Every year, I have my nieces come visit me. We call it “Camp Aunt Mary” and it is a tradition. I always try to have a craft project as part of the fun and this year we sewed aprons.
We wanted aprons that we would actually use, so we chose a style that is more like a general purpose “craft apron” with 3 pockets to give them a more modern, updated look — less like those frilly things from the June Cleaver era.
Apron patterns in the fabric store are priced at $16.00 and you can use them if you are not very creative but making your own pattern is very easy and will save you lots of money. That’s what we did.
We made our own patterns by tracing a store bought apron that I had onto a brown paper bag, cut open to get a larger piece of paper. We only needed two pattern pieces — one for the pocket and one for the main apron, and pinned them to the desired fabrics before cutting.
Picking out the fabric was the most fun — from everyone’s perspective. Each of us (Emily, age 12, and Hannah, age 10, and I) started with our own favorite color and latched onto an “inspiration fabric” that grounded the whole theme. Is it any surprise that mine has circles!
I encouraged them to vary the scale of the patterns on the fabric and trim and to mix patterns for that matter. Each of the aprons that we made had three different patterns that worked great together. We mixed circles, stripes, plaids, and prints.
Using extra wide double fold bias tape for the edges, first sew the binding to the top edge of the pocket. Then pin the pocket to the apron and sew the binding all around the edge of the apron.
To make the pockets, simply divide the pocket into thirds and sew two vertical lines to connect the main pocket to the apron to make individual pockets.
Finish the apron by sewing one-inch polyester ribbon for the ties at the neck and waist. Make them long enough so that you can tie them into nice bows in the front. This really shows off the pattern on the ribbons.
It only took me 10 minutes to sew mine. It took longer for the girls since they did not have that much experience with my sewing machine and sewing in general.
This was a super simple craft project and the girls were very proud of what they had done — and rightly so.