Free Apron Sewing Pattern

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Learn how to sew an apron with a free PDF sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project even has pockets, and its a great handmade gift!

Do you love to cook or bake? Or do you know someone who does? I love having home cooked meals with my family every night, but I can get pretty messy. Especially when I’m making anything from scratch.

I made a free apron sewing pattern in a classic style that will protect you while you’re in the kitchen. It’s an easy sewing project with lots of steps, and it makes a really great handmade gift. Make one for all your friends and family members that love being in the kitchen!

free apron sewing pattern

What fabric should I use to make an apron?

The best fabric to use to make an apron is quilting cotton. Quilting cotton is easy to find and easy to sew. It’s strong, durable, and washable.

Cotton comes in solid colors or any print you can imagine. It presses beautiful which makes all the hems and straps easy to sew.

Free Apron Sewing Pattern

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.

free apron sewing pattern

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edgestitch around the bib and sew the hole closed

How to Sew an Apron with a Free Pattern


  • Free apron sewing pattern – get it at the end of the post
  • 1.5 yard of quilting cotton
  • .5 yard of fusible interfacing
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $5. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!

Free Apron Sewing Pattern supplies

The pieces you need to cut out:

  • 2 bib pieces from fabric (either matching or coordinating)
  • 1 bib piece from lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 2 pockets
  • 1 neck strap
  • 2 waist ties
  • 1 skirt

Make sure you transfer all the markings, like pocket placement and strap placement, to the fabric pieces.

free apron fabric pattern pieces

Fuse the interfacing with an iron to the back of one of the bib pieces.

interface one of the bibs

Take a strap piece. Match up the long edges and press them in half. Take both long edges and fold them in to meet the center fold. Press two new folds.

Fold all three folds with the long raw edges inside the center and press in place. Do this to the other two straps.

On the two waist ties, fold in one short end 1/4 inch before folding all three folds. This will create a fold on the short end for a nice finished edge.

press edges of straps in and in again

Sew around the straps 1/8 inch from the edge.

Baste the short ends of the straps and ties to one of the bib piece at the marks.

sew both sides of each strap

Fold the short ends of the skirt over 1/4 inch and press. Fold them over again 1/4 inch and press.

Sew the hem in place 1/4 inch from the edge.

hem short sides of skirt

Fold the bottom edge of the skirt over 1/2 inch and press. Fold it over again 1/2 inch and press.

Sew the hem in place 1/2 inch from the edge. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

hem the bottom of the skirt

Fold the short ends of the pockets over 1/4 inch and press. Fold them over again 1/4 inch and press.

Sew the hem in place 1/4 inch from the edge.

sew hem of pocket

Fold the other three sides of the pocket in 1/2 inch a press in place.

press three edges of pocket in

Pin the pockets onto the marks on the skirt. Sew around three sides of the pockets. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

sew pockets in place

Sew two rows of basting stitches along the top of the skirt. Sew one row at 3/8 inch and one row at 1/2 inch. Mark the center of the skirt with a pin.

sew two rows of basting stitches across the top of the skirt

Pull the bobbin threads to gather the top of the skirt.

gather the top of the skirt

Find the center of the bottom of the bib with the basted straps. Match the center of the bib with the center of the skirt and pin right sides together.

Adjust the gathers of the skirt so that it matches with the bib. Distribute the gathers evenly and pin.

pin skirt and bib right sides together

Baste the two pieces together at a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

baste bib and skirt together

Fold the straps and skirt in towards the center of the bib with the skirt extending up towards the top. Pin the other bib on with right sides together matching all the edges and corners.

Starting at the top near the straps, sew all the way around the bib trapezoid shape. Backstitch when you start and when you stop and pivot at the corners.

sew around the edge and leave hole at the top

Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

trim the corners

Turn the bib right side out. Press all the edges flat. Make sure the seam allowance of the hole is pressed inside at the hole.

turn bib right side out

Sew an edgestitch all the way around the bib and close the hole. Pivot at all the corners.

edgestitch around the bib and sew the hole closed

Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!

Free Apron Sewing Pattern

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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Thank you for the tutorial and the free pattern! I need a new apron, and can now try to make one myself!