Friday, October 19, 2012

Little Apron for Little Ones

Last time we made pumpkin carving aprons (here, and here) I thought an apron for the little ones in your life would be fun and useful.

Because heaven knows, after a night of pumpkin carving, they are the ones that really make a mess.

So here we go a simple little apron... But cute as can be of course!

With some cute ruffles,

And a fun applique.


- Hand towel that fits the child from chest to mid thigh (mid weight fabric, not terry cloth)
-Ribbon about 36 inches (more or less depending on the child)
-Felt squares (white, orange & yellow)
- two 2"x 45" strips contrasting fabric
-Sewing machine and supplies 

(If you don't have a hand towel that will work use a piece of fabric and serge,  press and sew the edges.)

To start put a pin 2 inches in form each top corner and 2 inches from the middle.

Then cut from one pin to the other cutting the top corners off.

Then serge or zigzag stitch the edge you just cut.

Next fold that edge over a 1/4 inch, press it and sew.
Repeat on the other side.

Then fold the diagonal corners down 1" and press. Here you will want to sew the fold down as close to the stitch line as possible to make a casing for the ribbon. 

Next to thread the ribbon I use a safety pin, this makes guiding the ribbon easier.

Thread up through the casing on one side and down on the other side (just follow the arrow).

To add a bit of cuteness we can add some ruffles. (However if you are making this apron for a boy this step can be omitted.) I hemmed and gathered both 2"x45" strips and sewed them on one layered over the other. If you need instructions on this step follow the ruffle section in the tutorial found here.

 This is what the finished ruffle should look like.

Next you can add an applique of and kind. 
This one is from the same tutorial as above under the applique section again it's found here.

Here it is all ready to get messy!

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