Supplies for the Queen Elsa Dress Up Apron Costume
A quick trip to the craft store, and you’ll be set to start. The total time it took to complete this project was about 3.5 hours, but that was including time to take pictures and notes in order to write up the tutorial. I would say plan on 3 hours.
For reference: my daughter is 2.5 years old and is wearing 2T and 3T clothes. The apron hangs down past her knees and we tie it up at the neck to bring it up on her chest. The measurement I’ve given for the skirt piece (blue satin), is long enough to be just shy of her ankles and is wide enough to loop around to form a skirt, but not too wide to hinder the tie. You can do a quick measurement of your child’s waist to make sure it’s the best fit.
If you want to make both the FROZEN Queen Elsa costume and the Anna dress up apron, check out my Frozen Inspired Princess Anna Apron Tutorial and buy all of your materials at once to save yourself a trip. I used the same blue satin for both aprons.
Supplies List for Queen Elsa Dress Up Costume
- 1 child’s sized apron
- 5 yards blue radiance sparkle tulle
- 2 yards clear water sparkle tulle **see note below
- 1/2 yard blue satin
- 1/2 yard Casa Collection Glitter Matte Jersey in blue radiance
- 1/2 yard of 1 inch shimmer velvet ribbon
- 1/2 yard of 3/4 inch silver metallic braid ribbon
- Snowflake buttons left out of the photo
**In the supplies picture, I have two colors of tulle, but only used one on the dress.
I have provided a free printable for the bodice pattern that I made (sized for a 12″x19″ child’s apron). Download the Queen Elsa Inspired Dress-Up Apron Bodice Pattern. If your apron is a different size, you can whip up your own pattern like I did: lay some paper out on the floor and trace around the apron.
It was a highly scientific and oh-so-exact kind of process, let me tell ya.
Cut the bodice pattern from both the blue satin and the blue glitter fabrics – be sure to add the half inch at the bottom of each. Pin the pieces together (satin facing up, glitter facing up – I top stitched this entire project; no turning). Having the blue satin backing helps to make the glitter fabric really stand out. The glitter fabric I used is sheer, so the white apron showed through if the satin wasn’t used.
Cut the skirt piece. I used a rectangle, sized at 25 inches wide by 16 inches long for my daughter. This piece covers the white canvas when the tulle is attached so no white shows through, extends about 6 inches on either side of the apron ties, and also extends a nice, non-scratchy layer past the bottom of the apron.
Sew the FROZEN Inspired Queen Elsa Dress Up Apron
I had never worked with satin before and didn’t know it frayed like the dickens, so after I hemmed it, I doubled it over and hemmed again. Lesson learned!
I only did the double-hem-thing on three sides because the edge at the waist was going to be covered by mountains of tulle and the stitching was going to be reinforced. Prevent fraying with a double hem – this thing is going to be used a lot!
Sew up the bodice next, permanently attaching the glitter fabric to the satin. Put that aside and let’s give a shout out to some tulle. Some people don’t like working with tulle, but I love it. It’s just so fluffy!
And it’s so very forgiving if you’re a newbie at sewing, like me! It also makes a homemade DIY FROZEN Queen Elsa costume look like something luxurious and expensive!
I used all of the tulle, but because I didn’t want Elsa’s skirt too fluffy (not as fluffy as the Princess Anna Dress Up Apron), I didn’t sew it to be very full. For the tulle, I cut three pieces that were the width of my skirt piece (25″ x 16″) and doubled over off the bolt, like it came from the store. So basically, you have 6 layers of tulle pinned like this to the satin, but only had to cut three.
Pleat the Tulle
As the picture above shows (picture is from Anna’s costume), I then took the tulle (from the bolt) and without cutting it, made a pleat 2 inches wide every two inches, starting from the center and working my way to the edges. Just pull a few inches of tulle past the side of the skirt that isn’t on the same side as the tulle. You want one seamless piece to be pleated, and you want the pleats facing towards the center.
Once I got to the end of the satin piece, I cut the tulle and did another layer like the pleated one just completed, alternating the pleats between the ones in the previous layer.
I know it’s hard to see in the picture below, but under the top layer of pleats is another one. It doesn’t add much ‘fluff,’ but it definitely adds to the visual appeal of the dress, especially when you attach the bodice piece.
Once you’ve pinned your oh-so-many-layers-of-tulle, sew those to the satin piece so that they are really on there. I used a straight stitch and a dashed-zig-zag stitch to catch as many little sections of the tulle as I could. See the picture below. The photo on the left of the picture below is before I sewed the skirt piece to the apron. You can see that I made sure the tulle wasn’t going anywhere! And yes, I’m guilty of excessive back-stitching when designing items for my daughter – kids are rough on stuff and I knew this would see a lot of play.
The photo at the right in the picture below is indicating the skirt piece (and therefore the tulle) should extend onto the apron strings so that when you tie it, it gives the appearance of a skirt. Mine extended just shy of 6 inches on either side, so Elise has quite a bit of growing room in her FROZEN Queen Elsa costume.
Stitch the skirt piece to the apron, using whatever you feel is best to make sure it never comes off. Ever.
Create the Bodice
Now, we come back to the bodice. You’ve already sewn the two pieces (satin and glitter overlay) together, so now we’re going to jazz it up a bit. I used a VERY sparkly 1-inch ribbon and just lined the very edge with it.
I did one side, cut, pinned (taking care to fold the ends of the ribbon under to prevent fraying) and sewed it to the bodice. I then cut the other side and overlapped the point of the bodice, to give it a clean edge.
I then lined up the center of the apron with the center of the bodice (the point) and first pinned the points where the ribbon trim at the bottom of the bodice met the apron.
Once the bodice is centered and the bottom points pinned, wrap the edges of the bodice piece around the edges of the apron; just pull it around the edge of the apron and pin it.
Just a note: While sewing the bodice edges just before where the apron curved, I had to go slow. I had it pinned but also had to tug it a bit so it would lay flat. When I got to the area near the apron strings, I reinforced the stitching quite a few times.
I left the bottom of the bodice (and the bottom point of the “V”) free because I thought it would help to allow freer movement.
The ribbon trim at the top was pinned and attached and I had a mini celebration.
I took a few snowflake buttons and hand-sewed them to the skirt in various spots (uncer the top layer of tulle so they wouldn’t snag) and to the “V” on the bodice of our Elsa costume.
You’re done! Put on the soundtrack or the movie and sing and dance right along with Elsa! Here’s our little girl, twirling and singing. This is also a good shot to show that the apron becomes a skirt when tied at the back.