Kids Craft Apron Tutorial

June 30, 2011
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Another tutorial!!  Woo hoo!  Right!?  This is just getting to be too much fun!  I hope you think so!  Okay, so today I will be showing you how to make this fun and fabulous new thing.

Fun, right!?  Okay, so let’s get started.

You will need to cut from quilting weight cotton:

2 pieces 8 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ (body)

1 piece 11 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ (middle pocket)

1 piece 7″ x 14 1/2″ (front pocket)

1 piece 4″ x 40ish” or length of fabric (tie)

You will need to cut from medium weight fusible interfacing

1 piece 8 1/2″ x 14 1/2″

Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of one body piece according to manufacture’s instructions

Take your two pocket pieces and fold them lengthwise with wrong sides together and sew the folded side using a 1/2″ top stitch to create a finished feel

Next, pin the middle pocket piece to the fused  body piece lining up the raw bottom edge of the body and the raw edge of the pocket piece.  Then mark it every 1″ but start 1 1/4″ from the short side.  You should also stop 1 1/4″ from the other end… this will create 14 pockets

I like to draw the whole line because I don’t trust myself to sew a straight line!  These sewn lines will create your coloring pencils pockets

Can you see the purple lines??  Sew down these lines making sure you reinforce them at the top by sewing over the first inch or sew several times

Next, pin the front pocket piece to the body piece over the pockets you just created lining up the raw edges of the pocket and the body piece

In order to create pockets on this piece, you will have to draw lines that match up with lines from the pencil pockets you just created.  See above where I placed my sew line?  It is arbitrary, you can put your lines wherever you like to create whatever sized pockets you like… or as many as you would like… choices!  I know, that’s crazy talk!  I wanted 3 pockets.

Reinforces these the same way you did the pencil pockets!  Next, pin your other body piece to this one right sides together.  Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew all the way around leaving the entire top open and clip corners.

Turn right side out.  Press rEEEally well!  Top stitch using 1/8″ all the way around except for the top

Great job!  Look how cute it is!  Okay, on to the tie.  So, find the center of one long side of the tie and the center top of the body piece

Line those marks up with right sides facing and sew along the top stoping at each edge of the body using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Reinforce at each edge

Now, press it open and create a 1/2″ fold along the rest of the tie on both sides… make sense?

On a side note: maybe one day I will be embarrassed by my ironing board cover enough to change it.  That day hasn’t arrived!  So embarrassing!  Anywho… also turn under the short ends about 1/2″

Now press it length wise and pin matching up the fold edge of the tie to the stitch line on the body of the apron

Starting at one short end, top stitch the end closed and then all the way down the length of the tie to the other short end and attaching it to the body of the apron

Voile!  Once again, you are a total sewing rock star!

Even Ella congratulates you!  Nice job!

Couldn’t forget the fancy picture!

Let me know if you have any questions and PLEASE send photos if you make one.  OR better yet post them to the Dixie Mango Facebook page… you are a fan right??  Of course you are!

Ta, loves!

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9 Responses to Kids Craft Apron Tutorial

  1. appreciation abounds « 8th Day Creations on October 2, 2011 at 2:51 am

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  2. heather on July 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Oh this would be great in oilcloth for a little painter and his brushes! Super and gorgeous!

  3. KJ@letsgoflyakite on July 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Found you via One Pretty Thing. I love this apron. It would make a terrific birthday gift.

    • dixiemango on July 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks so much! That is exactly what I used these for :)

  4. Victoria Lopez on Facebook on July 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    i love aprons!!! just got a fram chicks book from the library and love the ideas too!!!

  5. Michele Wilson on Facebook on July 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

    This is TOO TOO TOO cute! Marlee has worn hers everyday!

  6. Angie Nichole McConnell on Facebook on July 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

    very cute!

  7. Amber on June 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    It’s adorable – perfect for a b-day present…and your little model is beyond precious!!

  8. Dixie Mango on Facebook on June 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    And you didn’t think I’d get it done today! Woo hoo!

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