Tuesday, March 23, 2010

You Asked, I Answered: How to Make a Simple Child's Apron

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Cooking + Kids = Educational, Fun, and a Bit Messy


My good friend (SuperMama to 3 sweet kiddos under the age of 6) was so astounded with my amazing help with her tutu dilemma (yes, I'm chuckling to myself as I type that), that she fired back another request.

She asked:
Do you know of a site which will give me simple instructions for cute kid's aprons that won't embarrass my son? They all have a night cooking in the kitchen and think they should have an apron for the work.
First off, I think those kids are completely correct.  Cooking is an important job and dressing the part makes it so much more fun!  Plus, I'm thinking if they look anything like me when they're done getting a meal together, they're going to need to that apron to keep the duds from getting trashed in the process.  (Yes, I may or may not change my shirt 5 times a day for accidents that are not always attributable to my children.)

Because I'm not sure how much time, effort, or moo-lah she is desiring to put into this project, I'm including several links so she has some choices.  Variety is the spice of life, right?  (Isn't that a quote?  I think?)  Anyway . . . MOVING RIGHT ALONG:
  1. Sew Liberated has a free tutorial posted right on the sidebar for a Montessori Child's Apron that you can view/print right here.  It is utterly adorable and now that I'm looking at it, is probably something I'll make at some point for my own little guy when he gets a bit older.
  2. Got a dishtowel?  You could use that as a jumping off point for this apron tutorial posted at Made By Petchy
  3. 2 Cloth Napkins + Ribbon = this simple apron tutorial from CraftStylish.
  4. Old bandana lying around?  Martha Stewart says Make it into an Apron!
  5. Unloved sweater?  Don't toss it out!  Using this tutorial you, too, could make it into . .  you guessed it: an apron.
  6. Creative little guy?  Check out this method of iron-on transfer with fabric crayons and after you make up an apron, let him decorate it!
  7. Got an hour to spare?  You're gonna need it, because if you don't like these suggestions I've pointed out, there is a collection of 44 Free Apron Tutorials posted over on TipNut.  Peruse at your own risk!  This list will keep you busy for quite awhile.
  8. Oh, and just in case Mommy wants to whip up a little something special for herself to use in the kitchen, I just had to pass along this Full Apron Tutorial that was posted just today on Sugar Bee.
Hope this list was helpful!  I may have to get in on the apron-making action myself at some point, but for right now I'm going to savor Mr. Skooks' claim over our kitchen and save my clothing the old-fashioned way.  :)

Do you have a question for the link-a-holic?  I probably have filed an answer away somewhere.  Send your crafty/sewing queries to skooksplayground[at]gmail[dot]com or just leave me a comment and I'll see what kind of answers I can dig up for you!


Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique March 23, 2010 at 2:09 AM  

Stopping by from SITS being a mum of 2 who works from home and has a serious sewing addiction oh and LOVES collecting tutorials and blogging about them

Check out my post on apron sewing tutorials :)

Skooks March 23, 2010 at 2:31 AM  

Ah! Mayya . . . a girl after my own heart. Glad to have you. :)

Small Burst March 23, 2010 at 7:54 AM  

Thanks for the link! I've been meaning to make aprons for the kids now maybe I'll do it. Welcome to SITS.

Kitchen Belleicious March 23, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

Oh how cute are those aprons. So wish I had that craft gene in me I just didn't get it! I did get the cooking one though! Would love for you to stop by and say hey if you ever need any good recipes. Your blog is so cute and I am your newest follower! Oh, I am also doing a giveaway this week just FYI! http://kitchenbelleicious.blogspot.com

arwenalasse March 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

Thanks so much! Aprons are a great and easy project or gift and this just inspires me more!

Anonymous,  March 23, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

Wow-you must think I have tons of time on my hands. Well, at least enough to sew some super cute aprons! Thanks for the work, Skooks. I'll see what other projects I can come up with for you. SuperMama (i'm laughing as I type that!:) )

Skooks March 23, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

What are you trying to say, Moms with 3 kids under the age of 6 DON'T have a lot of time? That can't be right . . .

Ann On and On... March 24, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

I have a lot to learn over here. Thanks for sharing...

WELCOME...to SITS! We are so happy to have you join. I'm hosting a "sweet" giveaway...come on over. :D

Myko March 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

I, sniff, sniff!, wish my girls were little again! Those aprons are adorable! :)

Jen March 26, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

I LOVE cooking with my kids. And now I think that I need to make them all aprons. Thanks for the tutorial b/c now I can. :)

Stopped by from SITS.

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