Welcome back to the 12 days of Freebies! We have had so much fun coming up with ideas for this years freebies, and I’m so excited to share this adorable apron pattern with you all! The Annie Apron pattern is perfect for your favorite little chef. It features both a gathered skirt and a non-gathered skirt option, making it perfect for both girls and boys alike!
Print your pattern pieces at 100% or no scaling. Your pattern pieces will go together like a bingo card- 1A, 1B, 1C, next row 2A, 2B, 2C. After you put your pieces together, cut your pieces out. This pattern features LAYERS, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need! In Adobe reader, open the file, then click on the layers icon on the left. Click on the eyeball to turn size layers on or off. Be sure to leave the bottom layer that says Leave checked, on. If you have more questions about how the pages go together or printing issues check my faqs and troubleshooting page here. When cutting out your pattern pieces, remember that you will only need 1 gathered skirt OR 1 ungathered skirt, not both!!
The small apron with roughly fit sizes 1-4, the medium apron sizes 5-7, and the large apron sizes 8-14. These are all rectangle measurements, so if you don’t want to print out the pieces, the measurements are below to cut with a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Choose from a gathered skirt or an ungathered skirt.
*Fabric Requirements – Intended for light to medium weight wovens: quilters cotton, chambray, corduroy. Based on 44″ wide woven fabric.
-Bodice: 1/4 yard
-Waistband/sash: 1/2-3/4 yard, depending on size
-Skirt: 1/2 yard
*Trims, if using
Now, let’s get started! You will use 1/2″ seam allowances throughout (they are included, you don’t need to add them).
Step 1: Cutting
Cut 2 Bodices (1 front, 1 lining), 1 skirt, 2 sash centers (1 front, 1 lining), 4 sash pieces, and 2 ribbon straps.
Step 2: Straps
We need to finish the raw edge of your ribbon. You can either heat seal the edge to prevent fraying, or fold one raw edge in 1/4″, and then fold again another 1/4″. Edge stitch to enclose raw edge.
Step 3: Bodice
Lay your bodice front right side up. Place the raw edge of the ribbon straps 1/2″ from bodice side, with right sides together. Baste or pin in place.
Place the bodice lining on top of bodice, sandwiching straps in between. Sew around the two bodice sides and the bodice top. Make sure you do NOT catch your ribbon in the side seam allowance!!
Clip corners, making sure not to clip through your stitching. Turn bodice right side out and press. Don’t skip pressing your pieces! This will help your project look much more professional ;).
Top stitch if desired.
Since I’m making a Gingerbread inspired apron, I’m going to be adding ric rac trim to my bodice front. Stitch ric rac around the edge of the bodice to secure.
Step 4: Sash Center
Lay your sash center front piece face up.
Fold in half width-wise to find center.
Lay your finished bodice right side up and find the center.
Matching the center points, place the sash center front on top of the bodice, right sides together. The TOP raw edge of the sash center should be flush with the BOTTOM raw edge of the bodice.
Flip bodice/sash center over so that the wrong side of the bodice is face up. Place the sash center lining piece on top of the sash center front, sandwiching the bodice in between. Stitch along the bottom edge only.
Press seam open, and then down.
Open the center sash back up.
Press the bottom edge of the center sash lining 1/2″ towards wrong side.
Fold center sash front back over and set bodice aside.
Step 5: Skirt
Lay your skirt wrong side up. Fold each short edge and bottom raw edge towards wrong side 1/4″, and then again another 1/4″. Edge stitch hem in place. Tip: I like to serge those edges first, then use the serged edge to easily turn my hem 1/4″ and again 1/4″!
If you are making the ungathered skirt version, skip to step 6. Otherwise, run two lines of gathering stitches at 3/8″ and 5/8″ from top edge. Pull your bobbin threads to gather skirt top.
Grab your bodice and open the center sash pieces back up, so that the lining is up and out of the way. Measure in 1/2″ along the bottom edge of center sash and mark with a pin or marking tool.
Step 6: Attaching the skirt
Gathered Skirt – If you gathered your skirt, distribute skirt gathers to fit evenly between your markings/pins. Flip skirt upside down and pin in place along the bottom of the sash center, right sides together. Pin and stitch in place.
Ungathered Skirt – If making the ungathered skirt version, your skirt should fit in between the two markings perfectly. Pin and stitch in place.
*For both versions, the top raw edge of the skirt should be pinned to the bottom raw edge of the sash center front piece only (do NOT pin to center sash lining).
Remove the gathering stitches (if you have them) and press seam up.
Step 7: Side Sashes
Grab 2 of your side sash pieces and lay them face up. Place 1 on top of the other, right sides together and pin in place.
Stitch along both long raw edges and 1 short edge. Clip corners and turn right side out. Press. Top stitch if desired. Repeat with other 2 sash side pieces.
Place the raw edge of one side sash flush against the raw edge of the center sash. It should fit evenly in between the top (lining) seam and the bottom (skirt) seam. If not, DON’T PANIC! Just pleat your sash slightly to fit. Repeat with other sash/side.
Fold bodice down and center sash lining down, and pin along the center sash side seams. Make sure that the bottom of the lining edge is still folded 1/2″ towards wrong side. Stitch along the center sash side seams.
Pull sashes out, and bodice back up. We are almost done, woohoo!
Turn your apron around so that the wrong side is facing up. Pin your sash lining in place.
I like to use a fusible hem tape here, it is so much easier than pinning and the result is a nice, professional finish! To do so, Lift the sash lining up and press your hem tape in place. Follow the instructions on your hem tape to attach. For mine, that means pressing with an iron, peeling the backing off, and pressing the lining back in place.
Flip bodice back over so that the right side is now facing up. Top stitch along the entire center sash, catching the lining you just pinned (or fused) in place.
You are DONE with your apron construction! Add any trims/Heat Transfer Vinyl that you would like! Since we love to #vinvylallthethings , we have several FREE Heat Trasnfer Vinyl Images for you to add to your apron (both .png images and .svg images)!
FREE HTV VINYL IMAGES AVAILABLE:
“Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice”
“Daddy’s/Mommy’s Little Helper”
We can’t wait to see what you create with this! As always, I would love for you to share in our Made for Mermaids Facebook Group and tag us on instagram #madeformermaids #madeformermaidspatterns 🙂 Join us tomorrow for the last day of freebies! Check out our adorable little chefs below!!
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Day 6 ~ Fleece Earmuffs
Day 7 ~ Ornaments
Day 8~ Shark Tail
Day 9 ~ Top & Dress Extenders
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