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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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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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