This free kids apron pattern comes in 3 sizes: 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 10-12 years. I’ve had many requests over the years for an updated version of our original DIY apron for kids, so I hope you and your little ones enjoy this new and improved version (my little guy below in the original version is now a full fledged teenager)!
If you haven’t sewn a DIY apron before, this is a great beginner project. I’ll teach you how to make an apron and you’ll be a pro in no time flat. And if you prefer following video tutorials to photos, I’ve got you covered with a detailed video tutorial as well!
Using pre-made, double fold bias tape makes this a cinch to sew up, but you can always make your own to use if you’d prefer!
The apron comes complete with customizable pockets that are perfect for holding all of your little one’s most important supplies ;).
One of my favorite birthday gifts to give is a little cooking set with a matching apron using this free kid’s apron pattern. The recipient is always so surprised and excited to get real cooking supplies of their own!
If the recipient is more into arts and crafts, another fun idea is to pair the DIY apron with a set of paints.
I love teaching sewists how to sew quick and easy projects, like how to sew a simple skirt in just 15 minutes. A couple of my other favorites are these lip balm holders and, I couldn’t forget, a fun scrunchie that can be made in minutes (we even have a free pattern for mini scrunchies for the tiniest of ponytails)!
How to Make an Apron
2 packages (size 3-5) / 3 packages (sizes 6-8,10-12) extra wide double fold bias tape
Access free pattern download HERE. Complete the checkout process (no payment info will be asked for), and you’ll then receive the download link in your inbox. If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk folder. You’ll create an account during the checkout process, and once your checkout’s completed, you can also access the pattern in your account under the “shop” tab above.
Print pattern at 100% (no scaling). Tape pages together and cut out pieces as directed.
Watch the video tutorial below, or head over to our YouTube channel to watch (be sure to subscribe while you’re there to keep up with our latest video tutorials!).
Note: When sewing with bias tape, keep in mind that one side is folded narrower than the other. Always sew with the narrow side on top, ensuring that the bottom folded side (the wider side) will be caught by the stitches. The fabric raw edge should be sandwiched into the fold of the bias tape as snugly as possible.
Safety Note: Be cautious with the use of long ties and little ones. Double knotting the finished ties permanently (loose enough to still allow the apron to slide on overhead) is recommended for safety purposes for this free kid’s apron pattern.
Sandwich bias tape around top straight edge of apron. Stitch bias tape to apron close to folded edge. Trim bias tape at each end.
Sandwich bias tape around top and bottom long edges of pocket piece and stitch in place.
Place pocket on apron, aligning top edge as marked on pattern piece, and matching raw side edges of pocket with apron side edges. Pin in place and stitch pocket to apron on each side using 1/4″ seam allowance.
Stitch along bottom long edge of pocket, close to bias tape edge, securing bottom of pocket to apron.
Use ruler and disappearing or washable ink pen to create pocket stitch lines as desired. Stitch over each line, forming multiple pockets.
Sandwich bias tape around one straight side of apron (leaving curved edges). Begin stitching bias tape to apron side, stopping when first corner is reached (which will be the bottom corner of apron). Lift the presser foot and trim the thread. Open fold of bias tape to form mitered corner, then begin stitching again until the next corner. Repeat steps when next corner is reached, then continue stitching bias tape to the remaining apron side.
Mark 18″ from the end bias tape. At the 18″ mark, begin sandwiching/pinning bias tape around one curved edge of apron, starting at the top of the apron. Measure 24″ along bias tape past the apron edge and trim bias tape at that point.
Beginning at top free end of bias tape, stitch close to edge of bias tape. If desired, you can turn the raw edge under before beginning your stitches, but as bias tape does not tend to fray, it’s not necessary. Backstitch once or twice when you reach the apron top edge and continue sewing, stitching the bias tape to the apron along the curved edge. Backstitch again when you reach the end of the curved edge, and continue stitching to the end of the bias tape.
Repeat with other curved side of apron and bias tape. This is the last step in sewing this free kid’s apron pattern!
Great job! Now that you know how to make an apron, you just may find yourself looking for excuses to make more.