{FREE} Apron Pattern

Want to learn how to sew?  An apron is a great place to start.  What is better than a Free Apron Pattern.  How about a free apron pattern that teaches how to attach bias tape.

There may be one or two of you who are pondering the thought of purchasing one of my apron patterns…maybe you are hesitant for any number of reasons.  OR you wish you could do a trial run before purchasing.  OR you just want a cute new apron.  Well, worry no more, I’m setting you up with this traditional Clothespin Apron Tutorial.

Here’s what ya’ need…

Supplies {Can’t sew without ‘em}

1/2 yard for the Skirt
3/4 yard for the Pocket, Waistband, and Ties
1 Package Wright’s 1/2″ Bias Tape
1 Package Wright’s Jumbo Rickrack {optional}
Thread in coordinating color

I’m going to assume you have a sewing machine, scissors, pins, an iron, and an ironing board.

STEP 1:  Go to this Media Fire link:  Right click on each pattern piece, select download.  Print out the 8 pages of pattern tiles.  Match up the ‘A’s, ‘B’s, etc. until you have something that looks like this.

STEP 2:  Trim the pattern pieces and layout the Skirt and Pocket on fold of fabric.

STEP 3:   From the same fabric cut 1 strip of fabric 4.25″ x 25″ for the Waistband and
2 strips of fabric 4″ x 30″ for the Waist Ties.

STEP 4:  Cut two 13″ strips of the Wrights 1/2″ bias tape.  Open one of the folded edges and press flat.  Leave the other edge folded.

STEP 5:  Pin the right side of the bias tape to the wrong sideof Pocket edge.  Stitch on the fold line.


STEP 6:  Press the right side of the bias tape over the seam.  Make sure the folded edge stays folded under.  Wrap the bias tape over the seam, pin in place, and stitch down on the right side.

STEP 7:  Attach Pocket to Skirt by placing the wrong side of the Pocket on top of the right side of Skirt.  Pin in place and stitch together raw edges where Skirt and Pocket meet using a scant 1/4″ seam.

STEP 8:  Cut  1.5 yards of bias tape.  Using the same methods in Steps 4-6, attach the bias tape to the outside edges of the apron.  Leave the top open.

STEP 9:  Prepare the Waist Ties.  Along one long edge, fold under twice 3/8” to create a double hem. Press and stitch.

To make a point at the end of the Tie, fold the end diagonally, right sides together, matching the raw edges.  Stitch a seam 3/8” from the edge.

Turn the point right side out. Turn under the raw edge twice, press and stitch. Top stitch the tie end.   Repeat for the second Tie.  Set the two ties aside while you prepare the Waistband.

 STEP 10:  Attaching the Waistband.  Find the center point of the Waistband and the center point of the Skirt.

With right sides together, pin the Waistband to the Skirt along the top edge, matching the center points. Stitch in place using a 1/2” seam.

Press seam flat, away from Skirt.  Turn top edge of Waistband under 1/2” and press with steam iron.

STEP 11:  Attaching Waist Ties (one at a time).  Trim Waistband so that it extends 1/2” beyond Skirt.  On right side, make a mark 1.5″ from top.

Lay the Waistband flat with the right side up.  Pin the Waist Tie to the lower half of the right side of Waistband, matching raw edges.  Pin a pleat in the middle of Waist Tie.  Baste with scant 1/2″ seam.

Fold Waistband down over the Waist Tie keeping Waistband halves right sides together. You should now have a sandwich with the Waist Tie in the middle. Pin in place.

Using a 1/2” seam allowance, stitch raw edges of Waistband even with finished end of Skirt.  Trim excess to 1/4”, turn inside out and press.  Repeat Step 11 on opposite side.

STEP 12:  Finishing touches.  Pin the folded edge of the Waistband to the Skirt. The folded edge should barely overlap the seam. Close the Waistband either by hand stitching the Waistband to the Skirt  OR take the freeway and use a fabric glue stick (my fave!) which allows you to top stitch immediately.

Topstitch around  the Waistband with a 1/8” seam.

And that, my friends, is all there is to it!

UPDATE:  I’ve fixed the broken Media Fire Link!

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  1. Very cute! Thanks!

  2. I just love the idea of a clothespin apron. I only saw them online (prob a vintage pattern for sales) in the last few years. Of course, I wanted one immediately…and then I remembered that I don’t have a clothesline…. (and I think if I did my homeowners’ association would take issue). I will add this to the list of reasons I want to move to a more rural locale where I can spread out a little, maybe get some chickens and bees, and have a little kitchen garden. Sigh….

  3. I forgot to say: I looooove your apron pattern, and thank you for making it. I’m so glad to know someone else values the idea of a clothespin apron too….don’t you love the way line-dried laundry smells?

  4. This is a super cute apron!! I would actually wear an apron if I had one this cute! I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

    I would love it if you joined my weekly Friday link party if you are interested: http://www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Simply Designing

  5. This is a wonderful tutorial and I love the apron, especially the fabric choice is Awesome.. I am pinning it!
    Thanks for linking up at friday fun party.

  6. I am featuring this idea tonight.. :) be sure to check out other features, link up and grab your button..
    Have a great day!

  7. What a beautiful apron, and a great tutorial too! love the fabric you used!
    ~Jen @ http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

  8. This is adorable! I love the fabric! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!

  9. Thank you for this tutorial from Germany :) Your apron looks very stylish!

  10. This is beautiful apron. Love your choice of fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I’ll be making one of these as soon as I finish up the bag orders that are consuming all of my sewing time!

  12. Very cute! Thank you for sharing! I think I’ll be giving this tutorial a try very soon!

  13. Cute pattern. Awesome tutorial, too! Might as well look stylish while hanging up that laundry! xo Jami

  14. Cute apron!!

  15. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really love aprons and I’m sure I’m going to make this one! Liz

  16. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I WILL be making this one :)

  17. I love this fabric, and it’s an amazing tutorial. I went through a phase of collecting aprons. If I had more time I might attempt this. I am not a great sewer, so I think it would take me quite a while. Love it though.

  18. Really nice apron! I love the fabric you chose!

  19. this is beautiful. Very well crafted and made. Thank you for sharing.

  20. So cute! My sister has been wanting me to make her an apron and this is perfect! Thanks =)

  21. Sweet apron – thanks for sharing all your hard work (the pattern) with us.

  22. Wow……..!Cute apron,thanks for sharing.

  23. This is such a great apron!

    I wanted to stop by and let you know that you were featured today! I hope you will come check it out!

  24. What a darling darling apron! I am showing it off tonight at the Weekend Show Off Party! THanks for sharing!


  25. i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I’m pinning it.


  26. I just adore this apron. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. I really cannot sew but with your tutorial I think I will give it a try! Thanks again!
    Newest Follower, jen @ f5

  27. What a super cute apron! I love the fabrics you chose too! Thanks for linking up – I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/07/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-57/

  28. Is this for a child? The picture is misleading, it looks like a normal apron. This is either for a child or for an adult with the waist size of barbie.

  29. If only I knew how to sew. This is so stinkin cute and I love the pattern and colors of that fabric.

  30. Love this apron! I think my favorite part is the tie around the waist. I would love for you to stop by and link this up to my weekly link party. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-21.html

  31. I’m not hesitant to buy, I’m just really new to sewing and want to start out with something that’s easier to do so I don’t get burned out! Do you think this would be a good sewing project for a newbie? Or do you have any recommendations? I used to sew when I was a kid, but my husband bought me my own sewing machine for Christmas. I’ve already made a quilt and a potholder from scratch, but would like to try some pattern sewing, and try making something that actually looks nice, haha.

    • This free pattern is very easy to sew and ideal for a sewing newbie. If you look over the instructions you will see pictures that show you step-by-step details, such as attaching bias tape. If you’ve made a quilt, then an apron would be a great next step. Good luck and email through the Contact button if you have any more questions.

  32. Hi Leslie, I made the apron and it turned out perfect. If you would like to have a gander, check it out here.

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