Thursday, March 20, 2008

Child's Apron Tutorial

This is my first tutorial, so please bear with me! :) If anything is unclear, or just flat out wrong, please feel free to leave me a comment!

This is a tutorial for a children's play apron. This will fit a size 2T-4t. There are links on my sidebar to download the pattern. This pattern was drawn by me, and is for personal use only, please! For any of the pictures, just click to view them larger!

Materials Needed:
*About 1 yard of material total--I just used what I have on hand, and mix and match fabrics--i think it looks funner that way!--so I don't know *for sure* how much material I used.
*Matching thread
*Sewing machine
*Turning tool

**Note: The pattern allows for a 3/8" seam allowance. If you need more, please size your pattern accordingly!


Step 1: Print out pattern, tape pieces together, trace onto fabric (or pin), and cut out pieces. Along with the printable pieces, you will also need (2) 2.5" x 16" strips, and (1) 2.5"x 14" strip.

Step 2: Sew one apron front section to two apron side sections, right sides together. Repeat for remaining apron front, and side sections. Press seams flat.

Step 3: Sew Pockets: Take two pocket pieces, and align them right
sides together. Sew a seam around, leaving opening for turning. Trim, and clip curves.

Turn right side out, making sure corners are square--this helps if you use a turning tool, such as a chopstick or pencil. Repeat with remaining pocket. Press flat, and tuck in section you left open for turning.

Step 4: Attach Pockets: On the right side of the FRONT on your apron, pin on pockets. I just eyeball it--but make sure you put them at least 1/2" away from edges.

Sew around 3 edges of the pocket, about 1/8" away from edge. Leave top open.

Step 5: Place apron front and back sections right sides together, and sew. Leave opening for turning. Trim, clip curves. Turn right side out, and press. Tuck in edges of opening you left for turning. Top stitch around entire apron, catching your opening.

Step 6: Make the neck strap and ties: All three will be done the same way. Using your iron, press in the short edges of your strip 1/4", then repeat with the longer sides. Next, fold in half, and press. Top stitch around edges using 1/8" seam. Repeat with remaining two strips.

Step 7: Attach straps. The shorter piece is your neck strap. Align the strap on the back side of the apron as pictured. Pin, and sew a diamond shape to attach strap to apron.
For ties, align on back of apron, even with side edges. Pin and sew.

Voila! You now have a finished apron!!

I would love to see any aprons you make using this tutorial! I hope everything is clear, and if you have any problems, please let me know! This pattern is pretty "girly," but I am working on a more unisex pattern right now too!


  1. This is so cute!!! I need to make this today for a birthday tomorrow! You say to print out the pattern. Where do I find it?

  2. Never mind. I found it! Thanks so much for the tutorial. If I have enough fabric I'm going to make it up and I'll email you a pic.

  3. Can't wait to see what you make!!

  4. to include the link.

  5. I made one and 2 and a half (daughter didn't want the bib) and I have another cut out. Love it. Thanks.

  6. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... I WANT ONE!!!! Girl.. you got to ETSY these!!!!! these are FABULOUS!!!

  7. Just the kind of pattern I was looking for! My girly is gonna love this! If I actually follow through and make one I'll post a pic for you to check it out! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  8. I can't seem to get the pattern...can you help? My daughter wants to have a sound of music birthday party and dress up like Maria, this apron would be perfect! Thanks

  9. Sorry about that! We switched servers, but I fixed everything today, so it should be up and running! Let me know if you have anymore problems!!

  10. Hi! I can't seem to find the pattern...maybe I'm totally blind?!? ha!

  11. The patterns are on the sidebar! Hope this helps!!

  12. I can't get the pattern links to work. Help?

  13. Nevermind - they seem to be working now!

  14. I can't seem to find the pattern piece for Apron Side, part A. Am I losing my mind? I have 4 pdfs (from the sidebar links).

    Thanks so much - I can't wait to make this up for my niece!

  15. K-Thanks for posting that!! That piece was missing from the sidebar!!! I added it this morning, it's Pattern Piece #5!


  16. Hi, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pattern Im not good at reading patterns so I ended up freestyling it as I went but this is what I ended up with though and my daughter loves it

    Thank you again so much

  17. Hi, thank you so much for sharing your pattern, it was a great guide I ended up just going with the flow and this is what I came up with for my 2 year old she loves it thank you very much

    Jasmine & Jayda

  18. the pattern pieces just printed out on a page each. do I need to blow them up a certain percentage?


  19. Jenny--each link should be a page--you will need to print them and then tape them together where noted. Hope this helps!