Sunday, January 9, 2011

Child Washcloth Apron

Happy New Year!

We just got back from spending the holidays with our family in Spain and I am so excited to get back in the crafting saddle again. A lot happened in the past month and I can't wait to show some of the fun stuff I created. Before we get to that, I wanted to post the tutorial for my children's washcloth aprons which were a hit with all the kids.

These aprons are easy enough that you could whip up a couple in an afternoon. Let's get started!

These aprons are a great idea for any kid who got a play kitchen for Christmas, or maybe just for those who like to help out in the kitchen. They are easy and fast to make!

You will need a washcloth (mine measure 12x12 and come in a pack of 9), felt cut outs, ric rac, some matching buttons and thread.

First step is to decide what decorations you want and trace them on to your felt. In this case I did flowers, but you can do anything. Keep it simple as to not overwhelm the apron since it's small.

Then add some detailing to the felt cut outs. I like to use buttons as I think they give a great dimension. I did car shapes for my son's apron and used the buttons as the tires!

Attach the shapes to the washcloth using a coordinating thread that will make them stand out a little. I like to place the shapes in a corner as I think they look cuter that way.

Carefully pin the ric rac around the washcloth. I am a relatively new sewer and still require a LOT of pins. I find ric rac tricky, so I take my time pinning and sewing it on.

Because this is a fast and easy project, we will use ribbon for the tie. My whole design is actually based on this orange ribbon with white/yellow daisies. I picked the ric rac and felt flowers based on those colors. Pin the ribbon on the top edge making sure to leave enough on each side so that it can be used to go around the child's waste to tie on the apron.

Carefully sew the ribbon on the top and you are done! The possibilities for these aprons are endless, this tutorial just shows you the method. Using the washcloth makes it a fast project because you don't have to cut or hem and can just have fun embellishing. Can you tell that's my favorite part? Please link back if you make one of these, I'd love to see!

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18 comments:

momstheword said...

Very cute! I love how you can do endless possibilities with this. I wish I had a sewing machine and could sew!

Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Alison said...

What a FUN idea, Pati! I love those cute little flowers!

Lauren said...

Wow! How cute is that? Love the colors. I need to learn how to sew asap! I'm a new follower.

Ashley Marie said...

That is sew cute (haha)!! And I LOVE your blog design :)

Haley said...

How cute! And perfect for little ones! Love it.

Mary Joy said...

That is the sweetest thing!!! I love it!!! And so easy! I think I will give it a shot...I have two little boy baking assistants who really want their own aprons...Love the cars idea! Perfect!

Thanks!!!

Building Home with Him,

Mary Joy

visiting from Making your home sing!

Tiffany said...

found this at made by u monday, great idea and sweet gift for lil helpers.

Mary said...

I'm going to try this for my grandchildren. This is a great idea. I hope you are having a good day. Blessings...Mary

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

So cute!

Kim said...

Those are so cute. I am so jealous that you were in Spain.
On a side note, if you turn your pins going parallel with the edge (instead of perpendicular) you can cover more rick rack with just one pin. Be sure to face the head of the pin in the direction you are sewing, though. Makes it easier to pull the pin out as you are going along.

Coffee Break Mama said...

This is such a cute idea, and definitely something I could see myself putting together - thanks for the inspiration!

Diane said...

Super cute apron! :) Thanks for sharing!

I wanted to let you know that I made up a tutorial for the phone pillow. :)
from blank pages...

Ginger said...

Oh that is super cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Spain? Wow! What a trip!

abeachcottage said...

Really really cute apron! Now there are no more excuses for washing the dishes. LOL...

casserole said...

This is such a cute apron! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-childs-apron-from-a-washcloth/2011/01/16/

--Anne

SmileMonsters said...

These are so cute! I'd love for you to link them up to Fun For Kids Friday.

http://smilemonsters.blogspot.com/2011/02/fun-for-kids-friday_10.html

We do it every Friday too! You have some great projects that would be perfect.

Jo @ SmileMonsters

Melody said...

Love this! What a cute little project!

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