Junior Chef Giveaway

MIchaela when she was 3 1/2 years old, as a mini chef

This photo of Michaela wearing the prototype Junior Chef set, (which was also a present for a friend called Kaitlin) when she was 3 1/2 years old might give you some idea about how long I have been making these hats and aprons.  But it is not the whole picture.  I started making the aprons when Rory was not yet 2, over 8 years ago, (sadly, my scanner is refusing to work, which is a pity, because Rory was an adorable toddler).3 kids kneading dough

This photo, from 3 and a half years ago will have to do.

For many years an apron was my go-to present for any kid that was celebrating a birthday, because I love a present that encourages participation.  I’ve made them with fairy fabric, monkey fabric, robot fabric, flower fabric.Rory in his hat and apron

3 and a half years ago I added the appliques and the personalised hats.  I can still remember my reluctant model telling me that he would stand there, but only if he didn’t have to smile!  Originally the set was for a book project that didn’t get off the ground, and then, in 2010, they were published in Australian Homespun as a pair – the one above and the one below.Michaela in Chef's Hat and Apron

2 of my apron/hat sets have been to International Quilt Market, to show off Melly’s fabric, but sadly they didn’t make their way home again.  You can see one below."Little Menagerie" Fabric Apron and Hat

I’m really proud of this pattern, and pleased to release it with 9 different applique motifs to choose from.

Junior Chef Cover, Pattern by Matching Pegs

The instructions take you through fusible, raw-edge applique, but the appliques are designed to work as needle turn appliques too, as they are in the 3rd and 4th photo.  The hat and apron are adjustable, and suit 3 to 8 year olds. The set fits older kids, but the apron just starts to get shorter.  The hat fits my average adult head, right down to toddlers.

If you would like to win a copy of the Junior Chef pattern, leave a comment below, telling me what you think is the best thing to cook with a child.  I always loved making play dough with my kids, and think chocolate ripple cake is the best thing for young chefs to cook assemble on their own.

The giveaway is open to International folk as well as Aussies, and will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday the 17th.


5 thoughts on “Junior Chef Giveaway

  1. I love the aprons, I always buy aprons for little children, so very useful. As for a favourite recipe, I don’t think you can go past muffins as you don’t need any heavy equipment, just a wooden spoon. Very kind to offer a chance to win this great pattern.

    • I am in love with the hat. We have 2 4 year old grand daughters. Cooking is the best with them, because there is so much they can do. And it’s a lot of hands on.

  2. With kids I love to make waffles, because after the dough is finished it only takes a few minutes until they are finished and can be eaten. I like to decorate them with caster sugar, sometime with fruits or even melted chocolate. I have 2 requests for aprons at the moment so your pattern would be very handy.
    Take care and thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I have only just started cooking with my 2.5 year old daughter. She loves helping out and giving ideas- like turning our scrambled eggs green (thanks Dr Seuss!). I’d love to make this apron for her- I’m a very keen beginner sewer.

  4. I love your patterns Claire they are georgous and I love to let my kids make Mini pizzas on english muffins and also they help me with choc chip cookies

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