Hey guys! Merrick from Merrick’s Art here! Although I’m not a great cook, I do love to spend time in the kitchen. I cook dinner almost every night, but I also love to bake — especially around the holidays! And just like they always say, my family gravitates toward the kitchen. My two boys are 2 and 5, and they always pull a chair up to counter and ask to help measure, stir, or have a taste of whatever I’m cooking.
So since they’re always in the kitchen with me, it was time to make them aprons of their own, especially since school is out for the summer and we’re spending lots of time in the kitchen. I wanted to make these aprons special for them, so I monogrammed each of them to make them a little more personal. They are absolutely obsessed with them and now they love putting them on to work in the kitchen with me.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Cut your pieces. You’ll need the main apron piece (mine was about 18 inches wide and 23 inches tall for my 5 year old), and a pocket (mine was about 9 inches wide and 5 inches tall).
2. Cut a piece of bias tape to fit across the top of the apron. Open up the double fold and slide the edge of the fabric inside. Sew across the top of the bias tape, as shown above.
3. Now do the same for the bottom of the apron, all the way around, as shown above.
4. Now measure how long you want your ties, plus how long you want the neck loop. Add this to the measurement for the scooped sides of the apron and cut your bias tape accordingly. Attach it to the sides of your apron as shown. Make sure you sew down the ties and around the neckline, stitching up the bias tape. [note: I did mine out of order and had to backtrack, so you’ll see the bottom edge hasn’t been sewn in the photo, but make sure you sew it first!]
5. Now it’s time for the pocket. Serge or zigzag around the edge. Then fold in all the edges about a centimeter. Make small clips with your scissors around the curved edges to make it lie flat and smooth. Sew across the top straight edge.
Once the top of the pocket is sewn, pin it to the apron, as shown above. Sew around the pocket, attaching it to the apron.
Use your imagination and get creative with the embroidery! Our last name is White, so we refer to our home as the White House frequently. I played off of that and created each of the monograms with a little house, and their first initial inside of it. It was super simple and I love how it turned out.
Now head to the kitchen and bake something with those kiddos!