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