Tutorial: how to make an apron

Want to make a craft apron?  Follow this easy tutorial to make your own customized craft apron!

Shopping List & Supplies:

  • Fabric – ~1/3 yard for main fabric + ~1/3 yard for pockets + 1/3 yard for apron tie
  • Thread
  • Rotary Cutter (or fabric scissors)
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine
  • Cup of Coffee (optional)
  • Good music (a must!)

For this project, I started out by putting  on the new Adele album 21 – LOVE IT!

For my craft apron, I decided to use a home decor weight fabric for the main & pocket fabric.  I wanted to make sure my scissors did not poke through.  The tie is a lighter weight cotton black & white polka dot.

Step #1: Cut material

  • Main Fabric – cut 2 pieces 12″ long x 22″  wide
  • Pocket Fabric – cut 2 pieces 9″ long x 22″ wide
  • Tie Fabric – cut 2 pieces 6″  x width of fabric (usually about 44″)


Step #2: Make the Pocket

With the pocket fabric cut from step one, place the two pieces right side together.  For those of you new to sewing, right side means the side with the print on it…or the pretty side.  Pin the pieces together on one long side.

Now stitch along the one long side…

Now, flip the pieces so the wrong sides are together.  Iron to make a flat seam. You can top stitch along this seam, but it is not needed.

Step #3: Attach the Pocket to the Main Piece

You will only pin the pocket onto ONE of your main pieces.  Put the other piece aside until step #5.

After you pin the pieces in place, stitch along those three sides.  I usually use about a 1/4″ seam allowance, so it will not show in the finished project.  This is just to hold the pocket in place while working on the apron.  Remove the pins once you have stitched the pocket onto the main piece.

Step #4: Make pocket dividers

In this step, we will take our one big pocket and divide it into smaller pockets.  I decided I needed a pocket for pens, scissors, seam ripper and a couple larger ones for odds & ends.  I used a zig zag stitch to create the individual pockets.  I (unfortunately) used white thread, so it is hard to see where I am stitching.

Zig Zag stitch from top to bottom of pocket to make smaller pockets. You can also do horizontal stitches to make some pockets a little shorter – perfect for pens.

Step #5: Attach the other main piece

Now, pick up that piece of main fabric that you put aside and place it right sides together with the main fabric and pocket.  The two main fabric pieces should sandwich the pocket in the middle.


Sew the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

Step #6: Turn fabric and iron

It is starting to look like an apron…  I trim the corners to reduce bulk and make a cleaner corner.  Press the fabric for nice, clean lines.

Looking good.  Now to the slightly trickier part…attaching the tie.

Step #7: Making the tie

Grab your tie pieces you cut at the beginning.   Put the two pieces right side together and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance.  This will make one long piece of fabric.

Now fold the piece in half, right sides together.  Place the center of the tie at the center of your apron.  Mark the ends (you will leave this as an opening when you are sewing).

Stitch the tie together…stopping at the mark you made.  Leave the tie open where your apron will go…this will all make sense in a minute…I promise.

Using this opening, turn your tie inside  out and you now have a tie.  Iron under the 1/4″ seam allowance and place apron inside tie.  Pin in place.

Stitch the tie to the apron.  You can top stitch the entire tie…if desired.

Step #8:  Try it on!


So many uses…you can make the pockets perfect for cooking in the kitchen.  Use it to keep cash during your backyard sale.  Just change the pockets to meet the needs of your project.



  • Frances
    May 4, 2011 at 3:13 am

    This is a great tutorial! I love the fabric you used, super cute :)

  • Lucy Jane Studio
    May 5, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Thank you. :) You can’t tell by the pictures, but the cream fabric has a bunch of sewing accessories on it. I might need to make something else in this fabric to show it off.

  • Maree Jordan
    December 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I am a beginner sewer in my old age…love this apron – I made it yay :-)

    • Kim
      December 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Maree – that is great! Excited that you are starting to sew…watch out it is addicting.

  • Nicole
    August 12, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks for such an easy follow tutorial! I found it on Pinterest and will be making 8 for our church preschool workers. One down, seven more to go!

  • Sherry Shirk
    October 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for your great tutorial! I just made one in our school colors for my cashier job at a school. Easy directions and it turned out great!!!


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