I Sew For Fun: Super-Simple Aprons

Nancy Zieman Baking Cookies with her Grandaughters in I Sew For Fun

I Sew For Fun: Super-Simple Aprons

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Nancy Zieman Baking Cookies with her Grandaughters in I Sew For Fun

Enjoy creative moments with the youth in your life while sewing Nancy Zieman’s super-simple aprons. They will be so proud to say, “I made this”.  Make coordinating aprons from fabric squares, grosgrain ribbon, and our super-simple sewing steps!

How to Make an Apron

I Sew For Fun Book with DVD by Nancy Zieman Available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Supplies Needed:

1/2 yd. Fabric A—child apron front (3/4 yd. Fabric A—adult apron front)

1/2 yd. Fabric B—child apron back (3/4 yd. Fabric B—adult apron back)

1/4 yd. 1/4-inch wide double-sided fusible web tape

3 yd. 1/4-inch wide ribbon (apron ties)


Note From Team Nancy     Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowance.


1. Cut fabric squares.

 How to Make an Apron

2. Stitch apron.

How to Make an Apron

  • Stitch side seams.
  • Wrap seams toward the center, folding along the stitching lines. Stitch seam, starting at the fold to stitch upper seam.
  • Stitch lower seam, starting at the fold. Leave a 4–6-inch opening in the lower seam for turning.

 How to Make an Apron

  • Turn apron right side out, using a Point 2 Point turning tool to push out corners. Press.

I Sew For Fun Point 2 Point Turner available at ShopNZP.com

  •  Place a small 1/4-inch x 4–6-inch strip of Lite EZ Steam II or another fusible webbing in the opening of the apron. Press; remove paper. Press seam.

How to Make an Apron

3. Make casings and add ties.

  • Fold a triangle at top corner, measuring from fold to tip of triangle; press.

– 4-inch for small apron

– 5-inch for medium apron

– 6-inch for large apron

 How to Make an Apron

How to Make an Apron

  • Topstitch 1/8-inch from open edge to form casings.
  • Using a Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, insert ribbon at lower edge of first casing and continue through upper edge of second casing to form neck strap. Allow enough ribbon for apron ties.

Note From Team Nancy      Show your little partner how to use the Clip ’n Glide Bodkin to easily insert the ribbon. He/She will love to use the “alligator clip” to feed the ribbon into the apron!

Clover's Clip 'n Glide Bodkin available at ShopNZP.com

I Sew For Fun Book with DVD by Nancy Zieman Available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

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Visit ShopNZP.com for our selection of I Sew For Fun Products by Nancy Zieman.

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For a chance to win an I Sew For Fun 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge from Clover, please leave a comment below sharing the projects you’re sewing with your little partner.

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The randomly selected winner of a Cute for Kids Embroidery Collection, is Barbara.

Her comment is, “First great granddaughter in May. Missing shower in Wisconsin today!”

How To Create Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Max
    April 7, 2018

    Gathering the materials for the super simple aprons, looks like SEW much fun. Cupcake theme fabric for one of the aprons.

  • Robyn
    April 7, 2018

    I can’t wait to make this project. Such fun. And seems like one that the kids will be able to recreate on their own.

  • Gayle Mitchel
    April 7, 2018

    My grand daughter and I are working on an embroidered reading pillow. It’s so much fun to sew with her and share my knowledge. Lots of giggles and smiles!

  • Linda Weinberger
    April 7, 2018

    I think this apron will be my first project to sew with my grandkids since they love to cook and I think will love sewing

  • Chris
    April 7, 2018

    Because of reading about the “I Sew for Fun” promotion, during our last trip to visit the grands in Florida last month, I taught our 6 year old granddaughter to sew a pillowcase. She was so excited with making one for herself that she made another and then two for her younger brother! She was so proud and her mom and I were, too!

  • MoeWest
    April 7, 2018

    This would be a great project to do with my 5 year old nephew who likes to cook. The kids I sew with like to make blankets for their dolls and stuffies.

  • Margaret Scott
    April 7, 2018

    I love this apron pattern. I have sewn tops and a quilt with my great niece. So much fun to share a project.

  • Beverly
    April 7, 2018

    Though my children are grown, I had to read this article. One of my granddaughters decided she wanted to start doing some of the cooking for her family at age 10. I bought her a chef’s cap, apron, wire whisk and wooden spoons. Today she is 18, will graduate from high school this June, and has plans to attend a culinary institute. They’re never too young to give them support in their dreams.

  • Shirley Clark
    April 7, 2018

    My little granddaughter, Shelby, and I have started a doll quilt. She’s also made a pillow, a doll blanket, and a doll dress. She’s a quick learner which thrills my heart.

  • Marsha
    April 7, 2018

    My 11 year old daughter and I are working on our house cleaning aprons, with big pockets and loops to hold a towel and small all-purpose spray bottles.

  • MaryLou W
    April 7, 2018

    I have been sewing with my Great Granddaughter Alyssa since she was 5 -we have done doll quilt-doll clothes and our last sewing time together she made a pillowcase for her room -she is now 11 and into decorating her bedroom-she has since moved to NC and boy am I missing my sewing buddy:(!!

  • Tina
    April 7, 2018

    My daughter has been sewing off and on since she was about 7. She’s 13 now and has helped others learn to sew. She has made doll quilts, pillow cases and even a skirt for herself.

  • Bonnye
    April 7, 2018

    Sewing with my granddaughter is really special. We make pillow cases.

  • Susan L.
    April 7, 2018

    I think these aprons would be a great first project to sew with my granddaughters! They love to cook, and want to learn to sew this summer.

  • Noreen
    April 7, 2018

    How fun and easy! An apron is much more fun to wear if you made it yourself.

  • Linda
    April 7, 2018

    My 10-year old granddaughter is proving to be quite the little seamstress! It’s so much fun helping her make projects that continue to increase in difficulty as she sews more and more.

  • Anne Z
    April 7, 2018

    I love to make pillows with my niece.

  • Carolyn
    April 7, 2018

    Taught my granddaughter to sew when she was 6 yrs old, she’s now 21. We made pillowcases. Now I’m teaching an 11 yr old little girl from church. I’ve told her Mom to order this book. Maybe I can win it instead.

  • Carol Skilling
    April 7, 2018

    This looks like such a fun book to read and share the information with my granddaughter. At 8 she’s an excellent reader herself. I would love to make an apron with her using this book!

  • jeanette withrow
    April 7, 2018

    I want to make these aprons with my granddaughters.

  • Wanda
    April 7, 2018

    Cute apron! I’m making doll clothes with a group of girls.

  • Joanie Wallrich
    April 7, 2018

    This will be a good project for my granddaughter and me to make. She is really showing an interest in sewing, yea!!

  • Carol
    April 7, 2018

    I’m going to visit my granddaughters in May and this looks like a wonderful project to do with them.

  • Berenice
    April 7, 2018

    This would be a great project for my daughters’ service organization to do. Fast & easy!

  • Gail Beam
    April 7, 2018

    My granddaughter hand wove some little thread purses and wanted to learn how to make linings for them. I helped her draw a paper pattern and then showed her how to sew the linings and then add them to her purses.

  • judy
    April 7, 2018

    I made aprons for my oldest two granddaughters and their daughters a couple of years ago. Each family’s matched. They loved them. Since I have none at my house for them, it is time for them to make these and leave here or take home. We will have such fun. I’d like for all of them to learn and love to sew as much as I have the past 65 years.

  • Sherry
    April 8, 2018

    My family loves aprons. I have been making Mary Mulari’s reversible aprons lately and now I will be making some of this cute idea. Thanks for the instructions.

  • Sandra Nettles
    April 8, 2018

    I will pick fabric with the favorite super hero of the moment with my Grandson and wonder woman for his little sister. Grandson is almost 5 and Granddaughter is 22 months, so teaching my Grandson to sew now will leave a legacy with him!

  • L Watson
    April 8, 2018

    I have enjoyed making pajama pants with my girls.

  • Donna Fecteau
    April 10, 2018

    making some of the little aprons out of hot pepper fabric.

  • Pam
    April 19, 2018

    I would love to teach my younger nieces (sisters) to sew these aprons. The older two nieces, their cousins, were fun to teach.

  • Jennie L Mund
    November 5, 2018

    Thank you so much Nancy for all the pleasure and teaching and the hearts you touched! I’m sure that your legacy will live on through your family! Happy Thanksgiving in Heaven!

  • Grace S Arnold
    June 13, 2020

    My 7-year-old neighbor wants me to teach her to sew on my little Singer Featherweight. She thinks it is so cute! I have begun gathering her some fun-colored notions for her own sewing box. I love the color of the new 5-in-one sliding gauge.

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