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Quick Apron


I made an apron this past weekend and realized it would be pretty easy to explain here. Just a bunch of straight lines. However, it’s only a half apron. So if you need full coverage, this one’s not for you. But it’s enough to wipe those hands on and/or keep your middle clean. And if the sink hits you below the waist while you’re leaning up to it, while scrubbing dishes………this is a great apron. (I’m 5’11″…….I have this awful problem. No, I didn’t pee my pants.)


You’ll Need:


  • 1 piece of fabric 18 x 25 inches (main piece)
  • 1 piece of fabric 4 x 25 inches (waistband)
  • 2 pieces of fabric 4 x 35 inches (ties)
  • 1 pieces of fabric 6 x 8 inches (pocket)
  • coordinating thread
  • scissors, sewing machine, etc.
**Use 1/2 inch seams unless otherwise noted.**

Start by making the ties. Sew along the long side, with right sides together. Curve your seam at one end, if you want, to give it a more finished look.


Like this. Then trim. Turn them both right side out. Iron flat.


Top-stitch really close to the edge, all the way around both ties.


Next, fold over the long edges of your waistband, about 1/4 inch. Iron. Then fold over the ends a 1/4 inch and iron.


Then fold the whole waistband in half lengthwise and iron. (And come on, no need to zoom in. My ironing board is atrocious. All water stained and burned. Stop. Don’t click on it. Gross.)


Next, your going to sew around 3 edges of the main piece. The 2 sides (shorter sides) and the bottom (one of the longer sides). Turn under each edge a 1/4 inch, and then 1/4 inch again. Sew.


See all 3 sides that are sewn?


Next, lay your main piece right side up with the unfinished edge at the top. Align your waistband up at the top.


And fold the other half of the waistband over the top. Pin in place and sew close to the bottom edge, leaving the 2 ends open.


Next, your going to attach the 2 ties to each end. But first, you’ll need to fold each unfinished end just a little bit so that it will fit nicely into the opening. If you’d rather not do this, just make your strips 4 x 34 inches (instead of 4 x 35) and they should slide right in without folding. I just like the look of it.


Then sew close to the edge to secure the ties in place. Cute, right?


Lastly, the pocket. Fold over the top edge (one of the shorter ends) 1/4 inch with wrong sides together. Then flip that sewn edge back and fold over 1 inch with right side together. Sew along the edge, 1/4 seam allowance. Trim the corners.


Then turn that section right side out. This is the top of your pocket. It makes it all nice and neat looking.


Now fold the 2 sides in 1/4 inch and then fold the bottom up 1/4 inch. Iron into place.


Then pin your pocket onto your apron. (You’ll notice my ties aren’t sewn on yet. I did it in a different order.)


Now, sew around the sides and bottom of the pocket to secure it to the main section.


Whew, done. It really is a quick project. I just took a lot of pictures because if you’re anything like me…….you might like to see every step.


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  1. Amy says:

    Really cute and easy. I teach sewing classes and might use this idea:) I did wonder if you meant to ‘take the inch off’ the width of the tie measurement instead of the length for those wanting the tie to fit in band without ‘folding’. No big deal, I was just trying to picture how the other way would make a difference. Good work. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mykell says:

    Thanks for sharing this project! I am having difficulty turning the ties right side out. I know how to turn a tube but this one is closed at one end…any tips?

    1. Mykell says:

      Nevermind…I figured it out a couple of minutes after I sent the previous message! lol

  3. Kiki says:

    Great project and easy-to-follow instructions. THank you! The apron turned out great!

  4. Jessica says:

    Very cute, easy apron! And I used those exact fabrics for my daughters' room! Curtains, play table covers, dust ruffles, and changing pad cover.

  5. RJ says:

    This is GREAT! I'm just starting out with sewing, and picked up the perfect fabric for this project this morning. I love the step by step photos, it's going to make it so much easier for me.

  6. Danielle says:

    I'm loving this idea! I like my full apron for the kitchen, since if I'm doing something that needs an apron, it's usually REALLY messy… but this would be great for crafting and having some supplies on hand. And I bet it wouldn't be hard at all to add a few pockets.

  7. Shana says:

    I made these for Thanksgiving. I sewed 3 for me and my sisters. We can look very fashionable and be busy at the same time. THank you for the pattern. I was fun!!

  8. Suzie-Q says:

    WOW! This went together so much faster then I thought it would. I did three of them during nap time yesterday and they all look so cute!
    Thanks for the great idea!!!

  9. Gena says:

    Where do you get all your cute, cute fabric? It’s so darling! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas! I l-o-v-e your blog and am so grateful I came across it! I’ve learned so much from you!

  10. Ashley says:

    I’m so glad the pictures are helpful.

  11. Annie Laurie says:

    Thanks so much for all the pictures! I’m a very visual person and I can navigate through projects WAY better if I can see what’s going on! :)

  12. Piko and Kanoe sitting in a tree. . . says:

    Thanks for posting these instructions. I’m excited to try and make one!

  13. Rose says:

    That is so cute! I saw a similar one with a dishtowel sewed into the waistband seam, and I want to try that, as I am constantly washing my hands (cuz of my kids) and am always running for a towel. Love the material you used too. And about the ironing board…check out this tutorial

    or this one

    both super cute and easy (just like all the projects you share with us!!)

    And did I mention I love your blog?? :)

  14. Laura McGee says:

    SUPER CUTE!!! im so going to make this soon! im 5’2″ and when i do dishes, it hits my belly button so my stomach gets wet and looks really weird… yeah.. not flattering!

  15. ericandjanine says:

    very cute–i was wondering where you get all your adorable fabrics? a local store or online? i’ve been ordering online lately so i was wondering what sites or stores you would recommend?

  16. jodi says:

    Love it. Now I just need to get my sewing machine fixed.

  17. Rachel H. says:

    This is so cute! Thanks for the wonderful instructions! I can’t wait to make this!!!

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