+ I don’t cook…I just sew Aprons – the easy ruffled apron tutorial

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So, here is an easy ruffled Apron tutorial! It only took an hour and a half, which can be squeezed into a night or two. It would have taken a lot quicker except I was figuring it out as I went along. I actually have admired my mother in-laws cherry apron that looks very similar to this one, thats why I decided to make one for myself. Though I only cook once a week if that, I still appreciate a good apron. Maybe it can be a sewing apron? hmmm…Maybe. I love how it looks complicated but it quite simple! I’m posting the tutorial tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any questions about my instructions. This is the first one I’ve done!


Needed supplies:
Scissors, sewing machine, straight pins, small ruler, ¾ of a yard of two fabrics, thread, bobbin, seam ripper. (You never know you might need one.)
Optional supplies:
Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, iron and ironing board

 

Cut:
2 apron body pieces (look at picture for specs)–> cut in a curve, in a way you like it!
2 pocket pieces (5 ½” x12” with corners  cut off)
2 ruffle pieces 7” wide x width of fabric  (from salvage to salvage).
2 waist tie pieces 4” x width of fabric.
1 neck tie 3” x width of fabric
*Optional: At this point sew trim to top of pocket front and bib of apron front.

Pocket:

 

-Sew with right sides together leaving an opening for turning. 

 

-Trim corners, turn and press. 
-Sew to apron body front.
*Optional: If you want the apron to be reversible, make a second pocket and sew it to the other body piece. 
 
Ties:
-Fold in half widthwise and sew, make sure to tuck and sew in one end of each tie. 
-Trim points, turn right side out and press. 
*Optional:  add “D” rings at this point. I just sewed on a bow to the end, I love bows!

Ruffle

-Trim Salvages off. 
-Sew two ruffle pieces end to end on 7” side to make a very long piece.
-Fold in half widthwise and press. 
-Fold in each end ¼ and top stitch. 
-Pleat ruffle by measuring 3” and then folding back 1”, measuring 3” and folding back 1” until you have pleated the entire length, ironing the pleats as you go. 
-Baste the ruffle and then lay it on the right side of the apron body with the salvage edges of body and ruffle aligned.
-Pin and sew.  You need to decide if you want your ties in front or in back of you ruffle before you sew your ruffle on.  (Hint: you need to ease in extra ruffle in the curves so that the ruffle will lay flat after the apron is turned.   Also ruffle should start and end about ½ from the edge.  You don’t want the ruffle in the seam that will go under your arm.)
-Pin neckties, and waist ties in proper spots and place other apron body piece back on, right sides together. 
-Sew around the rest of the apron leaving an opening for turning. 
-Trim corners, curve, turn right side out and press.  You can add one or two rows of topstitching if you desire.

Comments

  1. Great fabric choice. The last apron I sew is made of thin blue denim.

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  4. I just bought my first sewing machine and I am very excited to learn to sew! I have never sewn anything before. I am a plus sized girl and I really love this apron. How do I “convert” these measurements to fit a bigger size? Thanks!!

    • I don’t know if the author of this blog replies to posts or not… I am waiting for answers too. I’m a beginner also but my suggestion would be to take your measurements and just make sure it is the size you want it to be. I think there is quite a bit of leeway in the instructions. Also, I am in the middle of making mine and you need more fabric than what is listed here. Have fun and good luck!

      • Roberta says:

        I can help you with any pattern problems just contact me at bikerberta2002@yahoo.com with any questions…retired apparel arts instructor.

        • Is it okay if I email you with questions? I’m trying making something with a knit for the first time and it has me insanely frustrated. I’m also experimenting with new fabrics in general and could use the help.

    • Since you are a beginner, I suggest going to the fabric store and purchasing a factory printed pattern. They have detailed instructions included with every pattern. On the outside of the pattern envelope is listed all the notions (thread, buttons, etc.) you will need along with yardage for all sizes. May I suggest Simplicity patterns, See N Sew, or anything labelled “easy”. Aprons are a good place to start, since they are well, easier than say, a shirt with a collar. Good Luck!

    • apronista says:

      when making plus size add from the centre fold on each piece. remember what you do to the top do to the bottom.

    • Roberta says:

      I am a professional pattern maker if you will contact me bikerberta2002@yahoo.com I will tell you how to easily grade your pattern and get you that fit you want….no charge or anything….just want to help.

      • Donna Lamb says:

        How nice of you to help out! I have a question….I made a dress for my granddaughter who is a size 5 but the dress came out a size 6….also I made my grandson sleep shorts and his were supposed to be a 7 but they seemed to be more of a size 6. The shorts were a butterick pattern and I forgot who made the dress pattern….any suggestions?

    • I would take your waist measurement and then at 2 ft or more for length of the tie around your waist. For top portion of apron, measure armpit to armpit where armpit meets arm) and reduce by 2 inches. I don’t sew everyday and certainly not for a living, but I do crafting when not working in my salon. My email is midnyght@myway.com feel free to attach a pic of your finished project. Can’t wait to see it.

    • Measure your body , across hips, shoulders, for ties at least say 16 in. For tie, same width just longer strip for ties, and waist band. Hope this helps.
      Have fun,
      ServiceCreations

    • Sue Atkins says:

      Ok. As a plus size sewer, I find most aprons are forgiving and fit me as is. Sometimes, I need to make the straps longer around the middle. This apron has a pattern with measurements given at key points. The bust will sew out to be about 9 inches across. Use a ruler and measure across your bustline. If you are unhappy with the coverage, decide how wide you want the top of your apron to be and change your pattern to be that measurement. Now for the bottom measurement which is 21″ in the pattern. If you were making a skirt, that would give you a hip allowance of 40 inches. But you don’t need this to go all the way around. It only needs to cover your clothing while you do messy things, or just look sexy. So to check if the measurement is going to cover enough, use a measuring tape. Hold at 0 and 20 inches and place over your widest hip area with 10 inches over your belly button. Does it cover your middle? Does it wrap around far enough to the back? When you are deciding, remember you will be adding about 2-3 inches on each side with the ruffle. My other consideration is having the apron be big enough so the ruffle is NOT getting in my way while I’m working.

  5. I am confused. I just cut a piece of fabric 3/4 of a yard and am looking at it wondering how I am going to get the neck ties, the waist tie, the ruffle, and the back side of the body piece out of this. It doesn’t add up with the way it is explained. I am a beginning sewer. Am I missing something???

    • I agree, I make aprons all the time, and the smallest amount of fabric I can figure out for this one with the pleats and everything is 1 yard of the yellow and half and 2/3 of a yard (24 inches) for the front piece. I also want to note that my measurements are different for example selvage to selvage on my fabric is a yard, I do not need 3 feet of fabric for my neck ties, or 6 feet for my waist ties. If you already cut your fabric, I recommend that you cut out the body piece first and then fit the rest of your pieces in what is left over (maybe make the pleats 4 inches wide instead of 7. Good luck, let us know how it turns out.

      • Sue Atkins says:

        I agree that the length given for the ties seems excessive today. But this is a vintage hack, and 50 years ago, we had wide apron ties which we tied with big pouffy(sp?) bows at the waist. The neck wouldn’t have tied but would have been a curved part of the apron. Say what? Well, you could use the front and back facing from a simple scoop neck shirt, curve it down to match up with the bib of the apron, so you just slip the rounded area over your neck. (Yes, I was there at the end of the forties, though I don’t like to admit it.)

    • Donna C. Wright says:

      A lot depends on how you lay your pieces on the fabric, or “measurements” when you cut. You might need more fabric depending on how much space is left between your pieces, or how much bigger you cut the pieces. The good thing with sewing is you can be creative and make changes and fix it the way you would like.

  6. Your first tutorial is outstanding. I love aprons, they are something that you can have fun with and end up with something that serves a purpose. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

  7. Suggest to Blogger that you include a sketch of how you laid out your pattern pieces on your fabrics … Like the way store-bought patterns do so we all can see how to adapt your pattern for our various widths of fabric and various sizes of bodies.

    I do so like the overall apron though and plan on making one as soon as I finish clearing out my garage to get to my buried sewing machine (too many moves in too little time have resulted in pallets of boxes filling our garage).

  8. Cute apron!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I absolutely love this pattern and made two aprons in two days! Thank you somuch for sharing!!!

  10. very pretty.

  11. I’m going to assume that she is not going to answer posts since it’s been almost a year since the post, so I’m going to share something. I hope I don’t get in trouble lol! I found a tutorial almost exactly like this pattern at The Dating Diva that I just made, it’s a free one so I’m sure she won’t mind sharing! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/ Type “apron” in search box and scroll down and it’s yellow and black. Next time I make this I’m going to combine both tutorials and aprons; they both have good stuff. HTH! Happy sewing!

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  13. Susan Carroll says:

    AuntSue
    From the picture, the ties and ruffles are made from a different fabric. So if you like this apron, 3/4 yard for the front, 3/4 yard for the back and 3/4 yard for the ruffles.

  14. nancy hauptman says:

    so……how much would it cost to make this apron/??

    new material?

    How much would a apron like this sell for in the store??

    • That’s too hard to truthfully answer. In the world of internet finds you never know when you will find a super cheap bargain and pay less for it remade in a store…. There is a joke that goes around facebook “why buy that item for $7.00 when you can buy the supplies and make it yourself for $90.00???”

      However, from what I’ve seen in stores the costs of a good quality apron , go for $20-50 bucks easy! If you go to fabric store you can always find fabrics on sale and get away with making this apron for the same $20.00 or less even. The reasons I would have for making it myself are important to me: One reason is I can make it reversable. Another reason is handmade (as you get better at it) is general better quality. Odds of something handmade falling apart in the wash are slim compared to that store-bought item. Thus why your grandmother could pass down her items generation to generation… I’m lucky if my store-bought it’s will last me to the end of the year. Also, I love the idea of making it “my own” with colors and patterns I chose. I also like how (as you get better) you can add your own creative touches and make it that much more personal. Plus… It’s way more awesome when someone compliments your attire and you get to da… “I made it!”

  15. JennJenn says:

    I’m gonna try this……

  16. Can you use a gathering foot for the ruffling?

  17. After our move, I am gong to try this lovely apron.

  18. These are reakky awesome aprons.

  19. Jennifer says:

    How do you make the cute bow you also attach to the top? I see no instructions for that.

    Thanks,

    Jenn

  20. I would like to know should you put any stabilizer in between the cotton material? It seems sometimes the cotton is a little thin at times. Love the aprons. I am plus size also,

    • Sue Atkins says:

      Stabilizer? I have made cotton aprons of all different types most of my life and never use stabilizer unless it is on a pocket where I am adding machine embroidery embellishment or want to add 3 dimensional flowers. I DO want the barbecue type aprons stiffer, but even then, I start with cotton material with more structure like cotton duck, canvas, or even dropcloth. I notice that many aren’t washing fabric first anymore. I recommend that you wash the heavier fabrics first if it will be washed later. And aprons are definitely washed!!

  21. There is no mention of the ruffle at the top. Is it all part of the 21″ x 3″ neck tie? If so how did you secure to other side. Is that long enough? You mention a bow so I don’t know if you used a snap or button or actually tie a bow at the corner. Also a picture of the back would be helpful. Thanks

  22. Very cute! I am going to make one for plus size and make it reversable. Awesome thing I can make this with left over material just piling up! If I like the outcome I can see me making these all the time!

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