My 3-year-old son has been looking forward to baking Christmas cookies for weeks now! He loves helping me in the kitchen making dinner and baking muffins. After seeing me watch a tutorial for flood icing online, he has become super excited for holiday baking! It is so cute and I love his enthusiasm, so I decided to make a special holiday apron for him and his little sister! I used the same pattern I used to make his cooking apron. The apron is so quick to make and a great project for a beginner sewer. I complicated things a little bit by making my own bias tape, but you can purchase pre-made bias tape, making this project a breeze!
The tutorial is below, along with the free pattern. Aprons make great gifts for kids, especially paired with a cookbook or baking set! I’ll be back later this week with a no-sew spin on this project! :)
- Free printable Pattern: DIY Kid’s Apron Pattern
- Fabric for Side One: 1/2 yard (a little over depending on the pattern)
- Fabric for Side Two: 1/2 yard (a little over depending on the pattern)
- 2 packages of bias tape (extra wide double fold) in a coordinating color *OR* fabric to create your own bias tape
- Bias tape maker size 25 if creating your own bias tape
- Matching thread
- Sewing notions: pins, scissors, pencil and ruler
Step One: Use the free printable pattern and cut the apron from both fabrics. Take note of which way your pattern is going.
Step Two: Quilt the two layers of fabric together with vertical lines. You can space them 1″ apart and mark the lines lightly in pencil before stitching. I followed the red lines on my striped fabric. Use a thread color that blends in with your fabric, it will be seen on both sides! Start with the center line and work your way out smoothing the fabric as you go. Press apron.
Step Three: After the apron is quilted, the last step is adding the bias binding. You can use prepackaged extra wide double fold bias tape or create your own! I used a bias tape maker tool and loved how easy it made the process! There is a great tutorial for making your own bias tape over at Make It & Love It! I chose to make my own bias tape to get the candy cane effect; however, if I wanted to skip this step, I would have chosen a red or green prepackaged tape that coordinated :)
Once you have your bias tape made or purchased, you are ready to bind the apron! Start with the lower half of the apron and the top edge. I sandwiched the two layers of the apron in between the bias tape and pinned it in place. You can use your iron to help shape the bias tape into a curve when rounding the bottom corners of the apron. Stitch with matching thread.
The next piece of bias tape I attached was 85″ long. Pin the bias tape, as shown in the picture below, so 19″ is left for the neck hole. It helped to find the halfway point of my 85″ long piece and then start pinning the bias tape to the top of the apron 9.5″ from that halfway point.
The apron is finished! I love how my two aprons turned out and how cute they look from either side! If the neck opening is too long for your child, you can tie it in a knot to make it smaller.
We are all set to start making and decorating holiday treats! I have found a few recipes that I think my son will be able to do almost entirely himself, including these cute Rudolph Noses from Chelsea’s Messy Apron! I’ll be back later this week with a no-sew spin on this holiday apron project! :)
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