Toddler and Teddy Apron Tutorial- May Arts Finalist Submission

July 10th, 2012 | Made with Fabric, Sewing

I have been selected into the top 30 to compete to earn a spot as a Prima Ribbonista for May Arts Design Team!! I am so jazzed to have been selected and couldn’t wait to get a start on my project. I browsed the HUGE library of ribbons MAY ARTS has to choose from… you won’t believe your eyes, they really have something for every project you dream up! For my final project I chose to make a toddler and teddy apron, what better for a wee one than an apron adorned with the cutest ribbon trim?

Cute toddler and teddy ruffled apron

For this project you will need:

  • 3 colors of fabric
  • 34″ FN27 (yellow twill)
  • 34″ FN 17 (pink twill)
  • 20.5 ” ARR27 (yellow ric-rac)
  • 20.5″ ARR17 (pink ric-rac)
  • 20.5″ 419-01 (white pom pom)
  • 60″ 385- 15- 46 (green cotton stripe)
  • 20″ 412-27 (yellow bakers twine)
  • 1 button
  • basic sewing notions

From main color of fabric measure and cut a rectangel 14″ x 42″. (Ruby is 3 so adjust length to suit age). Fold in half lengthwise and cut on fold (two pc. 14 x 21). Using a bowl upside down (one that fits on your head as a hat) trace and cut around edge to create the chest part of apron. Fold in half lenthwise, trace and cut to make both sides the same.

Make the top of the bowl curve straight. Iron a small piece of interfacing to the wrong side of chest and embroider child’s initial using 412-27 (yellow bakers twine). Set aside.

With Fabric you have chosen for ruffles Cut 3 separate rectangular pieces 7″ x 20″, hem bottom edge and zig zag top of all three. Set aside.

Using 20.5″ of FN27 (yellow Twill) and 20.5″ of ARR17 (pink ric-rac) sew ric rac to twill using a straight stitch. Repeat using FN17 (pink) and ARR27 (yellow). Sew Ribbon combo on bottom edge of first and third ruffle pieces.  (step above  and this step may be done at once if you are a skillful sewer). On the middle ruffle pc. sew 20.5″ of 419-01 (white pom pom) to bottom hemmed edge.

Run a straight loose stitch along the top edge of each ruffle piece Pull thread to gather fabric.

Beginning at bottom of main fabric (apron body) pin 3rd ruffle to apron at sides and top, even out gathers and baste on sides and top. Lay Middle ruffle on overlaping the bottom ruffle by 1″. Pin and baste in the same manner. Repeat steps for the top ruffle ensuring the top gathered edge matches at waist band.

Cut a 12″ pc. of FN27 (yellow twill) run a loose seam on top edge, pull to gather, baste to neck of apron.Cut a 12″ pc of FN17 (pink twill). Lay vertically and baste end to apron, above monogram.

To Finish: 

Ensure neck band and ruffles are pinned away from outer seam.

Put back and front right sides facing and and sew a 1/2″ hem around outer edge, leaving bottom open for flipping. Clip curves.  Flip right side out and iron bottom edge up. Sew a hem along bottom edge to close apron.

Press seams. Find the center of a  60″ piece of 385-15-46 (green cotton stripe) pin and sew to waist of apron, covering the gathered edge of the first ruffle. Secure ends of ribbon with a satin stitch.

Neck band: Double fold end of ribbon (3 Ply) sew a square around outside of end. Make a button hole on ribbon. Attach button to apron body, opposite of monogram.

For Teddy’s apron- start with a 7″x10″ apron body and ruffle pc. 12″x 3″. Follow all steps to make toddler size. (I used Velcro instead of a button for the smaller version) Daisy is a Build-a-bear (for sizing).

ruffled toddler apron tutorial

I hope you think my tot size apron is too cute, and you’ll follow my tutorial to make your one for your little helper! If you’d like to check out the details of the DT call you can do so here. The DT for May Arts will be announced July 23 I hope you’ll find my name on the list!

Happy Crafting

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