Tutorial: Kid’s Reversible Fat Quarter Apron

by This is Carrie on June 15, 2013

Not being a quilter myself, it took me a long time to figure out what a “fat quarter” was. All I knew was that I loved collecting cotton prints for small applique projects and those little pre-cut, fat quarter pieces always seemed perfect and right on budget.  With just 2 fat quarters and a package of double fold bias tape, you can whip out this perfect-for-gifting, reversible apron in just about an hour.

The fat quarters for these two aprons came from Modern Yardage, a fabric printing company that features textile designs of a carefully curated group of talented artists and graphic designers.  These particular prints were all created by Heather Dutton of Hang Tight Studios.

Be warned, the site is a black hole of beautiful prints in a zillion scales and colorways.

Chaise Lounge Chevron in Lakeside

Arborteum is Golden Sun Multi

Triangulum in Black Betty

Funfetti in Summer Peach

Tutorial for a Kid’s Reversible Fat Quarter Apron

Supplies: 2 coordinating fat quarters, 1 package of double fold bias tape (I used 1/4″  but you can also use 1/2″).

Step 1: Layer fat quarters with right sides together, matching all edges. Cut 2 apron pieces at once using the measurements below.  Cut 2 pocket pieces from the scraps.

Step 2: Finish top edge of each pocket with a 1/4″ roll hem.  Iron over 1/4″ on the remaining 3 edges.  Pin pocket to each apron piece and stitch in place leaving top, finished edge open.

Step 3: With right sides together, sew apron pieces across the top, down the sides and across the bottom, leaving the armhole curve edges open. Trim corners. Turn apron right side out and press.

Step 4: To make the ties, start sewing bias tape closed for 17″. Then insert raw edge of the first armhole into the fold of the bias tape and continue to sew bias tape around armhole. When you reach the neck, continue to sew bias tape closed for 13″ then continue to sew bias tape around raw edge of second armhole. When you reach the end of the armhole, continue to sew bias tape for another 17″. Cut and knot each end of ties.

Fits kids ages 2-6.

Disclosure: I was provided with fat quarters from Modern Yardage at no charge in hopes I would make something fun and choose to blog about it.  All opinions, ideas and tutorials are my own.


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Heather June 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Weeeee!!!! I can’t tell you how giddy it makes me to see the adorable aprons you made Carrie! I want one :) Thanks so much for choosing my fabrics for your fun tutorial & for putting a perma-smile on my face today!!


Parenting Today July 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

What a great tutorial! And your kids in the cute aprons are simply adorable :) Sharing this tutorial on Pinterest.


Tricia July 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I had to make a couple modifications (due to my son’s head size and lack of fabric for the full pocket) but it came out so cute!! His is a super hero one and I’m so glad I found a tutorial that was “girly” and easy to follow!


AmyT January 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Just made this apron pattern – it is fantastic!!!! The only addition I made was to embroider on the pocket.

Posted picture here: http://instagram.com/p/iwtVNGQZSX/

Thank you so much for sharing this great and easy apron pattern.


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