Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pretty Apron and Chef Hat Tutorial

This post was found unpublished in my files. I made this apron and chef hat last week after I made this. However, this post wasn't published. So, I am publishing it today when I don't have the time to make any post because I am busy creating more things to sell in my etsy shop for a donation drive. I have my sister, some relatives and friends in Japan. So, even if I am not there, I can feel their worries, pain and suffering. I hope that in our own little way, we can help... You don't need to buy from my shop to donate. You can donate an item to sell, or donate directly to:

A little help goes a long, long way...

Now, enjoy the tutorial!


Pretty Apron and Chef Hat for a Little Girl

Last Sunday, I made this and this. My princess brought the hand-painted apron to school on monday as told by her teacher. When she was back from school, she told me that they were asked to bring a chef hat with their apron the next day. I really don't think making a chef hat out of the burlap curtain is a good idea. Well, I am not sure anymore it's burlap... I think is more of a cotton or poly-cotton with a burlap appearance. As the curtain is already old, it heavy yet so soft. So, I have decided against using it. I wanted to make a matching apron and chef hat for my daughter so instead, I looked for some fabric in my stash and made her this:

She was so happy and really liked her apron and chef hat. Let me show you how I made it.

I used the hand-painted apron as template for my apron pattern. Well, the hand-painted apron was based on one of my princess' dress. I made a template for this but for unknown reasons my printer/scanner wouldn't work. So, I just drew it so you would have an idea of my measurements. Please, take note, do not use this as a pattern, this is only for demonstration purposes. ^^)

So basically, your finished apron will be 22.5" long and 16.5" wide(approximately). And your rounded corners will depend on how round you want them to be.

So you will need:
Apron piece
bias tape 2 pcs. 1" x 44"
bias tape 1 pc. 1" x 9"

Chef hat:
1 round pc of fabric, 14" diameter
1 rectangular pc. 22" x 6.5"
interfacing, optional
some felt
thread and other haberdasheries and sewing notions

Get your bias tape (mine wasn't a bias tape as I didn't have enough of the same fabric to make a bias tape so I just cut a rectangular piece)and sew it on your upper side (9") and then, your armhole part. Lay your apron piece right side down, on top of it lay your bias tape right side down also. Sew a straight stitch. I cannot give you the exact measurement of the nape tie and back tie as they were one continued piece on each side. You would just have to estimate and decide how long you want your ties (around the nape and back) to be.

Turn your apron piece and fold your bias tape following the creases and sew a straight stitch. Do the same to the other side. The ends of your bias should be turned inwards before sewing, see here.

I took some pleated chiffon in my stash and decided to sew it all around the apron except the armhole area. I placed my pleated chiffon right sides together with my apron piece, making sure that the edges are aligned and have sewn a straight stitch all throughout the entire length.

Sew a zigzag stitch to your edges so your fabric won't fray.


Do the same to the top side of your apron.

Here's your almost finished apron. Set it aside.

Get your remaining rectangular piece and iron-on your interfacing if you have some. Then attach both ends together by sewing a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. Then fold the piece lengthwise, wrong sides together and sew a straight stitch which would seem like a topstitch.

Set your stitch length to the longest possible, mine's 5.0, sew a gathering stitch leaving 1/2" seam from the edge of your round piece. Do not backtrack.

Gather your round piece by pulling the bobbin thread. Turn your round piece wrong side out, and place your rectangular piece inside.

Sew a straight stitch all around your hat.

Then, a zigzag stitch.


I have cut two butterflies from the same fabric.

I have sewn it on some felt.

Cut it out and sew, just the body of the butterfly, to your chef hat so the butterfly would look like it's just perched on your hat and ready to take flight! I did the same to the apron!

My princess loved her apron and chef hat!

I also made on for my Li'l Guy!

He liked it!

Here are my kids with their own aprons and hats!

I hope you liked today's tutorial.

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Sonia said...

Just gorgeous! I love it all <3

Marie-Louise said...

Such a great tutorial! I can not sew, unfortunately, but I just might give it another go, as this is sooo adorable!! Well done and thatnk you for sharing :-)

Good luck with your Etsy shop, You are very talented.

Hanna said...

ahhh....this is so adorable. I especially love hte hat and the little butterfly embelishment! So cute! Thank you so much for linking up to the handmade hog!! I hope to see you again next week too!!! And thank for the links on Japan!!


Queen Wifey said...

what little budding chef in the making wouldn't just LOVE that apron and hat. super cute. job well done!

Craft Medley said...

What an adorable project!

I just wanted to say my heart goes out to you and your family. I have many relatives in Japan as well - I haven't even made a post about it yet because it makes me sick. Luckily most of my family lives in Okinawa and have not been horribly affected by it. Praying for your family!

xoxo Maria

shah wharton said...

Here from the weekend creation blog hop at New follower. This is a superb design - marvellous for the kids! Shah. X

Megan said...

very cute. these would be cute for a cooking party.


Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

That is so sweet! I love it! The matching hat is great!!

I'd love to have you join in on my For the Kids Friday Link Party. Come and see all of the fun we're having!

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

This is so cute! I really want a daughter...doubt my little boy would like that :)
Thanks for sharing.
~Your newest follower!

Shore Girl said...

Simply ADORABLE!!!

AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet! I bet she loved it!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Vixen said...

This is so sweet! Great tutorial and your little girl is so darling!! :)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

SO stinkin cute!!! And the little princess looks lovely in it!!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays friend!!!

Connie the crafterbug said...

This is so cute! I am a new follower.

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Friday! I'll be posting the next link party tomorrow night. I hope to have you stop by and share again this week!

:)rachel at

Kate from Scratch said...

This is absolutely adorable!!! I love love love it.

Linda L. said...

Thanks for this tutorial. Is the chef's hat adjustable, or fitted to the person's head that I'd be making it for? I had found a tutorial on another site for an adjustable chef's hat, adult size. It was very much like this one (I guess a chef's hat is a chef's hat, huh). I'd use this one for making a hat for one of the kids. And the apron is really cute, too! (also making aprons a lot lately)

TSWL said...

Hi, Linda. No, it's not adjustable I made it slightly bigger tha their head so it won't be too tight. would love to see when you finish yours! ^^)


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