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Free Apron Pattern and Apron Tutorial

Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick

Finished Apron Finished Apron - Santa was the only one in my house willing to model the apron. It is tough sometimes living with all boys.

This is my favorite apron style because the apron strap is adjustable and it is full coverage for maximum splatter protection. Most aprons that have a neck strap tend to fall too low on my body to do much good so this one works really well for me. Because it is adjustable, I can move the top of the apron all the way up under my neck if I need to more completely cover my clothes. There are also two pockets which are useful for tucking in a dishtowel or a kitchen utensil. Best of all, it is incredibly easy to put together. I timed myself making this one and I was done in less than two hours, and I was stopping periodically to take photos.

All you need to make this apron is a yard of pre-washed fabric and your basic sewing supplies. There are no buttons or other notions needed. The pattern is given as a set of dimensions with visual illustrations so you will need a yardstick and a temporary marking method. If you have a cutting mat and rotary cutter, this will make cutting quicker, but it is not necessary . I have created a pattern layout showing the overall dimensions of the apron components and a cutting diagram that shows how to fold the fabric and cut it. I have included a pattern for the apron pocket. All documents are .pdf format; to save the files without having to leave this page, simply right click on the hyperlink and save the link. Otherwise, just hit the back button to return to the tutorial.


  • Sewing machine

  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat (not necessary, but helpful)

  • Iron

  • Scissors

  • Straight pins

Cutting Instructions

Note: if you are using a rotary cutter, you can cut the fabric as you mark it. If you will be cutting with scissors, mark all of the lines first and then cut the apron pieces out. Refer to the cutting diagram as you go.
  • Fold your pre-washed fabric in half lengthwise, matching the selvages. Make sure the fold is straight all the way down.

  • Using a straight edge, trim the bottom edge so that it is even all the way across the width of the fabric.

  • Measure 12 1/2 inches from the fold near the bottom and again about 18 inches higher. Take a straight edge and mark a straight line connecting these two marks starting from the bottom edge of the fabric and ending it 23 1/4 inches from the bottom.

  • At the folded edge, measure up from the bottom 32 3/4 inches and mark at folded edge (this will be the top edge of the apron). From this mark, measure out straight across 5 inches in from the folded edge and mark again. In the picture below, I have put pins in at the marked spots (my chalk did not show in the photo). Note: do not cut your fabric all the way across at the top like I did. This is where your pockets will be cut from later. My chalk lines were not showing up in the photos, but I wanted to clearly show how to cut the angle so I removed the fabric at the top.

    Cutting side angle of apron The pins are marking the beginning and end of the angle of the apron sides.

  • Place a straight edge across so that it lines up with both marks as shown in the photo below

    Cutting side angle of apron Ruler marking angle to mark/cut.

  • Mark angle or cut along straight edge with a rotary cutter. This cut creates the angled sides of the apron. Finish cutting along marked lines on side and top edge to finish cutting out the body of the apron.

    Cutting side angle of apron Upper sides of apron after being cut.

  • Cut pockets as shown in the cutting diagram using the included pattern.

    Cut pockets Cut pocket pieces.

  • Cut two sets of strips (4 total) 2 1/2 inches wide by 33 inches long (see cutting diagram). For me, this makes the ties long enough to wrap around the back and tie in the front. Adjust length to your personal preference.

Go to the next step: Apron Tutorial - Sewing the Apron

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