How to Sew an Apron

7 Simple Steps to Sew an Apron in Just 15 Minutes

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Want to sew an easy DIY apron for the kitchen or any other purpose, just give a read to this guide to get your apron ready to wear in a couple of minutes. 

The apron is a protective layer of cloth to avoid stains and spots on your apparel. It can be worn in so many ways. It’s a versatile thing that can be used for gardening, as a play apron for kids, or for the kitchen. The best is you can learn this skill of “How to Sew an Apron” in a few minutes and have the opportunity to gift someone who loves baking and even sell if you are a house woman and wanted to start a side business.

Which Fabric is Best for Aprons

First of all, making a project plan about sewing an apron by choosing the right material for making aprons is not a big decision, wholly depends on the purpose of use. A cotton fabric if you making for kitchen or for kids, denim or canvas for gardening. I always recommend, getting the fabric you already have at home. Even you can make an apron from a men’s shirt.

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Things You Will Need:

  • Sewing Machine (I use Singer 9960 for sewing everything)
  • Fabric 1 yard or less
  • Thread
  • Cloth tape
  • Pin Needle
  • Scissor
  • Iron
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Scale

SEWING TIME: 15 Mins     SKILL LEVELBeginner

Draft a Pattern If You Are a Beginner

The first thing before cutting down the fabric is to draft a pattern on paper if you’re a beginner.

See the measurements chart below and make patterns according to the size you required.

Apron Pattern on Paper


3.5” 5” ½ of the Top (Upper chest part)    AF
20” 32” Apron Length   AC




Top Part of the Length   AB

Bottom Part of the Length   BC

7” 14” ½ of the Bottom Width   CD
7” 14” ½ of the Mid-Point   BE
13.5” 21.5” Apron Side   ED
5 x 5” 8 x 8” Pocket


Steps by Step Guide to Make Easy DIY Apron at Home

Cut the Fabric

To get started cut the pattern on the folded piece of cloth. My recommendation is if you’re making an apron for adults keep it 32 inches long and 18 inches wide. And for the kids 20” x 13”.

To make your work easier also cut three straps one for the neckline (size 2″ x 20″) and the other two for the ties (size 2″ x 38″). And 2 Pockets of size 8″ x 8″ (even you can add one more inch to hold accessories)

You can change the measurements according to your requirements, as mentioned in the chart above

Cut the Fabric for Apron

Press and Fold the Apron for Hems

The next step is to press and fold hems twice to hide the raw edges. Each hem must be of half an inch.

Press and Fold the Aprons

Pin the Hems

Pin the edges with the pin needle to make your sewing easier and smother with your sewing machine. Sew the apron and pockets hems in the same way.

Pin the Hems

Attach the Pockets

Once you are done with hemming the edges the next step is to attach the pockets on the apron to the desired area.

Attach the Pockets

Press and Fold the Straps

Press the edges of the tie toward the middle and then press half an inch one more and iron it.

Press and Fold the Straps

Attach the Straps

To add waist straps start working with the apron end curve. Attach the right side of the straps to the wrong side of the apron and sew it all along the strip.

Attach the other waist and neckline strap by following the same method.

Attach the Straps

Cut and Clean the Strings

Cut and clean the strings on the corner and you are ready to go for cooking or gardening.

Cut and Clean the Strings


Can I sew an apron without a pattern?

To make an easy pattern-free apron all you need to have is a sewing machine, scissors, measuring tape, and a piece of cloth. Sewing an apron without patterns follow simple steps:

  • Fold and cut the fabric in an apron shape
  • Cut the curve shape for arm holes
  • Sew the edges
  • Attach the neck and waist strips and you are ready to wear them!

How to sew an apron for beginners?

My personal recommendation is, that if you are a beginner then the best approach is to make a pattern first to save your fabric from ruling it out. Then follow all the steps that I have already mentioned above in the main article.

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