Girl’s Ruffled Apron

Cooking is always more fun when done with a partner. My favorite partner when cooking up something deeeelicous happens to be my little kiddos! We all put on our aprons, so of course we look very official, and bake away! Our favorite is super yummy cookies and cupcakes….the finger lickin’ good kind! YUMMM! Today, Justine from Sew Country Chick, is making baking together with your little ones even more fun and super stylin’ too with the cutest little Ruffled Apron your kitchen has EVER seen! Enjoy!

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Hi! I’m Justine from the Sew Country Chick sewing and craft blog!

When I saw this adorable Girl Crazy line from Riley Blake fabric at The Ribbon Retreat, I fell in love.

It was sooooo cute! I thought a ruffled apron would be a fun way to show off the coordinated fabrics in this line.

The apron in this tutorial should fit girls from about 3 to 7 years old. My little girl is five and it fits her perfectly.

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To make the apron I used two fat quarters and 4 1/4 yard cuts of the coordinating fabrics. And I also used two yards of the 100 percent cotton twill ribbon in pink. I love cotton ribbons.

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To make the apron you will need:

2 coordinating fat quarters for the apron bib and bottom piece.

4 1/4 yard cuts (not fat quarters) of coordinating fabrics.

2 yards cotton twill ribbon

matching thread

a sewing machine

fabric marking pen or chalk


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It’s been a long time since I’ve used quilting cottons and I love the fun colorful prints here. They are so easy to sew with.

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To cut the piece for the apron bib, fold a fat quarter in half and draw a 4 inch line at the top from the fold.

Measure down 8 inches and draw another line from the fold but make it 7 inches long.

Cut it out.

When you unfold it, you will have a bib piece 8 inches wide at the top and 14 inches wide at the bottom.

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Cut a 14 by 14 inch square from the other fat quarter.

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Serge or zig zag the raw edges, then fold them over 3/8 inch and iron. You can miter the corners if you know how. It looks better, but you can just plain fold it too!

Stitch down the ironed edges, creating a small hem.

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Overlap the bib piece on top of the top of the bottom piece of the apron about 3/8 inch. Topstitch it down. Don’t worry , you will sew the ribbon over this part.

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Cut the ties from the two yards of cotton twill ribbon. Cut one full yard for the waist tie, and two 18 inch pieces for the neck ties.

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For the ruffles cut four pieces of coordinating fabrics the entire width of the fabric piece and four inches long. Cut off the selvedges.

Girls Ruffled Apron - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Make narrow hems on the ends of the waist ties and neck ties. Iron the bottom of the neck ties under 3/8 inch and sew to the apron bib, hiding the raw edges.

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Pin the waist tie to the apron making sure the center of the waist tie is pinned to the center of the apron, so the ties will be the same length. Stitch across the top and bottom edges of the ribbon.

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Serge or zig zag the edges of the ruffle strips. Then sew a basting stitch to the top edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Gather the ruffles. They will be very full ruffles since they are about 2.5 times wider than the apron.

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Use a fabric marking pen and mark 4 lines straight across the apron bottom part, starting the first line just below the ribbon. Pin the ruffles down and stitch them on the same line as the basting stitch with a normal size stitch. Make sure to back stitch the seams for strength.

You can decorate the bib with a pocket like a bid, sew on a cute tuxedo ruffle, or even some cute buttons.

I hope you enjoy making this little apron. My little girl loves hers!

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Pretty darn cute right? What little future baker/chef wouldn’t LOVE those ruffles accompanying them while baking up those yummy brownies or scrumptious pies??? Thank you Justine for sharing this adorable apron and your incredible talent with us today! For more sewing fun and fabulous projects by Justine, make sure to hop on over to her blog at Sew Country Chick to say hello!

I love hanging out with my kiddos. They make me laugh, sometimes make me cry (the good crying of course), and they always leave me with a big smile and thinking how glad I am that they are mine! So, whether in the kitchen baking away, building legos in the living room, or dressing up like princesses, we have a pretty good time at our house. Here are a couple more awesome projects, perfect for all those super fun days you get to just hang out and play with your kiddos, that all of you are sure to LOVE…

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  1. Lisa~
    Posted July 15, 2014 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    I just hopped over here from your email — to your G+ — to here — so I could tell you how completely adorable you are! I love seeing your posts in my feed. Every time I think, “Oh my friend….she’s so cute!” You make me smile. Lisa~

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