The first thing I ever learned how to sew was an apron. I ended up creating my own pattern and everything. It was so much fun and now I love making aprons. They make great gifts and they are so practical.
Aprons are a great first time sewing project for your kids as well. If you are wanting to make some aprons with your children you must check out this awesome round up from Simply Frugal. There is a whole list of apron patterns that are completely free. There are complete tutorials for full aprons, half aprons, and lots of kids sized aprons as well.
You can grab these free apron patterns to add to your pattern collection HERE.