Today I have a fun sewing project to share with you, this Child’s Apron pattern. It’s pretty simple to stitch up and would make a great gift for your favorite kid! If you like this project then you may also like the Ruby Lou Bag sewing pattern.
I adore making things for kids. I think that children’s sewing projects must be some of my favorite sewing projects. When my girls were small I stitched up Easter dresses and skirt and aprons like it were going out of style. Now that my girls are older, I don’t make them Easter dresses anymore. Although, I did just make my daughter a summer dress to take with her on her internship this month. I have a tendency to jump at the chance to stitch something up for a little one.
When I was asked to create a sewing project for Minki Kim’s new fabric line Serendipity I knew right away that I’d love to make something. Her line is full of gorgeous illustrations and sweet colors, that are perfect for little kids projects.
Child’s Apron Sewing Pattern:
I debated for a while about what to make and finally decided on a Child’s Apron. I also think that the fabric would be adorable to use for my Ruby Lou Bag sewing pattern. There are lots of cute illustrations to fussy cut for the pocket of the bag.
This apron is sized for a small child, probably about 5 years old. Since it’s an apron sewing pattern it’s pretty forgiving as far as sizing goes. If you’re making it for a smaller child, I’d just make the top and the skirt about 2″ shorter.
Supplies for Kids Apron:
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1/2 Yard Fabric for Skirt
1/4 yard fabric for Apron Top
Fat Quarter for Pocket
1/2 yard Fabric for Ties – Gingham Woven fabric from Riley Blake Designs
1 package rick rack
From Skirt Fabric Cut:
1 piece 24″ x 14″
From Apron Top Fabric Cut:
2 pieces 7″ x 7″
From Pocket Fabric Cut:
2 pieces 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ – note for this step I made sure to fussy cut the fabric so that the illustration I wanted was in the center of the pocket.
From Strap Fabric Cut:
For Top Straps:
2 pieces each 3″ x 18″
For Center Strap:
2 pieces each 3″ x 40″
2 pieces each 3″ x 20″
Children’s Apron Construction Steps:
Step One: Create the Pocket:
Using a plate or an old CD, round the bottom two corners of your two pocket pieces.
Place the pocket pieces right sides facing, and stitch around the edge, leaving a 2″ opening in the bottom of the pocket.
Turn the pocket right side out.
Step Two: Create Ties
Fold one of the 3″ x 18″ pieces of fabric in half lengthwise. Stitch along the outside edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave one end of the strap open and miter the end of the other side of the strap. Turn the strap right side out. For this step, I find it helpful to use a turning tool (linked above).
Repeat for the other 3″ x 18″ strap piece.
Pin one 3″ x 20″ and one 3″ x 40″ strap pieces together along the 3″ sides. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam open. Repeat with other pieces. Set aside.
Step Three: Apron Top
Pin the sewn pocket piece to one of the 7″ x 7″ apron top pieces. Make sure the pocket piece is in the center of the 7″ x 7″ piece. Stitch around the edge of the pocket making sure to back stitch at the top and the bottom of the pocket.
Pin the two 18″ long straps to the top of the 7″ x 7″ apron top piece, 1/2″ in from the edge. Stitch in place.
Pin the other 7″ x 7″ apron top piece to the sewn apron top piece, right sides facing. Stitch around the top and two sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance making sure not to catch the straps as you sew.
Turn right side out and press.
Step Four: Apply Rick Rack
Round the bottom two corners of the 14″ x 24″ apron skirt piece.
Stitch a piece of rick rack to the outside edge of the right side of the apron skirt piece. The rick rack will be on top of the edge of the skirt and you will stitch right down the middle of the rick rack.
Turn the rick rack to the wrong side of the fabric and press.
Top stitch the right side of the fabric.
Step Five: Assembly
Find the center of one of your sewn long apron strap pieces. Measure out 6″ from each side of the center mark and place a mark at the center and the 6″ marks.
Find the center of your apron skirt piece.
Run two lines of gathering threads (set your machine stitch length to a 6) along the top of the apron skirt piece.
Pull up on the gathering threads until your skirt piece is 12″ long.
Pin the right side of the skirt to the right side of the marked strap piece, matching centers.
Stitch the skirt in place with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Find the center of the sewn apron top piece.
Place it on top of the right side of the apron skirt/strap piece on the other side of the strap. Stitch in place with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Pin the other sewn strap piece on top of the sewn strap/apron top/skirt piece. The right side of the straps will be facing. Stitch around the edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance SKIPPING the section of the strap attached to the skirt.
Turn right strap right side out and stitch the opening in the strap/skirt closed.
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