Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

A Perfect Pinny – A Make Your Own Tutorial

I have a bit of a reputation around these parts of town for wearing a ‘pinny.’  I know it’s slightly old fashioned but as soon as I come in from the morning school run I put my apron on and it usually stays on until I need to go out for the afternoon school run.  Of course I cook with my apron on, but I also have been known to garden, mow the lawn, craft and clean in one too.  I’m wearing one now as I write this…  A few times I’ve even forgotten I am wearing an apron, and have found myself heading to the post box or a neighbours with one on.  I think they are invaluable when it comes to protecting my clothes!

A few weeks ago a friend had a birthday and I made her one of my aprons.  I hope she won’t mind that I am sharing her gift on my blog post. 🙂  The apron is fully lined and the pockets have sweet little vintage buttons on them.  I paired her apron up with a hook to use to hang her apron if she so wished.

Handmade apron gift tutorial instructions.

Handmade apron gift tutorial instructions.

Handmade apron gift tutorial instructions.

So word gets around!  This week I had an order for two aprons to be made in this quirky tea spoon fabric – what a great choice!  I hope these aprons have a busy and colourful life in their new home…

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Read on for instructions on how to make your own beautiful apron or maybe make one for someone else – you know Christmas is just around the corner.

For the apron you will need…

  • 1 metre of main fabric
  • 1 metre of lining fabric
  • Thread to sew
  • 2 decorative buttons

Step 1 – Cut the Fabric

Prepare your pattern according to the sizes provided below.

After preparing your pattern, cut two pieces of the main section of the apron – one in the main fabric and one in the lining fabric.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

You will need to cut one pocket piece in the main fabric and one piece in the lining fabric for the left pocket.  Turn the pattern piece over and cut the same for the right pocket.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Cut two ties and one neckband in the main fabric.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Step 2 – Prepare the Pockets

Place the pieces of the left hand pocket with the right sides together.  With a 1cm seam allowance, stitch down the sides and across the bottom.  On the curve, snip in towards the stitching.  Making these cuts will allow the fabric to sit nicely when turned the right way through.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Turn the pocket right side out, and then tuck in both the main and lining pieces of fabric of the top opening by 1cm and press. This will be stitched into place later.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

To make the pleat in the pocket, find the centre point across the top of the pocket.  Place a pin there to mark this spot.  Then pin 2cm either side of the centre point.  Fold the outer pins in towards the central pin so that they butt up to one another on top of the fabric.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Handmade apron tutorial instruction.

Handmade apron tutorial instruction.

To secure the pleat and close the opening, sew two rows of stitching from the left hand side to the right hand side of the top pocket.  One row of stitching should be 2mm from the top edge and the second row of stitching should be 1cm from the top edge.  Attach the button to the top of the pocket in the centre.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Repeat these steps for the right hand pocket.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Step 3 – Prepare the Ties

Fold the ties in half along the length, with the right sides together.  On each tie, stitch across one end and along the length with a 1cm seam allowance.  Snip across the corners and turn the fabric right side out.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Once the fabric has been turned right side out, press the ties flat and then sew a line of top stitching down both sides and across the closed end on each tie.  These lines of stitching should be approximately 2mm from the edge.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Step 4 – Prepare the Neckband

Fold the fabric for the neckband in half along the length, with the right sides together.  Sew a line of stitching along the length – you don’t need to stitch across the ends.  Turn the fabric right side out and press flat.  Do a line of top stitching down both sides of the neckband.  This stitching should also be 2mm from the edge.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Step 5 – Attach Pockets to the Front Panel

Position the pockets slightly below the arm holes on the main fabric (front) of the apron.  Find the centre of the apron running down the middle and position the pockets equal distance either side.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Sew with a 2mm seam allowance from the top of the pocket on one side, around to the top of the pocket on the other side.  Reverse stitch a few times at the top of the pocket to strengthen the stitching.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Step 6 – Position the Neckband

With the right side of the main fabric facing up, position and pin the neckband 1cm in from the left and right hand side of the apron.  The ends of the neckband should be going upwards and the loop should be lying down on the apron.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Step 7 – Position the Ties

With the right side of the main fabric facing up, position and pin the ties to the side of the apron.  They need to be place 1cm down from the top edge of the armholes.  As with the neckband, the ends of the ties should be going outwards and the enclosed end of the tie laying down on the centre of the apron.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

Step 8 – Attach Front and Back

With the ties and neckband laying in the centre of the apron, lay the right sides of front and back sections together.  Sew the front and back sections together with a 1cm seam allowance.  Leave a 10cm gap at the bottom to allow you to turn the apron right sides out.  I usually reverse stitch over the neckband and ties to make sure they are extra secure.  Snip the corners and then turn the apron right side out.  Press the apron and then slip stitch the opening closed.  Lastly, sew a row of top stitching around the outside of the apron with a 2mm seam allowance.

Handmade apron tutorial instructions.

And there you have it – a beautiful, handcrafted apron.


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4 Comments

  1. Oh Claire, this is the perfect pinny. I am so busy at the moment but as soon as I have time I will be making this guy! Thank you so much for the tutorial..I love it! x

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