Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tutorial: Kiddie Apron from a Dishtowel

I picked up these dishtowels when I was at IKEA.  It was an impulse buy, I was thinking about embellishing them with some orange for my kitchen.
Peanut Butter and I were making cookies and he wasn't too into it.  I decided it was because he didn't have an apron. 
 So I pulled a towel from the pack and started folding.  I didn't want to cut it, I thought if I just sewed the seams down I could adjust it as he gets bigger.  
This one is still a little big, so it will be a while before I will have to make any adjustments.
I think it makes baking a lot happier!!


Tutorial:

1.  Lay out the towel, wrong side up.  Fold a 5 inch portion to the 6 inch line.  This size works for my 19 month old.  Measure what will work best for your kiddo.

2.  Pin the pocket down.

3. Fold the upper 2 corners down and pin them.  
The straight edge in the center is 6 inches long.

4.  Fold the side edges over (if necessary for your kiddo) and pin down. This is folded over about a 1.5 inches.  If you don't need to fold over, make sure you tuck the tiny triangle down.

5. Cut one piece of fabric 2 inches wide and 12 inches long.
Cut one piece of fabric 2 inches by 40 inches.  This piece goes across the pocket and become the ties.
Fold both pieces over so the ends tuck to the inside and pin.  Sew along both sides.

6.  Sew along all edges....

...the orange chopsticks show the lines I sewed.

7.  Pin the long strap to the top of the pocket and the neck strap on one side.  Sew them on.  
You will only be able to sew so far across the pocket and it won't go all the way to the end.  I stitched over the strap where it met the edge a few times to hold it together.

8. You can use velcro or a button to make the neck strap stick to the other side. I used a button, it was my first buttonhole.  There were many practice disasters before I got the hang of it.  I just followed the directions in my sewing machine manual. 

3 comments:

Stacy said...

I don't really sew but I attempted to make one of these a while back. I didn't have a pattern or anything. It was a disaster! Maybe I will attempt to do it again :) Thanks for the great tutorial. The pictures are adorable!!!

maleahbliss said...
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maleahbliss said...

This is super cute! I love that you didn't cut it so that it can grow with him!! :)

I'd love for you to come link this project up to my new linky party!

http://littleeme.blogspot.com/2010/12/ok-now-that-i-have-tuted-your-turn-to.html

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