Learn how to make an apron with this free sewing pattern! This adorable apron tutorial is sized to fit most adults and would make a wonderful gift for your favorite cook!
A couple of years ago I created an apron sewing pattern sized just for kids. Since then I’ve received several requests for a similar apron pattern but for adults. Today I’m happy to share with you how to make an apron and a cute apron pattern sized just for grown-ups!
This apron is a bit of a “one size fits most” pattern. I am tall (5′ 9″) and about a size 8-10. I’ve got pretty broad shoulders and this apron fits me very well. The mannequin in the photo above is a size 6. So you can see that this apron will fit “most” adults.
Summer House Fabrics:
This apron is made from the Summer House line of fabrics from Liberty of London. These fabrics are from their quilting cotton line which is being distributed in the US by Riley Blake Designs.
I’m a GIANT fan of Liberty of London fabrics. When I heard the Riley Blake was distributing them I got so excited because this means the fabrics are more available and affordable for customers in the USA.
Great Gift Idea:
If you’d like to make this apron as a gift, may I suggest that you also create a matching hot pad? You can find a cute pot holder sewing pattern on my site HERE. You can even download a matching tag!
How to Make an Apron; a Free Sewing Pattern:
Supplies to Make an Apron:
Fabric is Summer House by Liberty of London
Apron Fabric: 1 ¼ Yards Fabric
Apron Ties: ½ Yard
Pocket and Accent Fabric: ¼ Yard
Jumbo Ric Rack: 3 Yards
From Apron Fabric:
1 piece 25″ x 27″ for Apron Skirt
2 pieces 11″ x 12″ for Apron Top
From Apron Placket Fabric:
1 piece 3″ x 12″
From Apron Tie Fabric:
2 pieces 4 ½″ x 26″
2 pieces 2 ½″ x 24″
From Waistband Fabric:
2 pieces 2 ¼″ x 20″
From Pocket Fabric:
2 pieces 5 ½″ x 5 ½″
2 pieces 1 ½″ x 5 ½″
Before You Begin, create 2 pattern pieces:
On one of your apron top pieces, measure in 1″ from the top edge. The piece of fabric should be laid out so that it is 12″ tall and 11″ wide. Draw a line from the 1″ mark to the bottom corner and cut off the excess fabric.
Repeat for the other side of the apron top piece and the other apron top piece.
Using a plate or CD round the bottom two corners of the apron skirt piece. The skirt piece is 27″ wide by 25″ tall.
Repeat this time rounding the two bottom corners of the 5 ½″ x 5 ½″ pocket pieces.
How to Make an Apron; Assembly Instructions:
Time needed: 2 hours.
How to Make an Apron
- Apply Ric Rack
Stitch 1 piece of rick rack to each of the long sides of your apron top placket piece (the 3″ x 12″ piece of fabric). You will sew the ric rack to the right side of the fabric, stitching down the center of the fabric.
- Top Stitch
Fold the Ric Rack to the wrong side of the fabric and press. Pin to the center front of one of your apron top pieces.
- Sew the Apron Top
Topstitch along both sides of the ric rack to secure the placket to the apron top piece.
- Apply Ric Rack to Skirt
Serge or zig-zag the sides and bottom of your apron skirt piece. Apply ric rack to the edge of the skirt piece using the same method that is shown in step 1.
- Create Shoulder / Neck Straps
Fold your shoulder strap pieces in half lengthwise with right sides facing. On one end draw a line across the strap at a 45-degree angle. Stitch the apron strap piece with a ¼″ seam allowance along the long side. When you get to the end, pivot your stitch and stitch a 45-degree angle. Turn the strap right side out and press. Repeat for 2nd strap.
- Create Waist Ties
Repeat the above step using the two waistband strap pieces.
- Add Straps to Top
Pin one apron strap to the top corner of the apron top piece. The raw edge of the strap will be flush with the raw edge of the apron top. The strap will be ½″ in from the edge of the apron top piece. Repeat with 2nd apron strap. Baste in place.
- Assemble Apron Top
Pin the two apron top pieces together (the piece that you stitched the placket to, and the 2nd piece you cut out). Stitch using a ½″ seam allowance around the sides and top of the apron top piece. take care not to catch the apron straps as you sew. Turn right side out and press.
- Create the Pocket
Stitch the 1″ x 5 ½″ piece of fabric to the top of one of your 5 ½″ x 5 ½″ pieces of fabric. Repeat for the other 5 ½″ x 5 ½″ piece. Place the two sewn pieces right sides together and stitch with a ¼″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening in the bottom of the pocket piece. Clip seams, and turn the pocket right side out through the hole. Press turning the opening under as you go.
Fold the sewn pocket piece down about 1 ½″ and press. Place the pocket where you would like it on the apron and stitch in place taking care to backstitch at the top and bottom of the pocket.
- Attach Skirt to Waistband
Run two rows of gathering stitches along the top edge of the apron skirt piece. Pull up on the strings and pin to the waistband piece so that there is ½″ of waistband hanging over the edge of the gathered skirt piece. Stitch the skirt to the waistband with a ½″ seam allowance.
- Attach Top to Waistband
Pin the apron top piece to the other side of the waistband piece, matching centers. The bottom of the apron top piece will be pinned to the top of the waistband piece, right sides facing. Stitch the apron top to the waistband with a ½″ seam allowance.
- Attach ties
Pin one of the sewn waistband straps to the edge of the waistband piece. You will want to “pleat” the sewn straps so that they fit inside of the waistband with ½″ left on each side of the strap. Baste in place. Repeat with the other strap.
- Attach the waistband lining
Pin the 2nd waistband piece (your waistband lining piece) to the sewn waistband piece along the top edge of the waistband right sides facing, pinning around to the sides of the waistband but not the bottom of the waistband.
Stitch the waistband lining with a ½″ seam allowance beginning at one side and all the way around to the other side. Again, do not stitch the bottom.
Turn the waistband lining to the back of the apron and press. Fold under the raw edge of the waistband lining and hand stitch in place to finish the apron.