A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day Six: Child-Sized Aprons

Aprons The Prudent Homemaker

I made an apron for three of my girls, choosing a fun fabric that each of them would like.

 

Supplies:

3/4 yard fabric for each apron, plus an additional 3/4 yard if lining the apron

Thread

Tools:

Sewing Machine

Iron

Sewing pins

Scissors

Ruler

Marking Pen or pencil

Bird Apron The Prudent Homemaker 

 

You will need the fabric amount for length, but not for width, so you will have scraps leftover for another project if you lay out the fabric and fold it just wide enough to cut out the apron.

Bird Apron detail The Prudent Homemaker

I used an apron we had to copy for the pattern, and added a 1/2″ seam allowance, plus more to fold down at the top (about 1 1/2″), but you could freehand draw the pattern on a piece of fabric folded in half. For this size apron, including seam allowances, the apron is about 25″ long.

Since I chose to line these aprons (one was a thin cotton, and the others a thin upholstery fabric), I sewed the front to the back and left the tops open for a couple of inches. I then turned the aprons right-side out and ironed them. I then folded in the side seam allowances for the top, and then ironed a 1/2″ fold down from the top towards the back side. I then folded the top down again another 1″, ironed and pinned it in place. Then I stitched across this fold.

Apron string detail The Prudent Homemaker

For the ties, I cut pieces lengthwise from the fabric, each 2 1/2″ wide by 24″ long. I folded in the ends and each side by 1/4″ and pressed them. I then folded the ties in half lengthwise and topstitched them close to the edge. Then I sewed them to the apron.

Apron string detail 2 The Prudent Homemaker

I then topstitched all the way around the edges of the apron.

London Map apron The Prudent Homemaker
London Map apron detail The Prudent Homemaker
Time:

Approximately 2 1/2 hours per apron. 

Paris apron The Prudent Homemaker

Cost:

$ 5.99 to $9.87, depending on fabric used.

 Paris Apron detail The Prudent Homemaker

I bought the bird fabric and the Paris fabric from Hobby Lobby at 30% off (regular price $10 a yard). These are from the upholstery section, and are 30% off this week.  Three-fourths of a yard at that price  is $5.24. The London map fabric I purchased from Create by the Yard on Etsy. I found some other great fun London fabrics on Etsy as well that I considered for this project. The fabric with shipping for this project cost me $9.12, plus the lining.  (I ordered a yard and a half, so that I have some for other projects. This is the amount I used for this project). I lined the aprons with unbleached muslin, that I bought 50% off at $.99 a yard (for 36″ wide; it is currently this price online at Joann Fabrics).

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13 Comments

  1. Hi Brandy and what lovely French inspired fabrics, they look fantastic.

    I am sure anyone would be proud to wear them, considering the love and attention to detail that goes into each.

  2. Love ’em! The fabric you chose couldn’t be more perfect. Now I’ll have to check out the upholstery section next time I’m in the fabric store.

  3. So adorable, and love the fabrics too! You have a wonderful way of describing how to sew a project that makes it so easy to follow. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, Brandy!

  4. Beautiful!! I have 4 daughters and you just gave me a great idea for the younger two. I think I have enough material on hand to make these! I went through my gifts so far and between goodwill/garage sale finds and homemade my kids will have a wonderful Christmas! Thank you Brandy for the help!!

  5. Those aprons are so cute! Every time I see another one of your adorable projects, I want to go and sew! I have a lot of projects going, I just need time to work on them. We successfully made it through 7 medical/dental appointments this week, each one at a great distance from home. That is an accomplishment in itself, but I think your aprons are more fun!

  6. Wow! I love these aprons. I agree with all the others, you have a real talent with your fabric selections. These would any girl (or woman!) beyond happy.

  7. Brandy, I love the choice of fabrics. You have such an eye. They are sophisticated and sweet at the same time. The birds one is my favorite…I love birds.

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