Prep Your Mini Chef With Our DIY Kids Cooking Set!
If you’ve a budding chef at home who’s only just tall enough to reach the kitchen worktops – but won’t let that get in the way of a good bake – then we’ve the perfect project for you! Check out Becky Cole’s step-by-step sewing tutorial below, and discover exactly how to make your own DIY kids’ cooking set! Complete with awesome apron and matching oven gloves, this set will fit children aged 6 – 9, and make a fantastic gift for any little kitchen creative!
Time to Make: 2-4hrs
Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
You Will Need:
- Cotton fabric (65cm x 50cm for apron, plus additional fabric for gloves)Pattern fabric
- Lace trim
- Thermal heat proof wadding
- Sewing thread
- Sewing machine
- Sewing scissors
- Tape measure
- Straight pins
- Fabric pen
- Dressmakers ruler
- Printable glove template [DOWNLOAD HERE]
- Printable pocket template [DOWNLOAD HERE]
DIY Kids’ Cooking Set Sewing Tutorial:
This kids cooking set will fit age 6-9. For additional ages, adjust the measurements according to your child.
Lay out your cotton fabric and, using your fabric pen, mark a rectangle 45cm high x 50cm wide. Mark the centre point at the top of the rectangle (25cm) and draw a 20cm line straight up. Use this line as the centre point and draw a second rectangle on top of the first, 17cm wide x 20cm high. Draw a 7cm line at 45 degrees from the corners where the two rectangles meet and join the two corners using a curve crossing this point. Use a dressmaker’s ruler if you find this easier. Cut out your apron shape. If you find it easier, fold the fabric in half and cut it out, ensuring that the curves are identical on both sides.
Cut straight strips from your patterned fabric, 6cm wide. Cut enough strips that will, when joined, form a 2m strip. To join your strips, line up the ends and sew with a 1cm seam allowance. Press these seams open. Then, press the strips in half.
First, we attach the binding to the body of the apron. Start at the bottom of the curve on one side. Leave a small end of tape hanging over the edge. Line up the raw edges of your fabric strip and the raw edges of your apron and stitch with a 1cm seam allowance.
When you get to the corner, stop 1cm from the end, reverse stitch a couple of times to secure and trim your threads. Remove the fabric from the machine and fold the tape up at right angles to the edge you have already stitched, creating a diagonal fold in the tape. Holding this fold in place, bring the rest of the tape down so that it is now laying along the bottom edge of the apron, raw edges lined up.
Insert back under the machine foot and start stitching 1cm down, 1cm in, securing with a couple of reverse stitches. Continue stitching straight along this edge. Repeat at the second corner and then end at the bottom of the base of the opposite curve. Trim off the excess tape leaving a slight tail. Stitch the tape along the top edge also, lining up raw edges and trimming, to leave a small tail either end. Keep the remaining tape for your oven gloves.
Now, turn your apron over. Fold the tape over to the opposite side. Line up the folded edge of the tape with the line of stitching you have just sewn. Top stitch through all layers, a few mm in from the edge of the tape.
As you approach the corners, trim off the excess of the apron fabric at the corner. You should be able to fold over the tape at the corner, to form a mitre. Top stitch over this and pivot the needle at the point it mitres in order to sew along the bottom edge. Repeat at the second corner.
Along the top edge, fold over the tape and stitch in the same way.
Next, we need to create our bias tape. This will enable us to bind the curved edges of the apron. To do this, fold your fabric over at right angles so that the fold is running diagonally across the fabric. Cut along this fold.
Use this line as a guide and cut 6cm strips, enough to make a strip 2.4m long. To join the strips together, line up the ends as in the picture, and stitch 1cm in. Press the seams open and trim away the excess.
This time leave the tape flat. Cut the tape in half, making 2 tapes, 1.2m long each. Mark 30cm down on length of tape and pin this point at the top of one of the curves, at the bound top edge. Line up the edge of the tape with the edge of the apron and stitch 1cm in all the way around the curved edge. When you reach the top of the other bound edge, at the base of the curve, secure with some back stitches but don’t trim off the excess tape. Repeat with the other length of bias tape on the opposite curved edge.
At one end of one of the tapes, fold down the top edge 1cm and then fold the two sides in to the centre, and fold in half. If you find this easier to do with an iron first, then do it this way. Top stitch through the folded tape a few mm in from the edge all the way until you get to where the tape is joined to the apron.
Continue to fold the tape over and top stitch the tape to the other side of the apron, lining up the edge with the original line of stitching, as you did with the original tape.
After you have stitched around the curved edge of the apron, continue to top stitch through the folded tape all the way to the other end. Repeat on the other side. You should now have an apron bound with tape all the way around, with ties at the neck and waist.
Cut out the pocket piece in your patterned fabric (use the printable template provided to help.) Along the top edge, sew a narrow roll hem. Snip into the fabric at the curves and press up approx 0.7mm all the way around. The snips at the curves will help the fabric to lay flat.
Next, turn your pocket over to the right way and lay your lace along the top hemmed edge. Top stitch it in place.
Pin the pocket in place on your apron and top stitch two lines of stitching around the curved edge, one a few mm in from the edge and the second 5mm in from this.
To finish your apron, take another length of the lace and top stitch it along the top edge of the apron.
Now it’s time to create the gloves, to complete your matching kids’ cooking set! Use the template to cut out your glove pieces. For each glove you will need:
- Left and right thermal wadding pieces
- Left and right lining pieces
- Left and right top fabric pieces, one in patterned fabric
Pin one of the top fabric pieces to one of the wadding pieces. Using your fabric pen and your dressmaker’s ruler, draw lines diagonally across the glove, 2.5cm apart.
Stitch along these lines through both layers. Repeat with lines going in the opposite direction to create a quilted diamond pattern over the glove. Repeat with the other top glove piece and wadding piece.
Using the lace trims, cut a large, medium, and small flower motif from each trim. Position on the non-patterned fabric side of the quilted glove. Top stitch around the centre of the flowers, securing them in place but leaving the petals free.
Place the two quilted glove pieces together, right sides facing, and stitch 1cm around the outside. Snip into the curve at the base of the thumb and turn the glove the right way around.
Lie the two lining pieces right sides together and stitch 1cm around the outside. Insert the lining straight into the outer gloves and pin along the bottom edge.
Use the left-over binding tape to edge the opening to the glove, using the same technique as when you bound the apron.
Repeat with the second glove to complete the set!
Now your matching kids’ cooking set is complete, is time to get the mini chef in the kitchen, and cook up a storm together!
If you need baking ideas, check out our baking section here! Or if you’re after more sewing inspiration, you’ll find the rest of our sewing projects, articles and tutorials right here.