Spring Apron Sewing may be just the cure you need for kitchen frustrations. When your everyday cooking seems far too dull or the kids want to help – it’s time for a new apron! A little fabric, a great design and your sewing machine can all add up to smiles and a fresh perspective. Let’s take a look at six ways to brighten your day and make the kitchen fun again for you and the kids!!
Child’s Patchwork Apron
Let’s start our Spring apron sewing with the kids! Sue Kim of I Think Sew designed this super-cute, stash-busting apron for her daughter, but it’s perfect for boys, too. Sue chose a Charm Pack of fabrics and coordinated solids for variety. You may find both in your stash! Sue’s free pattern download is available on Bluprint and includes detailed instructions and pattern pieces. The apron is fully lined and could be made reversible, too. A hook and loop closure makes it easy to put on and take off, so your little cook can be independent. Click here for the free Child’s Patchwork Apron download.
Child’s Fat Quarter Apron
Another great stash buster! The child’s Fat Quarter Apron designed by Anneliese for her Aesthetic Nest blog is quick and practical. She describes it as perfect for keeping school clothes clean or doubling as a large cloth napkin. Pick two fat quarters, then add charming pom-poms or other trims. Anneliese includes instructions to fit ages 2 to 6, but you could easily enlarge her design if you like. You’ll cut the apron pieces from her measurement dimensions, then download the pocket piece pattern that you’ll cut from the armhole. That clever cutting element makes this Spring apron sewing design almost a no-waste pattern! Click here for the Child’s Fat Quarter Apron tutorial.
The combination of prints and gingham check in this Child’s Apron are SO adorable. Sized for a 5 year old, it’s easy to re-size once you’ve read through the excellent instructions provided by Melissa on her Polka Dot Chair blog. The handy pocket is a wonderful spot to feature a fussy cut applique, character print or border print section. Think about hand or machine embroidery, too – it’s just right for either of those! Melissa’s cutting directions and dimensions are all for straight cut pieces with no pattern pieces needed. She includes a simple, quick way of rounding pocket corners from the cut square that you’ll enjoy for your Spring apron sewing. Click here for the Child’s Apron tutorial.
Farmer’s Market Apron for Kids
Designing friends Jessica and Ericka of Violette Field Threads skillfully create beautiful patterns for children. Their lovely Farmer’s Market Apron pattern is adorable and generously shared for free on Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Perfect for cottons or linen, this delightful apron tutorial includes four sizes from 2T/3T to 8/10. Jessica and Ericka include valuable suggestions for various machine feet that will make your Spring apron sewing easy and efficient! Click here for the Farmer’s Market Apron tutorial.
Vintage Hankie Apron
Our sewing adventure today ends with two lovely adult size apron designs, beginning with this luscious Vintage Hankie Apron. Bev of the Flamingo Toes blog designed this beautiful Hankie Apron with several great tricks. You’ll love the no-fuss ribbon waistband and her quick, easy method for assembling the six hankies and lining. Bev’s cutting and sewing instructions are clear and well-illustrated and adapting the apron for a child will be easy. This is such a wonderful way to honor the past and brighten your kitchen with Spring apron sewing. You’ll definitely want to make more than one! Click here for the Vintage Hankie Apron tutorial.
Chevron Patchwork Apron
The Quilting Company’s modern-style Chevron Patchwork Apron is beautiful and professionally designed. Originally featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine, designer Mary Claire’s apron is as fresh as a batch of yummy cookies! Eight carefully chosen cotton prints are sewn into a fabulous chevron accent on a linen apron skirt – perfect again for stash-busting. Choose retro prints, a modern graphic collection or bright dots and florals to make this Spring apron sewing design your own! Add coordinating or contrasting bias tape for an easy hem finish and enjoy the charm Mary Claire’s apron adds to your meal planning. Available for a nominal fee from The Quilting Company web site, click here for the download.