DIY Child's Apron

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I know it's still November but December is literally going to be here before you know it. I am excited about Thanksgiving but in order for this Christmas to be as stress free as possible I am trying to plan ahead as much as possible for Christmas, especially if I am going to make any gifts myself. 

I am by no means a seamstress but there is the occasional time when I do love to sew; providing it's not too complicated. Last year I got the idea to make Ellie an apron from a dish towel for Christmas. I saw these cute dish towels at Ikea and could not resist. And they have cupcakes on them, come on cupcakes? It was a no brainer.
Ellie's favorite thing to do with me is bake, and I have to say I love it too. Though there are times when she can be a little over zealous, I try to let her help me as much as I can. I knew I wanted to get her an apron and some cooking utensils and cookbook for Christmas. 

I am all about simple and believe me this apron is so simple a caveman could do it ;P Being the procrastinator that I am sometimes, I think I made it 2 days before Christmas. It literally only took me about an hour to make. Sorry the pictures are kind of dark. I made it at night, while all the kids were asleep.:)

What you will need: 
Dish Towel
Sewing Machine
Good Scissors
Measuring Tape

How to:

1. Fold in half from top to bottom. Measure 8in. across. Draw and line at the 8in. mark. Then cut. 
2. From there measure diagonally to the edge. Draw a line and cut.
3. At the top pin the ribbon (you will need 20 in) to the fabric, about an inch from the end. Fold fabric over 2x. Pin in place. Make sure ribbon matches up so it's not rolled the wrong way.
4. Place ribbon (10in. on each side) at the waist. Folding 2x also and pinning in place.
5. Time to sew. Remember to backstitch at the beginning. Sew all the way around stopping at the corners and adjusting needle.
6. Now all you have to do is iron and possibly burn ends of ribbon so they don't frey. You are done!!! See wasn't that easy!?
I'm happy to say Ellie got right to work in her new apron and it fit perfectly. She was 4 when I made it and it was a little long. It should still fit her for a couple of years yet. We have already made so good memories baking together in her new apron and I'm looking forward to many more!

I love giving themed gifts so to Ellie's apron I also added this Disney Princess cookbook

She still looks at it all the time and we have had a lot of fun making some of the delicious and easy recipes that coincide with each princess. If you have a little kitchen helper that also loves princesses this is a must have!

I also got her a baking kit. She loves using her own little rolling pin, bread pan and other utensils in the kitchen.

Linking up here.

Let me know how your apron comes out and if you have any questions!

Do you enjoy baking with your children? 

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  1. Beautiful! And I love how you used a tea towel - cheap and lots of gorgeous patterns.

  2. So cute! A fun, easy idea. I should make a couple and have them on hand for birthday party gifts!
    Also, for the "fold in half" part, do you fold it in half side to side or top to bottom? It looks like side to side, but I thought I should check.

    1. Thanks Rachelle! Oops, meant to clarify that. Top to bottom. You can really adjust to your preference. The 8 in. was the length that I knew would fit Ellie.

  3. Thanks for the clarification, Rebekah. :)

  4. Love this easy tutorial! And l love your apron too as I have the same one (Ikea anyone?)! Thank you for sharing your helpful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

  5. This is so cute and I love how many pictures there are to really show how to do this! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

  6. How precious!! I LOVE baking with my daughter who's 2.5 and she's flip out to have her very own apron. One of my goals for the coming year is to learn how to sew. Your project is coming at the perfect time! Thank you and thanks for linking up with us this week :)

  7. So glad you like it! It is really so easy and you could adjust the lengths to fit your daughter!

  8. Thanks for sharing this cute apron with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)


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