DIY Child’s Apron from Upcycled Vintage Linens

I am so excited to write this post today because I’m not only getting to introduce you to a group of fabulous ladies, but also share a project that is fun to create. My blogger friends and I are officially launching our Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION fun today. Our goal is to inspire you to whip out that dusty sewing machine, needle and thread, or just plain enjoy watching us create too (for those not sewing minded). My project for you is a DIY child’s apron that can be adapted to kids from 1 to 99.

Vintage Linens Used in Creating an Adorable Child's Apron | Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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You will see their projects down below in a bit. For now check out what I dug out of my linen stash. What you see above is some scrap fabric, a remnant of my linen skirt from my DIY insulated lunch bag post seen HERE, and vintage embroidery.

Does anyone have an addiction to vintage embroidery like I do? eep! I even adore embroidering things for myself. Every once in awhile I need a stitch fix of some sort, be it sewing, crochet, handwork, etc. It’s a soothing craft and allows me to think, be still, and create.


The DIY child’s apron I’m creating today is requested by my littlest girl. With 3 older sisters and a mama who get to wear fun aprons, she is always feeling left out. I have a vintage collection that I enjoy, but also making my own is fun too. I even offer a linen demi chef apron in my shop as well.

For those of you who prefer a video tutorial, I have that available for your viewing pleasure below. However, I’m also sharing the full tutorial in this post so you can print it out if need be.

Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

Step 1

In order to get this to fit your child appropriately, you;’ll need to measure them roughly from hip to hip. We’re aiming for just behind the hip bone for nice coverage. For instance, my girl measured 15″. Then, I add an inch to each side to make it a total of 16″. This allows for turning the edges in a half inch twice.

Measuring for Child's Apron | #prodigalpieces

It just so happened that the skirt remnant is the exact width I needed. All I had to do was finish the edges and hem. You could totally use a skirt off a child’s dress or similar with the same result.

The length I chose for her was right above her knee at 14″. Again, I added 2″ to the bottom, so I could hem it by folding in twice. The video shows this best. Sew your seams using a basic straight stitch and you’re done.

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces Sewing DIY Child's Apron |

*note: You could also add a few inches to the width of your fabric to create a gathered apron. Then, cut a length of bias tape long enough to encase the top and make ties. Also, another option is to make a ruffled edge. Cut a 4″ strip of fabric that is double the perimeter of the sides and bottom of the apron. Fold the short sides in ½” and press. Next, fold the long sides of the fabric in ½” and press. Then, fold entire strip in half and press. Sew along the open edges, and then gather with a running stitch. Last, attach the ruffle to apron edges and you’re done.

Step 2

Next, cut two lengths of fabric 4″ wide and long enough to make ties. I went with a 16″ length, plus an inch for seam allowance – a total of 17″. Turn in the short ends ½” and press as shown. Then, turn in the long sides to the center and press.

How to Make Apron Straps ~ Video DIY Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #sewing #kids #fashion

Open Fold for Apron Straps |

Last, turn in the long sides once more to center and press again.

Making an Apron Strap by Prodigal Pieces |

Now you will stitch down the short end, along the long side, and up the other short end to make your strap. Attach to your apron sides at the top edge with a box stitch (basically sewing a box pattern for reinforced attachment)

Attaching Apron Strap with a Box Stitch |

Step 3

Our final step is to add some fun! At this point you could add pockets, appliques, trims, etc. I was after showcasing the vintage embroidery I showcased earlier. All I needed to do was center it on my linen apron and attach with a basic stitch. That’s it!

Finished Child's Linen Apron by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

My daughter requested a pocket, but there just wasn’t room for both on this design. Plus, I wanted to keep it super simple for this tutorial. Instead, I promised her oodles of pockets in her next larger sized apron.

Handmade Linen Apron with Vintage Embroidery Applique by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #sewing #kids #fashion #diy #handmade #vintage

Back Side of Handmade Linen Apron with Vintage Embroidery Applique by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #sewing #kids #fashion #diy #handmade #vintage


To say she was excited was an understatement. I just loved seeing her face light up when she saw it was little and just her size.

Mama Made DIY Child's Apron with Vintage Embroidery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #sewing #kids

One of her favorite things to do right now is the dishes. She just gets lost in the bubbles, singing, and play acting…it melts my heart.

Vintage Embroidery Child's Linen Apron Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Video tutorial at #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #sewing #fashion #kids #vintage

When she fills the dish drainer with her cleaning efforts, I get a huge smile from her. And, of course, I shower her with oodles of hugs.

Little Girl Helping Mama Clean Dishes in DIY Child's Apron | Full video tutorial at #prodigalpieces #tutorial #sewing #fashion #kids #accessories #handmade #vintage

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces with daughter in Farmhouse Style Kitchen | #prodigalpieces #kitchen #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

What pure joy it is to have my kids with me on a daily basis. With the blessing of homeschooling and being able to work at home, I couldn’t be a happier mama.

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It’s crazy how fast time flies. We purchased this Learning Towerwhen my oldest was younger than her. Sniff… Now he’s grown into such a wonderful young man. I know it won’t be long before my gang of 6 will be all grown up. I’m always asking for a pause button.

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces with Her Four Daughters | #prodigalpieces #family #home #homedecor

We hope you found inspiration in our DIY child’s apron tutorial and are eager to refashion something of your own.

Happy Mama and Daughter | Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #family

Handmade Linen Apron with Vintage Embroidery | Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #vintage #sewing #fashion #kids #accessories

Do pin and share this fun sewing project to inspire others too. Making your house your home is truly a rewarding adventure.

You can sew this adorable DIY Child's Apron too! Full video tutorial presented by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces for Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION | #prodigalpieces #sewing #handmade #fashion #home #kids #diy #tutorial

Up next, I’ll be sharing what I do when my antique crocks get broken (or I find a broken one at a barn sale. Come join my DIY fun HERE.

Antique Red Wing Crock with Broken Bottom Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Kali

    I love to reuse old fabrics and clothes. It´s the best you can do for the environment. I am from the fashion industry and I know how our clothes are produced. Since years I am only wearing second hand and handmade. Now I sew a lot for my daughter. KR from Germany,

    May 28, 2019 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That is just wonderful. Yes, too much waste in general.

      May 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    Larissa how special and cute this turned out. A memory she’ll have forever. Hold on to the apron as a memory for her when she grows.

    I can see how excited she was in the photos. Great momma

    Enjoy your day


    May 28, 2019 at 9:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Cindy. Yes, it will be a keepsake for her. I love those kinds of gifts that keep on giving.

      May 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • chloe | boxwood avenue

    Aw this is sweet sweet sweet!!! Thank you for putting this together for us to all share our ideas!

    May 28, 2019 at 10:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Chloe. It’s a treat to work with you all.

      May 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Aw, she looks so excited to have her own special apron made with love by Mama! Grinning from ear to ear reading this post.

    May 28, 2019 at 11:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She was like…finally! haha. I just love her sweet self and am so enamored by all my gang. Thanks, Marie.

      May 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Paula

    Endearing post! All of it…the project, the story, the pictures and the love flowing from within it. Thank you for putting this refashion group together. I feel that I made some new friends today!

    May 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderful to hear, Paula. I truly am excited to begin this adventure. Thank you for joining us in our DIY fun! 😀

      May 28, 2019 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa, just a wonderful post, thank you so much. I also toured the others that you have listed and they were all really good. I look forward to the next time you post with them. I am so shocked and grateful that there are real people in the world that value these talents and hold dear embroidery, sewing, reusing, renovating and so much more. Thank You

    May 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words are a treat to hear. We just love what we do and thoroughly enjoy sharing. Thank you so much, Mary!

      May 28, 2019 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hi Larissa, I love aprons, especially old, vintage aprons, so your post was right up my alley! I really like how you used some scrap fabric and then the embroidered piece, it is so pretty! What great photos at the end of you and your girls, wow they are growing up so fast!!!

    May 28, 2019 at 8:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’ve said it before, Kaycee, but you truly are a kindred spirit. I used to be able to find aprons all the time at thrift stores and such, but now they are rare. It’s time to savor my finds. Hugs to you!

      May 29, 2019 at 4:55 am Reply
  • Sarah | She Holds Dearly

    Boy, that scrap fabric couldn’t be any better for a match to the handkerchief. So sweet, Larissa!

    May 29, 2019 at 3:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I was so stoked to find it. I had another idea, and this was better suited. Yay! Thanks for stopping by, Sarah.

      May 29, 2019 at 9:19 pm Reply

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