Make a Kids apron by Nora Vrba from La Fête
I do believe that
one of the best ways to get your kids eat well, is to involve them in cooking.
Feeling, tasting, smelling it’s fun (but messy ;). So here a tutorial to make a
little chef’s apron.
what you'll need:
• A piece of fabric (approx. 100 x 60 cm)
I found mine at Ikea, they have lots of very cool, study fabrics
• twill tape – 200cm (2,5 – 3 cm wide)
• wooden button
• measuring tape
• (tracing) paper
• sewing machine
• iron(ing board)
About the pattern
I drew my own pattern, you
can find the template here. I made the smaller sized apron and cut the pattern
from craft paper, but any paper will do. The smaller size will probably fit
kids from 2,5 – 5 years. For bigger kids, use the bigger pattern. Note: I
didn’t test the bigger one.
Step 1 – cut the fabric
The pattern is a half apron,
so fold your fabric, right side facing and pin the pattern on top of it. The
longest side along the fold. Trace the pattern and cut the fabric. Leave a seam
allowance of 2cm at the armholes, about 4 cm on the side and about 6 cm on top
of the apron.
Place the cut
apron (folded & pinned) with the armhole curve on top of the two quarter
circle pieces you just cut off along the armhole curve. Trace. You should have
a strip in shape of the armhole curve. Cut.
Unpin the paper,
turn the apron and trace the pattern on the wrong side of the other half.
Step 2 – sew the armhole
This is the
hardest part of this project, and needs maybe a bit fiddling around with the
iron and a lot of pins!
Pin the armhole
linings quickly on top of the apron (right sides facing). Turn, now repin the
linings, so that they are placed neat and correct and you can see the pattern.
Sew along the armhole curve.
Turn the apron,
open the lining and iron. Fold to the back (wrong sides are facing nu. Iron
along the seam. Turn the apron. Here comes the fiddling. You have to fold the
lining into the inside and pin it. If the lining is too long, trim it. Making
little cuts can help to get the curve right. Remember, this is the inside of
the apron, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. Double stitch: make two seams, on
either side of the lining.
Step 3 – attach neckband
Fold the top of
the apron inward. Pin and double stitch.
Cut your twill
tape. You’ll need one small piece (8 cm). Divide the rest of the tape into 3
equal pieces (about 3 x 64 cm)
Thread your tape
through the wooden button. It should be a bit stiff, because we will use this
as a closing. If you can’t find the button, you can use a cord stopper, or
don’t use anything, just make a knot when worn.
Fold the tape, pin
it on the top of backside of the apron. Sew.
Step 4 – make to length
I used Puck to
measure how long the apron should be. She is about 95cm tall. I folded the
apron on 60cm from the top. Cut, fold, pin, double stitch.
Fold the right and
left side inward, pin and double stitch.
Attach the two
pieces of tape on the left and right side of the apron. The same way as the neckband.
Fold the ends twice and zig zag.
Step 5 – add pocket
supercool, because you can put all kinds of stuff in it. And it makes the apron
look like a real one. You can make a rounded one (out of the leftover armhole
pieces) or an easy and quick square one. For the square one I used a cut off
piece of the length. Turn it 90 degrees. The top is already folded and sewn.
Fold the sides inward & pin. Take your small piece of twill tape, fold it
and pin the ends between the apron and the pocked.
Your apron is
finished. They make a lovely gift for mini-chefs, just add twill tape in their
favorite color. No twill tape? I used some pink recycled gift bag handles on
the dotted apron.
All images by Nora Vrba
.. La Fête