Make a kids apron with no pattern- sewing tutorial

Hello everybody!!!

In today’s post I will show you how I created this little kids apron without the need for a pattern. It is super quick and fun to sew and it makes for a cute gift.

What you will need is some medium weight cotton fabric and two triangle rings. The amount of fabric needed depends on the size of an apron. This one was made for a 10 years old girl and I used approximately 1 meter of fabric.

Before we start you will need to take waist measurement, preferred length of the apron (starting at the waist to the knee) and height of a bib ( from waist to high bust / around armpit high).

I will include measurement I used in brackets for your information. Seam allowance is 1cm throughout and it is already included.

From the fabric you will need to cut:

1x apron = waist measurement by length of the apron (59cm by 47cm)

2x pockets, size is up to you (15cm by 15cm)

2x bib =1/2 waist measurement minus around 5cm by height of bib (24 cm by 24cm)

2x tab (4cm by 4cm)

1x neck tie (7cm by 55cm, but you can make it shorter/longer)

2x waist tie, the length = waist measurement plus 50cm. The length can be adjusted later if needed to be shorter (5cm by 110cm)



Apron sewing instructions

Take both pockets and press the top edge by 5 mm and again by 1 cm. Top-stitch 8mm from the outer edge

Next, fold towards the wrong side the other edges by 1 cm and press it. To ensure that pressed seams at the corners do not stick out I like to fold and press little triangles.

With right sides together, pin and stitch both tabs together along two opposite edges.

With right sides together, fold in half the neck tie along the long edge, sew it using 1 cm seam allowance.

Turn both pieces inside out and press it flat.

Insert the tab into triangle rings, fold in half and machine tack in place.

With right sides together place the tab and the neck tie at the top edge of the bib around 15mm from sides. Machine in place within 1 cm seam allowance.


With right side facing each other place the other bib piece on top of the first, pin it around and using 1 cm seam allowance sew it around both sides and the top. Use the bottom edge to turn the bib right side out and press it flat.



The other unfinished end of the neck tie fold twice and top-stitch.

Mark the centre at the bottom of the bib piece.



Press the apron in half along sides to mark a centre. This will help with a pocket placement.

Using the centre fold as a guide decide on a placement of patch pockets ( mine are around 1/3 from the top and halfway through the centre fold and sides). Place each pocket on top of the apron (all pieces with right sides facing up), pin pockets in place and stitch around sides and the bottom.

Finish off sides and bottom edge of the apron using a serger /overlocker or a zigzag stitch then press it 1cm towards the wrong side of the fabric. Stitch 8mm from the fold.


Sew two lines of a long basting stitch alongside the top of the apron, tie thread ends on one side and gather the fabric.



Mark the centre of waist ties by folding them in half. From the centre, make two notches on each sides = 1/4 of the waist measurement (15cm)

With right sides together place the apron on top of one waist tie. Match centre notches and pin it together. Next, use the other wait tie notches and gather the fabric evenly between them.



Once gathered pin it together and sew it using 1cm seam allowance.


Press the seam towards the waist tie.


Place the bib seam on top of the waist tie matching at the centre notches. Pin in place and using a basting stitch sew it together within 1cm of seam allowance.


Align the other wait tie ( right sides together) on top of the first waist tie. Pin it and machine it together around the long and short edges stopping at the sides of the apron.


Clip corners of the waist ties and turn it right side out.


The easiest and fastest way to turn the ties to the right side is by pushing the closed end inside the tie using something with a blunt end such as a chopstick or a screwdriver.



Tease the corners with a pin or a needle to make it neat and press it flat along the entire length of the waist tie tucking inside 1cm allowance at the centre opening. Pin in place and close it using a ladder stitch.

Give the apron final press and you are done 😉



What I love about this apron the most is its simplicity and the fact that there is no pattern needed. By taking few measurements it can be made not only for kids of any age but also adults. The adjustable neck tie also gives an interesting feature.

What do you think?

Monika xxx

Tilly and the Buttons – Cleo Pinafore pocket hack – sewing tutorial

Hi sewing friends!

Last year I had shared with you a tutorial on how I hacked a Cleo pinafore dress pattern to make a slanted pockets. Today I will show you a detailed instruction of how to sew it up. I had couple requests on how to construct it and thought it would be a perfect time to make another Cleo dress…..but hey, who needs an excuse!

If you are not familiar with how to alter the pattern, you can find that tutorial post here.

Sewing tutorial

Cut out all pattern pieces and copy all suggested markings on front pieces, top pocket pieces and pocket bag pieces.

Interface or staystitch the pocket opening on front pattern piece to stop the pocket from stretching out of shape during use.

(Optional) For better result I find it easier to mark a seam line at the pocket corner.

With right sides together place pocket bag along the longer pocket opening edge making sure that dotted mark matches the marked corner and pin in place.

Starting at the dot sew it together.

Fold the seam allowance towards the pocket bag and pin it to keep it out of the way for the next step.

With right sides together place the top pocket piece at the shorter pocket opening edge and pin it in place.

It is best to turn the fabric over to the other side to clearly see the marked sharp corner and exact place where the first stitch line ends. Starting at that point stitch the short edges together.

Next, carefully clip the corner as close as possible to the stitching line.

Turn the pocket bag towards the wrong side and press the seam.

Repeat the step for top pocket piece.

(This is how it should look like from the right side).

If you prefer not to top-stitch the pocket you may skip next few steps.

To top-stitch the pocket opening fold the top pocket pieces out of the way. Leaving long thread tails start to top-stitch as close as possible from the pocket corner. Only back stitch at the side seam.

On the wrong side pull both thread tails and securely tie them up together.

Instead of cutting tread tails short, thread it through the needle and insert it between both fabric layers. Only then snip the ends. By doing this it is less likely that the thread will unravel in the future.

Place the top pocket piece and the pocket bag right sides together and pin it in place.

Starting at the end of a second ( shorter) stitch line machine the pocket bags together.

Overclock or zigzag the seam allowance around the entire pocket bag.

Pin and baste the pocket bag at the side seam.

To top-stitch the other edge of the pocket start at the beginning of the first top-stitching line and sew around the corner. It is easier to first draw a line. Remember to leave a long thread tail and secure it in place as before.

Give it a final press and your pockets are done!

Now follow the rest of the pattern instruction to finish sewing your garment.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and find it useful!

See you next time!!!

Monika xxx