Free Patterns for Three Apron Styles
During the second season of Teach Yourself to Sew we learned about gathering, sewing double-fold edges and hems, and everything you need to know to sew an apron. Teach Yourself to Sew was created with beginners in mind, but sewers of any level can use these tutorials to brush up on their skills. Here are bonus patterns for three apron styles.
The patterns are designed to fit on 1 yard of 45-inch wide fabric. Aprons are popular right now and make a great gift as well as being fun and practical to wear. So, give these patterns a try. You’ll see how easy it would be to modify the size, or change the length or shape, add or remove pockets, or play with fabric combinations. This is a risk free way to be your own designer. Enjoy!
1. Finish the skirt side edges.
2. Hem the skirt.
3. Fold under the outside pocket edges and press.
4. Hem pocket top.
5. Position pocket as indicated on skirt and topstitch sides and bottom to attach.
6. Gather the skirt width to 16 inches wide.
7. With RS together center and sew the tie’s short, straight edges to waistband short edges.
8. With right sides together, center the waistband on the skirt and sew one edge to the skirt waist.
9. Fold waistband and ties in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew from D to E and from C to F. Turn RS out and press.
10. To finish the waistband, turn the unfinished edge under and either hand sew it with invisible stitches or topstitch by machine.
Skirt Apron – Download Pattern
1. Hem the bib top. Trim ends to be even with the bib sides.
2. With RS folded together lengthwise, sew ties into long tubes with one finished end each. Turn RS out and press.
3. With RS folded together lengthwise, sew neck strap into a tube, leaving both ends open. Turn RS out and press.
4. Sew a narrow double-fold hem on bib sides first, then on the apron sides and hem.
5. Position the unfinished tie ends under the apron at the Xed boxes and topstitch in place.
6. Place the neck strap’s ends under the bib at the Xed boxes, and topstitch in place.
Chef’s Apron – Download Pattern
1. Sew the short ends of the skirt ruffle together to make one long strip.
2. Turn one long edge and both short ends of the ruffle under 1/4-inch and press. Fold under another 1/4-inch, press again, and stitch in place.
3. Sew a double row of machine basting stitches along the ruffle’s unfinished long edge and gather to fit the skirt edge, starting 1/2-inch below the waist seamline.
4. RS together, sew the ruffle’s gathered edge to the skirt edge. Turn and press seam. Topstitch along the skirt edge so it lays flat. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears.
5. Finish the waist tie edges in the same way as the ruffle with a double-fold hem.
6. Sew a narrow double-fold hem on each shoulder ruffles’ curved edge.
7. Gather the shoulder ruffle to 12 inches long.
8. Gather the skirt waist except between the notches.
9. Apply waist band and ties as described in steps 7 to 9 on “Skirt Apron” directions. But note: the heart apron ties are a single layer and hemmed not folded.
10. Turn under the long edges of both shoulder straps by 1/4-inch and press. Fold each strap in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
11. Insert a shoulder ruffle into the open side of each shoulder strap between the notches and with mirrored versions.
12. Apply interfacing to one heart shape. Place interfaced heart RS up and position the ruffled end of the shoulder straps RS down and place the straps on the bow of the heart to fit your body with the ruffles to the outside. Align the raw edges and pin with heads off the outer edge. Align the second heart RS down and stitch 1/2-inch from the edge from point A to B leaving the point open. Turn the heart RS out and press. Press under the open section’s edges by 1/2 inch.
13. Slip the skirt waistband into the heart’s open point, between the lining and interfaced fabric. The heart’s point meets the placement dot on the skirt. Topstitch around the open section and remainder of the heart, catching all layers.
14. Attach the shoulder straps to the waist ties either by sewing the unfinished end directly to each waist tie; or sewing a loop to each shoulder strap end and sliding the waist tie through it.
Heart Apron – Download Pattern
Download the pattern for a Heart Apron.
Download the pattern for a Skirt Apron.
Download the pattern for a Chef's Apron.
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