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Quilt Block Apron

size 4-6 girls


quilt block apron

8" quilt block bib, towel and pocket

Designer: Christina Sherrod


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Quilt Block Bib

apron quilt block This beautiful apron uses one quilt block, which makes up the bib. The finished block, including a 1" border all the way around, measures 8" x 8". You could substitute any 8" block. What a fun way to use a quilt block!

The towel offers a convenient feature for the apron, as does the pocket.

This pattern has been on our website for almost 15 years. It was one of the first patterns posted. It is a favorite among our visitors.

Don't miss our Free Quilt Lessons. It covers basic quilt techniques as well as creating points (sewing triangles).

Apron Size

This apron pattern is approximately size 4-6: little girl.

The finished quilt block (including the border) measures 8" square. You can use any 8" quilt block.

The skirt measures 13" across the top. My skirt has a length of 13.5".

Adjust the size by changing the length or width of the skirt, and/or changing the quilt block size.

Supplies

apron Fabric

1/8 yard yellow fabric
1/8 yard pink fabric
1/4 yard blue fabric
1 1/4 yard muslin (or white fabric)

1/2 kitchen towel

Other
thread to match background of fabric
fabric marker
large sewing ruler (optional but nice to have)
scissors or rotary cutter / cutting mat
pins

Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.

Safety Reminders For Little Helpers

A. Always have an adult do all the ironing!
B. Never run with scissors. Carry them pointed end down.
C. Never use a sewing machine without adult supervision.
D. Always let an adult use the seam ripper for you.

Now you are ready to start!

Directions

Please Note: these diagrams are not exactly to scale, but the pieces do fit as shown.

1. Cut Fabric Pieces

Cut fabric pieces directly from fabric (using a large sewing ruler and rotary cutter is easiest) OR create paper pattern pieces. I use butcher paper. I buy a large roll, then use it to create all of my patterns.

apron layout Muslin Pattern Pieces (or main apron fabric)
Skirt: Cut 1 piece 17" x 36".
Pocket: Cut 1 piece 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" (for lining of pocket)
Waist Ties: Cut 2 pieces each 3 1/2" x 23"
Neck Ties: Cut 2 pieces each 3 1/2" x 25"
Waist Band: Cut 1 piece 3 1/2" x 14 1/2"
Quilt Block Back: Cut 1 piece 9" x 9"

Now, lay-out pattern pieces as shown in the diagram. Cut out fabric pieces.

Quilt Block Pieces

Yellow: Cut (4) 2 1/2" squares
Cut (2) 3 1/2" squares

Pink: Cut (2) 3 1/2" squares

Blue: Cut (1) 2 1/2" squares
Cut (4) 1 1/2" x 8" strips

Pocket Pieces

Pink: Cut 1 piece 2.5" high x 5.5" wide
Blue: Cut 1 piece 4.5" high x 5.5" wide

2. Create Quilt Block

1. Cut the two pink squares on the diagonal, creating 4 triangles.

2. Cut two of the yellow squares on the diagonal, creating 4 triangles (leave 2 yellow squares whole).

3. Sew pink triangles to yellow triangles along the diagonal edge to form 4 squares as shown below.

Square down the divided squares (stitched triangles) to 2.5" square. Arrange them as shown below.

squares

apron quilt block After you have sewn your triangle squares, you should have 4 pink / yellow squares, 4 yellow squares, and 1 blue square. Place them in rows of 3 squares each; then sew the three rows together (refer to the following photo for placement of squares).

The stitch lines are enhanced in the photo so the individual fabric pieces show up better. The photo shows the finished block, after the border has been added.

add border 5. Place one blue strip along the top of your block of squares, right sides together, lining up one end of the blue strip even with the left edge of the block. Sew the strip to the block, right sides together - but stop about 1/2 way down the line. The blue strip will extend beyond the end of the block on the open end. This is correct.

Refer to image on right. After sewing strip one on, iron the strip open.

6. Rotate the block 90 degrees to the right. Sew a new strip of blue to your new top of the block. The blue piece can be sewn entirely across this side. Repeat on around until all blue strips have been sewn on. After your 4th blue piece is sewn on, you can go back and finish off the first blue piece. Refer to picture.

If you prefer, you can stitch the borders on by your own preferred method. I like the look of this method, because each strip overlaps the strip that follows, but it is not the only way to attach border pieces.

add border to quilt block

Neck Ties / Quilt Block Back

add apron ties 7. Fold ties right sides together. With right sides together, sew side seams and one end. Turn right sides out. Baste, serge, or sew across the unfinished edge. Repeat with second tie. Pin the muslin quilt block backing to the quilt block, right sides together, with the two finished neck ties placed inside the two layers (unfinished edge of each tie extending slightly beyond the edge of the quilt block). Place the ties so that their seams are toward one another, rather than to the outside.

Refer to the following photo.

stitch ties Sew backing of quilt block to the quilt block front along the two sides and across the top that contains the two ties. Be careful not to catch the ties in the sides of the block. They should be laid out straight so you do not accidentally sew them into any sides except at the top. Turn the block right side out, with ties sticking up out of the top. Iron. Refer to image on right.

Refer to the following photo.

Skirt / Waistband

8. Serge or zigzag along both long edges of the waistband. Fold under the two ends and iron. Fold the waistband right side out, lengthwise, and iron.

9. Serge or zig zag across the top of the skirt, the bottom of the skirt (top and bottom are the two long sides) and the top of the towel. Fold under the short sides of the skirt 1/4". Fold under again and stitch along the edge, finishing the sides. Run two gathering stitches along the top edge of the skirt and top edge of the towel. Gather the skirt across the top - adjust so that the skirt width equals the length of the waistband. Gather the top of the towel slightly. Place the towel on the skirt, with the right side of the towel and skirt facing up. Baste the towel into place on the skirt (about 2-3" from the side of the skirt). Place the quilt block bottom edge along the top edge of the skirt, right sides together. Pin the waistband to the top of the skirt, keeping ends of waistband folded under. The bottom layer is the skirt, the second layer is the towel, the next layer is the quilt block, the top layer is the waistband. Stitch across. Refer to image below.

apron waistband

Finishing Waistband / Waist Ties

10. Fold waistband over top of skirt and pin in place on wrong side of skirt. Hand stitch waistband in place.

waistband front

waistband back
image above: back of apron

Place the unfinished edges of the waist ties into the waistband open ends so that seams face toward the floor. If ties don't fit into waistband, adjust their width to fit. Machine stitch across ends of waistband catching waist ties.

Pocket

apron pocket pattern 11. Sew the pink pocket strip to the top of the blue pocket piece, right sides together to create an outer pocket piece that measures 6.5" high x 5.5" wide. Zig zag or serge across bottom edge of outer pocket. Zig zag or serge across bottom edge of pocket lining. Turn under bottom edge of outer pocket front and bottom edge of pocket lining 1/4" and iron. Sew the pocket lining to the pocket front around three unironed sides , right sides together (keep the bottom edge that was folded under open). Turn pocket right side out. Place pocket on skirt. Sew in place along two sides and across bottom folded edges.

12. Hem the bottom of the skirt.

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE FINISHED!

Your next apron will be easier. Remember, it is always easier to make more than one of any item at a time. It goes much faster to make two together, than it does to make one now and one later.

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