Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Child's Apron Tutorial
A good friend of mine requested some aprons for her 2 little girls. Well, I fell in love with this fabric from Joann's and couldn't wait to turn it into little aprons. I've used this tutorial in this past post, but thought I would revamp the pattern and share my own tutorial.
I changed the apron to be much more child friendly. Your kid will be able to put this on and take it off completely on their own. Something I wish I would have done with my girls aprons.
It will make them very happy.
Unless you request a bunch of pictures.
Then you'll never know what kind of reaction you'll get.
Here's the very detailed (with a ton of pictures) instructions of how to make your own.
Here's what you will need:
-One yard of fabric (which is more than enough, unless your making chef hats. Get 1 1/2.
-One yard of coordinating fabric
-One package of velcro (you won't use it all)
I made my own pattern. And before you give up, it is much easier than you think. Especially on a project like this. The biggest tip I have is to use a cut on the fold when you can, or fold the paper when you trace the design. That way it is symmetrical. I was going to invest in the time to figure out how to make this a printable pattern, but that will have to be for another day.
My pattern measurements are as follows:
Top: 3 inches
Center Line (on the fold): 16 1/2 inches
Side: 6 3/4 inches
Bottom curve: 8 inches
Once you've measured out your strainght lines, it is easy to connect them with curved lines.
My pocket pattern was very basic. You could get as creative as you would like with the front pocket.
-Cut 2 pieces of apron pattern, out of 2 coordinating fabrics.
-Cut 2 pieces of pocket pattern, out of 2 coordinating fabrics (or the same).
-Waist tie: cut 1 piece of 25 x 3 inches
-Neck tie: cut 1 piece of 15 x 4 inches
-Ruffle: cut 1 piece of 40 x 3 1/2 inches
Step 1: The Pocket
Place your pocket pieces right sides together, and sew around, 1/4 inch, leaving a small gap at the bottom for turning.
Notch the curves and clip the corners. Press seams open. Turn right side out and press so it lays flat.
Top stitch along the top of the pocket. Find the center line and pin to mark. Find the center line of the apron piece and pin pocket in it's final place. Top stitch the pocket on, leaving the top un-stitched. (That should be a no brainer right. Truth is, I almost stitched the pocket closed :)
Step 2: The Waist Tie
Fold and press both ends of the waist tie, wrong sides facing each other.
Stitch 1/4 inch.
Fold and press this piece, right sides together, and stitch 1/8 inch away from edge.
Turn inside out and press with the seam in the middle. If you don't have a fabric tube turner like shown above, you need to go get one. Just do it.
Step 3: The Neck Tie
Fold both ends 1/4 inch, wrong sides together, press and stitch.
Press it in half, wrong sides together.
Open it back up and press again, folding the sides to meet the center line.
Fold it down the center line again, and press it well.
Top stitch 1/8 inch from the ends on both sides.
Attach a small piece of the scratchy velcro to one end of the neck tie.
Step 3: The Ruffle
Once more, fold and press both ends of the ruffle piece.
Fold and press down the center line, wrong sides together, and then stitch the ends closed.
Here's my ruffle trick. Set your machine to the longest stitch length, and the highest tension. Then as your sewing, apply some resistance to the thread at the very top of your machine. Don't worry, you won't make your machine too mad. It will gather the fabric up nicely so you won't have to do any pulling on threads when your finished stitching.
Sew the gathering stitch along the raw edges of your ruffle piece, about 1/8 inch away.
It should measure perfectly to your apron bottom unless you adjust the measurements from my original pattern. Pin the ruffle in place, right sides together and raw edges at the bottom.
Step 4: Putting it all Together
Baste your necktie onto the top where you want it. Make sure the velcro piece you sewed on earlier is at the bottom, facing inwards to the apron.
NOTE! Before you place the backing piece of the apron on top, you need to sew a long strip of velcro onto it. This makes your apron easily adjustable and apply-able for your child. I didn't do this, hence the reason I had to hand stitch. Very annoying.
Apply it to the other side of where the necktie attatches.
Then pin the backing in place, right sides together.
Leave an opening for turning. I always mark that spot with pins. Sew all the way around 1/4 inch.
Clip your curves and corners. Press seams open. Turn right side out and press nicely.
Find the center of your apron again and the center of your waist tie and pin together.
Starting at the ends of the waist tie, top stitch 1/8 inch away from the ends all around the whole waist tie, attaching it to the apron at the same time.
Top stitch around the entire apron, taking care to close the opening you used for turning.
Sew velcro on both ends of the waist tie, to allow for closure. Yes, it would have looked cute to make these longer so you could tie a bow in the back. However, then your kid would be bugging you every time they wanted to take it on or off. Trust me, this is much better. Not that I would ever get bugged by my kids while I'm trying to do something more productive (like looking at blogs or sewing) than dressing them up. Hmmm.
Having that long strip of velcro on the back makes it perfectly adjustable for little, little ones
or big, little ones.
I hope this tutorial could help someone out by making there cuties look even cuter while training them to be all domestic and stuff!
Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.
To make the Chef Hats, follow this tutorial. It doesn't get any better than that.