of those special times spent cooking (and stitching!)
Made from a vintage pillowcase or embroidered
flour-sack towel, it'll be perfect for your little helper!
Found in our collaboration with Leisure Arts,
Sweetly Stitched for Kids, it's just one of
18 made-just-for-kids projects included.
Here's what you'll need...
• vintage embroidered piece
for overlay (we used a pillowcase)
• 1 yard of print fabric for skirt
• 1/4 yard of stripe fabric
• 3-5/8 yards of 1" wide
• 3/4 yard of jumbo rickrack
• 7" of cotton lace edging
• clear nylon thread
Finished Size: Fits a 20" to 22" waist
Match right sides and use a 1/4" seam allowance for all sewing.
For the waistband and ties, cut the ribbon into one 72", two 18", one 12" and one 7" lengths. For the apron overlay, find a pretty area on your embroidered piece and cut a 21"x12-1/2" rectangle (our measurement includes the hemmed edge of the pillowcase. If your overlay is not hemmed, cut a 21"x13" rectangle). Press the short edges of the overlay 1/4" to the wrong side twice; hem (if your overlay is not hemmed, hem the lower edge in the same manner). Folding the raw ends to the wrong side, zigzag rickrack to the overlay about 1" above the bottom edge.
For the apron skirt, cut a 33-1/2"x30-1/2" rectangle. Matching the long edges, fold the rectangle in half. Sew the short edges together. Turn the skirt to the right side and press. With right sides facing up, match raw edges and center the overlay on the skirt; pin. Run 2 rows of basting stitches spaced 1/4" and 1/2" from the top edge. Gather the basting threads until the skirt measures about 11" and the overlay measures about 61/2".
For the bib, cut two 7"x7-1/2" rectangles. Sew the 7" ribbon length and the lace to the right side of one short edge of one rectangle, 1/2" from the top edge. Matching raw edges, pin each 18" ribbon length to the rectangle 1/4" from each top corner. Sandwiching the ribbons between the layers and leaving the bottom edges open for turning, sew the bib rectangles together. Turn the bib right side out and press.
Matching the side edges of bib with the side edges of the overlay, sew the bib to the skirt. Press the short ends of the 12" ribbon length under 1/2". With the wrong side of apron facing up, center and pin the ribbon over the seam allowances. With the right side of the apron facing up, center and pin the 72" ribbon length over the seam allowances. Sewing through all layers, topstitch the ribbons to the apron as shown in Figure 1.