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How to Sew an Apron Full Guide of 2023

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Aprons have been around for hundreds of years, but during the Middle Ages and beyond.

In the United States aprons as part of ceremonies and everyday work wear, and they of everything from silk to flour sacks.

how to sew an apron

People who work at home or in the kitchen can wear an apron use them to protect their clothes during chores, both indoors and out, while people who work in factories have a heavier apron made of leather or other sturdy materials to protect against the tools they use.

Whatever job you’ll be making an apron for, choosing the right apron pattern and style is a must, and knowing how to make an apron can make all the difference mean between spending tons of money on a ready-made style or enjoying the patterns you can play with when you sew your own!

On the road to choosing the proper apron sewing pattern for the job, you will I want to consider a few things like:

Sewing patterns for aprons

Learning to sew an apron starts with choosing the style you want.

If the idea is new to you and you want to know how to make an apron specifically beginners, there are some styles that are easier than others.

Bib Apron

It’s not surprising that the bib is both the most popular and the easiest to make. What comprises a bib is a loop that goes over the neck, as well as a piece of fabric that is used to tie at the back.

This It also known style as the kitchen apron or the barbecue apron and is more than likely the choice for everyday household needs.

Tabard apron

The tabard or cobbler’s apron does not differ from the bib, except it covers both the front and back of the wearer, and is more popular in the UK than in the US.

Cobbler aprons are the easiest to make, but of course take longer depending on the material needed.

Pinafore Apron

The pinafore apron was more of a sleeveless dress than an apron, although it for about the same.

It’s fallen out of mainstream style and a little more difficult to sew for a beginner, but it’s a fashionable apron if you’re ever brave enough to tackle the pattern.

how to sew an apron for beginners

Fabric for sewing aprons

This section is short and sweet as there are tons of fabrics to choose from – guess what? You can use almost all of them!

When choosing a material, choose the color you like and consider what time of year you will wear it ( slightly thinner in summer than in winter perhaps?), and what it will for.

Making an apron for the shop? Think leather! The kitchen? Cotton or another lightweight fabric may be best.

Sewing an apron

To sew an apron simple , homemade bib, you will need a yard of fabric of your choice, scissors, thread that matches your fabric, a pencil or tailor’s chalk, a fabric tape measure and a sewing machine or the hand sewing skills to make it right if you don’t have one.

First cut your fabric to 27 inches long x 20 inches wide. Then fold the fabric lengthwise with the’wrong’side up.

(As a side note, you will also need three long strips of fabric: one that is 18 inches for the neck and two that is at least 25 inches for the tires that are on yourback.)

Second, place the top of the fold to the left and measure four inches from that fold at the top (this will give you an eight-inch top of your apron with chicken unfolded).

Third, go to the bottom right edge (the edges of the original fold) and make a mark 18 inches from that bottom corner.

Fourth, connect the two markers with a curved line. This curve is the part of the apron that rests under your arm, for reference.

sewing apron

Fifthly, cut along that line through both pieces of fabric. Voila! You’ve created the basic shape needed for your apron!

Sixth, you can leave the raw edges for a stylish DIY look, or fold each edge to create a hem then to be sewn.

Seventh, and last, it’s time to fasten your straps. For the waistbands, attach the two 20-inch lengths to both bottom edges of the cut you made. This will allow you to tie your apron at the back.

For the neck, go to the upper, shorter edges at the top of your apron and attach them to the corners make a loop. This loop rests around your neck.

Here is a video showing how to sew an apron for a workshop.

You did it! If you like, you can add small pockets to the front of your apron, or try out different fabrics and styles the next time you need a quick and easy apron, no matter what job you’re working on!

Do you have any tips for sewing an apron for beginners?

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.