I really love to cook and now both kids love to help. So I thought it would be fun for the kids to have their own apron to wear when they help me in the kitchen. I also thought it MIGHT help save some of the clothes.
I finally finished M’s apron. It wasn’t hard to make at all, its just that things kept interfering with my crafting time.
The pattern came from ikat bag. I really love her site. She has TONS of great ideas and tutorials. And what she can do with cardboard is nothing short of amazing.
I did make some modifications to her pattern:
- I used duck material – appropriate for a Ducky apron don’t you think?
- I did not include a pocket, but did an applique duck instead.
- You can’t see in the picture, but I used 3/8″ double fold bias tape around all the outside edges. I don’t have a serger and didn’t want to double fold the duck to make a clean edge. So I thought the bias tape would be a better solution for me.
- Instead of trying to sew the elastic into the bias tape after it was sewed on to the apron, I sewed ONLY the section with the elastic. Once the elastic was sewed in I sewed it to the apron. That was much less frustrating for me.
The the other first with this project was how I cut out the duck for applique. I used my CRICUT!!!! I was so excited! I followed the instructions that I found on Everyday Celebrations. She has a great tutorial there. There were a few lessons I learned the hard way that I thought I’d share with you:
- Before you put your fabric on the Cricut mat take the paper backing off from the fusible. If you don’t the fabric will come off and get all tangled and make a big mess.
- Make sure the fabric is cut at least 3/8″ bigger on each side than you will need. If the blade gets to close to the edge of the fabric it will pull up and not cut.
- I used Heat n Bond lite. She recommends Heat n Bond Ultra, but you can’t sew that. And I don’t trust unsewn applique in the wash. Since this was intended for a toddler’s apron, it WAS going to be in the wash A LOT! I had no problem with the Heat n Bond lite at all.
- She says to use and I can attest to how important that is!!!!
I do have a few more aprons planned. I want to make one for N, but that will have to wait until this weekend.
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