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Child's No-Tie Apron - Sizes 2-12

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Author Nutty Nana!
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This is an apron that kids can put on by themselves with NO TIES!!

For the messy 2 year olds to the “sous chef” in your family, ages 2 – 12 years. From the fussy, frilly girl to the tool-time little man in your life. Make them for any special occasion or just to wear every day. Add personalization, pockets, and plenty of pouf to make it positively perfect.

There are only 2 pattern pieces with five options: 1) plain, 2) ruffle along outside edge of skirt, 3) make custom bias tape, 4) pockets, 5) embroider design or name.

*Bonus feature: How to make your own coordinating bias tape.

For the moderate beginner – there are 9 instructional pages, 32 photos and 2 pattern pieces.

*Applique designs cam from Kimberbell Kids' "Christmas Doodles" Volumes 2 & 3.

Supplies Needed:

*Fabric for basic apron– 5/8 yd for Small (ages 2-4)
¾ yd for Medium (ages 5-8)
7/8 yd for Large (ages 9-12)
*Option 2 ruffle – 3/8 yd coordinating fabric, plus rotary cutter, ruler and mat
*Option 3 create your own bias tape– ½ yd coordinating fabric, plus rotary cutter, 24” ruler, cutting mat and Bias Tape Maker found in notions area of fabric store, or order online.
*Option 4 pockets – ¼ yd coordinating fabric or scrap of 10” x 5”
*Option 5 – embroidery thread for design
*Bias Tape – 2 packages of extra-wide, double-fold bias tape (not needed for option 3)
*Matching Thread
*Iron & Ironing Board

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by d. haughton
on March 3rd, 2018

I made an apron each +for our grandhildren - 4 year old boy and 8 year old girl. These were easy to make and really great to wear because they are 'no tie'. thanks for this pattern! The little girl apron could be 'fussied up' and this pattern allows you to pick any number of pretty fabric combinations.

by J. Noonon
on January 9th, 2018

This pattern was exactly what I needed! I made it for our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter. I made it with one large half circle pocket centered at the bottom front.

by J. Brittain
on February 12th, 2017

Cool pattern and it was so quick and easy. It was a absolute hit with my granddaughters who love to be helping in the kitchen.

by M. Hebert
on January 21st, 2016

This no tie apron pattern makes it convenient for a toddler to slip on without adult assistance. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter likes to wear her "Frozen" apron over her clothes as dress up. I made the small for her and it fits perfectly.

by C, Miranda
on September 30th, 2015

This is an easy pattern and makes a perfect child's apron. No need to worry about ties that could get tangled around something. I've made several for my grandchildren. Even used the pattern to make pinafores to wear over dresses. Very cute!

by Harris, Jill
on July 1st, 2015

Great as a jumper!

by knotts, robin
on June 21st, 2015

Very quick and simple. Great directions. My granddaughter's will love these aprons as we do a lot of crafts and baking. ty!

by Gayla
on January 14th, 2015

One is going to each of my granddaughters (and each mom) for Valentine's Day along with cookies for the family--which I know dads will enjoy. Gayla

by c, janis
on October 10th, 2014

such a cute wee pattern

by Cook, Jackie
on August 24th, 2014


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on March 30th, 2014


by knswed
on March 7th, 2014

Quick to make up and my daughter loves the pocket for all her treasures.

by Monica
on February 10th, 2014

Easy peasy!

by Dawson, W
on February 9th, 2014

Just whipped up a quick set for my girls for Valentine's. Easy-peasy and so simple for them to put on/take off!

by j. popolizio
on January 2nd, 2014

Wonderful pattern! I made a few of these over Christmas time. They are easy and quick, and require very little fabric, some of my left overs came in handy. I lined them and made the bias, too. They were fun. One of the little ones didn't want to take it loved it. I will surely make many more.

by J. Groebner
on December 18th, 2013

Fun to make - adorable results. Easy slip on/slip off.

by kerryanne11
on November 10th, 2013

Hwe ingenious is this. No ties! Love it .Easy to sew up.

by I. Stump
on August 28th, 2013

very easy pattern to make, and so cute once it is done.

by Sharpe, Donna
on July 31st, 2013

Adorable! Measure the wearer if you can.

by T. Brown
on June 6th, 2013

Bought the pattern, washed, dried and ironed the fabric. I even made a complete lining. Also, made 2 interfaced/fused & top-stitched pocket openings on the outer apron fabric, and stitched around the top and side edges to "attach" the pockets to the lining as my final step. Of course, the pocket opening was left open for my granddaughters to slip their little hands into them. Love it, love it, love it.
The pocket opening looked like a smile with a straight line across the top connecting the corners of the smile.
I added 1/4" seams around all of the apron pieces and 2-3" openings through which to turn them. Lined the front and back pieces separately, then connected at the shoulders after turning.
Thank you for this pattern. These were so easy to make. I prefer lining and top-stitching these instead of the bias tape. It's faster, too

by Pj3g
on April 6th, 2013

Really nice pattern and an easy one to use to 'make it your own!' Used double sided quilted fabric so mine are reversible and the quilting makes them perfect for absorbing any messy's. They're great for helping Mommy's and Grandma's cook and bake. Also good as a painting smocks or even as bibs!

by Deb
on January 30th, 2013

Planning on making this apron for all four of my grand-daughters ages 2, 4, 6, and 11. They all love crafts, and I have a craft apron that I made for my daughter 29 years ago that they use here at mamies's house, but it ties on both sides which makes it difficult for them to do. I think this pattern will be great since they all "want to do it myself."

by Knight, Deb
on January 25th, 2013

Great pattern! Only this is the medium says 5-8, but i think it runs smaller than that. Very easy for kids to put on and take off themselves. I made two of them and made them double layer with PUL so my girls can do the dishes in them and keep their clothes dry.

by Spooner, Mary
on January 3rd, 2013

Love this pattern! I made one with the ruffle for my grand daughter and one without a ruffle for my grandson. Making bias tape was new for me and I was surprised at how easy it was to do with the instructions included with the pattern. I would recommend this pattern for any skill level. It's quick and easy!

by D. Uleau
on January 3rd, 2013

Cute, have just the little one to make this for.

by Rister, Mary
on December 24th, 2012

This is great. I just made 10 of them for my grand children, I lined each of them so they are all reversible. What a fun and wonderful pattern. Thank you.

by Vince, Sandra
on December 13th, 2012

So far so good. Sitting with the bias tape and apron in my lap waiting to put it on right now. My only suggestion would be to do a french seam on the shoulders so you don't have exposed raw edges. Would give a much more finished look. You might have to add a bit for seam allowance, but not much. I'm going to do it with the next one I make for sure. Yep, have several planned already.

by VeraMiaFletchersMom
on September 20th, 2012

Pretty easy to put together, I made mine reversible so I had to tweak the pattern a little bit. But reviews that say this runs small, I disagree with it. I would say that it runs pretty true to size. Worried that the medium would be too small for my child's 3rd grade class classmates, I opted to make a size large and it's too big. I would say that the sizing is right on. Medium would be good for 7-9 years old for sure.

by Heidrich, Judith
on August 14th, 2012

Love this pattern! Goes together very easily

by Wilhelm, Emmanuelle
on July 17th, 2012

I thought this pattern was very easy to follow. I do think the sizing runs a little on the small side. I ended up making a plain apron and then one that was reversible. Making the binding was incredibly time consuming. I thought the reversible one was much faster to make and it added an extra thickness to the craft apron.

by garcia, tina
on July 13th, 2012

just read of the instructions and printed out the pattern. Looks very simple and the instructions are very easy to follow.

by Just For You_bypj
on June 26th, 2012

Love this pattern!!! When your busy in a classroom, it's nice to have an apron that the children can put on w/out needing assistance. Really simple to make.

by Corneille, Allison
on April 25th, 2012

this pattern is awesome!

by Gunn, Kristin
on March 17th, 2012

I love this pattern! I made some for my daughters special needs class and her teachers loved them! They mentioned they wish the apron came in their sizes and guess what?! Now it does!! I can't wait to sew some big ones! The little aprons are so easy and quick to put together!

by Mason, Roberta
on March 8th, 2012

Love this and easy for the kids to put on.

by Normandin, Melissa
on February 5th, 2012

Love the options of this pattern! Great for boys and girls.....I made several for my sons p-k class room. Plan on making plenty more!

by Schindler, Julie
on January 27th, 2012

Super fun pattern and great for birthday presents. I made them and included an "art" kit. So easy for the girls to put them on and take them off.

by Wagner, Gail
on January 20th, 2012

This is such a cute apron. I love how easy it is for my kids to put on. Pretty easy to make!

by Baham, Terry
on January 20th, 2012

I have made these for both boys and girls and I also made a matching chef hat with most of them. One of the little girls kindergarten teacher fell in love with it when she brought it to school for her paint smock. They are so easy to make and would be wonderful for charity projects for a low income pre-school or kindergarten class.

by seaman, teresa
on January 12th, 2012

good pattern

by bubbilicious*boutique
on January 4th, 2012

Adorable little apron. I made this when my 18 month old broke her arm so she could have some way to carry things around. I love that there are no ties and nothing hanging around the neck. Check the sizes though, you may need to make adjustments. I made size 2-4 and it won't fit my daughter for much longer. Highly recommend!

by Sarah Metzler
on August 1st, 2001

This is such a great pattern! Very easy to put together and it fits my kids so well. I decided to make mine reversible but using two fabric, which saved from having to use bias tape on everything but the neck. My kids are pretty small, so I didn't add seam allowances to the pattern, but you might need to depending on the child's size. Just add it to everything except the notched area that connects the front to the back (it already has a seam allowance) and the neck (because you still bind that). I also top stitched around the outside and it looks so fantastic!

by Rachel Beck
on August 1st, 2001

What a great pattern! I made this for a birthday gift, and it turned out great. I printed the pattern around 9:00am and finished it, wrapped it, and was ready to go around 11:00. And that was WITH a ruffle. It slips over the head wonderfully and just looks great on. My little girl wasn't too excited to give it away, I had to promise to make her one ASAP. Thanks for a pattern that is versatile; I'll use it again and again!

by Stephanie
on August 1st, 2001

Loved the pattern. Made two aprons in an afternoon. The girls needed an apron to use for an art smock and this was perfect! Very easy to use and I liked all the options. Although I didn't make an ruffles on the art shirts - I think there is an apron with pockets and ruffles in our future!

by Danielle Collins
on August 1st, 2001

This is a great, super easy, super fast pattern. It's a fabulous, cute apron. And the best part is that kids can put it on themselves. My daughter loves it. I'll be making more to give as gifts. I really enjoyed making this pattern up.

by Rosemary Wilmott
on August 1st, 2001

This is a great pattern. Fairly easy to put together and easy to adapt. I had to resize it hough as the Medium was too short to be auseful apron on my small 5 year old but the large was way too big. I alos made the small for my 2year old and he will have outgrown it in a month or two. I highly recommend this pattern to all it makes a lovely apron, just check the sizing and lengthen as needed.


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