes to whip up.  (Not including the time to make the bias tape, but you can always use pre-made tape from your local fabric store.)


Who is ready to bake make an apron?

Super Easy Child's Apron w/ Free Pattern

Materials needed to make the Apron:
  • 1/2 yard fabric or 2 fat quarters (I used 1 fat quarter and pieced together the pocket with the scraps.) 
  • 180+inches of bias tape (I used this method and got over 190 inches from a fat quarter) 
  • Pattern
  • ruler/scissors/iron - basic sewing supplies 
Instructions: Step 1: Cut out Apron pieces and assemble apron. Download the apron pattern here. (Be sure to download the pattern to your pc and print from there. If you print directly from Google docs, it will skew the pattern dimensions). Cut out and tape together the pattern. Fold the fabric in half, place pattern on fold and cut out main piece.
Cut out a 2nd piece of fabric that is 6 7/8 inches tall by 14 inches wide. (Depending on how you cut out the pattern, you may need to trim the width of the pocket piece a tiny bit to match up to the width of the apron. Mine actually measures 13 7/8, but it is better to cut it slightly larger and trim down...)
I just couldn't decide on a contrasting fabric for the pocket, so I pieced together the fat quarter scraps.  You can see where I pieced them together.
Optional:  Adding bias tape to the apron pocket: (I left it off my apron, the pictures below are just demonstrating the steps.)
Cut a piece of bias tape the same length as the width of the pocket.  Open the bias tape and sandwich the top edge of the pocket between the bias tape and pin securely in place.  (I am using my new wonder clips instead of pins - love these things!)
Sew right along the edge of the bias tape:
Next, line up the pocket on top of the apron and sew along the pocket/apron edges and up the middle of the pocket as indicated in the picture below.
Step 2:  Adding the bias tape around the rest of the apron: Cut a piece of bias tape for the top of the apron.  Sandwich the top of the apron in the bias tape, pin in place and sew along the edge...
Next, aplly the bias tape around the bottom half of the apron as shown in the photo below.
You have two options when you get to the first bottom corner of the apron. 1st option: You can cut the bias tape and apply it in three pieces.  (If you do this, add the bias tap to the sides first and bottom last.  When you add the bottom piece, just fold the edges of the bias tap in as shown below to keep the apron edge finish pretty.
2nd option: Sew all the way down the first side and miter the corner. (You can see how I did these corners in this little video I made...)  Then continue across the bottom, miter the second corner and back up the opposite side.
Cut two pieces of bias tape 40 inches long.  (You can do less than this if you need too, but it will affect how much "bow" you can tie at the top and back.)  Center the bias tape on the curve of the apron so you have an equal amount of tie at the top and bottom of the apron.  Pin in place.
Staring at one end of the bias tape tie, fold in the edge as shown and sew across this folded edge and all the way to the opposite end of the tie.
Repeat on the other tie and you are done!  Now you are all ready to cook something!
Have fun!  If you make an apron, be sure to come back and share your photo on my facebook page, flickr group or link in the comments...
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28 comments:

  1. I love your little apron! So cute! I'll be pinning to my sewing board!

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  2. This is so cute! Thank you so much for the tutorial. i am going to try making this for my daughter. Please link this to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-linky-party-1.html

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  3. Really nice apron!
    MammaNene

    SergerPepper.blogspot.it

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  4. Way cute. My kids love aprons. Thanks for putting this together!

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    1. Were you able to get it? You do have to be logged in to google to access the pattern.
      ~Jamie

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  6. I pinned this cute tute and it was repinned immediately ! Thanks for making it so easy to pin within whilst entering :)

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  7. What a cute apron! I've made bias tape once and it didn't look nearly as nice as yours. Well done!
    KC

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  8. My kids are always helping me in the kitchen I need to make two of these! Thanks for a great post! Krista @ http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com/

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  9. Adorable! And my daughter loves helping me in the kitchen lately, so this would be great. I have a feeling even an amateur like myself could manage this pattern!

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  10. Sweet and pretty. Thanks for sharing this. Linda

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  11. so cute, but your model is just adorable!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2013/top-14-diy-projects-to-make/

    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  12. What a fabulous apron. You make it seem so easy, too....but I'm quite sure it would take me more than twice as long to figure it all out....Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Too sweet! Love it!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  14. Very cute!

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  15. This is an adorable little apron, and your model is awfully cute, too!

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  16. Love this! I made aprons for my nieces for Christmas last year, and they were a LOT more complicated than this is (they do love them though, so it was worth it!). Next time, I think I'll have to give these a shot instead! Pinned for later :)

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2013/04/martha-mondays-link-up-party-48.html

    ~Amanda
    www.watchoutmartha.net

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  17. I LOVE the fabrics you used! http://pinkgerberdaisies-kady.blogspot.com/

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  18. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/04/your-whims-wednesday-106-and-features.html

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  19. Cute, now you need to make yourself a matching one.

    Lynnie

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  20. Attempting this now for my niece - wish me luck!

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  22. Fantastic blog post. I've featured this great post on my blog. Please find the link at http://nzecochick.com/homemade-kiddies-gifts/ Mx

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