I developed this easy beginner apron pattern for my Zero to Sewing students. The pattern is designed to easily adjust to any size and uses only straight stitching.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Plain white copy paper
- A ruler
- Paper scissors
- Fabric scissors
- One yard of your primary fabric
- One yard of a contrast fabric (or two yards of the primary only). Be sure to purchase a basic cotton or quilting cotton fabric.
- Matching all purpose thread.
CUTTING OUT THE PATTERN AND MEASURING YOURSELF:
STEP 1: Using your copy paper, cut two or three pieces in half long ways so you have 4 1/4″ x 11″ strips.
STEP 2: Using a Measuring Tape, measure your waist. Add 40″ to your waist measurement. Example…If your waist measures 36″ and you add 40″ then your strap will measure 76″. Tape the strip paper pieces together to they equal half of your strap measurement. So for the example, the paper piece for the strap will measure 38″. Overlap the short ends and tape them together.
STEP 3: Cut out a square from the paper that measures 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ for the pocket.
STEP 4: Using whole pieces of paper, tape two of them together and hold them up in front of you. Keep adding paper pieces until the front is a rectangle and the size you want the front of your apron to be. See image for the size I made my apron.
All you paper pieces will look like the image below.
STEP 5: Place the larger rectangle paper pattern piece onto the primary fabric. Pin in place.
STEP 6: Cut out the fabric along the outside edge of the paper pattern.
STEP 7: Using the strap paper pattern piece, place it on the contrast fabric, pin and cut it out. Cut out a second one as well.
STEP 8: Do the same process with the paper pocket pattern and cut out 4 pieces.
STEP 9: Fold the bottom (long) edge of the larger rectangle apron piece in 1/4″ and press. Fold in the press the two side edges the same way.
STEP 10: Fold the bottom edge in one additional time and press. Fold the two shorter edges in and press. Clamp or pin in place.
STEP 11: Take two back stitches at the edge of the first fold and then begin sewing the hem down with a 3.5 stitch length. Sew 1/8″ in from the edge of the folded hem.
STEP 12: When you get to the corner, stop the machine with the needle down and lift the presser foot. Turn the apron and lower the presser foot. Begin stitching again along the next edge. Keep going around the second corner and stop at the end/edge of the folded hem.
STEP 13: Pin the two short ends of the strap together.
STEP 14: Using the same, take two stitches back method, sew the edge together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Take two stitches at the end also.
STEP 15: Press the seams open.
STEP 16: Press the strap in half long ways. Open back up and press the two short edges in 1/4″ to 1/2″.
STEP 17: Fold the long edges of each side of the strap in to the center with wrong sides together. Press to make a crease.
STEP 18: Clamp or pin in place. Fold the strap in half and fold the rectangle apron in half. This will help you find the center. Place a pin at the center so you can line them up.
STEP 19: Match the centers.
STEP 20: Open the strap just a bit and slide the apron into the strap keeping the centers lined up. The raw edge of the top of the apron should “nest” in the center crease of the strap. Clamp in place.
STEP 21: Top stitch the strap by starting on one end. Sew 1/8″ in from the open edges. At the corners, leave the needle in the fabric and life the presser foot like you did before. Turn the strap and then put the presser foot back down. Start sewing again.
STEP 22: When you get to the apron, maintain the top stitching so the apron is caught in the strap. Keep turning at each corner of the strap until you get back to the start.
STEP 23: Place two pocket fabric pieces right sides together and pin in place at the corners. On one side, place two pins 3″ apart. This will be your start and finish pins. This will leave an opening to turn the pocket right side out.
STEP 24: Start the the second “turning pin” sewing with two back stitches. Sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance and turn at the corners like before. Step at the second (top) “turning pin.”
STEP 25: Repeat with the second pocket and then clip all the corners for turning. Then reach into the opening and pull the corners out through the whole to turn the pocket right side out. Use the soft end of something to “poke out” the corners. Press the pocket flat and smooth. Press the opening so that the raw edges are turned in even where there are no stitches.
STEP 26: Top stitch at 1/8″ from the edge of the TOP only for both pockets. Flatten out the apron and pin both pockets in place. Pin at each of the four corners. Place an extra pin at the opening of the pocket so it lays flat when you stitch it.
STEP 27: Start at the top of the pocket and take two stitches back. Go forward two or three and back again two or three. This will reinforce the pocket. Top stitch around the three edges of the pocket with a 1/8″ seam. The opening of the pocket where you turned it will get closed up in this process. At the corners, turn the pocket again.
YOU ARE ALL DONE!!!
Try it on for size and make some yummy cookies!!