Utility Pocket Aprons DIY Sewing Craft for Kids' Adventures

My nephews have a new backyard, which means they've got a lot of bugs, toads – you name it – to find! Every morning, there's a photo of the previous day's discoveries. To make sure they make the most of their hunts, I crafted them a couple utility-pocket aprons to wear while on the hunt. I scaled this to fit their current sizes. As it's meant to be more an oversized pocket, it doesn't really wrap around the entire waist like a traditional apron might.


  • Lightweight cotton canvas fabric
  • Sewing machine, needle, thread
  • Double wide quilt binding
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Ruler
  • Belting fabric
  • Embellishments (optional)


1. Cut a piece of canvas 10 inches wide by 20 inches long. (Note: Both of my nephews have a 21-inch waist, so this worked for them; adjust as needed based your child's measurement.) Fold up so that piece is 10-by-10 inches. Press the fold with your iron.
2. Over at your sewing machine, sew a 1/4-inch seam all the way around the canvas square. For the top set of edges, fold over 1/2-inch and sew.
3. Next, fold up the bottom of the square. There should be about a 1- to 1 1/2-inch space between the top of the pocket and the apron.
4. Top stitch along the bottom of the pocket.
5. Cut two pieces of binding tape just slightly longer than the sides of the apron. Sandwich the apron into tape, folding over each end on the back. Sew into place.
6. Cut a length of belting that's long enough to tie around your child's waist easily and sew into place.
7. Add embellishments as you like. Add a drop of Dritz Fray Check on any raw edges.


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