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How to make an adjustable kid's apron

Equip your budding chef in the family with this cute adjustable apron

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What you'll need:

What you'll need

For the pattern: a ruler and a large piece of paper (I taped some used sheets of A4 together).


For the Apron: up to 1 metre of fabric: cotton, linen or lightweight denim are all good choices.

You'll need 50 cm for sizes 2 to 3 years,

75 cm for sizes 4 to 8 years and

1 metre for age 10 to 16.



1.5 m (age 2/3) to 2 m (age 14/16) of 15 mm twill tape or ribbon for the ties.


2 Bobbles – anything large but lightweight (see step 5)



For a simple pocket:

Pocket fabric widths and lengths






















For the cupcake pocket:


2 pieces of fabric 24 cm square.


Some scraps of fabric in 4 different colours for the appliqués.


Iron-on adhesive/fusible bonding


Step 1

4 Pattern rotated


First make the pattern: use the measurements chart below (in centimetres) to draw the pattern as shown in the illustration above (draw an oblique line from C to E). Then cut out.





A to B


A to C


B to D

Waist / Knee

D to E


























These measurements include all hem allowances.



Step 2



Fold the fabric lengthwise placing the Centre Front line of the pattern along the fold and cut out the main apron.

5 Pattern fabric layout


Step 3

Turn under and press 1 cm then 1.5 cm along the top edge, the bottom edge and the straight sides. Mitre the corners on the bottom hem: measure 5 cm on each side of the corner (for a 2.5 cm seam allowance). I hand basted the line to make it more visible.

7 basting

With right sides of the fabric together, match the two sides of the corner to create a diagonal fold. Starting at 1 cm in from the raw edge stitch along the basted line to the fold. Tie off the threads.


6 5cm


Trim to 5 mm of the stitched line and press seam open – this will create a small triangle at the fold, press flat. Turn the hem to the inside of the apron. Top-stitch around the three lower sides and along the top hem at 1 cm from the folded edge.

8 mitre 19 mitre 210 mitre 3



Step 4

To create the casings, first fold under and press the diagonal edges 1 cm. Secure the ends with a few stitches by hand or machine to prevent any later fraying. Turn and press this edge 2.5 cm. Stitch close to the folded edge (at 1 to 2 mm). Repeat this step to create the second casing.

11 Coulisse 112 Coulisse 2


Step 5

Sew a large bobble onto one end of the twill tape to prevent it entering the casing (you can use anything you like, pompoms, yoyos … I sandwiched the end of the tape between a couple of pieces of scrap felt and stitched them together).

Attach a safety pin to the other end of the tape then thread it through the bottom side opening of one casing and out through the top. Pull the tape leaving 20cm or so and thread through the top of the second casing and out through the bottom side. Attach the second bobble to the other end of the tape and adjust the tape to create an adjustable neck loop.

13 ties 114 ties 215 ties 3



How to create a simple pocket

Finished Pocket


The dimensions for a simple pocket are given under supplies.



1) Fold the fabric width-wise, right sides together.

To create the curved bottom edge on your pocket, take a piece of card the same size as the folded fabric and draw your pocket design (fabric measurements include a 1 cm seam allowance).

Place the top edge of the template along the folded edge of the fabric and cut out the curves.


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2) Pin the raw edges and stitch around the pocket leaving a gap of about 8 to 9 cm for turning.

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3) Press the stitched line then press the straight edges open. trim the seam allowances close to the stitches around the curves (at 3mm). (Don't trim the unsewn area of the seam allowance!

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4) Turn the pocket right side out and press again folding the open seam allowance inwards.


5) Position the pocket on the apron so that the folded edge is just below your child's waistline and topstitch in place.

Finished Pocket 2


Tara 2


This one, in size 2 to 3 years, was made from a tea towel.



How to create the cupcake pocket

Download and print out the cupcake template in 'actual size' or 100%


Tip! Glue the paper template to a piece of card, it will make it easier to work with.


1 Supplies



Front of the pocket


If you are using a plain fabric you should mark the wrong side of the fabric to avoid confusion later (the template is not symmetrical).


Use the template to trace around the design onto the right side of the one piece of fabric A . Transfer the notches for the pocket placement (the two double lines).



Back of the the Pocket


Cut the second piece of fabric (A) in half width-wise (I used two pieces with a selvedge edge). Draw a 15 mm seam allowance along the cut edge on the wrong side of each piece.

2 seam allowances



Match the single lines of the template with the seam allowance line on the fabric.


3 seam allowance alignment 14 seam allowance alignment 2


Trace around the lower part of the template on one half of the fabric then trace around the upper part of the template on the second half.


5 Supports backs and front



With the fabric pieces right sides together sew about 3 cm at each end of the seam allowance – don't sew all along because we will need this opening for turning the pocket later. Backstitch at the beginnings and ends to secure. Press the seam allowances to one side.

6 supports back and front

You can now cut out the outline of the cupcakes from the fabric pieces. You will have 2 cupcake pieces, one of which has an opening in the centre.

7 cupcake contours



Trim the seam allowance from the template then cut out each of the 5 elements from the template. Place upside down on the paper backing of the fusible web and trace around each one.

10 C-cake Template11 C_cake Template



Cut around the pieces leaving a margin around each piece. Then take each webbing piece in turn and place it paper side up onto the wrong side of the chosen fabric.

12 C_cake Template



Press to fuse following the manufacturer's instructions. When cool, trim the fabric to the same shape as the template then peel away the paper backing.

13 C_cake Template



Take the Front piece, right side up and position the appliqués, within the seam allowance, adhesive side down.

14 C-cake appliqués

Press again to bond the fabrics following the manufacturer's recommendations.



Top-stitch the lines of the 'paper case' (shown here in blue with white flowers) and add any swirls or decorations you like to the 'frosting'. Secure each of the appliqués with a hand or machine embroidery stitch – leave the outside edges or contour of the cupcake for now, it will be finished later.

16 stitched appliqués



Take the two cupcake pieces and place right side together. Sew all round at 1 cm from the raw edge. Press the stitching line then clip the curved edges to release the seam allowances.

17 back and front joined





Turn right side out through the opening in the back. Press just the edges of the pocket. Slip-stitch the opening closed..

18 Turned


I used the selvedge edges of the fabric to avoid the need to sew the opening closed.

And, I stitched the seam allowance at 5mm instead of at 1 cm because I wanted to create a “cut-out” cartoon effect.




Blanket stitch all around the cupcake edge, just over the appliquéd part.

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Position the pocket on the apron roughly just below your child's waistline. Sew in place starting at one side notch (the double lines) around the bottom and up to the second notch on the other side. And your apron is complete!

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Make it your own!

Different stitch lengths and stitch widths create different effects.


Play with different colour threads to add more definition ...

I really like the darker blanket stitches of this pocket26 Mug Rug 2 and the cartoon effect around this one19 mug rug

Looks like I'm going to have to make another one!


Which one do you prefer?



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