My 4yo has been not so patiently waiting for her new apron. Previously, she used a hand me down one from her sister, but it was getting pretty small. She wanted to match my cupcake apron, but I let her choose the fabric for the back, ruffle, and ties.
She LOVES to bake with me. Especially cookies or anything with sprinkles. And now we can match.
I took pictures as I was making this apron, so I am throwing together a little tutorial.
You can adjust the size of the main apron piece as needed. I have a smaller one that my 7yo is quickly outgrowing, so I made this one a little bigger. It fits my 4yo (who is tall for her age) with room to grow. I made a digital pattern and it requires 4 pages. Print them out (check the "actual size" box), tape them together (left to right, top to bottom in numbered order), and cut it out. It is available HERE
Now, I learned to quilt before I sewed anything wearable, so I do a lot of cutting things in strips with the rotary cutter from fabric off the bolt. That is usually about 44" or so. The fabric should be folded with the selvage edges together.
Cut out your pieces as listed below.
Ruffle: Cut 2 strips 6 1/2" x width of fabric (WOF) Waist Ties: Cut 1 strip 6 1/2" x WOF Neck Ties: Cut 1 strip 4" x WOF Front and Back: Cut 1 of each from pattern pieces- available HERE.
Pin the ties in place on the main apron piece, paying attention to the hemmed ends to make sure they will face the same way. Leave 1/4" seam allowance between the tie and the edge of the apron at the corners.
Now, some things I have done differently on other aprons...
~you can make the ruffle extend all the way to the corner and put the waist ties under it if you prefer ~pockets can be added to the main body piece which is also nice if girls want to play restaurant and have a pocket to put their order tablet in ;) ~interfacing can be added to the waist ties to make them a little sturdier ~the waist ties can me made twice as long so that they wrap around and tie in a bow at the front ~the back can be made of a more contrasting fabric so that it is clearly reversible ~the ruffles and ties can be made of contrasting fabrics ~pleats instead of ruffles can be made along the bottom