Good morning! Bugaboo has been very excited about cooking lately so I recently made him his very own apron! I made one for both of my kids – even though Jellybean has a while before hers will fit. They were very easy to make and I love that they are reversible. You can download the free pattern below and create your own. I found the cutest food-themed fabrics at my local quilting store and found coordinating fabrics at Joann’s. I used the blue fabric with fruits and vegetables for Bugaboo and the sweet little pea pod fabric for Jellybean.
Bugaboo loves having his very own apron. A few days a week he helps me prepare dinner, usually while my daughter is still napping. He grabs his apron and step stool and gets right to work! Washing the vegetables is one of Bugaboo’s favorite things along with helping me measure and, of course, stirring. His interest in cooking has been a huge help since I can include him instead of trying to find something to occupy him. It does test my patience at times, but it is a lot of fun and a great activity we can do together :)
Supplies Needed for the DIY Kid’s Cooking Apron:
- Free printable pattern: DIY Kid’s Cooking Apron Pattern
- Fabric for Side One: 1/2 yard (a little over a 1/2 yard depending on the fabric’s pattern)
- Fabric for Side Two: 1/2 yard (a little over a 1/2 yard depending on the fabric’s pattern)
- Finished apron measures about 18.5″ x 12.5″. I needed more than 1/2″ because of the pattern and shrinking when pre-washed
- 2 packages of bias tape (extra wide double fold) in a coordinating color
- Matching thread
- Sewing notions: pins, scissors, ruler
Step One: Use the free printable pattern and cut the apron from both fabrics.
Step Two: I quilted the two layers of fabric together with vertical lines spaced 1″ apart. The quilting will help keep the apron looking nice after being washed. I lightly drew stitching lines with pencil on the back side of the apron. I used a thread color that would blend in and started with the center line and worked my way out smoothing the fabric as I went. Press apron.
Step Three: After the apron is quilted, the last step is adding the bias binding. I started 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 they turned out and how cute the aprons 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.
I hope everyone has a nice week and I’ll be back next week to share some new artwork I have added to Bugaboo’s book nook :)