Saturday, February 21, 2009

Retro Tie Back Apron

Make a true bias fold of the fabric, as shown in figure 1.

Copy and enlarge the pattern pieces found at the end of the instructions as indicated.
Cut out the apron pieces as directed. Set them aside.
Transfer the dots on the bottom front pattern onto the fabric. Without pulling or stretching the edges of the pattern pieces, trim all the outer edges to accept the bias tape, and set the pieces aside.
If necessary, splice the bias tape together. Save the spliced bias for binding the outer edges of the apron where the splice will be easier to hide.
With the right sides together, stitch the two neck strap pieces together at the center back. Press and finish the raw edges to prevent raveling.
Attach bias tape to the inner edge of the neck strap. Next, baste the neck strap to the top front, with the wrong sides together.
Bind the top edge of the top front (figure 2), including the bottom edges of the neck strap. Press the top front and the neck strap flat.

With right sides together and the centers of the pattern pieces aligned, stitch the bottom edge of the top front and tie to the top edge of the bottom front (figure 3).

Trim and bind the edges of the seam. Attach bias tape along the remaining edges of the apron, mitering the corners as needed.
Bind the open edge of the pocket, trimming the bias even with the outside edges. Then bind the outer edges of the pocket using a basting stitch and bias tape, mitering the corners.
Position the pocket on top of the skirt, matching the corners to the dots on the pattern, and pin it there securely. Fold the pocket edges under approximately 3⁄8" (1 cm). Stitch the pocket in place using a sewing guage at the beginning, end, and corners if necessary. After putting it on, you’ll be ready to dance across the kitchen in your new favorite apron.
Pattern Template

Skill Level
Experienced Beginner
Pattern (found at the end of the instructions)
1 yard (91.4 cm) of floral fabric
9 yards (8.2 m) of 1⁄4" (6 mm) double-fold bias tape
Tools & Supplies
Access to a photo copier that enlarges images
Fabric shears
Transfer pencils
Pins and needles
Iron and ironing board
Sewing machine
Water-soluble fabric pens
Tape measure
Sewing gauge
Seam Allowance
1/2" (1.3 cm)


Tracy said...

That is sooo cute. I'm adding it to my I MUST MAKE list. Thank you :)

Sherry said...

i am going to try this, i am very new at the sewing thing, but am becoming additicted and i just love apron's, thank you. thanks for stopping by my blog, i love visitors!

have a great day :-)

Janet, said...

That's a neat apron. When I get the time I might try to make it.

Joey said...

I really want to try that pattern. Can you tell me how much yardage is needed? Thanks!

Julia said...

What a great pattern! I am going to forward it to my sister in law who can actually sew!! Thanks!

Suzi said...

This apron is actually in a book I have. It is called A is for Apron. It is a very cute design.

Anonymous said...


I really like this apron and would like to try it.
I can't find how to enlarge the pattern template though. I hope you can help me with the template and how to enlarge it.

Best wishes,


Aunt Pitty Pat's Fun said...

Ellen I have an email address connected to my profile please send me a post and I will try to explain how I make the patterns larger.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi. I have been looking for days for a pattern like this and thank goodness I have found yours. I love this. I wanted to cut it out today but don't see how large I need to increase the pattern. Could you please let me know so I can start right away. Excuse me if I dumb and blind today.

Thanks....Tracy :)

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi I should have made it easy to answer and added my email:

I'm also a new follower and look forward to coming back often.

Hugs...Tracy :)

black waist apron said...

you did a good apron pattern. see also the bib apron pattern, it's very clear to understand.