Thankful Apron Pattern – Free apron pattern and tutorial

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I love this free apron pattern and tutorial There's a video to make it easy. Such a great DIY idea for Thanksgiving. This Free apron pattern and tutorial includes a video tutorial! You can make a classic apron that is cute enough for hosting, but practical for everyday use!

Inspired by the “Baking Outside the Box” Recipe book.

You’ll need:
1.5 yards cotton ( 1 yard fabric A , 1/2 yard fabric B)
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Cording (optional)
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
Sewing Machine

Video Tutorial Here, Written Below:

Thankful Apron Pattern – Free apron pattern and tutorial

1 – Cut out pattern;

Print up the pattern (you can get assembly instructions here)
Cut out pattern pieces. You will need to cut 2 of the top – One of the front and one of the liner.
Note that the front bodice piece you cut where the dotted line is.

In addition to the top you will need to cut the following:
Cut 3 of the Neck strap/ waist strap piece – be sure to set on the fold where it says in the pattern.
You will need to cut one of the 2nd neck strap (the shorter one) again be sure to place on the fold.

You will then need to cut the skirt. Using a rotary cutter cut across the full width of the fabric to make the skirt. The length you desire is up to you – In the example I chose to make a shorter skirt that was about 18 inches long.

Note: If you want to make a apron with a “belt” (the strip of fabric at the waist as seen in the example) you will need to cut one more of neck/ waist strap 1.

2 – Begin to build the apron

Turn under .25 inches twice and press with an iron the edges of the rectangle that will be the skirt ( all sides including the hem). Then sew using a straight stitch down the middle of the pressed seam. Set aside.
Tip: One easy way is to sew a straight stitch .25 away from the edge of the cloth – it’s an easy line to follow while ironing and it reinforces the fabric from fraying.

Do the same to the 2 waist strips. Turn under undes .25 inches twice and sew using a straight stich.

I know that finishing like this a is a pain – but it will make the garment able to take a lot of abuse and can be thrown in the washer without a second thought.

2b – prepare the neck straps

The two neck straps are not the same length on purpose – it’s part of the pattern to tie a bow on the side rather than in the back.
Taking the two strips that will be the neck ties, fold one right sides together (so it makes a strip that is approc 1.75 inches wide), and sew, using .25 seam allowance.

Using a safety pint on one end, Turn right side out, press. Repeat with other strip.

Take one end of the strip and tuck the raw edges in on itself, about an inch and top stitch shut. Set aside

Repeat with other neck strap.

3 – Prep Pieces for the bodice

Turn bottom of lining under 1 inch and press.
If making the waist band, hold up to bodice and trim to correct length.

Then turn under the top long edge of waistband .5 inches and press down (add cording if desired at this time.)

3b – prep the front bodice piece

If you are adding the waist band you will need to attach it to the front at this time. Line up the waist band piece with the bottom of the bodice. Pin the top and bottom thoroughly. Top stitch the piece onto the bodice about the .25 inches in fromthe waistband edge.

4 – Begin to bring it all together

Take the skirt part of the apron.
Make a basting stitch at the top of the rectangle (the 40 inch long side of the skirt ) near the edge (about .25) gather to the length of the bottom of the bodice. With right sides together pin to the bottom of the bodice and sew bodice and skirt together using a .5 seam allowance.

Tip: mark the center of your skirt with a pencil at the top – this will help ou be able to arrange your gathers more evenly.

5- Add the straps

Pin the neck and waist tie straps to each side of the bodice on the right side of the fabric. Sew on the straps, with a .25 seam allowance. This is to just give them extra reinforcement.
Note: The side with the shorter neck strap is the side the bow will be on.

Pin the straps out of the way, so they won’t get caught in the seam allowance of the bodice

6 – Attach the lining to the bodice

Then pin the lining or back side to thebodice, right sides together – the straps should be sandwiched in between. Sew all the way around the bodice from one side to the other leaving the bottom (where the bodice meets the skirt – the section you ironed under open. The section you ironed under should be facing up). Sew all the way around the bodice except for the bottom using using a .25 seam allowance.

7 – Finishing touches

fleece-fun-free-tutorial-and-pattern_9.png”>Turn right side out, making sure straps are fully turned. Now that the bodice is turned you are almost there!
Pin the bottom of lining (that is not attached) to the front of bodice to hold in place.

Topstich all the way around the bodice .25 from the edge – including the bottom (this should sew the bottom shut).

Trim threads and you are finished!

Download the free pattern here.

You can get a free copy of Adobe reader here. By downloading you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern envelope to download the .pdf !

Β I love this free apron pattern and tutorial There's a video to make it easy. Such a great DIY idea for Thanksgiving.

Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
Angel Hickman Peterson
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  1. I need to make a cute apron for halloween (im gonna be a doll) and I have a week before the masquerade ball. What size is this apron for? Cuz i’m a REALLY big girl. like, I have a 54 inch bust and a 46 inch waist kinda big. what modifications would i need to use?

    • Hey Angel,

      Thank you do much for stopping by and even commenting. I feel so happy this and that you liked my version.
      Linking back is essential, to me.
      I got quite a lot on my list to see, but I can’t wait to sew your wonderful apron again.
      Thank you again,


  2. Thank you so much for this pattern! I have made it at least four times and it has really helped me become more comfortable with sewing. I’ll be giving these out for Christmas instead of buying gifts so you’ve helped my wallet as well! It’s such a cute apron and an easy tutorial to follow.

  3. Thank you so much for this pattern!
    I just got a sewing machine and was looking for something useful to start sewing! So this apron was the first thing I have ever sewn – and it worked out quite nicely! So thank you soooo much for the good instructions and the video tutorial!! Next I’ll try
    myself on the christmas stockings.
    Best regards from Germany πŸ™‚

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful pattern, I made it last weekend & the results were splendid.
    I will mail you the pictures please give your comments.



  5. Hello. I downloaded this pattern, but there were no pattern pieces for the straps, just for the top of the apron. I can’t seem to find the dimensions of the pattern pieces for the straps in the instructions. I consider myself a beginner at sewing, so I am hesitant to try to guess the dimensions of the straps!

  6. Hello,
    I’m french, I live in Venice, and I found your wonderfull pattern. I’m just beginning the making of this apron. Thank you very much; I’ll send you a picture of the final result.
    all the best.

  7. Hello,

    So I’m trying to make the apron like the one Alice wears in “Alice in Wonderland” , do you think if i just use white material for this pattern, this apron would look like it or should i go get the original pattern?

  8. What are the rectangle’s dimensions for the skirt/bottom part ? I noticed it was not included in the pattern, and I am a beginner so I don’t know how to make the skirt part.

    • Hi there,
      I am sorry that I am behind in my comment response due to personal issues. As it states in step 1 – You will then need to cut the skirt. Using a rotary cutter cut across the full width of the fabric to make the skirt. The length you desire is up to you – In the example I chose to make a shorter skirt that was about 18 inches long. So the width will be 40 inches by whatever you desire the length to be. The suggested length is 18 inches so it’s 40 inches wide by 18 inches long in the example.

  9. these are great I just made eight of them, as part of my bridal parties gifts. I’m getting married in the fall. I figured regardless of where we are on Thanksgiving we’ll all be wearing the same thing

  10. I am having trouble understanding how to sew the bodice to the waistband. Do I stitch the folded side to the folded bodice top? Will the belt be finished on the back side? You didn’t show what the inside looks like so i don’t quite understand.

    • Hi Kathy!
      The “belt section is top stitched onto the front of the bodice. So the belt and bodice front are essentially one. Don’t worry about stitching the folded bottom of the the belt and boicee togeher – you’ll do that when you add the skirt and sew through all the layers to finish the apron.
      – Angel

      • Thank you so much! I can’t believe you answered that so quickly! I was just going to watch the toot one ore time and you already answered my question!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  11. I absolutely LOVED this apron! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, I’m a newbie at sewing and the only mistake I made was the length of the skirt, too short but still serves it’s purpose and I use it often! I’m making two more for my mothers, hope they turn out even better! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Angel,
    I’m looking for the skirt pattern piece but cannot find it. Am I missing something? I’ve printed out the 6 pages for the bodice, waist and neck pieces but don’t see a skirt piece.
    Thanks very much,


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