I have 2 nieces and 1 nephew, all of them I love too much. I love spoiling them and seeing their little cheeky faces smile. Bella who is 3 this year is a big fan of food and has now got into baking with her mum. I was inspired to make her an apron because we all know it’s a messy business. I loved baking as a child with my grandma and had my own apron. So I would love to make Bella her own apron to make those delicious buns.
Equipment And Materials
- Fabric Scissors
- 2 metre of Fabric
- Tape Measure
- 2 sheets of A4 paper
- Iron and Ironing Board
Drafting The Pattern
To get started we want to create the pattern, this is quite easy and check out the image below for more help. Take 2 sheets of A4 and tape together, the bottom one can be left empty. Draw a shape that looks similar to the one below. The measurements are on the image to help, once drawn out, cut out.
Cutting Into Fabric
Lay out your fabric flat and fold, remember when folding that the pattern is to be cut on the fold. You want to cut 2 of the main body of the apron. Measure out 3 strips of 20 inches long and 3 inches wide, these will be the neck strap and the waist ties. Finally cut a pocket of 9 inches long and 6 inches wide.
Preparing The Straps
Take your 3 strips of fabric to the ironing board and press. Lay your fabric right side facing down. Start by folding one end inwards to create a point. Then fold 1/4 inch in on both sides of the strips (lengthways) to create a neat edge. Then fold the fabric in half to match the sides together, press into place and pin. Stitch along the edge of the strip to hold the fold together. Repeat for the 2nd strip, the third strip doesn’t need the pointed end. Fold the 1/4 inch over and press, do this for both sides and then fold again in half and press. Sew into place and move onto your next step.
Preparing The Pocket
Lay the fabric right side facing down and press. Start by folding the shorter length sides in 1/4 inch and press, now repeat for the length sides. Sew one of the 2 longer edges as this will be the open part of the pocket.
Preparing The Apron
Lay down 1 of the apron pieces flat on a surface, right side facing up. Make sure this is the piece you want as your front panel. Pin in place the pocket you just prepared and sew into place.
Pinning The Apron
Lay your first piece of fabric (with the pocket) flat on your work surface facing up. Take your 2 strips with the pointed ends, pin in place the raw edge to line up with the raw edge of the apron. Make sure your strip is laying inwards so you don’t catch it while sewing. Repeat for the other side. With your final strip create a U shape and pin both ends to the apron. Make sure the strap isn’t twisted or caught in another seam. Lay the other apron piece over with the right side facing down and pin into place.
Sewing The Apron
Sew around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave open the bottom of the apron as this is where you will turn through. Make sure to remove all pins before cutting down any seams. If you aren’t quite sure of some of the terminology check out my post for more information. Cut into the side ‘arm’ seam, this is the sloping seam. Turn through the apron and roll your seams tight and press. Press up 1/4 inch fold on the hem of the apron, do this for both sides. Pin together and top stitch into place.