How to Make An Apron

Project Level: Easy

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Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

Utility aprons are useful for all types of activities including gardening, sewing, cleaning and for those teaching young children in the classroom or crafting at home.

This apron has two large pockets and measures 40cm x 73cms with the belt measuring 147cm x 4cms. The pattern can easily be adapted to make a smaller apron as the pattern pieces consist mostly of rectangles. We used a Little Johnny cotton print to make this gardening themed apron.

You Will Need

  • Half a Metre of Wide Cotton (50cm x 150cms)
  • Bias Binding 25mm x 2m
  • A Sewing Machine
  • Iron & an ironing board
  • Sharp scissors, pins, corresponding coloured thread

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Instructions

Download the PDF pattern. Print the pattern ensuring you do not check the box on the print dialogue that says "Scale to Fit" or "Fit to Page" and check that the test box has printed at the correct size of 5cm.

Step 1.

Starting with the pocket, iron a 1cm hem onto the wrong side of the fabric and sew the bias binding on the top of the pocket on the same side.

Mitre the corners, (trim the corners at a 45 degree angle) this reduces the bulk in the seams.

Press the fabric along the bias binding and fold the ends in so there are no raw edges. Fold the the excess bias binding over and stitch. 

Step 2.

Place the pocket centrally onto the main body of the apron, I managed (with a bit of Jiggery-pockery) to pattern match it but it made my pocket a bit smaller.

Stitch the sides and the bottom of the pocket.

Measure to find the centre of the pocket and stitch a straight line reinforcing the top of the pocket.

Step 3.

The same as step 1, sew the bias binding onto the bottom and  sides edges of the wrong side of the main body of the apron.

Leave excess at the corners as this will allow you to make a tidy fold.

Press the fabric.

sewing Bias binding on corners

Step 4.

To make the belt, press the fabric and fold it in half, right side up.

Turn a hem on each side ensuring that they are even.

Step 5.

Fold the belt in half & align it to the central pocket stitching. Pin and top stitch all around the top.

Press firmly.

Right, I'm off to find my gardening gloves..

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