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Child's Apron Tutorial

Posted by  ·  August 5, 2009  ·  Last Updated: August 5, 2009

Even though this looks complicated it really is a simple apron to make for your favorite little girls.  I hope you give it a try!

Apron Template Download

  • Download the template and cut two pieces, one for the front and one for the back.
  • Cut 1 strip of fabric 4 inches by 45″ (ruffle)
  • Cut 1 strip of fabric 5 inches by 25″ (waistband) Finished size is 20 -23 inches. Take your child’s waist measurement and add about 5 inches to determine the length of fabric needed.

Press ruffle piece (4 ” X 45″ long strip) in half lengthwise


To finish the ends of the ruffle, take the end and fold right sides together then stitch across the end about 1/4″ from the edge. Repeat for other end.


Turn right side out.


Gather the ruffle piece.  I do this by zig zag stitching over a piece of dental floss, making sure to not stitch into the dental floss.


Fold piece in half to find the middle and pin.


Gather evenly.


Matching center of ruffle with center of apron, pin ruffle to right side of apron.


Notice how I placed edge of ruffle hanging off the edge of the apron. To make the ruffle taper into the apron, bring the finished end point of the ruffle over to the marking line on the pattern. You may also choose instead to make it go straight by lining up the unfinished edge all the way up the side, just stop at the line (see template).


Place other apron piece on top, pin and then stitch all the way around 1/2 inch from the edge. It worked for me to hold the fabric from the front and back and slightly pull while sewing to keep the top and bottom layers flat. I have a setting that allows the needle to remain in the fabric when I stop– this helps me also.


Turn right side out and


top stitch all the way around sides along the ruffle. You do not need to stitch across the top.


For waistband. Press 5″ X 25″ inch piece in half lengthwise.  Open up and press each edge to center, then fold in half and press(for a visual on this technique look here on how tote bag strap is pressed). Finish each end the same way as the ruffle ends. Pin to top of apron.


Top stitch all the way around the edge.  Sew a two inch piece of Velcro to the back of the front of the apron and a three inch piece to the end of the strap. This allows the waist to be adjustable.


I added a flower to the front of the apron where the Velcro was sewn. You can learn how to make the fabric flower from Wisecraft.


Not only does she look fancy while she is cooking, she can put it on and take it off all by herself!


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  17. Linda
    Sunday, December 1st, 2013
    Thank you so much, I made two aprons for my granddaughters, one each with 1 meter of fabric. I am not a great sewer but your instructions really made it easy, I love it, thanks.
  18. Sunday, January 13th, 2013
    So cute! Thanks... LOVE! :)
  19. Nicole
    Sunday, January 13th, 2013
    Absolutely adorable! I can't wait to make, but I'm hoping you could clarify some confusion for this sewing newbie. You indicate "Cut 1 strip of fabric 4 inches by 45″ (ruffle)" but I could not find any cotton fabrics above 44" wide! Is it possible to modify the ruffle somehow using a 43" wide fabric without having to buy extra yardage?
  20. Connie Cavins
    Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
    I just want to say I LOVE the dental floss for the ruffle every time I tried to do it with the basting stitch I had a terrible time this way is great Thanks
  21. tiffany
    Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
    thanks so much but do u have a tutorial or do you mind making one for a childs full apron with ruffle like this :) tysm... also how do i figure out measurements for a 2yr old. shes 17 in waist, so would it be 5x22 for the waistband... & what size is the ruffle then 4x?... Please help!
  22. Jessie
    Sunday, November 27th, 2011
    Thank you so much for posting this pattern. I'm so excited to make it for my god-daughter this Christmas!
  23. Thursday, November 10th, 2011
    Love this pattern. Thanks so much. I just made one and it was my first ruffle! Thanks for teaching me how.

  24. Sally
    Sunday, October 30th, 2011
    Great tutorial, thank-you. I just made one but added a bib to make it a full apron. :)
  25. Saturday, July 9th, 2011
    Really cute project!!
  26. Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
    I just made the apron. It was fun to make.
  27. Thursday, March 10th, 2011
    I'm making two of these today, one for each of my girls. The first is finished, and she's LOVING it. It turned out so adorable... this is such a great tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to make it for us!!
  28. Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
    Thanks for the fab tutorial! I learned a new sewing trick from you--love the zig zag to make the ruffle. I also posted the apron I made via your tutorial, if you'd like to see it. Thanks for the terrific detail and great project.
  29. Hayley
    Sunday, February 27th, 2011
    Wow!! I have just made 12 of these for my daughter's cupcake birthday party next weekend! They are fabulous and I was able to use up some of the fabric that I have lying around the house! The girls will love them. Now I just need to find a pattern for some aprons for the boys.
  30. michele
    Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
    how old was your daughter when she was wearing it in the last pic? i would LOVE to make this but it is for an 8-year-old girl and i'm wondering how much bigger i should make it, as the pattern looks a little small for her when i printed it out. thanks for any input!
  31. eliza
    Saturday, November 6th, 2010
    thank you so much! the apron turned out soooo cute! my little niece is going to love it!
  32. Michelle
    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Love this! I want to make a full apron though, do you have a pattern or recommendation for adding the part?

  33. Thursday, August 19th, 2010
    This is a great tutorial, thanks so much! I made the apron for a birthday present for a little girl too. Now I need to make my daughter one. Thanks!
  34. Tiffany
    Friday, July 9th, 2010
    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I did it! My daughter was going to a birthday party today so this morning, I made the apron to go with a "baking" themed gift. It was perfect.
  35. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    So cute! I LOVE the velcro!
  36. Monday, February 15th, 2010
    Thanks for this tutorial. I'm going to post a link to this. I also love the tip with the dental floss to gather the ruffle.
  37. Sunday, February 7th, 2010

    I was wondering why you put the material on the front and back and the ruffle in between. Wouldn't just one piece of material be sufficient?
  38. Thursday, February 4th, 2010
    Just made a whole bunch for my 3 year old's birthday party! They turned out fantastic! Thank you so much for the inspiration and tutorial! Here's a pic of mine: http://mamasamess.blogspot.com/2010/02/cupcake-fever.html
  39. Karen Ouellette
    Sunday, December 13th, 2009
    Ok so I just finished making four aprons for my two grandaughters and two grandnieces. I added felt appliques to personalize them. This is such a cute design and very simple to create. Love your site!
  40. Monday, November 30th, 2009
    thanks for this! i used it to make a few reversible aprons for Christmas presents!
  41. Saturday, November 21st, 2009
    I made a couple for the girls coming to my mother's house for cookie decorating!
  42. Melissa
    Friday, October 30th, 2009
    Oh wow! I dug through some remnants I had and whipped this up really fast... about 2 hours. Suspect I can do some much faster now that I see how it should go and am thinking of making some for my nieces for Xmas. Thanks so much for the super helpful tutorial.... and the floss trick was THE best. Love it!
  43. KellyB-T
    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
    Thank you so much. I made this apron for my daughter and it turned out so great! Really easy and quick. The floss trick was wonderful! We plan on making more in different fabrics.
  44. Sunday, August 16th, 2009
    This is so cute! And I love the floss tip for doing the gathering. Thanks for sharing :).
  45. Thursday, August 13th, 2009
    Okay this is soooo stinkin' cute I wish I would have thought of it! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Mommaoh aka Jamie
  46. Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
    thanks for sharing this! =D it's great!
  47. Monday, August 10th, 2009
    I love the ruffle all the way around the ege!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
  48. Monday, August 10th, 2009
    loved it. I need to make one for my kid cause we love cooking togther
  49. Saturday, August 8th, 2009
    OMG. That is too cute - and you really give great directions! Thank you.
  50. Denise
    Friday, August 7th, 2009
    What a cool idea! Where do you find your great graphic prints?
  51. ellen
    Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    So darling! Great gift~practical and beautiful! Where did you find such cute fabric?!
  52. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Must be Apron on the Brain month. I just finished one for DH. But this one... very cute. Might have to make another. :)
  53. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Very Cute. Any little girl would love this apron.
  54. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    What a great tutorial!! Thank you. =D
  55. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    I love how you do ruffles it looks so much easier than the way I have don them before. I usually just do a lose stitch and pull one of the pieces of thread to gather. I usually have to do and redo and redo the this because the tread breaks. My daughter will soon have many more ruffles in her wardrobe. Thanks
  56. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    I will have to try this it's definitely going in my bookmarks for later. I just hope I actually get around to doing it.
  57. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Love love looooove this! Can't wait to make one!
  58. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Love, love, love this! Thanks for sharing it!
  59. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Oh so adorable. Love that fabric!
  60. Carolyn
    Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Cute! I had never thought of doing the ruffle that way. Thanks, I learned something new!
  61. Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Wow, that's really cute! I love the fabric too!
  62. Rachel
    Thursday, August 6th, 2009
    Totally love this!! And that fabric is just adorable. Goodness..I want one for me!
  63. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    Thanks so much for this!! I'm saving the link to this on my blog for future reference. Hopefully I have a little girl someday. :)
  64. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    This is a very helpful tutorial. Thank you! Would you add this to my Mr. Linky of Frugal Kids' Birthday Gift Ideas? It's here:

  65. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    I'm definitely going to try this!
  66. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    I love this apron it is so cute. The ruffle is my favorite, it's such a good idea to use the dental floss.
  67. Jenny
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    Love it! We'll just have to make some cupcakes! What a cute apron and an even cuter model!! xox
  68. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    ♥ ♥ ♥ thank you!!!! ♥ the fabric and what a great tutorial!
  69. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    Did you machine sew this? Or was it done by hand? It is adorable!
    • Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
      I used the sewing machine to make the apron.
  70. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    Very cute! I love the dental floss trick too!
  71. Charity Treat
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    Thanks for another great tute!!
  72. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    This is the cutest apron EVER!!! Adorable!! Thanks for sharing this!
  73. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    Darling apron, that would be a fun quick project.
  74. Jessica
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    How adorable! I wish I had a little girl!