20-Minute Adjustable Apron

May 15, 2019By Mister DomesticApparel, DIY, Sewing 13 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

As of late, I’ve been doing a bunch of cooking for the family. As I cook, I’m finding that the tastier the meal, the more I get on my clothes, which may or may not be related to the number of times I taste it as it cooks. I’ve never really owned an apron before, but it’s clear to me that I’ve reached to point of needing one in the kitchen. And why buy one when you can make one right?

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4-yard main fabric
  • Half yard secondary fabric for pocket and strap fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Safety pin
  • 1/4” wonder tape or pins & clips
  • Erasable pen

Machine Used

Fabric Cuts

  • Main Fabric: 26” x 42” rectangle

Secondary Fabric

  • Three 3” width of fabric (WOF) strips
  • 9” x 18” rectangle

The Apron Body

  • For each of the raw edges, fold over 1/4”, press, and then fold over again 1/2” and press. Use pins or clips to keep in place before stitching if desired.
  • With the same thread in both the bobbin and top thread, edge stitch along the back of the seam.
  • For best results, sew the two side edges first and then sew the top and bottom edges.

  • Right sides together, fold the rectangle with the longest sides together and make sure to line up all edges.
  • Using a ruler, mark 6” over on edge of the top seam and 16” down along the side edge.
  • Create a diagonal line connecting the two points and cut with a rotary cutter.

  • For each diagonal raw edge, fold over 1/4”, press, and then fold over again 3/4” and press. Use pins or clips to keep in place before stitching if desired.
  • With the same thread in both the bobbin and top thread, edge stitch along the back of the seam only sewing on the fold, leaving an opening on both ends of each “tube”.

The Strap

  • Right sides together, place the ends of two of the strips as seen in the picture below and sew together on the diagonal. If it helps, draw the diagonal of the overlapping square before stitching.
  • Leaving 1/4” seam allowance, trim any excess.
  • Follow this process for the remaining WOF strip.

  • Fold over each end of the strap 1/2” and press.
  • Fold the long ends of the strap onto the center line and press.
  • Fold the length of the strap in half and edge stitch.

The Pocket

  • For the top of the pocket, fold over 1/4”, press, and then fold over again 1/4” and press. Use pins or clips to keep in place before stitching if desired.

  • With the same thread in both the bobbin and top thread, edge stitch along the back of the seam.
Note: For the placement of the pocket, I wanted it to be where my hands could easily reach what was in in without risk of dropping anything in what I was cooking. This had the pocket top lining up with a middle fold on the apron. Feel free to adjust the placement of the pocket for your own apron needs. However, the instructions below are for my desired placement.
  • Fold the apron in half (top over bottom) to create an “edge” on the top to line up the pocket.
  • Center the pocket at roughly 3 3/4” from the side edges.
  • Place wonder tape on the front bottom and side raw edges.
  • Fold the bottom seam toward the back at 1/4” and heat set in place with an iron.
  • Fold each side seam toward the back at 1/4” and heat set in place.

  • Using an erasable pen, mark a vertical line 4” from both side edges of the pocket.
  • Edge stitch the sides and bottom of the pocket, back stitching at the beginning and end.
  • Stitch over the two vertical lines on the pocket, also backstitching. Iron over the lines to remove the pen marks.

  • Attach a safety pin to one end of the strap.
  • Use the pin to insert the strap up one diagonal tube and down the other tube, ensuring that it is flat and uniform.

  • Try on your apron, tie it in the back, and go cook something.

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13 Comments

  • Like that apron! Also great photo instructions! Thanks and I’m off to make a Father’s Day apron.

  • This is great! This could be a very personal, quick gift by using fabric of interest to the recipient. And it looks like it is fun to make. Thanks!

  • Thank you so much for the AMAZING CONTENT you provide this apron is AMAZING I took the tutorial and ran with it stepping it up a tad and made this apron with an an additional bib an cell phone picket at the top plus it became reversible!!!! Love the vids and all the positivity
    Keep it up!!!

    Angel

  • I love love love this quick and easy project! But I need help with “the math” side of it… I’m only 5 feet tall and the 42 inches in length would protect my feet as well 😁. If i shorten the length should I still use the 6 inch and 16 inch measurements or is there a “calculation” to determine that?

  • Whew! Your apron directions saved me when my “Purchased pattern“ quit making any sense! It’s one week away from Christmas and my first apron is complete and I’ll work on the next one tomorrow. You’ve been a life-saver (well, an apron saver)! Happy Holidays!

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