3.27.2013

Craft for the day: children's apron

So, I will be attending a child's birthday party with my daughter at a bakery in a week or so. My little girl really has a knack for picking out perfect gifts and had selected a cute little wooden play food item that is birthday themed and was really excited about giving it...so she's a little disappointed she has to wait to hand it over. She is however, over the moon excited to go to the party!

To go with the play kitchen items, I decided I should make a kid apron to go with it. This is a pretty simple sewing project if you're new to sewing. It requires some very basic materials (I used 100% cotton) from the quilting section, and either a button or snap.

I started with laying fabric out on the cutting mat matched exactly with right sides together and smoothed flat. Then I cut the fabric to be 18" x 22". Once this was done, fold the fabric in half so it is now 9"x 22". Then using a compass (you remember from Geometry) I measured and cut a semi-circle out of the non-folded corner that has a 4.5" radius. In addition I cut two strips of fabric that were 18" x 3" and one 12" x 3".

The first thing to do is to sew up the 3" strips to make the ties for the side and the one that goes around the neck. I did this by ironing and folding the fabric and then sewing along all sides to make nice strips. Then these are laid between the layers of fabric (I did two layers of fabric so this is reversible). The ties should be on the inside as you sew around the arm holes, sides and bottom (leaving the top open). Then you flip it right side out, iron all the edges and fold down the top seam, and iron it. Once that is done, insert the neck tie into one side of the top and sew around the entire perimeter of the apron (this will finish the edge as well as add extra security to your ties).

After completing this, I figured out that my daughter currently needs a 9 inch neck strap to put the apron in the correct location...so I added a large snap to the neck strap at 9"s as well as to the front of the apron. This way it'll be adjustable and still stay in place. Alternatively, you could do a button hole and a button, or two neck straps to tie. If you're feeling extra fancy, add pockets, names, etc. Ah the possibilities!

I did two aprons, as I decided my little girl needed one too. Now she will hopefully stay clean for cooking projects too!

Ended up super cute! Happy crafting to you!

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