At my boy’s school, they spent an entire month learning about restaurants. They made chef hats, menus, learned to be servers and clear the table. I was so lucky to be able to create their little server aprons with a pocket for their pen and order sheets/menus. It gave me a little inpsiration for these little aprons which are perfect for art projects, gardening and of course pretending to work in a restaurant!
3 pieces of fabric cut to 12 x 7 1/2
2 pieces of iron-on interfacing (pellon 911ff)
22 x 4″ strip of fabric for the waist strap
2″ of velcro (loop and hook fastener)
1. Choose which fabric will be the pocket. Fold the top (12″ side) 3/4″ down, press. Fold again, press. Top-stitch along folded edge through all 3 layers.
2. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the remaining two pieces of 12 x 7.5″ fabric.
3. Place pocket piece wrong side facing the right side one of the pieces of fabric (the one you want to see on the outside of apron 🙂
4. Stitch down the center of pocket starting at the top (folded side of pocket) down to the bottom of the apron.
5. Place back piece on top of the pocket with right sides facing, lining up raw edges. Stitch around the sides and bottom leaving the top open for turning.
6. Clip corners and turn right side out. Press.
7. Top stitch 1/4″ from edge around the sides and bottom of the apron.
Making the strap:
8. Using the 22 x 4″ piece, fold fabric edges lengthwise to the center, press.
9. Line up the long edge with the top raw edge of apron and pin in place. Stitch along the fold securing the strap to the apron. Note: when pinning in place, make sure the end of the strip hangs over the apron edge 1/2″. Fold this 1/2″ to the wrong side of strap.
10. Fold the strap in half so that the other fold edge is on the back side of the apron. Line up the folded edge with the stitch you just made to secure the strap to the apron. Pin in place. Fold apron strap end under to hide the raw edge.
11. Top stitch 1/4″ from the strap seam, stitching through all layers of the strap and apron. Topstitch 1/4″ from the top fold of the strap.
Attach the Velcro:
12. Place the “soft” side of the velcro piece at the end of the strap that lines up with the edge of the apron (facing out) and stitch around all four sides. Place the other side of the velcro at the end of the strap so that when you wrap the strap around your child the velcro will attach without the strap twisting. Stitch around all four sides of this velcro.
Add a ruffle: Do this between steps 4 & 5
Cut a 45″ x 3″ piece of fabric for the ruffle (I usually cut this from selvage to selvage)
Fold in half lenthwise and press. Make a mark with fabric pen or using a pin place a marker every 15″ along the strip. Gather the raw edge using the longest straight stitch on your machine and stitch 1/4-1/2″ from the raw edge.
Match up raw eges of the ruffle and the apron by matching the center mark of the ruffle with the center bottom of the apron. Match the othe marks with the each corner of the apron and pin in place. Pull on the bobbin thread to gather the ruffle. Pin ruffle in place. Note: be sure to keep the ruffle away from the seam allowance in the corners or your ruffle will get caught and look funny on the corners…if youmake this mistake, you’ll know what I mean 🙂