There's nothing sweeter than baking fun cookies with your little kitchen helper. Unless, of course, you're rocking matching aprons! This reversible option is a cinch to sew, and fits kids who are between ages 3 and 6. If your kiddo is older, don't worry: you just have to add length or width to your pattern and you'll be good to go.
Child's Double-Sided Apron
What You Need
- ½ yard in two different fabrics (any cotton is fine)
- 15" x ¾" elastic
- 2" piece of hook and loop sew-on fastener
1. Make the Paper Pattern
Tape two pieces of printer paper together, so that the long side measures 18in. Mark the width at 7¼in across the bottom edge (that will be the bottom of the apron). At the narrower end, measure 4in from the fold edge (that's the top). To create the curve, mark 8 inches down from the narrow edge and create a curve.
If you don't have a curved ruler , you can grab a plate or saucer from the cupboard and use that to trace the curve.
2. Cut Out Your Pieces
Using your paper pattern, cut the first fabric on the fold, then open up the folded piece and lay it, right side to right side, on the second fabric. Use the first fabric as the pattern to cut the second. This saves time later and keeps the fabrics correctly facing each other.
Put a couple of pins at the side seams so that your pieces stay matched together. While keeping the pieces right sides together, fold and press ½in at the bottom edge. Flip over and do the same with the second fabric.
3. Make the Neck and Waist Straps
Cut the waist strap so it's 18in x 3in. Cut the neck strap so it's 24in x 3in. Cut the elastic so it's 15in x ¾in.
To make the waist strap, fold the long edges and sew them together using a ½in seam allowance. Turn and press, then fold in about a ¼in on one end to make a clean edge before topstitching it closed.
For the neck strap, fold the long edges and sew them together using a ½in seam allowance. Turn and press. Thread the elastic through the tube, securing it at both ends by stitching across the end at ¼in seam allowance.
4. Attach the Straps to the Apron
Fold back the top of your apron pieces slightly, as demonstrated in the photo above. Pin the neck strap with the elastic on the top edge, about a ½in from the curved edge. Stitch across the top edge on one side to secure the neck strap.
Pin the waist strap on one side of the apron, as shown, and stitch to secure.
5. Sew the Pieces Together
Pin the two apron pieces together, being sure that the strap pieces are tucked inside so you don’t stitch them into the seam. Sew all around the edge, using a ½in seam allowance. Leave the bottom folded edge open.
6. Trim and Clip
Turn the apron inside out, then trim the corners to reduce bulk. Clip the curves.
7. Turn and Press
Turn the apron right side out and press all the seam edges to create a crisp edge. Staying close to the edge, topstitch all around, including the bottom, to finish off the apron and enclose the bottom edge.
8. Add the Hook and Loop Closure
Sew the hook and loop pieces to the apron, with the fuzzy side to the apron body and the hook side to the strap. That way your pint-sized chefs can put on the apron all by themselves!
Ready to sew yours? Follow the same process, just add longer ties instead of making a waist strap. Happy baking!
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