This Easy Apron Tutorial is perfect for beginners. Each simple step takes you closer to a completed hostess apron perfect for any cook!
Use personalized fabrics to express the personal style of the chef! The wide waist band is flattering and covers more than the average half apron.
Whether you are hosting a holiday party, or want to bring along a gift for the hostess, this half apron is a perfect last minute sew. The design is simple and features a large obi-style wrap around tie with a large front pocket. I wrote the tutorial with beginners in mind, so this project is great for those new at sewing.
You don’t need to worry about sizing; the apron is one size fits most. It is equally suited for men and women and would make a great bbq apron too!
Since the design is simple, the star of this project is the fabric. I chose a hand printed linen that I bought years ago at a local market. I just love the chicken print and was able to find a solid colour linen that coordinated for the pocket. The tie is some cream coloured cotton, actually an old sheet that I upcycled! You can use any light to medium weight woven fabric for this project.
2/3 yard main fabric ( cotton)
1/4 yard contrast fabric for pocket
1/2 yard fabric for ties*
width x length
main apron: 30″ x 21″ – cut 1
pocket: 11″ x 7″ – cut 2
ties: 100″ x 6″ – cut 2 *(I suggest piecing this long strip with several shorter lengths)
Easy Apron Tutorial
All seam allowances are 1/2″.
Fold side of apron 1/2″ to wrong side and press. Fold 1/2″ again and press. The raw edge is now enclosed.
Stitch close to edge. Repeat with other side.
Fold up bottom of apron 1/2″ to wrong side and press.
Fold up again 2″ to wrong side and press.
Pin pocket pieces together with right sides facing and stitch around outside edges, leaving a 2″ opening for turning. To get a neater opening, stitch though the seam allowance to the raw edge as shown.
Clip the corners.
Turn right side out and press.
Topstitch 1/2″ away from the top edge (the edge that does NOT have the opening).
Fold the pocket in half to find the center.
Use a ruler to draw a straight line through the center.
Find the center of the apron by folding in half.
Place the pocket on the apron, matching center lines and having the bottom edge of the pocket 5″ from the bottom edge of the apron.
Pin in place.
Stitch close to the edge along the sides and bottom.
Be sure to backstitch well at the top corners.
Stitch along the center line to form two pockets.
Center the apron on the strap (right side of strap to wrong side of apron) and stitch.
Press seam allowance up towards strap.
Begin stitching where the strap meets the apron and stitch raw edges, the long edge of the strap and the short edge. Repeat on the other side. Do not do any sewing where the apron meets the strap.
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