WHAT YOU NEED:
Bias Tape (~3yds per apron)
Paper to build your pattern (newsprint or a paper bag work fine)
Heavy weight fabric (roughly 1/2 a yard per apron.)
Step 1: Make Pattern
You can dive right in and use your fabric and not make a pattern, but if you want to make multiples a pattern helps.
This will fit a 2-6 year old. If your child it tall, you can add a couple of inches to the bottom. Isla (2yrs) fits these. I just need to tie the neck loop up a little smaller for her.
-Cut your pattern piece into a rectangle 8"X 18"
-Measure over 3" from the top right corner and make a mark
-Measure up from the bottom left corner 10" and make a mark
-Draw your armhole from your first mark to your second curving more at the bottom and straightening out at the top
Step 2: Cut fabric
-Fold your fabric in half and pin your pattern to the fabric with the long straight edge on the fold.
-Cut out apron
Step 3: Hem top and bottom edges
-Fold top edge down 1/2" and then again another 1/2"
-Top stitch across fold
-Repeat process for the bottom of the apron
Step 4: Sew bias tape to sides
-Pin your bias tape to the sides of your apron, folding under at the bottom edge
-Topstitch your bias tape to the sides of your apron using zig-zag stitch. Back stitching at the top and bottom.
*Make sure the bias tape is securely fastened to your fabric. It is easy for the fabric to slip out while you are stitching.
Step 5: Sew neck loop, arm & ties
Now we are going to apply the bias tape from one tie, up the arm, around the neck and down the other side.
-Measure 18" of bias tape and pin it to the top of one of your bias tapped sides
-Pin bias tape along the curve for the arm
- Measure 17" bias tape for the neck loop (if you are making this for a smaller person you can make the loop 16"
-Pin bias tape along the other curve for the arm
-Make your last tie by measuring 18" of tape and cutting
-Now sew with a zig-zag stitch starting at the end of one tie, folding over the end 1/4", and working your way up around the neck and down the other side finishing with the tie, folding the end under 1/4"
ALL DONE. Now go and make a dozen, like i did...