Mommy and Daughter Coordinated Aprons (with Cut Files)

Hello lovely readers!. Today I’m excited to be sharing a sewing project that was in my list for a long time! Finally with the excuse of our Monthly Fabric Themed Silhouette Challenge I got to make these cute coordinated aprons, one for my little girl and one for me.

Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons with Cut Files

Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons DIY Tutorial with cut files

This was quite a challenge in both ways LOL. I had never made an apron before and I made 2 in different sizes from one single pattern. I have to say it, it wasn’t that difficult since the pattern was digital and very well explained.I used a super cute pattern from Sew 4 Home. It’s free and she explains every step so well that it turned out really easy to make.

I started with mine and once I finished it and everything was good, then I started my girl’s one. I just reduced it proportionally using some measures as a reference.

I followed step by step her pattern and tutorial so you can check it out HERE if you would like to make one! I’ll just explain some details I did along the process.

What I used:

  • ¼ yard or one Fat Quarter of fabric 1: For the lower bib
  • ½ yard of fabric 2: For the skirt
  • ⅝ yard of fabric 3: for the upper bib, waist and neck ties
  • ⅛ yard of lining fabric 4; I used white
  • All-purpose thread to coordinate with fabrics:
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Straight pins

I cut out each pattern along the solid line and choose your option for cutting on the fold or cutting flat. Fabric 1:

Using the completed Apron Bib 2 pattern, cut ONE lower bib. Transfer the pattern markings for the darts to the fabric.

Using the Pocket pattern, cut TWO pockets. Transfer the pattern markings for the box pleats to the fabric. Fabric 2:

Cut ONE 18″ high x 37″ wide rectangle. Fabric 3:

Cut ONE 18″ high x 37″ wide rectangle.

Using the completed Apron Bib 1 pattern, cut TWO upper bibs. Transfer the pattern markings for the quilt lines to the fabric on ONE of the two bibs.

Cut FOUR 2½” x 25″ strips

Cut SIX 2½” x 31″ strips

Using the Pocket pattern, cut TWO pockets. Transfer the pattern markings for the box pleats to the fabric.Fabric 4:

Using the completed Apron Bib 2 pattern, cut ONE lower bib. Transfer the pattern markings for the darts to the fabric.

I wanted to paint some phrases on the upper bibs: “I’m the Chef” for Emma’s Apron and “I’m the sou chef” for mine. So once I had the fabrics cut, I made the cut files that if you like you can Get it HERE and cut them on Freezer paper.

I placed the cut freezer paper on the fabric that was placed on a piece of cardboard. I made sure to put in place the inner pieces of the letters. For the O I made a heart inside.

I painted it with fabric paint. I wanted a dark pink mixing a bit of red, a few drops of yellow and white.

When I painted it all I left it dry well for a couple of hours. Then I peeled the freezer paper and I got my cute phrase.

I went back to the sewing. I started with the bib. Sewed every piece following the instructions. Always respecting the seam allowance and pinning in place on every step so I could have an idea of how it was turning out. I used a strip of grosgrain ribbon to hide the union between both fabrics on the front side.

I placed the front bib and lining bib right sides together, sandwiching the ties in between the layers. Stitched the front to the back, using a ½” seam allowance along both sides and across the top; left the bottom open for turning.

I turned right side out, pushed out the top corners and pulled up the ties. Ironed well.

For the skirt, cut one final length of grosgrain. Folding all the edges I placed the ribbon so it would be visible on the right side. Stitched all along the way.

Made the pockets, which looked harder than it was. And they are so cute.

I positioned the pockets on the apron skirt. The pockets are 4½” from the upper edge. They are designed to be set at a diagonal, so there is 10″ between the upper corners and 8″ between the lower corners. I created a group of three knife pleats to each side of the center along the upper edge of the apron skirt. Then I prepared the waistband and waist ties. This part is so well explain with graphics and pictures that it’s hard to get lost.

I finished my Apron and started with Emma’s. I used the bib and measured approximately from where to where it goes in my body and measure the same spot in my girl. I could proportionally reduce it to my girl’s size. Each part was reduced using the rule of three to get exact proportions.

I followed the exact same steps from Sew 4 Home and Tadaaaaa! We have matching and coordinated aprons =D Yayyyy!.

It took me a couple of days to make them because I had a couple of web designs to make so I had to divide myself LOL. I’m very happy with the final result and Emma loved it too. When I tried to take it out she wouldn’t let me LOL.So, I hope you like it as much as I did and here I leave you some pics we took… Uhm well ok, she took LOL. We had some fun there.

What do you think? Do you like Aprons? I’m about to become addict to it I’m already planning the next LOL. Have you made any???

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mine!
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

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  1. Those aprons are adorable!! but I think the photo shoot is even more adorable! Thank you for sharing this on Foodie Friday

  2. These are a great project/craft. Your daughter is adorable. I’m sure she loved having a special apron, just like mommy. I’m stopping by from the Let’s Get Real Friday party. Thanks so much for sharing this and linking up with us. I hope you’ll join us again on Friday.

  3. You guys are just too adorable. I don’t have daughters but remember when my sons were young and liked to help in the kitchen, I gave them each their own apron and they loved it.

  4. These are fantastic! Thank you for sharing them with Treasure Box Tuesday- they are being featured at our next party (2/25)! :)

  5. Wow, Cami, what a great post. THANK YOU for sharing it on my blog hop! I love it. PInning all over the place. I have personalized aprons with my granddaughter. Mine says Grandma and hers says “Me”. So much fun.

  6. Hi,
    Saw your post at Sew Can Do Craftastic Monday Link Party 2/16/14. I really love mother daughter outfits. My mom and I used to have matching dresses for Mother’s Day back in the early 1960s. Made my daughter and her kiddos matching outfits for Mother’s Day last year:). Excellent post.


  7. These are so cute! I’d love it if you came and shared at the Do Tell Tuesday party at

  8. Oh my gosh! These are super cute! I love that she is the Chef. Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  9. These aprons are adorable Cami! What a special thing you can wear together! My daughter would love to have a matching apron with me. I love the silly photos you two took–so glad you included those in the post!

  10. Wow, these are really really great!! Something you both will be able to use (and cherish) for a long time! Nice job!!

  11. Adorable! Aprons has on my “to sew” list for over a year and I have yet to do them still! They look great!

  12. Love this! But I love everything you do. Silly question here. I just got a Cameo and since I was too excited to use it I didn’t read that the vinyl didn’t need to go on the matt (yikes) I think I will have to toss the mat because I can’t get all the paper off. Does the Freezer paper go in without the mat too?

  13. Love this! But I love everything you do. Silly question here. I just got a Cameo and since I was too excited to use it I didn’t read that the vinyl didn’t need to go on the matt (yikes) I think I will have to toss the mat because I can’t get all the paper off. Does the Freezer paper go in without the mat too?

  14. Visiting from the February Fabric Silhouette Challenge!

    I totally need an apron in my house, as I’m such a messy cook ha! Gah your mini-photoshoot is so stinkin adorable!! And the coordinating sayings- sooo creative!

  15. Oh, these are just adorable! I love the aprons, and your added wording is just perfect! Great job…are you sure these are the first you’ve made?