“Anna” Dress-Up Apron and Cape: Now including the tutorials!

The fun thing about having a little girl is that I have an excuse to sew all kinds of fun things! The difficulty with having a toddler is that she can be a bit distructive (although usually not on purpose)! Water and a laptop keyboard just don’t mix. And that is one of the reasons why I haven’t published a post in a very long time! It hasn’t stopped me from sewing and creating though, and here is my latest creation!

My version of an “Anna” dress-up apron complete with matching cape. I’m SO happy with how it turned out! And my daughter looks so cute in it, especially with her chin length hair in tiny pigtail braids!


– dark blue fabric

– black fabric

– yellow fabric

– pink fabric

– elastic (1 inch width – for apron; 1/4 inch width – for cape)

– fabric paint (green and pink)

– hook and loop closure

– 1/4 inch wide ribbon – I used light pink, but any colour could be used

– pompom trim

Instructions for the Cape:

  1. Keeping the fabric doubled as it was on the bolt, cut the pink fabric so that it is about 22 inches by 40 inches. You should end up with two identical pieces.
  2. Fold the pieces in half, and using a bowl, round the corners. You should now have two pieces that look like the picture.IMG_5379IMG_5380
  3. Sew around the pieces, leaving a small section for turning, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn and press. Top stitch around the entire cape.
  4. Fold over the top part of the cape about 11 or 12 inches and iron to make a crease.IMG_5385
  5. Pin in place, then sew on the pompom trim around the top part of the cape.IMG_5386
  6. This part is optional, but I thought it gave a nice touch. Using a decorative stitch, stitch around the entire cape. You’ll need to do it in two sections – the top part of the cape and the main part of the cape.  If you did it all in one, you’d end up with stitching that was “inside out”.  You want to make sure that the “good” side of the stitching will be facing out when all is said and done.IMG_5389
  7. Pin and sew in place the 1/4 inch wide ribbon along the crease. (It will be under the folded top part of the cape.)IMG_5390
  8. Cut the 1/4 inch wide elastic to 14 inches and sew on top of the ribbon, stretching it as you sew. It will synch up the fabric so that it fits nicely on the shoulders, while also stretching to fit over little heads so Mommy doesn’t always have to be tying a bow!IMG_5392
  9. Fold the top part of the cape over to cover the ribbon and elastic. Tie a knot and bow at the front and you are done!

Instructions for the “Anna” dress-up apron:

  1. The first step is to cut out all the pieces.

Out of the dark blue fabric cut…

  • Skirt: 16 x 38 (cut 2)

Out of the black fabric cut…

  • Strap: 4 x 22 inches
  • Bodice: 8 1/2 x 8 inches (cut 2)

Out of the yellow fabric cut…

  • Waist Band: 3 x 28 inches (cut 2)
  1. Take one of the black bodice pieces and one of the dark blue skirt pieces and decorate them using the green and pink fabric paints. I just freehanded it based on pictures from a Google image search of Anna’s dress. I did draw on the fabric first with a fabric pencil, but if you are feeling brave, you probably don’t even need to do that step.  Let it dry completely!IMG_5482
  2. Fold the neck strap in half, right sides together, and sew along the long side using a 1/2 in seam allowance. Turn inside out, press, and top stitch along both long sides about 1/4 in from the edge.IMG_5483
  3. Cut a 15 inch piece of 1 inch width elastic.  Insert it into the strap.IMG_5486
  4. Line up the ends of the elastic with the ends of the strap and pin or baste in place. The elastic is shorter than the fabric which will allow it to stretch over your little one’s head.IMG_5487
  5. Pin the strap to the right side of the bodice front (the one you painted) about 1/2 inch from the side edges. There will be 1/2 inch of the strap going over the top edge. Baste in place.IMG_5491
  6. Place the back of the bodice on top, sandwiching the strap in the middle. Pin in place then sew around the sides and top using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.IMG_5493
  7. Turn inside out and press.IMG_5495
  8. Take one waistband piece and fold under all four edges 1/2 inch and press. Repeat with the second waistband piece.IMG_5503
  9. Take the two layers of the skirt, and right sides together, sew around the sides and bottom. Turn and press. (You might not notice from pictures, but I didn’t end up doing this step.  I that thought that I had bought enough blue fabric, but I didn’t have enough to cut two skirt pieces.  If you are in a similar predicament, simply hem the sides and bottom of your decorated skirt piece.)  Sew gathering stitches along the top of the skirt and gather to a width of 27 inches.IMG_5498
  10. Unfold the long edge of one waistband piece and pin along the gathered edge of the skirt front. Sew in place.IMG_5504
  11. Unfold the other edge of the same waistband piece and pin the bodice in the center. Sew in place.IMG_5507
  12. Turn the apron over so the front of the apron is facing away from you and pin the second waistband piece so that it is lined up with the first piece, covering all the raw edges. Top stitch along all four sides.IMG_5511
  13. Cut a 7 inch length of the “hook” part of the hook and loop closure and a 4 inch length of the “loop” part. Sew onto the waistband as shown in the picture.IMG_5520

And just like that you have completed the “Anna” dress-up apron!  I’d love to hear how it turned out!IMG_5522IMG_5525



Thanks for stopping by and as soon as I get my pictures uploaded I’ll write out the instructions for making your own, so check back soon!