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This is a cute little apron design I came up with by playing around with fabric to get the right shape. Perfect size for a toddler and great for us as bibs were no longer cutting it.
Now, you can actually make these from a fat quarter which is ace as then it’s a very cost effective little apron with very little waste. But if like me you are a fabric hoarder then it won’t matter that you can be thrifty in this way!
I have made my aprons with little pockets on the front and for this I have used a contrasting piece of fabric ( so at least 2 FQs needed or at least 1 plus a scrap that’s wide enough for the pockets.)
If you only have 1 FQ you can use the ‘cut offs’ to make patch pockets instead (this is possibly a second stage tutorial at some point).
Sewing patterns always recommend you wash any fabric before you use it due to shrinkage – so that’s probably best especially for these as you will more than likely be washing them a lot.
I like to make my aprons from a heavier cotton, almost an upholstery fabric as I find they serve the purpose better. Clarke and Clarke do a lovely range and Dunelm stock them. Roughly £7 – £10 per meter and they also do vinyl covered too in case you want to make a waterproof / wipe clean one.
So, what you will need:
Fabric, 1FQ minimum but it’s nice to have 2 so you can make pockets. (approx 20 inches square)
( I know sizes can differ so do check your measurements against the ones below in the tutorial steps).
Bias binding approx 3 meters (if you hate bias binding you can hem instead but you will need something for the ties.)
Something to iron on
Something to measure with
A flat surface
A sewing machine or needle and thread
1. Iron your pre-washed fabric
2. It’s important if you are working with a patterned fabric ( like mine) to note the direction of the pattern.
3. Fold your FQ in half and cut the width down to 10 inches.
If you are not using a FQ then your fabric needs to be 20 inches wide (10inches folded).
4. Cut length down by approx 5 inches so length is 16 inches long.
5. Measure and pin 9 inches from bottom (please note the ‘bottom’ of my apron is at the top).
6. On the top edge measure and pin 4.5 inches in from the fold.
7. Now draw freehand or round a dinner plate, a curve between these points.
8. Cut out the curve.
9. Open out and check the shape looks even.
10. Find your other FQ that you are using for the pockets. You need it the same width as the apron piece and 5 inches deep. So measure, pin and cut.
11. Check pocket piece looks in proportion then iron pieces again.
Sewing the pockets
12. First we are going to trim the top edge of the pocket piece with bias binding. I never pin mine because I’m a rebel and also I can’t be bothered, but you feel free to go ahead. Always sew on wrong side first in the crease.
13. Flip over and sew along right side then iron.
14. Pin your pocket piece to the apron piece ensuring that the edges match up.
15. Measure and pin 4 inches in from each side or roughly in thirds so you end up with three pockets.
16. Sew the pocket patch on at each side and where you have marked the sections. No need to see the bottom as we are adding more bias.
17. Iron the whole thing to set the stitches.
Adding the rest of the bias
18. Next we will add binding to the top edge of the apron, do this in the same way as before with the pocket patch and then iron.
19. Next we will attach the bias round the bottom section of the apron. You will find it easier to pin (at least to start with).
20. When you get to the corners, you have to fold it back on itself to get perfect (or as near as damn it) mitres, am hoping the pics help!!
21. Now iron it again to set the stitches.
22. We are on the home straight now. Cut two lengths of bias to 45 inches each attach the first one leaving 18 inches dangling as one of the ties.
23. Sew then turn then sew, tucking in the ends carefully to make sure there are no cut edges.
24. Repeat on the other side, remember if you are starting at the neck tie rather than the back tie then measure what you have dangling so it’s even.
25. Guess what?! Iron again
26. Find small child to model your handiwork!!
I have made tons of these, you can adapt them in all sorts if different ways – as you’ll see above there are tons of variations.
Let me know how you get on.