Fat Quarter Childs Apron Tutorial

Here is a fun Childs Apron Tutorial!

Material’s Needed:
1 Fat Quarter
1 scrap of fabric 7″ x 10″ (for the pocket)
Ribbon (3/8 inch to 1 inch wide)
Matching thread
Sewing Machine
Iron and ironing board

1.  You are going to start with your fat quarter.  A fat quarter is a piece of fabric that measures 18 inches by 22 inches.  You can buy them at most fabric stores or on-line.

2.  Open the fat quarter up and iron it flat.  You are going to want to lay it out with the longer (22inch) side on the bottom.  The 22 inches will be the length of your child’s apron.

3.  Fold the fabric together with right sides facing together.  It will now be 22 inches down with 9 inches at the bottom.

4. Draw a line for where the shape of the apron top will be.  I went 5 inches in and 8 inches down and then curved it between those two points.  Once you have drawn it on you will cut this piece out and open up your fabric.

5.  It should now look something like this.  It will be the shape of your apron.

6.  I start sewing my sides down first.  You are going to double fold over about a quarter inch.  Iron each fold down.  First, the raw edge.

7.  Then the doubled over edge.  Pin it down also.  Do this to both sides.

8.  Sew down both sides of the apron.

9.  Your two sides will look something like this when you are done.

10.  Next, I do the hem of the apron (or bottom of the apron).  You are going to double fold over for this also.  (It will make it so you do not have any raw edges.  It is better for washing.)  Here I do a half inch fold over both times.  I like it a little larger on the bottom.

11.  It should now look something like this (from the back side of the apron).

12.  Next, we are going to do the curved sides of the top of the apron.  You are going to double fold over this also.  The bottom part of it is going to be a little larger then the top.  Like you see  above.  Iron it down and then pin.   Do this to both sides.

13.  Sew down both of these curved sides.

14.  Finally do the top.  Here I also do a half inch double turn.  Iron it down flat and pin and then sew it down.

15.  The back of your apron should now look something like this.

16.  Grab your ribbon.  Cut three pieces.  One neck piece 18 inches long.  Two strap pieces 22 inches long.

17.  Pin down the ribbon.  Pin the neck piece to the top of the apron and the straps, one to each side as you see above.

18.  Sew each strap down.  I sew it down in a square shape for each strap/neck piece.

19.  Lastly, we are going to sew on a pocket.  Cut out a pocket that is 7 inches by 10 inches.

20.  Double fold over the top of the pocket.  Pin it down and sew across the top.  Then double fold over the sides and bottom of the pocket.  Find where you want to place the pocket on the apron and pin it down on both sides and the bottom.  (The top is already sewn across.)

21.  Sew down the sides and bottom of the pocket right onto the apron.

Now, you are done and your child has a cute apron to wear.  If you live at our house it will get lots  and lots of use out of it!  It can also make a great birthday present to any child.

About Todays Post

This post was written by a guest on Somewhat Simple. If you have any questions regarding the content of this post, please contact the author directly.


  1. Rita May says:

    That is so cute! You gave a great tutorial. That’s saying a lot since I don’t sew. I may attempt this if my old sewing machine will speak to me again after our last encounter. LOL!

  2. I love this tutorial Tasha!!!

  3. Awesome!

  4. My son loves to be my sous chef – he’s definitely gonna get one of these!

  5. This is so simple, Tasha. I love it! Great tutorial :)

  6. Mark Gubuan | Apron Blog says:

    This is a great tutorial, my wife and I just started making a line of aprons and we are thinking of exploring the kids apron niche. Any tips for us?

  7. I just made this for two or the little boys in my life. Thank you for the great tutorial!

  8. I just made five of these for Christmas!! Two for my little girls, and one each for my BFF’s daughters and son. They were so easy, and so fast to sew up. Thank you so much for posting this.

  9. I made one today (I’m such a newbie at sewing). I had some fat quarters of Thomas the Train and I made my son one. It turned out so cute despite the fact I can’t sew a very good straight line and didn’t have exactly matching thread. My next one will be much better. I am going to make my nieces and nephews some of these. They are so adorable and not too hard to make, even for a newbie. Thanks for the tut!

    • Yay!! I love knowing you are learning to sew and used this pattern. Makes me happy! I am sure your son just LOVES it.

      • Tasha,

        I’ve now made 3 of them. I’m totally giving them as gifts, but the more I do them — the easier they are. I did one in about an hour. I think the hardest part is sewing on the ribbon! I got it down to a pattern now. Thanks so much again for sharing this. I didn’t use the fat quarters, but I had some softer material and I cut it the same size as the fat quarters. Do you know if I could do this in a larger size — say for a 9 year old? I’m just wondering how much bigger I would have to make it. Anyway, these are adorable. I’ll have to shoot some pictures and send you a link!

  10. Jill Chatterton says:

    I just used this pattern tonight and it was so simple! I made a Dora apron that is gonna be an awesome last minute Christmas gift for my niece! Thanks so much for sharing!


Add Your Comment