The Easiest Apron You’ll Ever Sew.

The Easiest Apron You’ll Ever Sew.

Easy DIY Apron

We have gotten tons of requests asking us to show how to make an apron and today we are going to do just that!

Sewing your own apron is fun because there are so many different styles to choose from. Styles can range from simple aprons to more complicated tailored looks.

The style I will be demonstrating in today’s tutorial is probably one of the easiest aprons to make.  It is a half-apron style that is great to tie on when you are cooking up a quick meal or decide to bake some goodies.

Most importantly- it looks great!  I also love the big pockets in the front, which makes this apron a perfect choice as a gardening or craft time apron.

The color you select is completely up to you.  The length can also be alter to be longer, making it a suitable apron for both men and women.Let’s begin our easy apron tutorial!

Easy DIY Apron

Materials:

  • Linen – I used “Softened” heavy weight 100% linen 4C22 in Wildcherry.

    You can also use medium weight IL019 but I prefer heavier linen for my aprons. Depending on the length of the apron, I recommend getting 1-2 yards of either fabric.

  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sewing Machine

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Easy DIY Apron

Cut the larger piece of linen 33”x17.”Cut the smaller piece of linen for the pocket 20”x10.”

Hem the edges of the larger piece of linen.  Fold one of the longer sides of your linen over a ½ inch fold and then again with a 1 inch fold.  Seam this fold in place.

Easy DIY Apron

Fold and crease the other side, but don’t seam it just yet!  We need to make the straps and insert the ends into the fold before we seam it.

Easy DIY Apron

To hem the shorter sides, just fold them over twice with a ½ fold and seam them in place.

Easy DIY Apron

Next, hem the edges of the pocket.  Use the 1 inch folding technique for the top length and the ½ folding for the three remaining sides.

Easy DIY Apron

With your sewing machine, stitch the pocket onto your apron.  You may want to use a measuring tape to make sure it is properly centered before you begin sewing.

Easy DIY Apron

For the straps you will tie around your waist, cut two 25 inch long strips of linen.  Make these both three inches wide.  Then fold and iron them in half lengthwise (like the one on the left).

Easy DIY Apron

Open the ironed center fold and fold the edges in a ½ inch on both sides (the long sides).  Iron these folds and tuck them in so you can hem that side of your ties.

The strap on the left shows you how your folds should look when open.  Seam your strap along the entire edge like the version on the right.

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 It’s now time to attach the straps you prepared earlier. Place about an inch of the one strap end under the folded (but not seamed) corner of your apron.

Easy DIY Apron
Once it is tucked inside, you can sew your hem with your strap in place.  Just before you reach the end of your seam, place the other strap inside the fold in the same manner and complete your seam.

Easy DIY Apron

And you’re all done! Now all you need to do is start cooking your delicious meal (while looking amazing in your new apron)!

If you’d like to sew an apron like the one in this tutorial, order 1-2 yards of 100% linen 4C22 by clicking on the button below and selecting your color on the following page:

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10 comments

  1. Karen Martin

    I am not a slob in the kitchen, but I am accident-prone.

    Would love a full apron pattern.

    I like linen, all natural fibers.

    Love this site.

    Grandmamma, stuck in Illinois

  2. Claire Gruener

    I also made her a nursing top. I made it out of square swatches they sell at JoAnn’s of cotton fabric. Linen would be so nice. I crocheted out of pink string a neckline, 120 stitches round, made it one inch wide, and sewed the diamond-shaped swatches to it — just “Flip-it!” when the time is right. Love, Grandma claire

  3. Claire Gruener

    Hello, I like the apron also — and, yes, white is the way to go i aprons, bibs, etc. they have to be bleached. Unless you use permanent dyes, like the ones sold by Dharmatrading.com I want to make an apron for my daughter-in-law and line it with quilting batting I get at JoAnn’s Craft’s, or our local quilting store, Eddie’s Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale, Ca. to protect her pregnant belly — I am so concerned about the way the young girls dress during pregnancy these days…. they do not protectively cover themselves enough, if you mask me. Grandma claire


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    nicole novembrino

    Thanks for all the amazing feedback!

    @Anomar- Trust me, I a slob in the kitchen too. It doesn’t help that I spill things all the time either! We definitely plan on posting more apron tutorials to feature different (full coverage) styles.

    @Charlotte- Thank you so much. I love Florence and am so pleased to hear that something from our blog can spark your memories. Those giant scissors still intimidate me! I used to be too scared to use them, but have finally conquered my fear (with extreme caution, of course haha).

    @m.a.miller- IL019 is $7.71 per yard at the moment. Sales on select colors are frequent, so be sure to sign up for our mailing list for alerts.

    @Najeeba- Will do. Thanks for the suggestion!

    @Mary- If I could, I would leave most of my linen garments unfinished. I love how unfinished linen looks. But, when I do need a more polished garment, I usually hem it with a simple top stitch that I would use if I were hemming pants for instance. I’m glad your pants turned out great!

  5. Mary Summerour

    Hi Nicole,

    Your tutorials are lots of fun! I haven’t sewn in many years, so my first pair of linen trousers was made by cutting up a pair of my beloved FLAX floods to use as a pattern. One could hardly go wrong by sewing with the precise garment fit one knows and loves! The pants turned out GREAT…Your linen store is a fabulous value.. I am going to try some of your tutorials, AND I am going to advance to some tops and a jacket.. I hope.
    Mary

    How do you normally finish the edges of your linen garments? I do not have serger—yet.

  6. Najeeba Kareem

    please show me how to attach zip to a dress and how to put elastic into the pyjama Thank you.
    I stitch clothes but they dont look so good as proffessionally stitched.
    with best wishes
    Najeeba.

  7. charlotte

    Nicole….your tutorials are lovely. I especially like seeing the linen in its realistically rumpled state in the apron lesson.
    Made my first trip to Italy last February; went to Florence and found a fabric shop near the Boboli Gardens. The fabric was exquisite, needless to say, but I was also amazed to see how big the scissors were. So every time I see similar ones on your site, I think of the shop, (I went back three times), how kind the proprietor was and how much I loved Florence. Viva Italy!!!!

  8. Anomar

    I am a slob. I need a full apron and would love simple instructions for one.

    I recommend either white, so that it can be bleached clean, or black so that it doesn’t show the stains.

    I love color though, so those of you who aren’t slobs can go for it.

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