Reversible Child's Apron

Do you know a small child who likes to help in the kitchen?  My four girls certainly love to.  How about making them an apron?  

This apron is fully reversible with a large pocket on both sides.   

It has ties at the neck and waist making it fully adjustable and fits children ages 4-8.
But do you know what the best part is?  It only takes 3 fat quarters to make! 
Come on, let me show you how!

I used prints from Ruby by Bonnie and Camille.
 Three Fat Quarters:
-One for the front of the apron
-One for the back of the apron
-One for the ties and pockets


Trim the fat quarters for the front and back to 18 x 21 inches.  If you have to cut them a bit smaller to square the fabric up it isn't a problem at all, just make sure they are the same size.  I like to lay the front and back apron fabric on top of each other as I cut to make sure they are the same size.

Cut a piece of paper 4.5 x6.5 inches in size.  Use a bowl to draw a soft curve in one corner.  Cut off the corner following the line.  This is your pattern piece for the apron.

 Place the pattern piece in the upper left hand corner of the fabric.  Pin.  (You can pin and cut through the front and back apron fabric at the same time if you wish.)

 Cut along the pattern.

 Repeat on the other side of the apron.  This is the main body of the apron.

With some careful cutting all of the pockets and ties can be cut out of one fat quarter:
First:  cut two 2.5 x 18 inch strips for the waist ties
Second:  cut two 2.5 x 14 inch strips for the neck ties
Third:  cut two 7 x 12 inch rectangles for the pockets


Fold each of the 2.5 inch wide tie pieces in half length wise.  Press and pin if desired.

Sew along one short end and the long side of the tie with a 1/4 inch seam.  Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end of the stitching.

Trim off the corners of each tie.

Turn the tie right side out.  I used the handle of a spoon to poke the sewn end of the tie back into the casing.

Continue to push the end up into the casing and pull the casing along the spoon handle until you see the end of the tie poking out.  Grab the end of the tie and pull it out.

Iron the tie flat and use a pin to pull the corners of the tie out if necessary.

Repeat for all of the waist and neck ties.

Next, take the 7x12 pocket pieces and zig zag along each edge.

Trim about a 1/4 inch off of the bottom corners.

Turn over the bottom and side edges a quarter of an inch and press.

Turn under the top edge 1/4 of an inch and press.  Turn the top over another inch and press again.

Fold the pocket piece in half and press down the middle until you have a nice sharp crease.

Top stitch along the edge of the top fold.  Repeat this process for both pocket pieces.

Lay the top hemmed rectangular pocket in the middle of the bottom section of the apron and pin.

Starting at the hemmed edge, stitch along the outside edge of the pocket about 1/8the of an inch from the edge.  Stop with the needle down 1/8th of and inch from the corner, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric 90 degrees.  Continue stitching along the other edges.  Do Not Stitch along the top hemmed edge.

When the outer edge stitching is completed, find the pressed line in the middle of the pocket.  Starting at the top, stitch along the line, back stitching at the top and bottom of the pocket.  Repeat for the other side of the apron.

Next pin the shorter neck ties to the top of one apron piece.

Pin them just slightly farther than 1/4 of an inch from the sides.  Use at least 2 pins so that the ties do not sift during sewing.

Pin the longer waist ties slightly more than 1/4 inch below the curved corner of the apron.

Secure the ties with multiple pins to the center of the apron so that they don't flop around and get caught in the side seams by accident.  I speak from experience.  ;)

Yea!  It's looking like an apron now!  You should have two apron pieces, each one with a pocket and one with the ties pinned in place.

Place the two apron pieces right sides together and pin all the way around.

Starting at the bottom, stitch along the edge of the apron using a 1/4 inch seam allowance (the edge of the presser foot).

Back stitch over the ties to give the seam extra strength.  Be careful turning the corners not to stitch along the sides of the ties.

Stop and back stitch about 6 inches short of the start of the seam.

Make small clips along the curved edge.  This will help the fabric lay flat when the apron is turned right side out.

Turn the apron right side out and iron the edges.  Pin the opening shut.

Top stitch about 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the apron.  This gives the apron a nice flat finish and closes the hole at the bottom.

I like to tie the neck ties in a double knot with just enough room that they can pull it on and off by themselves.

One super cute reversible apron for your favorite child!

I think this apron would be brilliant with a boyish fabric on one side and a girly fabric on the other.
 Happy sewing and cooking!

Leila Gardunia


Potpourri said...

I love it and want to make 3 for my grandgirls. However printer friendly isn't working...

Bev said...

I don't see tutorials for clothing very often that I really like but this one is awesome! I love this and am making one asap! It's easy and adorable! Thanks so much!

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Colleen said...

Ok simply awesome!

♥Duff said...

OH, amazing! I just spent the better part of a day figuring out a child's apron--your "recipe" is so much faster and easier!! Next time I'm making this one!

Kelly O. said...

adding this to my list now!

Jana said...

Printable link doesn't work!!

Julie said...

Love! It looks so easy! I could totally make this and I have a great fear of sewing clothes. Your little munckin looks so cute!

Idaho Grandma said...

I love this, but like Potpourri said printer friendly isn't working...

Lee said...

So cute, Leila! Great tutorial! : )

Luisa said...

I love this too, will make some for a couple of gorgeous little girls I know and best of all, printer friendly link is now working!

ana-ane said...

La nena es preciosa y simpática, el delantal ha quedado muy bonito.



asha said...

I LOVE this, just last week I told my husband that I should make my little man an apron so he could help me cook. I'm altering it down a little, he's only 2 and I'm using some scraps that I found. Thanks for the tutorial!!

P'tite Plume said...

Very nice!

Lily said...

I love this, it looks so cute!

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Katy said...

I just taught myself how to sew on a machine two months ago. I have a little girl and wanted to learn how to make things for her. This is the first thing I have made for her! Great tutorial. Thanks so much. It turned out really cute. Time to go make cookies!

annette said...

very nice tutorial. i've had this bookmarked for month now and have made 2 for christmas gifts. i don't think they take much more than and hour to make start to finish.

Tabitha said...

Great tutorial! I'm adding this to my project list for 2013!

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