Pinafore style aprons bring me to a place that seems to be among the bygones. The prairie feel of this simple no-tie apron encapsulates an era I reflect on often. I first learned how to make this apron for children through a tutorial on a neighboring blog. Tweaking the pattern for larger measurements, I came up with an entire array of adult sizes to offer for friends and family to make their own if they so desired.
Here I will share what you will need, the sizing chart, and how to go about creating a simple 6 piece pinafore apron for those practical feminine hearts that have an undying appreciate for the “olden days.” This could surely be classified as a beginner sewing project!
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric depending on size
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine or needle
|Size||Main||Straps||Straps from Edge||Ruffle||Pockets||Pockets from Top|
Begin by choosing your fabric and cutting your pieces, considering lines or pattern when sewn together. Alternating fabrics really highlight this style of apron, but the same fabric can offer a more simple look, too.
Above photo: I have my pieces cut and sewn on starting edges.
Step 1: Cut fabric according to size chosen in the chart
Step 2: STRAPS -for both pieces, fold in half so right sides are together. Pin and sew a 1/4″ seam along open long edge. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of seam stitch. Flip the strap right side out using a large safety pin or push stick. Topstitch along the edge of both sides at 1/8 of an inch. Leave the ends open as you’ll tuck them in later.
Step 3: MAIN PIECE – along the shorter sides (top to bottom) fold in half an inch, then again, and pin to hide raw edge. Sew a topstitch 1/4″ along sides.
Step 4: POCKETS – choose an edge to be your top and fold down half an inch, then again and sew at 1/4″ along the top of the pocket. Repeat with other pocket.
Step 5: It’s time to iron your pieces to assemble your apron. Begin by pressing straps. For the pockets, press sides to the inside at about 1/2″ and then the bottom too. Pin to hold and set aside. On the main piece, press your sewn sides and fold over the top edge in the same fashion you folded the sides. Do not sew yet, but pin to hold.
Step 6: SETTING STRAPS – your straps should tuck under the top edge of your main piece as shown above. This will hide your raw edge with one fluid stitch. Measure your reaching distance for the strap (refer to chart) and place a pin where you plan to set your strap to create a crisscross in the back, repeating for the other side. Take one strap and tuck it under your top fold on the opposite side, inside of your pin marking. Pin to hold and do the same for the other. Carefully sew a seam across the whole top fold, securing your straps in place without any raw edges showing.
Step 7: PLACING POCKETS – measure down from the inside edge of your strap, according to your size on the chart. Pin and sew pocket along the sides and bottom edge.
Step 8: RUFFLE – on the short edges of your ruffle fold in 1/2″ and fold again. Sew a seam on both ends. Fold your ruffle piece in half length-wise with wrong sides together, then again to find your center point and pinch or pin. Fold your main piece in half to find your center there as well. Setting your ruffle on top of your main piece, as pictured below, match your center lines together. Work one side of the center line first, pinning a ruffle as you go, and then the other side until you have an evenly spaced ruffle that you are pleased with. Finish off the raw edge with a surge seam or a zigzag seam to lock those frayed ends down. Check your ruffle and press!
Now you have an apron that you can throw on, store recipes in, and wipe your hands on your thighs without covering your clothes in flour. I hope you enjoy this opportunity to make your own apron to cherish for a lifetime!