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This project began when Lindsey sent me a video of her daughter and herself baking banana bread together. My SIL was doing the filming and he asked my granddaughter if she was wearing an apron. She replied, "Yes, I'm wearing Mommy's apron." I knew right then that I wanted to make an apron for her and the rest of my granddaughters. Maybe some of my grandsons, too. A couple of them enjoy cooking as well. But, so far I've only made them for the granddaughters, so that is why my post is directed to little girls.
I began by scanning Pinterest for patterns for kids, but nothing stuck out to me. Then, I looked at one of my aprons that my DIL Jessica had made me for Christmas a few years ago. Mine is made from about a yard of fabric on each side (it is totally reversible), it has a pocket on each side and it is super cute! I figured that I could use that as my starting point and just reduce the size for my grandchildren. They came out adorable if I say so myself. I have three of them finished with just 2 to go for my older girls. Those may take a little more than 1/4 yard fats if I want them to be able to wear them for any amount of time. So, for now I'm going to show you how I've done the 1/4 fat aprons. Click on the photos for instructions:
With right sides together, stitch the straps. I used one of each fabric for the waist straps. For the neck strap, I chose one of the fabrics, or I used both, one on each side. Sometimes, if your 1/4 yard was on the skimpy side, you may have to piece together the strips to make the straps. I only had to do this once, but it is doable.
Your apron square is going to be worn on the diagonal, or like a diamond shape. Before you attach the straps and pockets, decide how you want it to lay. For example, do you want the stripes to be slanted to the left or to the right. Then, pin on the straps. The waist straps should be attacked about an inch and one half form the waist corners. Baste them in place.
Press the apron flat, make sure that you press the opening to the inside, matching the seam. Then, top stitch all of the way around the apron. Fold the top flap forward and sew on a button to the front and the back to hold it in place. Sometimes I take a couple of blind stitches near the neck to hold it down even better. Iron it all very well to give crisp edges.
These aprons are very quick and easy to make and a good project to be doing while in quarantine! Fat quarters aren't as easy to find now because everyone has also been making masks, which is a great thing to be doing. Luckily, my niece was getting rid of some fabric during a move that was passed on to me! So, I have plenty of fabric to do both and the prints are so cute. Thanks Laura! My granddaughters are going to love these! (I hope)
Let me know if anyone gives this project a try. Oh, and here are the buttons for the pocket patterns. You can adjust the sizes to how big of small you wan them to be.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!