6 in 1 Princess Apron

What would it be like to go back to a time where you didn’t have a care in the world? You could be anything you wanted to be by simply using your imagination.
princess apron tutorial
I love living these moments through my children. To see the magic and joy of the childhood years that pass by so quickly. And I am thrilled to share our Princess Play Aprons with you so that you can create them for your little ones too.
If you make one of our aprons be sure to send me a photo! I’d be thrilled to see them recreated and will have to do a round up post one of these days! Send photos to gluesticks@hotmail.com
The Princess Play Apron
Time: 2 Hours
Skills: Basic Straight-Line Sewing, Scallops, Elastic, Gathering, Optional Applique
Size: 3T-8 years. My daughter is 4 years old and 38″ tall. It fits her perfectly with plenty of room to grow and would easily fit a little girl slightly smaller than her.  She’s had friends as old as 9 wear them with her and they fit great! The waist is Velcro and expandable from 20″-26″. If your child is significantly smaller or larger, you can adjust the size of the band and skirt accordingly.
This tutorial will show you how to make the basic princess apron modifications for 6 styles. Read through entire tutorial before beginning the project to make sure you customize it correctly. The variations are shown at the end of the post.
Snow White
Aurora
Cinderella’s Ball Gown
Belle
Ariel
Cinderella’s Work Apron
Supplies:
Fabric: Sturdy Cotton or Broadcloth
Matching Thread
Pins
Scissors
Iron
Sewing Machine
Elastic (Belle)
Lace (Aurora)
Velcro
All Seam Allowances are as follows:
Basic Seam Allowances: 3/8″
Scallop Seam Allowances: 1/4″
Top Stitching: 1/4″
Let’s get started!
Pre-wash all of your fabrics. A sturdy cotton or broadcloth is ideal. If your selection is limited and you can only find a thin fabric that is ok. Most sections of the apron are doubled (which is why you are cutting 2 pieces for the skirt and 2 pieces for the apron front) and should hold up well through many washings.
You will need about 1 1/2 yards (in varying colors) of fabric for each apron. It is better to have more than you will need than not enough, so I would suggest purchasing 1 yard for the skirt and 3/4 yard for each color after that.
All measurements are available here on the printable PDF download. 8 pages. 1 for each Princess Apron, Belle’s Bodice Shells, and all of the optional skirt applique patterns. I also labeled each piece with the color of fabric to use. Feel free to swap those out as you see fit. Sometimes I used a white band for the apron, other times I thought I would like it better with a colored one. It is totally up to you.
To make the bodice pattern, fold a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper in half. Starting at the outer corner, create a slight curve downward and cut to the fold. Open up and you should have a curved V shape.
Refer to the PDF for your cutting measurements. Above is what you will need to begin sewing the apron. 2 Skirt Pieces, 2 Apron pieces, 2 Straps, 1 Band, 2 Bodice pieces, 1 Velcro strip, optional embellishments.
The tutorial shows the Aurora apron being made. Variations are available at the bottom of the tutorial.
Bodice
I love my little helper!
Fold each strap (4″ x 24″) in half and sew up the long sides, leaving the top and bottom open.
Trim seams. Turn right side out by attaching a safety pin to the top and slipping it inside. Feed it through while scrunching the fabric as you go. When it comes out the bottom, pull and the rest will follow.
Press.
Stitch sides of bodice, leaving top and bottom open. Fold over one end of each strap, creating a finished edge and press. Top stitch around each strap (you don’t need to sew the bottom).
Slide the straps inside the bodice, lining the edges up with the edges of the bodice. The unfinished edge of the strap will peak out of the top. Pin strap in place.
Sew bodice top (V neck}, catching the straps in the seams as you go. Clip center of the V so that it lays flat when turned right-side out. Turn right side out and top stitch around sides and top. Press. I added some lace to the V for the Aurora apron, but that is optional.
Apron Front
The way you cut your apron will depend on which princess apron you are making. For directions on cutting scallops for Belle and Ariel, the Cinderella Ball apron front,  as well as creating the “tear” for the Cinderella apron, scroll to bottom of the post.
Snow White and Aurora are simply cut by curving the edges, slightly.
To sew the apron front, stitch sides and bottoms together, leaving top open. Turn right-side out and press. Top stitch around sides and bottom.
Skirt
For the Belle and Ariel Skirt, scroll to the bottom. All others are sewn as follows:
Sew sides and bottom of skirt together (leaving top open). Trim seams. Turn right-side-out and press. Top stitch around. To create the gathering, sew 5/8″ across the top, leaving long strings and setting your stitch length as long as it will go (mine goes to a 4). Sew another row of gathering stitches 3/8″ away from the first one.
Your skirt should be about 38″ wide. Pull the gathering strings and gather until skirt is 28″ wide. Lay your apron front on top, centering it, and you are ready to make the waist band!
Band
Fold and press your band 3/8″ all the way around. Fold in half and press so that you have a nice center line to line up your skirt with. Center the skirt and apron front along the center line. The band is 30″ wide. The skirt is about 28″ wide. You will have about an inch of space on each end of the band.
Fold over your band, making a sandwich over your skirt. Pin, making sure the top and bottom layers of the band match up. Pin across the bottom.
Zig zag or serge the bottom of the bodice to keep from fraying. Place your pinned band/skirt section on top of the bodice, lining it up about 3/8″ from the bottom of the bodice and pin together. (see 3rd photo above). Now sew your band together. Starting on the side, stitch 1/4″ ALL THE WAY AROUND, catching the bodice in as you go. You will sew through the bodice twice. Once when you sew the bottom of the band and once as you go across the top. Sew slowly, making sure that your edges all line up through all fabric thicknesses.
Applique
The apron front appliques are fun, but not necessary. And my zig zag skills are not all that great, but I am still happy with how they turned out. Pin your cut out to the apron front and zig zag around to secure into place. Pattern pieces here. For the Cinderella Work Apron, I added details to the mop and bucket by zig zagging on top of the fabric for the mop bands as well as bucket lines.
Velcro
Now for the Velcro. You are ALMOST done! Center the scratchy side with the top left of the apron band. Pin in place and stitch. Center the soft side with the under right side and stitch into place.
And you now have a beautiful little Princess Play Apron!
Princess Customizations
{Ariel’s Bodice}
The Ariel apron is the only one with a bodice modification. You can print out the shell pattern here. Center it on the bodice and pin. Zig zag around to sew it in place.
{Cinderella’s Work Apron}
After sewing the apron, turn it right-side out and press. Before top stitching around apron, cut a slit for the “tear” in Cinderella’s apron. Then top stitch around entire apron front and continue on with the basic princess tutorial. I didn’t worry about the raw edge here. It’s supposed to look torn!
{Cinderella’s Ball Gown}
Please excuse my poor digital editing skills, but hopefully you will get the idea. And actually it isn’t really to scale, so hopefully I can explain it well enough. Fold your apron front sections in half. Starting close to the bottom (closer to the bottom than what the picture shows), cut a curve up towards the center fold, ending about 3-4″ high. Open your fold and you should have the curved apron front.
{Scalloped Skirt for Belle and Ariel}
Fold the skirt in half, then in half again, and then again. For a total of 3 times.  Lay a bowl or something round close to the edge and trace rounded corners. Cut and open skirt. You should have 8 scallops. Sew sides and bottom of skirt (leaving top open). Clip curves and centers of scallops close to the edge, but not cutting through seam. Turn right-side-out and press. Top stitch around. To create the gathering, sew 5/8″ across the top, leaving long strings and setting your stitch length as long as it will go (mine goes to a 4). Sew another row of gathering stitched 3/8″ away from the first one.
If you are making a Belle apron, scroll down below to see how to make the billowed skirt.
{Belle and Ariel White Apron Front}
Use the same technique as above to create the scallops for the white skirt front for both Belle and Ariel, but only folding the apron front twice, creating 4 scallops instead of 8 scallops.
To sew the apron front, sew sides and bottom (leaving top open). Clip curves and centers of scallops close to the edge, but not cutting through seam. Turn right-side-out and press. Top stitch around.
{Belle’s Billowed Skirt}
Belle’s skirt is just plain fun to make! You will need 3 (11″) pieces of elastic. About 1/4″ or slightly wider. Pin onto skirt. One in the center and one 2 scallops away to the right and also to the left.
Starting at the bottom, sew elastic to skirt, pulling and stretching it as you go, ending at the base of the first row of gathering stitches.  The skirt is 16″ long and the elastic is only 11″ long. The difference is what makes the skirt scrunch up and billow.
And now your darling princess apron is finished! Scroll down to see all of the finished aprons made from our tutorial!

 

 

 

 

 

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