Babies drool. It’s their job. Drooling is normal through the first two years of life since full control of swallowing and the muscles of the mouth isn’t fully developed until 18 - 24 months. Plus, babies who are teething amp up the drool factor. It’s kind of adorable, especially when they blow little bubbles, but it’s also rather messy and can cause the need for frequent changes of clothing as tops are soaked through. Our smallish bandana style drool bibs are a great way to keep your babe clean and dry… and cutie pie.
Start with an off-the-shelf hot pad and mitt set – we found ours for $2 – add some simple fabric and trim details and voila, stye on a shoestring. This fun project fits not only in the Fast Fridays category, but is also an excellent ScrapBusters project since you need just a bit o’ fabric and trim and a couple wooden buttons.
Double tier means double the fun. We used a killer combination of quilting cottons from the Hank & Clementine collection for Michael Miller Fabrics – courtesy of our friends at Fat Quarter Shop. The scrumptious sherbet colors give this flouncy little apron just the right blast of summer sass. There are two layers, both fully lined, with a wide waistband and generous ties. And check out that jaunty diagonal pocket!
It’s the perfect “protection pair.” A bib for baby and a burp cloth for the person holding baby! And, who says keeping clean has to be boring? We used two coordinating designer cottons with a layer of soft cotton batting in between. It’s extremely washable and extremely beautiful - and just a wee bit more fashionable that slinging a cloth diaper or dish towel over your shoulder. Cute and clean – that is a perfect pair.
Keep your tots tidy with this adorable apron for art projects and more. We used laminated cotton for a easy, wipe-clean finish. We give you some tips for sewing with it (it's really easy), and a full toddler-sized pattern is free to download below. Depending on the child's build, it's meant to fit a toddler up to about a 4T to 5T. Whip one up, then whip out those poster paints.
I think more things in life should be reversible. Having a string of bad luck? Flip it over, and win the lottery. Say something stupid to your best friend? Turn it inside out, and it never happened. Wake up to gray and rainy day for your family picnic? Reverse it to blue skies and sunshine. Sounds good, don't you think? Although I can't promise these awesome life swaps, I can guarantee you'll love this reversible apron.
It's time to plunge your hands into fresh dirt! If you're like us, you're excited about prepping the beds for vegetable starts and planting annual flowers. Now you can make your own custom Gardening Apron to help with the tough outdoor tasks. Our design features a unique, split-skirt that allows you to more easily move through all your chores. You can squat, bend, sit or stand without stretching, pulling or binding. We chose two tough denims to make the apron a true workhorse, then added bold lines of topstitching, rivets, and adjustable ties for fashion and function.
A heart-shaped bib, pretty ruffles rimming the edges, darts and pleats, all in the yummy combo of candy pink and orange sherbet. This, my friends, is one fun, flirty apron. And we make no apologies for the all-out "girly-girlness" of it. We originally used fabric from the Tangier Ikat collection is by Dena Fishbein of Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics. This ornate, wallpaper type motif was a perfect palette for fussy-cutting. We offer new fabric alternatives below that would also be fussy-cutting friendly. Taking the time for this type of precise pattern layout allows the apron's bib to be a perfect match to the skirt right through the waistband, and the pocket blends into the skirt with only a ruffled top to give it away.
The dishwasher is my friend. I put just about everything in that puppy and it magically reappears sparkling clean. The key phrase is, “just about.” There are some items that still require hand washing: crystal, fine china, and any flatware you want to keep looking new (sterling, silver-plate or even stainless). Hand washing means hand drying, and for the very best look for your very best tableware, hand drying should be done with a lightweight cotton cloth that can both dry and add a bit of finishing polish. These quick and easy drying towels are made from a single weight gauze bound with traditional quilting cotton. We used Swaddle Gauze by Cloud 9 Fabrics from their Tout Petit collection. It was the perfect weight, and big bonus: so pretty!
The original inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to the list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish was fulfilled by our Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons.