Monday, May 17, 2010

Minnie Mouse Apron

For all the little girls with play kitchens, this one is for you.

I can't believe how long it takes to write a tutorial! I won't call this a tutorial though since there are probably a thousand ways to accomplish this. So, we'll call it the "Jenntorial".

If you decide to attempt this daunting project, please use for personal use only.

*NOTE* The apron was made for a size 3T.

  • Start with two large circles (I used a mixing bowl as pattern)
  • 4 small circle (I used a drinking glass)
  • 1 rectangle - 13"x27" (this will be the apron)
  • One 4"x50" strip (waist band/tie)
  • two 4"x12" strips (neck strap)
  • ribbon as embellishment

Take your three strips and fold in .5" on either side and iron.

I don't know the professional way to close up the end but here's how I do it. Take the two corners and fold on the diagonal and iron.

Then fold over .5" and iron again.

Fold the strips in half and iron one more time. Set the longer strip aside and sew the shorter ones closed. (these will be the straps around the neck)

Let's move on to the ears. Take the neck strap and 2 smaller circles and lay them like below. Honestly, this was a little tricky so you can just sew all around the circle and leave a 1" opening. Once you turn inside out you could then insert the strap.

You can see below what it looks like when you put the right sides together. Stitch around the dotted line and then turn right side out.

Once it's right side out, iron flat and then stich around the top edge to close it up.

Do the same to the other two small circles and 2nd shorter strap.

Head of mouse: Take your two large circles and sew them together, right sides facing eachother leaving about a 2" opening. Turn right side out and iron flat. At this point, I realized I wouldn't need a perfect circle so I trimmed about .5" off. (see below). And then stitched around the entire head.

Now take your two ears (notice one has the strap already sewed in and the other doesn't? I had originally tried to do it a different way. Both straps should bew sewed in ears at this point) and pin them on the head where you'd like. Then sew along the dotted line to attach them to the head.

Put that aside and move on to the apron. Take your rectangular piece of fabric and iron the hem. I fold over .5" once, iron, and then fold again and iron.

Sew the hem down.

Do the same thing on both sides of the apron as well and it should look like below.

Next switch your machine to the longest stitch length and sew along the top of the rectangle. And then carefully pull your thread to gather the apron.

Now you'll grab the longer strip of fabric that you've already ironed and carefully pin the gathered apron between the folded strip of fabric.

Once you sew it down, it should look like below. Be sure to fold in the end edges of the long strip and sew those down. This is now the tie for the apron. It's actually kinda cute just like this.

Grab mouse head and pin it to the apron. Now do you see why you didn't need the complete circle? Sew across the top on the dotted line to secure the head to the apron.

If you can catch your toddler, measure the neck straps so that it fits over their head and the apron rests nicely around their neck. Trim the strips and add some velcro. Or you can leave them as is and tie at the back of the neck too. Add a cute little bow for the ear and your done!

Snap a pic of your princess brushing her hair :)

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Ginger said... cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!


Jennifer Juniper said...

Very cute, any girl would love this!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

oh my gosh this is just too cute.

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Oh my! That is the sweetest apron!

Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

Lanie Ree said...

Aw, now this is adorable. What a lucky (and cute!) little girl.

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays! I featured you last Tuesday but sorry I didn't get around to commenting until now. Love this idea!

Andrea said...

awww she's so sweet in her new adorable apron! nice work:)