Girly Aprons

aprons

My friend Tamara has twins about the same age as my little Dinah.  Their birthday was recently and she commissioned me to make a couple of aprons for her girls to go with their new play kitchen.  I did some apron research and sent her a few examples I had found out there.  She definitely wanted something girly and fun and a bit retro.  Here is what she settled on:

Source: creatingbycami.blogspot.com via Harmony on Pinterest

So, I headed to the fabric store with fruit on my mind.  I sent her a few pictures of random fruit fabrics…

 

…and she choose the last one.  The sweet cherries on the pink polka-dot background.

My immediate thought was to make both aprons with the same “main” fabric and use different accent colors for each girl.

 

I liked the tutorial and didn’t do much differently.  I kept the same basic shape with  the contrasting waist sash.  (Though I chose to do long ties instead of velcro to make them more girly looking.)

And I (of course) made the wide bottom edge ruffle.

I also liked her idea for using velcro at the neck in order to make the apron adjustable.

And, of course, they needed pockets.

I added the little ruffle at the top for more contrast and extra girly-ness.  And each apron is personalized with an applique and embroidery.  (Thanks to my new machine!)

All reports came back positive…the aprons were a hit and the sweet, little ones didn’t want to take them off!  Dinah was a great model for me and it looks like I’ll be making some girly aprons of my own. :)

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7 Comments on “Girly Aprons

  1.  by  Linda Welty

    I love the little aprons! I just finish up 3 aprons,2 for great granddaughter and then their mom (my granddaughter) wanted one. I just maded a 1/2 aprons.Had no patterns,just made it up as I went. For the girls I used Dora fabric with a pocket to match the color in Dora. On one pocket I painted a R for Rebeca and for Dixie I put a glitter butterfly bcause the fabric had butterflies. They loved them and now the father wants one for grilling

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    •  by  Harmony

      Fun! Aprons are such great gift to make…simple, useful and easily personalized.

  2.  by  Heather

    Love these! I keep saying I need to make Claire an apron – but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. But I love this pattern so I may have to check it out. :)

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks! They were actually pretty easy and look so so cute on.

  3.  by  Donna Priest

    I found this and thought it was appropriate.

    The History of ‘APRONS’

    I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing
    hot pans from the oven.

    It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

    When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.
    Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

    Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron
    From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
    After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

    In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

    When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

    It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

    There are others who would know (and love) the story about Grandma’s aprons. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron — but love…

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