Isn't it cute? I think Norah will love this. Ellie's apron had craft supplies, but I know how little girls love to help out in the kitchen and thought this would be fun too. You could also make a version for a little boy with tools. Or boys like crafts and cooking too, either way, this is how you make it.
First you'll need a rectangle of fabric. I cut mine 16X18 inches long (18 inches is a half of a yard).
Then you want to fold that in half right sides together so you've made yourself a 16X9 inch rectangle.
Then you'll want to take a piece of pom pom trim that is cut to 16 inches and pin it along the inside of that bottom seam. Make sure you have the pom poms on the inside and the trim part bumping up to the edge of your fabric.
Pin the pom pom trim on the inside.
So now your pom pom trim is pinned into place and your two side seams are still open. You're going to want to cut two pieces of ribbon 15 inches long (or longer depending on the size person you are making this for, Norah happens to be very tiny) and tuck it into the inside of one of your side seams at the opposite end of your pom pom trim (this is the top of your apron) and pin. Only a little bit of the ribbon should be hanging out, you want the long tie on the inside so that when you pull the apron to the right side you'll have a tie and not a tiny piece of ribbon.
(sorry for the blurry picture, I didn't use my camera that was good for close-ups for this tutorial, oh well)
Now pin this into place and pin up the entire side seam as well, but leave the other seam open so that you can pull the apron through. In the next picture you'll see that I pinned the whole thing before realizing my mistake. I didn't sew it all closed, I just had it wrong in the picture. I never said I was perfect, but hopefully that's why you like me :)
Now sew along the bottom edge and the one side seam incorporating the pom pom trim (careful not to sew on the pom poms themselves, only the trim part) and the ribbon into your stitches. Always remember to back stitch when you start and stop.
Now pull your apron through your open side seam to the right side.
Like that. Now you'll need to tuck in the open side seam, add the other 15 inch ribbon, pin and sew up the remaining side.
That was easy, right? Now you could stop here, but it wouldn't be near as cute, and we like cute so we'll keep going.
But before I show you the cute pockets I need to show you a trick my niece Shelby taught me. To keep your ribbon from fraying you simply hold a lighter or match to the end of it and it melts and seals the end of the ribbon. Like this. (I only used a candle so I could take a picture, but there's no need for that, simply hold the ribbon's end to a lit match).
Now your ribbon will be sealed, and it won't fray. Shelby said she did this with all of her ribbons for cheer, smart cheerleader that girl. Okay on to the next step.
Take a coordinating piece of fabric and cut it to a 7 X 13 inch rectangle. Then take the four sides of the rectangle and turn them in with your iron about 1/2 inch or so.
Now sew a seam along what will be the top of the pocket to sew it into place and give it some cute top stitching.
Next I added a cute coordinating circle to put Norah's initial onto. I used wonder under (you can buy Wonder-Under at Wal-Mart or any fabric store) for this, I'll show you how.
Then I used an iron-on monogram and simply ironed it onto the circle. I don't know how to do monograms with my sewing machine, so I do the iron-on kind. I happened to have this on hand since Norah and I have the same first initial, and truth be told I think it's actually a U, but turn it upside down and it's an N! I know, I'm clever, at least that's what I tell my kids.
Now pin your pocket in place, sew along the two sides and bottom, and then in the middle to make three pockets. I just eye-balled that part. Easy, right? I know it looks like a lot of steps, but this project took me around an hour, and that was even with me stopping to take pictures every two minutes.
Now you're done and you're so happy that you could make this project so quickly. Heck, you even had time to volunteer at the kids' school for two hours, watch yesterday's Oprah, take your much deserved lunch break (even housewives need a break), make this project, and write a blog post about it all before the kids got home from school. Oh wait, that was me.
I filled this apron with some of my kitchen utensils for the picture, but I plan to go get Norah some kitchen supplies of her own, and of course a pen and notepad to take orders with. I hope she likes it as much as I do, and I hope you'll try to make one of your own, let me know if you do! And P.S. to Emily, don't show this to Norah, I want to surprise her on Sunday.