[This tutorial originally appeared on the birch fabrics’ blog in November 2013]
A quick sew, this reversible apron fits ages 2-5 years. Double the apron, for double the mess and double the FUN!
You will need:
- 2 metres of coordinating organic cotton ribbon 7/8″ width
- 2 x 2″ pieces of recycled textile yarn
- 3/4 yard of canvas ( I used Upside Downside from Birch Fabric’s Charley Harper Canvas Collection)
- 3/4 yard of second fabric (I used a plain, organic cotton/organic linen blend fabric)
- organic cotton sewing thread
- kids apron pattern
Print out and assemble the pdf pattern. Cut apron (on the fold) from your 2 fabrics.
Cut the ribbon into 2 x 1 metre pieces. Bind 1 end of each piece by using a very narrow zig zag stitch.
Next, pin, then baste loops (1/2″ down from arm hole edge) and ribbons (1/2″ from edge) (non bound end) 1/4″ seam allowance
Now, place main apron and lining apron, right sides facing. sew all the way around using 1/2″ seam allowance.
Making sure you leave a 2-3″ gap at the bottom of the apron for turning, trim seam allowance to 1/4″ and trim corners.
Turn apron, right sides facing out. Finally, press and top stitch 1/8″ away from edge.
Options for customisation:
- Use a contrast top stitch
- Add a simple rectangular pocket
- Try adding, contrast bias binding or piping around the edges
This apron is great for role play as well as messy activities.
It makes a great, last minute, gift. Give the apron, on its own, paired with cookie cutters or a homemade playdough bakery set.
The apron ties by crossing the ribbons at the back, threading through the loops at the waist then tying together in the centre (see left hand image in collage above).