Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Place mat Children's Apron Tutorial

I had a friend ask me how to make an apron for a 20 month old. She was hoping to use a place mat, so I worked my magic and this is what I came up with!

one place mat
matching ribbon
matching thread
lighter or matches

cut 2 ribbons 9 inches long
cut 2 ribbons 16 inches long
Burn all the edges to prevent fraying!
My husband had to take the picture, but the first shot just looked like I was playing with a match. I really am not a Pyromaniac.

So I explained what angle I needed the shot from and it turned out blurry, but he was sooooo tired! Poor boy, but I appreciate his help!

My place mat is 19inches long and 13 inches wide.

Note: You can just cut a piece of fabric this length and hem around the whole thing. Add 1 inch to the length and width.

First fold your place mat in half and crease. (instead of being 19 inches it is now 9 1/2 inches)

Unfold and measure 4 1/2 inches up from the center. Fold the 2 corners down so the bottom of fold is 4 1/2 inches from center. Pin in place.

Back view (these are the hubby's hands! Such nice hands huh!?!)

Front view

Add your 9 inch ribbon.

Sew down corners and ribbon.

At center crease pin 16 inch ribbon on either side and sew into place.

Wallah! you are done! So easy! Plus it fits a my 4 year old and 18 month old! One size fits all! I am going to add pockets on the bottom for my son so he can use it for all of his art projects!

Note: I am going to make a bag out of the place mat I used in the picture, so I didn't actually sew one, BUT after I came up with this, I decided to go look for a cute place mat for my kiddos.


Mommily said...

This is exactly what I have been looking for! And your pictures & directions are great! I am also going to add pockets for my grand-daughter's....and this is so easy I might get enough material to make one for her & her Mommy too!
Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great tutorial! I used two pieces of fabric instead of a placemat, but your directions were super easy. Got the whole thing done in under an hour and ready for my toddler (an aspriring chef!) in time to make Christmas cookies! Thanks again!

Lois Milligan said...

Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial. My 3 year old nephew just requested that I make him an apron(his father is a Chef) - I will also monogram his name on the front. You are a lifesaver! A Gazillion thanks.

Anonymous said...

You could cut the "fabric" from an inexpensive flannel back tablecloth and have a waterproof apron. This can be a great project if you needed something for Sunday school or a daycare classroom.

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