I've been wanting to make an apron for months, and today I finally did it! As you'll see, it's nothing too fancy, but I made it myself, which is pretty cool.
And guess what? While I was making this, I took down measurements so that I could offer you a free pattern to make your own!
I promise you that it's incredibly easy! I bought the material, created the pattern, and made the apron all in one afternoon. The only tricky part for me was attaching the seam binding around all of the curves. It either takes some practice or I was doing it wrong. *grin* But it all worked out well in the end.
I've created a printable pattern for you that is scaled down. Each square in the pattern is equal to one inch of fabric. Hopefully you can copy it out onto a piece of brown paper or news print.
Note: This is a medium sized apron pattern. For larger sizes, I would widen the center area to cover the chest and slightly lengthen the yoke.
What You'll Need:
1.3 Meters (4.25 feet) of cotton or broadcloth - this allows you a little extra should you wish to lengthen it.
A little piece of contrasting fabric for the pocket
6 inches of iron-on interfacing
2 packages of double-sided seam binding (I chose a fun color)
2 3/4 inch buttons
Thread to match seam binding
Pre-shrink your fabric if using cotton by wetting it and then putting it in the dryer.
Cut out your pattern.
Start with the pocket. Edge it (all four sides) with seam binding. Sew a button on it and put the pocket aside.
Next you will work on the area that buttons up behind the neck:
Take the two small triangular pieces of fabric and attach the interfacing to each with a hot iron. Sew the straight edge under about 1/4 inch on each piece. Pin these in place on the apron body with wrong sides together.
Trim the entire apron body with seam binding.
Take one of your long rectangular pieces and fold lengthwise with right sides together. Sew lengthwise and also sew one end closed. Use a long pointy object to turn the band inside out, squaring corners in the process. Iron flat. On the open end, fold the unfinished edge inside about 1/2 an inch. Top stitch the end to finish it.
Repeat for the second apron string then attach both to the sides of the apron.
In order to place the button in the best position behind your neck, I recommend that you put the apron on and pin the neck in the place exactly the way you want it. Then slip it off to finish with a button and button hole.
Finally attach your pocket where you would like it, by top stitching the sides and the bottom.
Do you want more free patterns? See my post 191 Free Apron Patterns!
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