Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mini me aprons!

Why is it that everything that comes in a tinier version of something is so cute?

Here I'm sharing some child aprons that I made for my nieces.  I do holiday crafts with them and we don't want to get their clothes all dirty.  These aprons are just simple plain cotton aprons, no sewn on flowers or ribbons or anything fancy. They will be and have been stained with paints, glues, glitters, inks, flour, frosting.....everything.  I didn't want to make them where I would be worried or upset that they had gotten them dirty.  I made these aprons last year, I just hadn't had the time to make any post about it.  Since I don't have anything else ready with pictures and such, I thought I would post it now.  Sorry for the awful pics., these were the only ones I had for this project.  Plus I like to sew in the dark with just my lamp on, lol!!

 Mini me Aprons

I had an apron from the dollar store, which was used by my nephews but they have since outgrown them.  So I just used that one as pattern.

I selected the fabrics I wanted to use from my fabric stash and got to work.  

1. I folded the fabric in half and the pattern in half.
2. I then aligned the folded edges together and pinned the pattern to the fabric.
3. With chalk/marking pen I made dashes all the way around the pattern, I used a 1/2 inch allowance.
4.  Then cut out the piece that I would use.

Now to make the bias tape.  I really wish I had one of those handy bias makers.....I think I need to give some hints to hubby. 

1.  I used the left over fabric and cut about 3 x 170 inches of strips.  
2. I just cut the strips ironed and sewed them all together to get the 170 inches.
3. Then fold the edges into the center, ironed and then folded that in half then ironed again.

Now to sandwich and pin the bias tape onto the edges. So basically 4 pieces of bias tape will be sewn onto the apron. Top, bottom and the two arm sides.
1.  Pin along the bottom, you can see I got a little pin happy!  Cut at the edge.
2. Pin along the top neck area and cut at the edge. 
3. Now sew these two part onto the apron.  I used the regular foot and sewed as close to the edge.
4. Now using the left over bias tape, you want to make two even pieces.  So fold it in half and cut.  These will be used as the neck tie and waist tie.
5.  Arrange these two along the arm area of the apron. 
6.  Starting at the very end sew along the edge and continue around the arm area to the other end.

Here is the finished product. 

These are very simple to make, and one could make them more festive or fancier.  Add pockets or ribbons.  You could do anything.

Everyone have a fabulous week.

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  1. Very pretty and a great idea! Lucky nieces!
    Have a blessed week!

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  2. Cute apron. I make similar ones from old jeans - very hard wearing!

  3. Your nieces are very lucky to have such a nice Aunt that would make these adorable aprons for them.

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.comre very lucky to have an Aunt like you. These aprons are just adorable.

  4. Hi Fifi! this is a cute idea for left over pieces of material, esp for little girls play kitchens! I made a similar one, about a year or so ago, and mailed it to my daughter in Spain. But I put pockets on mine. And I make my bias tape the same way... it's easier and cheaper, to me anyway.

  5. Very cute idea. Simple enough, too, which is my kind of project! water damage Houston

  6. Kids aprons looks really cute. Well said tinier version of almost everything is so cute.


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