Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Toddler Apron

Saskia (my husband's college friend) is expecting a baby this May and when I got an invitation I decided to make it personal :) (the gift for the little munchkin). I knew a diaper cake wasn't the best idea, when her adorable sister emailed me back saying she will happily serve the cake at the event.
I came up with the idea of a toddler apron, because Saskia just started a new blog called "Bella Baking" and thought that baking will probably be something she will surely teach to her daughter and enjoy.

I fished out some pink and red/white checkered fabric, a pom pom ribbon (I love anything pom pom) and started drafting a pattern. I adore aprons of all kinds, but I have to tell you, I can not stand flimsy aprons! Not that I want mine to be bendable and sit in front of the TV watching cupcake wars, but those that collapse in the wash and you have to spend hours ironing them - those are my enemies!!! So, I dug out interfacing from some box from underneath our bed (Yes, we sleep on a top of craft treasures! Fabrics, buttons, hole punchers, ribbons, papers .. you name it!)

This is what I did:
1. I cut out the pattern 3 times from 2 different fabrics and the interfacing adding a quarter inch for the seams. Download the pattern below. As you see, the pattern has only two pages - the half of the apron. You may want to print out 4 pages and tape it accordingly so that you get the full shape of the apron OR you can fold your fabric half and cut it out that way. If you want to make it more boyish, just make the bottom straight!

 Lo Lo Vie Toddler Apron

2. You'll need to cut out 4 straps 4" by 22". Two straps are for the neck and two for the waist.
(Let's do the pocket later)

- Make a quarter inch seam at the end of all the straps
- Iron al the strips of fabric
- Fold in the middle (lenghtwise) and iron again
- Open the folds and fold both side to the middle and iron again

- Cut out a piece of fabric 10" x 4"
- Cut out interfacing with the same measurements
- NOW comes the personalization of the apron:
I took a screen shot of Saskia's blog, cut out the header and her motto and printed it on a fabric sheet (available at craft stores).

I then ironed the logo to the top of the pocket. However, when you print on fabric the colors are not as vibrant as on the site or as you would want them to be, so I decided to embroider the name of the blog "Bella Baking". I zig-zagged around the label and NOW, it looked just the way I imagined it would!

- I ironed on interfacing to the embroidered back of the pocket
- Make quarter inch hems on all sides, sew in place. If you follow these instructions, your pocket won't be exactly at the place where it shows on the pattern, as hemming takes up a bit of space.

- Put the apron parts together facing with right sides (where the pattern/pocket is) and sew around.

IMPORTANT! Don't forget to leave space for all your four straps!
- Turn the fabric back out and iron around the edges.
- Take your straps and sew in place
- Sew over once again around the entire apron as close to the edge as possible
- The ice cream cone on the side is a cut-out from a fabric and is appliqued to the pocket.

Take your pom-poms ribbon and hand sew around the edges.
IMPORTANT!  DO NOT IRON on the pom-poms because they will singe. (Don't ask me how I know this!)

 Now off you go sewing and checking Bella Baking for a recipe you can't resist!

Other toddler apron patterns you may like:

Well, the one I made from a shopping bag for painting HERE of course :)

Reversible Apron by www.stardustshoes.blogspot.com

Boy Apron by www.sew-much-ado.com

Child's Apron, Chef's Hat and Oven Mittens by Melissa Stramel on www.chickensense.com

Happy Cooking/Baking Everyone!

LO(Lo)V(i)E, LV