Thursday, July 14, 2011

DIY ~ Ruffled Apron Tutorial

There were so many cute little details in our Cake Boss Party, but I have to say that my favorite (and apparently yours, too), is the adorable DIY ruffle aprons!

When the idea for these aprons struck me, I knew they were gonna be cute.  I just had no idea they were going to be this cute.  I am so excited about the way that they turned out, and I'm just thrilled that you all love them as much as I do!

So, without further ado, here's how to make your very own ruffled aprons.  :)

You'll need to start off with an apron (I ordered child size aprons from for a really reasonable price) and some iron-on transfer paper

Print the image that you'd like to transfer onto a plain sheet of paper.  Place it on the bib of the apron where you'd like the image to go and use it as a guide to determine the size your image needs to be.  Once you've got the size figured out, flip the image so it's backwards (a mirror image).  If you don't have software that can do this, is a free program that you can use.  Here's what it should look like:

Print the image onto iron-on transfer paper, fitting as many onto one sheet as you can.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for transferring the image onto the apron.

Doesn't it look great, already?!!
Now you'll add some velcro to the apron so the kids can attach their ruffles.
I used no-sew velcro and it worked fine, but if I were to do this again I'd recommend the velcro that you sew on.  It will be more secure and last longer...and will be much better going through the wash.
To determine how much velcro you will need, measure the width of the apron and multiply it by the number of ruffles you will be using.  Add a little extra for good measure and that's how much velcro you should purchase.

Following the manufacturer's instructions for adhering the velcro, adhere the strips about 3 to 3 1/2 inches apart width-wise down the front of the apron like this:

Next you'll make your ruffles.  For anyone who knows how to sew, this will be a breeze for you and you may know a better way than what I'm about to describe.  But for me, I'd never sewn a stitch in my life and this was my very first project.  I totally winged it, but I got the job done.  Here's what I did.

Start off with coordinating fabrics that you want to use.  I chose 4 fun prints with cupcakes and cherries.

Measure 7 inches and mark it with a fabric marker.
Use scissors to make a snip in the fabric and then rip the fabric.  It rips in a nice, straight line and doesn't require any extra cutting or marking.

Fold the bottom edge of the fabric over about 3/4 of an inch to one inch and hem. 
Fold the top edge of the fabric over about half and inch and hem.
About half an inch below that seam, stitch two more seams about 1/4 inch NOT backstitch...leave the strings long and loose.
Hold the loose strings tight and pull the fabric, working it with your fingers to create gathers.
Continue gathering all the way to the opposite end of the fabric until you have a nice, even ruffle.
Fold the side edges over and hem.

Adhere the opposite side of the velcro to the backside of each ruffle following the manufacturer's instructions.

Repeat until all of your ruffles are made and have velcro attached.

So pretty! 
The ruffles easily attach/detach to the velcro on the aprons and allow the kids to customize their aprons with any ruffles that they want.

And even cuter on...

I totally want one of these for myself!

Be sure to check out the other tutorials from this to make the personalized baking hats and the inexpensive cake stands.

Coordinating party printables are also available in our Etsy shop.


  1. I loved the aprons!! and so easy to make... the whole party was beautiful TWO THUMBS UP!

  2. This is just the cutest idea! I'll have to try it for sure!

  3. Great stuff honey!I love your apron, it is really cute and fitted at you.


  5. I'm so happy you all are enjoying this post! Thanks so much for your sweet comments! :)

  6. ok love this!!! where did you find such cute fabrics?? I've been looking all over!:)

  7. Can you share your printable for the party? I love the cake boss image.

  8. Thanks so much! I found all of the fabric at our local JoAnn store. All of the printable for this party are available in our Etsy shop here: Thanks so much! :)

  9. How many yards of fabric did you buy? I see you designated 7 inch strips for the height if each ruffle, but what was the length you used? Maybe double the width of the apron? Making these for my daughter's 7th bday - thanks for the amazing idea!!

    1. Julie, the amount of fabric you will need will depend on how many aprons you are making, as well as the size of your aprons. We used small, child-size aprons, but obviously the larger the apron, the more fabric you'll need. Using the 7" height as a guideline, multiply that by the number of ruffles you'd like from that fabric, and you should have a good guess as to the amount of yardage you'll want. I would say that you want to add at least half...maybe 3/4...of the amount of the width of the apron to the width of the ruffle fabric. It's really a personal choice and depends on how much "ruffling" you want in each strip. Hope this helps you! Would love to see how your aprons turn out! :)

  10. found your party on pinterest while looking for 7th birthday party ideas - bingo! thankyou for all the inspiration.

    1. I'm so excited to have inspired you! Thanks so much for the sweet comment! xoxoxo

  11. This is amazing! I am in the process of recreating it right now! Did you bake the cakes yourself or get them from a shop? Did you make your own fondant or store bought?


    1. Gina, thank you! I just love knowing that my ideas are inspiring lots of happy memories for my readers! We made our own cakes and then just covered them with store-bought fondant. Hope this helps you! Hugs!

  12. I love these! My sons want ocean pajamas and I can't find any. I think this is just what I need!


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