Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Princess Dress-up Apron {Tutorial!}

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I have had this project in my head for months now.  My niece's Birthday is next week, and it was a perfect excuse to finally make it!  I wanted to make durable dress up clothes and are also easy to get on and off...

And the Princess Dress up Apron was born!

Easy to slip over you head and it ties in the back.  No buttons or Velcro! The felt makes it easy to sew and more durable then most of the flimsy dress up clothes fabric.

This size is for 4T- Girls Small.   I think it would fit 4 -6 year olds.

Here is what you will need:
Felt (About 1/2 yard total...divided up by what princess colors you want)
1/2 inch thick elastic (not pictured)
Sewing Machine (with thread, scissor, etc)

1. Cut out your 3 pieces:
Top square is 8" X 8 " (blue)
Middle Strip is 2" X 48" (red) {If you have to, you can piece it together like I did}
Bottom rectangle is 11" X  28" (Yellow)

2. To give your top piece a "sweet hear neckline", you just fold in half and cut a curve on the top.  It is just like you are going to cut out a heart but with out the point on the bottom.

3. Add 2 pleats to the bottom piece.  
I marked the middle with a pin.  I then measured 3 inches from each side of the middle pin and folded over and pined the fabric into itself.  Then, I stitched the pleat in place with a straight stitch in my sewing machine.

4. Sewing the whole thing together.
A. Pin your long strip to the bottom rectangle lining up the middle each with right sides together.  You want an equal amount of tie hanging off each side.
B. Sew together getting as close to the edge as possible.
C. Pin the top Square (on the straight side) lining up the middles of each piece to the top of the strip you just have sewn (right sides together)  Sew together as close to the edge as possible.
D. Optional: Top stitch on the right side of each seam to give it a finished look.

5. Cut a piece of elastic that will fit over the head of your child.  Mine is about 15 inches long.   Sew the ends of the elastic to the back side of the top of the sweet heart neck line.   
See Picture below:

6. Embellish! 
I used these flowers and hot glued them in place.

This is my Snow White version:

This is my Sleeping Beauty Version:
I added ruffled tulle to the bottom and hot glued the tulle and bows on the sides.

I would LOVE to see if you made one! Please add a picture to our Flickr Group!

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Carrie said...

What a great idea!! I would love it if you would share at our Sharing Saturday. http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/02/sharing-saturday-6.html

Chatty Chics said...

These are amazing! Please come link this up at my place so I can feature you!

AngelaSpots said...

Great idea! I just pinned this on Pintrest. Hopefully it generates some traffic to your blog.

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