Friday, January 30, 2009

Little Crayon Apron Tutorial

I'm so excited to post my first tutorial! I hope you enjoy making the Little Crayon Apron. Please let me know if there are any problems or if something doesn't make sense!

Gather your materials:

You will need to print the pattern. (Click on one of the pictures. It will take you to Flickr. Chose the All Sizes category along the top and then Download the large size. Print the picture from that window. Sorry this is so involved, I'm not sure how to work it any other way.)
Little Crayon Apron Pattern 1
Little Crayon Apron Pattern 2
Fabric for the front, back, neck strap and pockets
12" of 1/2" wide elastic
fusible interfacing
ribbon (or fabric for ties) 2, 20" pieces

Cut from your fabric:

1 front apron
1 back apron
a small pocket 5.5" x 8.5"
a crayon pocket 6.5" x 14"
2" x 20" neck strap casing
if you want fabric ties, cut 2, 2.5" x 20" pieces
Cut from fusible interfacing:
5.5" x 4.25" for small pocket
3.25" x 14" for crayon pocket

Now we are ready to start putting it all together.

Fuse the interfacing to each pocket.

Fold the crayon pocket, wrong sides together and press. Pin to the bottom of the front side of your apron. I used ribbon for ties on this apron, so you can pin them to sides of the apron.

If you want to make fabric ties for your apron, take your 2, 2.5" x 20" pieces and fold them in half lengthwise (the long way). Press and then press the raw edges to the inside (each side meeting in the middle at the fold). On one of the short ends, press 1/4" to the inside to create a finished edge for the end of the tie. Sew along the long edges and the short, finished end to finish the ties. Essentially you are making double folded bias tape with a finished short end to use as the ties. Pin them in place as shown in the picture above.

Now we are going to make the small pocket for the top. Fold it in half with the right sides together. Stitch around the pocket leaving an opening on the side for turning. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press.

Pin the pocket 2.5" down from the top of the apron and center it from side to side. Stitch around the pocket to attach it to the apron front.

Now, you can sew around the crayon pocket and ties to attach them to the apron front.

The neck strap is next. Fold it in half, right sides together and sew a scant 1/4" from the edge. Turn it right side out and thread the elastic piece through. I like to use a safety pin to help turn the strap right side out and to insert the elastic through the casing.

Pin the neck strap in place and sew across the edges to hold it in place.

I like to pin the ties and across the crayon pocket to held everything in place while adding the back.

Pin on the back, right sides together.

Stitch around the apron, leaving an opening on the side for turning. Clip the corners and curves. Turn right side out and press.

Now, stitch around the outside of the apron.

All that's left to do is to create the pockets for the individual crayons. Use the pattern as a reference and mark with pins where each pocket division should be. You may have to change the divisions a little to fit the apron you have made. Just make sure you have 12 spaces for the crayons.

Stitch each pocket division, back stitching at each end. Clip your threads, press, and you're done!

Remember, this pattern is for home use only. Please do not sell aprons made with this pattern or distribute the pattern without my permission. Thanks!

So, if you have actually read this far, congratulations! I hope you have fun making your own crayon apron. Leave a comment on this post and I will use the random number generator and one person will recieve the apron made in this project. I'll pick a number on Monday, Feb.2! Good Luck!



~Michelle~ said...

Very cute idea!

twin fibers said...

Thanks Michelle!
I'm gone for the weekend, so if something is wrong, please leave me a comment and I'll fix it on Monday. Hope everything works!

Michele said...

So cute! I've got 4 girls at home and one less for me to make would be great! (I've got one boy too - I'm thinking I'm going to do a little black and yellow one for him :) Enter me in!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tutorial - thank you so much. Definitely going in my bookmark file - for when my wee one is big enough!

Nonerz said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I am a beginner & LIVE for tutorials since I am teaching myself to sew! =) I have 2 little girls & tons little friends that just need to get one of these crayon aprons!

Kristin said...

I love this! Great tutorial, I think you did an excellent job!
I am definately inspired to write my own key fob tutorial now!
Please enter me in the drawing!

Casey said...

thanks for posting this tutorial! I'll have to see if I have enough material to make a couple tonight

Jacki said...

Great tutorial Jessica! It seems easy to follow! Thanks again!

M said...

So so cute....I cannot wait to try it.

Lisa said...

This is darling. I want to make an apron for my niece for her birthday, and this one is perfect. I love the elastic on the neck- I had not thought of that. Thanks for making the tutorial- they take a lot of work- I think I am going to attempt one soon and I am a bit nervous.

twin fibers said...

Thanks everyone! I hope you give it a try, I think it's a great gift to give for a birthday with a new pack of crayons and a coloring book! Enjoy!

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Darlene Burke said...

Love this little pattern so cute and great idea especially for those that have preschoolers and kindergarteners. They will come home after ART Day with clean clothes hopefully. LOL

Anonymous said...

Definitely trying this. Cute

Yvonne Dunmore said...

Very nice! I have a 2 1/2-year-old grandbaughter who would get a lot of wear out of this, she's an artist, mostly watercolor but using other media and having them right on hand there would be great. Great job!

Meg said...

I love this! My daughter is a kindergarten teacher, and this will be a great Christmas present for her. I'm sure her little darlings in the classroom will be fascinated with her
"smock" for art class as well. Thank you for your tutorial.

Steph Wallace said...

Jessica, I am using your wonderful templet to create an apron for my god daughter. I just had a question about your directions.. When you say wrong side down on the Crayon pocket what do you mean? It's my first major sewing project so I am a little lost! Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!