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Kid's Craft Apron
Victoria White, The Secret Workshop


(Sized for a three year old, but the size is easily adjustable)

*22" of 45" wide sturdy cotton
*1.6 meter cord, ribbon or bias tape (I used a narrow bias tape sewn shut along the edge)
*18" square piece of freezer or other paper (I like freezer paper because the shiny side can be adhered to the fabric with a hot, dry iron) for the apron bib pattern

Pre-wash and damp press fabric. Cut freezer paper square in half diagonally to create two half-square triangles. Set one aside, the other will be modified to be used as your pattern. 

Orient your triangle so that the long edge is at the bottom. This will be the bottom of your pattern. Cut the top point off the triangle so that the edge measures 3 ¾". Cut the side points off of the triangle so that each side edge measures 2 ¾". 

Place your pattern on the fabric so that the top edge runs parallel to the selvage. Press in place. Add 8" to the bottom of the bib pattern (or enough length for your child. Because of the way the apron fits, it is better to add more length than less). Cut out apron.  

Finish all edges. Press under 1" hems on top and bottom, and each straight side edge. You can press these edges under ¼", then ¾" to make a really nice finished edge, or if you are pressed for time, just press them 1" and stitch them in place. I used a 3.5mm stitch length throughout. 

To make casings, turn each long diagonal edge under 1" using the same method you used above. Stitch in place leaving the ends open.  

Thread drawstring by beginning at one lower casing edge, emerging at the neck edge. Re-enter at opposite neck edge (leaving a big enough loop to fit over your child's head) and exiting at lower edge. 

If you tie large knots in the drawstring ends it is less likely to be unthreaded when your little helper takes off the apron without help!  

This pattern went together really quickly one afternoon while one little one was at preschool and the other was having his nap. It would be quite easy to change the proportions of it if you wanted to, using a different size triangle or cutting this one differently. You could put a patch pocket on it if you like, on the bib or across the lower edge. See what your little helper might like. If you wanted, you could make it out of a plain fabric and cut out fusible appliqué patches and apply them to your apron just with the iron (or you could satin stitch them too). Have fun! 

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