Patisserie Apron Pattern for 18 inch Dolls

Patisserie Apron free sewing pattern for American Girl Dolls

If you’re an American Girl fan, you’ve no doubt been introduced to the new “Girl of the Year” Grace Thomas and her marvelous 2015 collection.  Collectors that visited an American Girl store on the first few days of new year may have been lucky enough to get Grace’s Apron as a free giveaway.  Alas, the nearest AG store is a seven-plus hour drive from our home, so no free apron for us!

Fortunately, aprons are very easy to make.  So may I present, the MSF version of Grace’s Patisserie Apron!

Patisserie Apron Sewing Pattern and Tutorial American Girl

Want to make your own Patisserie Apron?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Patisserie Apron Pattern for 18″ Dolls
  • 1/4 yard Woven Fabric – Twill or Denim is ideal.
  • 30 inches of (approximately) 1 inch wide Twill Tape or Bias Tape (packaged -or- make your own)
  • Snaps or Velcro
  • Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
  • {Optional} Home Printer to print designs on your apron
  • {Optional} Polka dot ribbon and/or other embellishments

IMPORTANT – Be sure to download and save the pattern to your hard drive and print at “Actual Size” from a PDF reader like Adobe Reader.  If you print directly from your browser, the pattern may not print at the correct scale.

General Instructions

  • All seams have 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
  • If your fabric frays, finish seam allowances with a serger or a short narrow zig zag stich.
  • Read completely through instructions before beginning. Let me know if you have questions. I’d be happy to help!

Cutting the Pattern

1.  Using the pattern pieces as a guide, cut your fabric.  Cut three pieces of twill tape (or bias tape):  Two pieces each 11 inches long, and a third piece is the length of the apron pocket (just a little over 7  1/2 inches long).

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

2. [Optional] Add a printed design to your Patisserie Apron.    Did you know you can print a design using a regular ink jet home printer right onto fabric?  You totally can! I used my 15 year old Hewlett Packard Desk Jet for this project with one of my usual generic eBay ink cartridges.  No special equipment required.

I did this two ways.  The first time, I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, so I printed my design onto a small rectangle of fabric. When it came out just how I wanted, I sewed the printed rectangle directly onto my apron like an applique.

The second time, a little more confident that the printing would come out as planned, I printed directly onto my apron fabric.

I like how both look, so you can choose!

**It would be a good idea to test your print settings on some scrap fabric before attempting to print on your apron**  I found that I got best printing results setting my printer for “Best” quality on the Plain Paper setting.

 

Printing on Fabric

To begin, choose the design you’d like to print.  If you are somewhat tech savvy, you can find a million clip art designs online to choose from.  You will need to download the design to your hard drive and resize in a graphics program to fit your apron.  I found that designs approximately 2″ high x 3″ wide work well for the apron.  I chose this design from a wonderful site called The Graphics Fairy.

I made two variations with this graphic.  If you’d like to use one for your Patisserie Apron, click on the image below and save the pdf file to your hard drive.  When you are ready to print, open your pdf viewer (I use Adobe Acrobat), open the file, and proceed with the instructions below.

PatisserieTN

Design #1

 

Patisserie2TN

Design #2

 

When your design is ready or you’ve downloaded one of the above, test print it on a regular piece of printer paper.

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

Next, lay your fabric, right side up, on the paper you’ve just printed on, aligning the fabric over the printed design.   My printer, being the old finicky biddy that she is, isn’t a big fan of any “edges”.  Edges = Terrible Paper Jam .  So I carefully taped down all the edges of the fabric, making it as flat as possible.

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

Next, run your fabric-on-paper combo through the printer again and.. voila!  You’ve printed on fabric!  [I sincerely doubt this would survive the washing machine, so consider yourself forewarned.]

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

Un-tape your fabric from your printer paper and proceed.

Sewing the Patisserie Apron

3.  Fold the twill tape in half over one long edge of your apron pocket piece, encasing the raw edge.  Pin in place.

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

Top stitch near the edge of the tape, taking care to catch the tape on both the front and the back of the apron.

Note: The twill tape I bought had some plasticy polyester content and began to melt when I attempted to press it. So if you are using the same type of twill tape, don’t press it. 😉 If you are using cotton twill tape or bias tape, pressing it will obviously not cause meltage.

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

4.  Lay your apron piece right side DOWN.  Lay your pocket piece on top of the apron piece, also right side DOWN.  Sew across the bottom.Patisserie Apron Tutorial

Press open the seam and flip your pocket piece around to the right side of the apron and press in place.  Top stitch along the bottom seam.

Stitch a dividing line up the center of your pocket piece, back stitching several times at the pocket opening to strengthen the stitching.

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

5.  Serge or zigzag the apron sides and neck to prevent unraveling.
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6.  Press serged / zigzagged sides and neck to the wrong side to create an approximate 1/4″ hem.  Top stitch the hems.

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

7. As you did for the pocket above, encase the arm opening with an 11 inch length of twill tape.  Allow 4 inches of tape above the top of the apron for the neck strap.  Beginning at one end, sew along the entire length of the twill tape to secure it to the apron and to close the neck and waist strap.  Repeat on the other side of the apron with the remaining 11 inch length of tape.

Sew velcro or snaps onto the ends of the neck and waist straps.

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

 

8.  {Optional}  Embellish your apron with ribbons and/or other notions.  I really like the pop of turquoise color in American Girl Grace’s apron, so I added a turquoise flower to my second Patisserie Apron.

American Girl Doll Apron Tutorial like Grace Thomas Patisserie

Patisserie Apron Tutorial

 

You’re finished!  I hope you enjoy this pattern and tutorial.  I’d LOVE to see your Patisserie Aprons.  Put a link to pictures of your creations in the comments or, better yet, post to our Facebook page.

A note to artisans who sell:  You are welcome to use the Patisserie Apron pattern to sew handmade aprons to sell in your online or “real world” boutiques.  It is important to know that most graphics that you find online are copyright protected and cannot be used on items for sale.  However, The Graphics Fairy does allow limited use of her published clip art for sale items.  You can read her terms along with a good “plain English” explanation of fair use of images in the public domain on her site.

33 comments

  1. Anna says:

    Had to come over and see how you put on the graphic and I love that you printed it on! We also live far away from an AG store and relate to missing the freebies, so this is an awesome alternative!

    • Steph says:

      Mwah ha ha.. I threw out my net.. and luuuuured you in. Come and seeeee, my Pretttty… 😉

      And now I’m trying to decide why I wouldn’t print stuff on dolly clothes all the time. I probably will.

  2. Catholic Bibliophagist says:

    Another way to put fabric through a printer is to iron the fabric onto freezer paper first. After printing, peel the fabric off the paper and then cut out your apron pattern. (You are correct that ink jet printing will not survive washing.)

    • Steph says:

      OhhooHHOohhh.. good idea! I will have to pick up some freezer paper next time I’m out. I wanted to try using it when I made the skeleton costume. Seems like a good dolly crafty investment.

      • Gramma Kathy says:

        It might not be necessary or appropriate for every design, but after printing, I suppose one could go over the design with a fine Sharpie to better preserve it. Embroidery embellishment might be a nice touch, too.

        • Steph says:

          OHHH.. another *excellent* idea! Fabric marker, maybe? How about adding color? And some of those markers have sparkly ink too. OH my.. the possibilities!

  3. Sophie says:

    Thanks for this pretty pattern! I love your apron!

    Another way to print the graphic is to use transfer paper. Just make sure you print the graphic reverse so it reads right when you are done!

  4. Flo says:

    You must have been reading my mind. I don’t want these for a Patisserie design, but I want to duplicate the Masterchef Junior aprons. Thanks for the pattern as well as the instructions on how to print on the fabric!

  5. Nancy C says:

    I love the apron. I downloaded the pattern. Is there a way to download the instructions of both printing graphic and the sewing? Thank you.
    Nancy C

    • Steph says:

      Nancy, I haven’t put together a downloadable copy of the instructions, but that’s a great idea! I will try to get that together. 🙂

  6. Drusilla says:

    Thank you so much. You did such a good job. I will start working on this for the weekend as my granddaughter’s birthday is 2-1. I converted the instructions by going to printfriendly.com. This site lets you convert any web page to a pdf and save to your computer. Thanks again.

  7. Sue says:

    What an adorable apron! And I love that you gave us the printable graphics also! I can’t wait to make this for my granddaughters! Also, thank you to Drusilla for telling us about printfriendly.com. I just used it for the first time for your pattern and it is awesome. Not as awesome as your apron but what a great tool.
    God Bless,
    Sue

  8. Marge R (mer) says:

    Working on an apron for May (my Gotz Pottery Barn Kids baker/chef doll), as she came with chef’s hat/coat/rolling pin, but no apron — obviously, she needs one! 😉 Will post photo when finished!
    Thank you so much for this ADORABLE pattern and thanks to Drusulla for the link to printfriendly.com/. That will prove invaluable for us doll pattern hoarders! ;’}

  9. Jada Edwards says:

    CUTTTTTE!!!! My 13 yr old bought a new Singer Talent machine with her Christmas money, and this will be a cool project for both of us to practice with and create!! Fun stuff! 🙂

    • Steph says:

      YAY for new seamstresses!!! This is a *perfect* project for someone new to sewing (if I do say so myself..lol). Jada, thank you so much for your nice comment AND for encouraging your daughter to be creative and to learn new skills.

  10. JEANI says:

    thanks for the pattern for the apron..it is great..one thing..how can i print out the instructions? I want to be able to have my grandchildren follow along while sewing this. thanks in advance

    • Steph says:

      Jeani, I haven’t tried it yet, but a couple of readers have suggested printfriendly.com to make blog posts with tutorials printer-friendly! Actually, a tutorial on printfriendly.com would probably be an AWESOME blog post, no???? I will put that in the idea queue!

  11. Erin - An Australian AG Fan says:

    Thanks for this! I’m not very confident with sewing, however this looks fairly simple. I might be able to convince my grandmother to help me if I do decide it is too hard! Though at 15, I should be able to do this on my own.
    I’d make mine in a brown fabric, with the gold Lindt logo on it so I can make my own chocolate cafe with my dolls. No really, thank you for making a free pattern for a doll apron!

    • Steph says:

      You can totally do this! The trickiest part will be the straps because they’re so skinny, but just go slow, you can do it! 😀

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