kids apron tutorial

it’s tutorial time again. so that means stop reading now if this will totally bore you.
now for the rest of you, this is a tutorial for a child-size reversible apron made out of 2 cloth napkins. i got mine at cost plus (world market) for 2.99 a piece.
so… first cut out the “armpit” pieces. i just eye-balled one side with a disappearing ink pen, then cut it out, took that cut out piece and traced it on the other side. does that make sense?

lay the first piece with the pits cut out on top of the other, right sides together, trace both pit holes (lovely terminology, i know!) with the pen, then cut out.
then you’re left with 4 little quarter circle/oval thingys. these will become the pockets.

get 2 matching pieces and lay them together. since mine had a pattern, i tried to line up the pattern.
then i took my finger and creased down that line so i didn’t have to get out the iron…yet. you’ll need it in a minute.fold the pieces right sides back together, being careful not to wiggle the lined up pattern, and pin.

then stitch down that line you creased with your finger.
this is what it’ll look like.
so it doesn’t line up perfectly, its a little wonky, but close enough. remember the blog name? imperfect.
then pink the edge, or do a zigzag stitch to curb unraveling. in case you don’t know, or are new to sewing, that zigzagged cut edge is done with pinking shears, special zigzagged scissors that help fabric to stop unraveling when get out the iron and press these new seams, and fold up the funky bottom.

cut off the bottom edge with pinking shears, or regular scissors, then zigzag stitch that edge. that edge will be the bottom of the pocket. do this to both lay out the pocket on each apron, eyeballing the center.

now stitch twice around the pocket. the first (inside) stitch i did was on the original seam of the napkin (click on it and you should be able to see the original hem), then around the edge. do both pockets.
next i took grosgrain ribbon (you could also use twill tape or make your own fabric ties) to make the ties. i pinned them in place, leaving about 1/4 inch hanging out, and also pinned their tails on the inside so they didn’t get in the way while sewing.
then sandwich the backing on, and pin it all together. now look closely at this picture. i’m stitching just to the left side of the napkin’s original hem.

at the bottom of the apron i left a hole, unstitched, so that i can turn it all right side out.
when you’re done, snip the armpit hole. look closely at the picture.
snip all the corners.
turn it right side out. use the handy dandy chopstick to poke into the corners. then press all the edges. stitch all the way around 1/4 inch in to finish it off. this will close up that hole you used to turn it right side out.
and you’re done! find a cute little one to model it for you before you give it away!-lindsey


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    Jacquelyn says:

    Thanks so much! I’ve been thinking about making something for Eliannah since she is too big for bibs and still can be quite messy. Do you think it would work to use a towel for the underside if I used a heavier fabric for the topside? (We eat a lot of soup :)

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    Shealynn Benner says:

    this is incredibly cute! can’t wait to move then get my sewing machine fixed – then make aprons! :)

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    Kristen says:

    so cute – easy enough i might even be able to do it. now i just need a sewing machine :o)

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    Denise says:

    i know a little cooker who needs one for christmas.

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    so cute! i love the napkin idea too. i’ll have to try that one!

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    Joanie says:

    I finally got to check out your blog and it is so neat! I used to wonder where you found the time to be such a cool mom and still have the time to do sewing and crafts – now I can see it’s something you love to do. Great balancing act!


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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    So cute! You make it look so easy! Somehow though, it’d end up taking me half a day!

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    wow! i love it, love it, love it!! we need to get cookin around here and use our snazzy new apron. you rock!!

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    Sugar Plum says:

    Super cute.. it looks almost easy enough for me to do, it would just take me 2x as long!

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    This is precious! It reminds me of a little apron that my mother used to make for my friends when I was a child. It was a little craft apron so similar to this one, only it had a long front pocket that was sewn into sections. She would put a small pack of crayons in one pocket, little kiddy scissors in the next pocket, some colored pencils, water colors, maybe a small pad of paper…I guess that was probably it. It was so cute, and I was always so proud when I gave one to my friends for their birthdays! So funny how seeing something cute like this little apron, can bring back such specific memories! You are so creative…love your stuff! :)

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