Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hello Kitty Kid Apron

Oh yes, The Mom took on another sewing project.  But guess what, I didn't screw up at all this time.  It's a Christmas miracle.  Okay, Christmas is over, but it's a winter miracle at least.

Is there anything cuter than Hello Kitty?  Let me answer that for you.  No.  There isn't.

The neighbor girl turned six last week, and since Em has really loved her new cookbook she got for Christmas, I thought I'd get one for the birthday girl.  Then I thought it would be fun to wrap an apron up with it, 'cause, as most of you probably don't know, I have a wee bit of an apron fetish.

I searched around on Etsy a bit and found some really cute one's, but they were out of my price range.  So I hit up Amazon and I suppose they were reasonably priced, but with shipping, it was still more than I had to spend.  Soooooo, off to Pinterest for inspiration I went.

I ended up downloading this pattern, and then adapted it to the size I wanted.  
And then, of course, I had to add stuff that wasn't necessary.  
Like a ruffle.  And trim. And pockets.

I also made double-fold bias tape for the first time in my life.  
I used this super easy to follow tutorial.
And now I really want the tool.

The best part about this whole project, other than the fact that I didn't have to get out my seam ripper even once, was that I used stuff I already had.
No late night trips to the fabric store.
All the fabric was in my stash.  The pompom trim was leftover from Baby's room.  I used heat n' bond (is that what it's called?) that was leftover from the ukulele pillow for Kitty's face. 
And it only took me an entire Saturday to make.  Ha!

Before I even started, I had thought about doing pockets, but then changed my mind 'cause the tutorials I had looked at made it sound like a lot of extra work.
But then The Dad walked by mid-project, saw the arm cut-outs laying on the floor and said, oh, you're makin' pockets?
Why yes, yes I am.  
So I added some of the bias tape to those bad boys and sewed them on.

The ruffle is the same material as Kitty's face.

My model is a little frowny in these next pictures.
I couldn't figure out why she was so grouchy.
Then she proceeded to puke all night, so I guess she deserved to be a little grumpy.
Poor thing didn't feel good.

In addition to the heat n' bond, I machine stitched around Kitty's face and bow.
I hand stitched around her eyes and nose and used embroidery floss for her whiskers.

As I mentioned, the pockets came from the arm holes that I had cut out.
Two sides were already hemmed, so I just sewed some of the bias tape on the raw edge and stitched the whole thing to the front of the apron.

It was hard to get pictures of the whole thing when it was hanging, so here it is spread out on the floor.


I had to take a ton of pictures because, of course, now The Girl wants one.
I need to be able to see how I did it.  :)

Just for fun, here it is hangin' from the coat tree.

Is there anything cuter than Hello Kitty?
Yeah, I know, I asked that already, but she is so dang cute!

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  1. I am so impressed with your sewing skills. Made your own double-fold bias tape- I mean come on, that's impressive. The apron turned out really cute - add it that Etsy shop you should start.

  2. That apron is so stinkin' cute!!! Of course, your daughter wants one. I think I want one. :)
    Farmhouse hugs,

  3. Mindy, that's so adorable! I had no idea you were such a wiz at the sewing machine! Yet another thing to add to your etsy store ;0)...no pressure

  4. That is just darling, Mindy. Your little model is pretty darned cute!!!! I have been looking for those instructions forever on making the seam binding the easy way. Thanks so much!!!! xo Diana

  5. Oh Honey that is flipping awesome! What can't you do! Holy Cow! Too cute for words..and the ruffle and pockets are perfect! I have always wanted to learn to sew.....Great stuff!

  6. This is just darling, Mindy--you did a fantastic job! I have kind of a love-hate relationship with sewing projects, mostly because it's hard to see to thread the needle :) But I'm always on the lookout for pretty fabrics when I'm out thrifting.

  7. Adorable - you know that etsy store you are always talking about...I'd put this apron in there!

  8. I LOVE it! Both the apron and the model are pretty cute! Did she ask you to make one for her too? 'Cause that's what my Em would have done... Look at you all sewing like a pro--I like to think it's my influence...hahahahahahahaha

  9. Hi! I was just running a search for Hello Kitty aprons for my daughter and your apron images came up. I have to say, after all of the searches I have done, yours is by far the cutest I have found on the internet! I was hoping you had an Etsy store so that I could purchase this from you! Anyway, I just wanted to say that this is a wonderfully pretty apron!

    1. Thank you so much, that's so sweet of you to say! Good luck in your hunt!


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