How to Make A Children's Apron

    by Dawn Rivera

    About the Author

    Based in central Florida, Dawn Rivera began writing professionally in the 1970s. She served as a contributing columnist for the “Sanford Herald” newspaper and was the editor of “PCO,” a magazine for the Florida pest control industry. Rivera holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Florida Southern College.


    Many youngsters love to help out in the kitchen, and cooking with older relatives is a good opportunity for bonding. Grownups often have their own memories of donning kid-sized aprons for kitchen or crafting adventures. Children’s aprons help keep the inevitable messes off clothing, and they make little helpers feel official in the kitchen. Create some memories with your favorite small chefs and artists. Make a children’s apron with a bit of imagination and a few sewing skills.

    Things You'll Need

    • Tape measure
    • Freezer paper or newspaper
    • Marker
    • Clear adhesive tape
    • Fabric
    • Scissors
    • Straight pins
    • Sewing machine
    • Needle and thread
    • Steam iron
    • Fabric paints

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    Measure your child across the upper chest. Next, measure from the neckline to the waist and from the waist to 2 inches above the knees. Measure around the waist and subtract four inches.

    Draw a rectangle on the paper using the width of the chest and length from chest to waist; this will form the bib. Draw another rectangle using the adjusted waist measurement and the waist to knee measurement.

    Center the smaller rectangle on the waistline of the larger rectangle. Tape the pieces together and fold in half lengthwise. Fold fabric in half lengthwise. Place the center fold of the pattern on the fold of the fabric. Cut two pieces for the apron body. Cut four pieces of fabric 4 inches by 14 inches for ties.

    Fold one of the tie strips in half lengthwise. Sew one end and the side seam using 1/2-inch seam allowances. Turn the tie inside out and press the seam with the steam iron. Repeat with the other three tie pieces.

    Pin the raw edge of the ties on the right side of the apron body at the corners of the neck and of the waist. Fold the ends of the ties toward the center of the apron. Pin the second apron body to the first with right sides together, taking care not to catch the loose ends of the ties in the seams.

    Sew the apron together using a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Leave a 6-inch opening along the bottom seam for turning. Turn the apron right side out. Press the seams. Use a needle and thread to slip-stitch the opening.

    • Use iron-on decals for decoration, or make your own with fusible webbing and designs cut from fabric. Follow webbing package instructions.
    • Use two different fabrics to make the apron reversible.
    • Customize aprons with fabric paints or let kids decorate their own aprons using fabric paints.
    • As you stitch the layers together, check frequently to be sure that the loose ends of the ties don't get caught in the stitching.


    • “Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects”; Lotta Jansdotter; 2007

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