One of the Christmas presents I am making for the kids this year is aprons. Miss Magoo already had an apron, but she’s been growing like a weed this year, so she needed a new one. And poor Little Man has never had one. Since my kids do a lot of cooking and baking with me, they definitely need aprons. So I decided to make aprons for both kids and to share the apron pattern I made with all of you, so if you want to make them for Christmas presents, you can too!
This one’s pretty plain, and could be used for either gender, but it’s the apron pattern I made for my son. Come back tomorrow if you’d like a bit of a more frilly, girly apron pattern.
What you’ll need:
- 1 yard of main fabric color
- 1/4 yard of fabric in 2 contrasting colors
- Matching Thread
- 2 matching buttons
- General sewing supplies
Here are the 3 pattern pieces. You can download and print them, just make sure that they are printed at 100%. I’ve included a 1-inch square so that you can make sure they printed correctly.
This pattern should fit a child from 2-5 years old. It is shown in the pictures on my 2 1/2 year old.
Cut out the pattern pieces, and attach the Boy’s Apron top and bottom pieces together so the sides line up the the 2 “V”s make an “X”.
Using the pattern piece for the body of the apron, cut 2 out of the main fabric. If you would like a contrasting panel on one (or both) simply cut a 4″ wide strip of the contrasting fabric as wide as the apron. Then cut 3″ off the bottom of the main color fabric. Putting right sides together, pin to the bottom, sew, and iron flat.
You will also want to cut the neck strap and ties- you can do this from the main fabric or one of your coordinating fabrics- I chose to use my main fabric. Cut 4 strips of fabric 2″ x 17″, and 2 strips 2″ x 11″ (before cutting this, measure on your child to make sure this will be a long enough neck strap).
Using the contrast fabrics, cut out 2 of the pocket pieces from each fabric (so you’ll have 4 rectangles). Sew around the edges leaving an opening on one side of each.
Clip corners. On the side that has the opening, iron both side towards the center, so that the open area is straight with the parts that are sewn. Turn inside out and press. You’ll need to sew the opening closed. I do this using a ladder stitch. Hold the 2 seams together. Insert the needle lengthwise through one of the seams, then come out from that seam and directly across into the other seam. See the picture for what I’m meaning. (I apologize that my drawing on it isn’t very pretty- I was just trying to make it obvious what you should do).
Pin pockets to the centers of the aprons, and sew in place (making sure to only sew down 3 sides).
Pin neck strap and ties in place on the right side of one of the apron pieces, as shown. Pin the ends of the ties into the center of the apron so that you don’t accidentally sew them.
Lay the other apron piece face down (so right sides are together) and pin. Sew apron pieces together leaving an opening on one of the sides approximately 3-4 inches wide for turning. As you’re sewing near the ties and neck strap, be careful to sew next to the sides of the ties and neck strap and not to accidentally sew into them. Clip corners and curves, turn and press. Sew the opening closed using the ladder stitch again.
Sew a buttonhole at the end of the neck strap. Attach one button to each side of the neck opening so that the neck strap can be buttoned on either side.
What are your kids getting for Christmas?
You can find the Girl’s Apron Pattern and Tutorial here.
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