Itty bitty Apron Tutorial…….for dolls

After unleashing some creativity after moving and sharing several home decor tutorials, let’s get back to sewing! 
You know I love aprons…and these itty bitty versions are just DARLING, sew up super quick, and hardly take any fabric!! Great use for the scrap pile you have been accumulating. 

Sometimes little hands have a hard time with doll clothes. I designed this doll apron to make it not only easy to construct but hopefully easy for little hands to dress up their dolls on their own! 

If you stitch up some of these little cuties please share your photos in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group
tulle (optional)
elastic rope (or an elastic hair tie)
fabric adhesive
STEP 1:  click on the template below, print or copy and paste and print. Then cut out the 2 pattern pieces.

STEP 2:  Place the BODY of Apron piece on your fabric. Pin in place and cut 2. Or Fold your fabric in half and cut 2 at the same time. 
STEP 3: Cut 1 piece of elastic rope 4″ long. Cut another piece 3″ long. You can also substitute an elastic hair rubber band and use that. Just cut off the metal part. 
STEP 4: POCKETS – Use a small square of a fabric adhesive like Heat n’ bond on the fabric for the pockets, trace the pockets and then cut them out. 

STEP 5: Take one of the BODY of Apron pieces cut from the fabric and place the pockets about 3″ down from the top. This will be the front. Iron the pockets on according to the package directions. 
STEP 6: Attaching the neck strap – Place the 4″ piece of elastic onto the top of the apron as pictured below. Using a sewing machine, secure the ends of the elastic in place with short forward and backward stitches.

STEP 7 – attaching the waistband loop – Place the 3″ piece of elastic on the top side of the front of the apron and just below one of the waist corners (see the picture below). Secure just 1 END in place using the same method as instructed above.

STEP 8: Place the second BODY of Apron piece on top of the other with right sides together. Pin together on 3 sides (see photo below).

Sew the apron together on the 3 pinned sides and stop as directed below.

STEP 9: Lift the top Apron piece and find the “loose” end of the waistband elastic.

Pull the end over to the corner just slightly past the edge of the fabric. 

Place the top Apron piece back over the elastic and secure the once “loose” end of the elastic in place but stitching over it many times with a forward and backward motion. 

Continue sewing down the length of the apron leaving the bottom hemline open.

STEP 10: Turn the apron right side out and press. Fold the bottom hemline under about 1/4″ – 1/2″ and press.

STEP 11: You can simply stitch the bottom hemline closed OR you can add a fun ruffle!

Fold the tulle so it has many layers and cut a strip about 2″ wide (fold it many times or just a few. The fullness depends on the look you want! ) Don’t worry about being exact with the width, we will do a trim later.

Our strip ended up being just over 6″ long.

STEP 12: Pleat, tuck and fold the tulle to fit into the width of the bottom of the apron. Pin into place and stitch along the bottom hemline. 
Trim the bottom edge of the tulle ruffle for a clean, straight look…..
and lastly, top stitch the top part of the apron further securing the neck strap into place! 
The apron easily slips over over the hips and then over the head. And just look at how chic this little homemaker is now! 

Remember….if you craft some up, I’d love to see them!~ share your photos in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group! 


PRINT out or save the entire tutorial HERE.
and I’ll be linking up to these FABuLOUS crafting parties


also featured on one pretty thing!


  1. SO CUTE! Love how you added the tulle at the bottom and such a great way to use scraps!

  2. This is a wonderful project. I often give children aprons as birthday gifts and a matching apron (of American Doll proportion) but this so much nicer barbie size! This really is a great tutorial and I will try it out. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. thank you thank you!
    I’m going to make some as stocking stuffers this year!

  4. great tutorial! this a cool idea, and perfect for little fingers…no tying knots!
    I will be making one today!
    I am going to use your elastic idea to make aprons for bigger dolls. thank you

  5. Hi..I’m Barb….I am from Tues. Creative Blog…The Barbie Aprons are so cute. You did an amazing joib!! I had the opportunity of designing an outfit for Mattel & Barbie 40 yrs. ago!
    I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  6. This is so cute! I just popped over to say thank you for your sweet comment on my guest post at Ucreate! I can’t wait to see your post for Moda Bake Shop, and I’m SO flattered to be included with your “great mind”!

  7. OMG…how cute is this?

  8. Those are just darling Megan! And I love what a fast project they’d be — instant gratification!

  9. LOVE these! That pink tulle adds the perfect touch.

    I posted a link on my blog:

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Would love it if you would join me for my 2nd linky party going on right now!!


  11. Can you say Super Cute! These are simply adorable! Fantastic idea. Visiting from SDC. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~Stephanie Lynn

  12. Love this! Thanks for including a template.

  13. This is so cute thank you for the tutorial my girls would love this and will probably ask for the matching one for themselves LOL

    Joining in the blog hop fun from Welcome Wednesday!

    Hope you will stop by and say HI

    Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique

  14. Those little aprons are just the cutest! Thanks for the tut.

  15. hehe CUTE! Thanks for helping us have a great Tuesday at Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  16. I love anything barbie! so cute! your model is just awesome! photographs so well!!!!

  17. My daughter would totally freak out! These are so cute and Barbie ALWAYS needs new accessories. Fabulous!

  18. These are so stinkin’ cute and the tulle is killing me! I’d love you to link up to Fabric Fun Thursday.

  19. Those are so cute and perfect! I wish my boys liked barbies;-)

    Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

  20. These are so darling – and so much fun! Thanks so much for linking up this week!

  21. this is RIDICULOUS adorable! my girls will die over these! i simply must make them!

  22. Way cute and perfect for Barbie summer cookouts! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  23. I featured your project this week at my link up party! Feel free to grab a button if you’d like! Thanks for submitting such a fun project!

  24. I remember that I’m only using those tulles for adding details on my hair accessories‘ projects. Anyway, I would also love to make that itty bitty apron for my baby girl’s dolls.

  25. My twin 6 year olds have just had their birthday and got a Barbie doll each. I wasn’t going to make clothes… but this looks so easy. And using that elastic idea would work well with basic dresses too. Thanks for the inspiraton. Now just to make the time…

  26. Lovely!! If you like, I have a link party on my blog. I would love it if you’ll add a link to your website or blog.

  27. Thank you for this adorable idea!

    Warmly, Michelle

  28. Super cute!

    I am going to try this some time.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  29. Hello Megan,

    Thank you very much!!!

    I posted a link of your lovely tutorial at my blog:

    All the best!!!!!!!


  30. Love these! Featured you on my Friday Favorites. Grab a featured tag if you like! So cute!

  31. Love these aprons Megan! Thanks for sharing a how-to.. My daughter may be too old for Barbies now, but I’M NOT! (0; I’m sure I can find a Barbie or two around here who would LOVE an apron!… Have a great weekend! ~tina

  32. thanks for the tute…I´ll feature on my blog. Hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

  33. OMG this is so adorable. I am just starting to sew doll clothes. I don’t have a clue. But even I might be able to do this. lol Thank you so much. Do you have other Barbie or taller doll tutorials. If it comes decent i will show you a pic.

    Mary Ann

  34. This is toooo cute and perfect! My 4 year old(well, in a week she will be) loves to have her babies “cook” mommy and daddy food. She will love to be able to dress her babies for the part and this is just so simple to enlarge for her bigger babies and downsize for her smaller babies too. Thank you!

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