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DIY Children’s Apron – Free Pattern!

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Create the cutest DIY Children’s Apron with this free printable pattern. This is a quick sewing project that makes a great gift! The best part – the apron is reversible! 
Colorful child's apron with veggie fabric lays on a cutting board next to primary colored bowls.

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I am sharing how to make a fun DIY Children’s Apron. My kids are helping more and more in the kitchen and I thought it would be adorable to create aprons for them. I created a simple apron pattern and am excited to share it with you today. Since creating aprons for my own kids, I have used this pattern to make aprons for nieces, nephews and friends. They make the sweetest gifts! This apron is reversible and easy to customize with different fabrics. I found the cutest food-themed fabrics at my local quilting store!

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The veggie fabric is Garden Vegetables by David Walker for Free Spirit. 

Four different fabrics including a vegetable print, peas, stripes and triangles.

Two children's aprons with vegetable print fabric lay on a white table.

The aprons use two fabrics, one for the front and one for the back and bias tape. You can purchase pre-made bias tape at sewing stores like Joann Fabrics, or create your own. For these two aprons I used pre-made bias tape which made them quicker to make. For my Christmas aprons, I made my own bias tape using red and white striped fabric.

Red and green little kids apron laying on a cutting board next to red and green cookie cutters.

As I mentioned above, I’ve made these aprons several times for my own kids and as gifts. They make a really sweet gift when paired with a children’s cookbook! You can check out my Christmas Children’s Aprons and my Star Wars Children’s Apron – they both follow this same tutorial. These aprons are so customizable depending on what fabric you choose to use.

Colorful child's apron with veggie fabric lays on a cutting board next to primary colored bowls.

DIY Children’s Apron

Supplies Needed:

  • Free printable pattern – Located in my Free Resource Library. Link to the library is located at the end of this post
  • Fabric for Side One: 1/2 yard (a little over a 1/2 yard depending on the fabric’s pattern)
  • Fabric for Side Two: 1/2  yard (a little over a 1/2 yard depending on the fabric’s pattern)
    • Finished apron measures about 18.5″ x 12.5″. 
  • 2 packages of bias tape (extra wide double fold) in a coordinating color
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing notions: straight pins, fabric scissors, ruler

*NOTE: This pattern is for making a little kids apron. It will fit kids ages 3-7 depending on the size of the child. The pattern can easily be made larger. At the end of this post I show how to add width and height to the pattern to fit any size child! Check it out :) 

Fabric, bias tape, thread, pins and scissors.

Step by Step Sewing Tutorial

Step One: Use the free printable pattern and cut out the fabric.

Use the free printable pattern to cut two apron pieces. The apron is reversible so choose two fun, coordinating fabrics.

Fabric is cut using apron pattern for two aprons that lay side by side.

Apron cut from vegetable fabric with bottom edge flipped up to reveal the back of the apron is made using striped fabric.

Apron cut from sweet pea fabric with bottom corner lifted up to reveal a green triangle fabric.

Step Two: Quilt the two layers of fabric.

I quilted the two layers of fabric together with vertical lines spaced 1″ apart. The quilting will help keep the apron looking nice after being washed. I lightly drew stitching lines with pencil on the back side of the apron. I used a thread color that would blend in and started with the center line and worked my way out smoothing the fabric as I went. Press apron.

A ruler is used to mark the center of the apron with pencil; pins are placed along the pencil line.

Apron with white stitching lines running vertically.

Step Three: Add the bias binding.

After the apron is quilted, the last step is adding the bias binding. I started with the lower half of the apron and the top edge. I sandwiched the two layers of the apron in-between the bias tape and pinned it in place. You can use your iron to help shape the bias tape into a curve when rounding the bottom corners of the apron. Stitch with matching thread. *If you’d like to make your own bias tape, please check out my Christmas apron tutorial. 

Green bias tape is pinned around the bottom of the apron.

Bias tape is pinned around the edges of the apron.

Apron with the top edge and bottom curved edge covered with bias tape.

Top edge of apron showing bias tape stitched down.

The next piece of bias tape I attached was 85″ long. Pin the bias tape, as shown in the picture below, so 19″ is left for the neck hole. It helped to find the halfway point of my 85″ long piece and then start pinning the bias tape to the top of the apron 9.5″ from that halfway point.

A long length of green bias tape is applied to the apron creating a large neck opening at the top.

Bias tape is applies to the arm openings of the apron while also creating a neck opening and extra length for the apron to be tied in back.

Two cooking aprons; one is made from a colorful vegetable print fabric, the other from a green and white pea fabric.

The apron is finished! I love how they turned out and how cute the aprons look from either side! If the neck opening is too long for your child, you can tie it in a knot to make it smaller.

Colorful child's apron with veggie fabric lays on a cutting board next to primary colored bowls.

How to Alter the Apron Pattern

This apron pattern is intended for little kids and should fit most children between the ages of 3-7. If you’d like to make the apron longer or wider you can easily alter the pattern! 

To enlarge the pattern, adding both length and width, start by grabbing construction or printer paper, a pencil, tape and a ruler. I enlarged this apron pattern to fit a child between the ages of 8-12. First to lengthen the apron, I added 1.5″ to the top of the apron and 1.5″ to the middle. 

A paper apron pattern with strips of orange paper at the top and in the middle lays on a blue surface.

Next to add width, I added 1.5″ to the side of the apron. Curve the bottom and arm opening.

A paper apron pattern lays on a blue surface.

The new apron pattern is ready! Use it the same way by cutting on a fold. 

Two paper apron patterns in different sizes lay next to each other.

Happy Crafting! -Kim

Free Download

Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library under Sewing, All Other Sewing Projects, Little Kids Apron. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!

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