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Free Apron Sewing Pattern

As an appreciation for all the cooking my hubby does for our family, I wanted to make him a styln’ new apron. Aprons are perfect sewing patterns for beginners as well as for experienced sewers, so whether you’re new to sewing or not, this free apron sewing pattern is right for you.

I chose a lightweight woven cotton fabric with yarn dyed vertical stripes in subtle blues, grays and whites. Choosing the fabric is one of the best parts of home sewing and I immediately fell in love with this one. You can make this apron for your loved one or make it for yourself, it’s a standard adult sized apron so one size fits all.

Here’s an explanation of the terminology I’ll be using to describe the how-to instructions below.

  1. Notches – small marks made on the pattern to ensure that one pattern piece will match up to the pattern next to it. They can be used as markers along a seam to make sure that the two pieces of fabric will come together correctly when sewn
  2. Dots – large dots or circles are there to match up with their equivalent dot on another piece and guide your sewing
  3. Sewing line – this is the dashed line that runs parallel to the cutting line
  4. Cutting line – this is the solid line around the perimeter of the pattern
  5. Grainline – indicates how the pattern piece should be placed on the uncut fabric, in relation to the selvedges, they are typically placed parallel to the selvedge edge of the fabric.

Materials Needed:

 

Instructions for this Apron Sewing Pattern:

Preparing the material for sewing:

Print off the apron pattern on 8 sheets of 8.5″x  14″ legal sized paper (or use 8.5 x 11 but you’ll need more sheets) and align papers together to form apron pattern. Tape paper pieces together.

Lay fabric out flat on a large level surface. Do not fold fabric in half.

Place apron body pattern on top of the fabric with the arrow following the grainline of the fabric (lengthwise). Pin paper pattern in place or use paper weights (like these woodland animal painted rocks) on top to hold the paper in place:)

sewing patterns for beginners - place pattern over fabric for cutting

Cut along the solid line.

Mark all dots on the pattern using a piece of washable chalk or wax. Poke the center of the hole with a pin, lift pattern up and mark on the fabric where the pin meets the fabric.

Sewing the Body Pattern:

Working with the pattern piece facing WRONG side up, fold the neck edge over by ½” and iron along the folded edge. Fold it a second time another 1” and iron. Total hem allowance is 1 ½”. Edgestitch along the fold line from one end to the other.

Next, move to the bottom hem, fold the bottom edge over by 1”. Fold it a second time another 2” and iron in place. Total hem allowance is 3”. Edgestitch along the fold line from one end to the other.

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double fold and press hem in place for sewing

Sewing the Neck Tie:

With RIGHT sides together, align the double notches and stitch the neck tie together at center back neck. Press seam allowance open.

Fold the neck tie in half lengthwise and press creating a crease line down along the center.

press the ties in half to sew closed

Open the neck tie and fold the cut edge in by ¼”.

press the cut ties to prepare for sewing

Align the neck tie edge at the waist level to the body pattern piece and with RIGHT sides together, sew pieces together with a ¼” seam allowance.

Iron along the seam line.

press apron as you sew to keep all edges neat and crisp

Fold in the ¼” cut edge and fold again in half, sew the neck tie binding together to clean finish the upper side edges of the apron. Continue all the way around.

Finish the sides of the apron by double folding the edges towards the WRONG side of the fabric (3/4″ total hem allowance) and edge stitching along the fold line.

Sewing the Waist Ties:

Working with one waist tie at a time, fold the waist tie in half lengthwise and press creating a crease line down the center.  Open the waist tie and fold the cut edges in by ¼”and press creating crease lines.

After creases are formed,  fold in the ¼” cut edges and fold again in half, stitch along the entire length of the waist tie.

stitch ties for apron pattern

Attach the waist tie to the apron body, aligning dots on the pattern.

Double fold the waist tie ends and stitch in place.

fold ends of ties and stitch in place

Sewing the Pocket:

Working with the fabric WRONG side up, fold and press the top edge of the pocket over by ½”. Fold it a second time another ¾” and press in place. Total hem allowance is 1 ½”. Edgestitch along the fold line from one side to the other.

stitch pocket facing for DIY apron

Fold all other edges of the pocket in by ½”.

sew apron pocket

Prepare, sew and attach the pocket loop similarly to the waist tie. Align the  dot on the loop with the dot on the pocket piece for loop the placement.

Position the pocket onto the body of the apron, with small dots aligned and pin in place.

pin pocket to apron body

Edgestitch the pocket in place along all 3 sides of the pocket. For added reinforcement, add a small triangle stitch to both corners of the pocket opening.

sewing pocket to apron body

Stitch a vertical line down through the pocket to create a small pouch on one side.

sewing a loop on apron pocket

Clip all loose hanging threads and iron as needed to eliminate wrinkles.  Wear and enjoy!

apron sewing pattern

I’ll be working on a kid’s size version of this apron. Maybe this will help get the kid’s to help out in the kitchen more….maybe, just maybe.

For more easy sewing patterns for beginners, learn how to sew an infinity scarf, learn how to make curtains and check out this DIY linen napkin idea and this DIY beach themed felt throw pillow.

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Georgia

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Hi, Ik just wondering why there is no seam allowance on the pattern for the top sides of the apron. If these sides were folded in and seen, the top part would be really thin and disproportional? Shall I just add my own seam allowance for that part? Also the part that says to attach the neck ties onto the waist part of the pattern, I don’t understand that?

Thanks

Lindsay

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Hi! For the neck tie, do you fold in 1/4” on BOTH cut edges? Or just the one not initially seen to the body? I am having trouble figuring out how to attach the next tie and also it looks like you left it sticking out a bit to catch the waist tie...?

Any help would be appreciated! Lindsay

Betty Claus

Friday 16th of October 2020

Hi ,just wondering where you buy the fibric for this apron. I can't seem to find where to buy, maybe you could send a link thank you Betty

Jane and Sonja

Friday 16th of October 2020

Hi Betty, I bought the fabric at a local Fabricland store but it's similar to a cotton/poly yarn dyed stripe oxford cloth - here is an affiliate link: onlinefabricstore.2xje.net/BjE99. Hope that helps! - Sonja

Pam Tivner

Sunday 20th of September 2020

I don't see a pattern piece for the neckties what is the measurements for the neck ties?

Jane and Sonja

Sunday 20th of September 2020

Hi, Thanks for your question! The neck tie pattern piece is in the PDF document, I just checked and it's right next to the waist tie pattern piece. But for your reference, the neck tie is 26.5" long x 1" wide to be cut twice, with a join seam at the center back neck. Happy sewing!

Robyn Maguire

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

From looking at the pattern, it doesn't seem to be the same apron that you make via the instructions. The pocket facing doesn't seem to come in play, and the pocket pieces are angled on the pattern, but squared on the apron you show. (Your pattern also doesn't call out the tongs hook you added, nor do the instructions). Am I missing something here?

Jane and Sonja

Friday 15th of May 2020

Hi Robyn, Oh my goodness, I see what you mean! The post is linking to our other utility apron pattern (https://sustainmycrafthabit.com/diy-apron-pattern/), which is different. Sorry for your troubles, I've fixed the broken link now.

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