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pinafore apron


I made these pinafore aprons as garden aprons, but they’d be great in the kitchen or craft room too.  I love how the cross back eliminates any strings, and the un-dyed medium weight Lithuanian linen (sourced from Etsy) is absolutely lovely.  

Sunny’s been wearing her’s all over, and it’s adorable;  I’m hoping for the snow to please stop so we could actually wear these outside in the garden.  

This is a simple sewing project; you’ll be done in 1-2 hours I would guess.  (it did take me longer as I didn’t have a pattern)  Hopefully I can explain it well enough that you’re not totally confused; leave a comment if you have any questions, and I’ll try and get right with you.  

Mine is sized as an adult small and Sunny’s is a children’s 4, but the apron’s have a fairly forgiving fit.  I ordered two yards of the linen, and had a little left after making both aprons.

Adult cutting diagram: (these are just visual patterns – not available as a to scale download)

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Youth cutting diagram:

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The width of the apron body is figured by your measurement around the bust plus 8″ (seam allowance/hem/cross over).  The length is your desired finished length + 4″ for hem and seam allowance, + 3.5″ for children hem and seam allowance.
All seam’s are 1/2″.

– press under 1/2 inch on hem; then pin up 2 1/2″ – stitch


– cut strap piece in half to create 2 straps – with right sides together, stitch (1/2″ seam) down the long side.  Turn right side out and press.

– press under 1/2″ on apron facing piece.

– press under 1/2″ on apron sides – mark 2 1/2″ in (your side hem is 2  1/2 “)

– pin one end of each strap 2 1/2″ in from the apron edges – Sew L shape to attach one end of the strap.  Try apron on to adjust the strap length and mark front placement of the straps.  (mine were 6 1/2″ apart, Sunny’s 4 1/2” apart)



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– trim top side corners


– finish sewing top facing seam with straps crossed and placed in front.


– turn facing down, press, then top stitch


– measure and pin 2 1/2″ hem on apron sides – stitch

– press under 1/2″ on pocket top; fold down 1 1/2″, right sides together, stitch 1 1/2″ down, 1/2″ in


– trim corners and flip pocket hem – press under 1/2″ on remaining pocket edges


– place pockets on apron front and stitch the three sides, leaving top open.



and that’s it – you did it!




  • April 24, 2015 - 7:18 am

    Emma Hellams - Hi, the Youth Cutting Diagram won’t load, can you please re-attach? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    Emma Hellams - Hi, the Youth Cutting Diagram won’t load, can you please re-attach? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • May 26, 2015 - 8:40 pm

      Amy - the youth cutting diagram is to be used as a visual template, not an actual pattern downloadReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2015 - 4:37 am

    Jenamarie Bacot - thank you for posting this, i also am having trouble having the youth cutting diagram load, help? thanks 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2016 - 1:26 am

    Claudia Newell Luetters - I can’t get either Diagram to load.. Can you please help me..ReplyCancel

    • March 4, 2016 - 3:32 am

      Amy - there isn’t a diagram to download, just an image with the layout and dimensions – hope this helpsReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2017 - 12:33 am

    Holly Hoffman Minutaglio - Hi, I think I missed where/when to do the facing. I see it in the photos but the instructions don’t mention it. Help a novice seamstress out please! 😜 I’m not sure if it’s sandwiching the straps, or simply going along the inside top of the apron. Sorry, I’m confused about that portion & stuck at the straps.ReplyCancel

    • February 11, 2017 - 1:30 pm

      Amy - i’m sorry – i’m not very good at explaining the directions most likely
      the straps are sandwiched in between the lining and the apron so that the tails are hidden and you get a clean finishReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2017 - 4:48 am

    Michaelle Trottier - Not sure if this will be helpful, but the straps are sandwiched between the facing and the front of the apron. Put your facing on the outside of the top of the apron right sides together. Slide the tail end of your straps between the two pieces pin in place. Then you will stitch according to the directions, so that when you turn the facing up and over,the straps will be in the correct place.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2017 - 5:23 am

    Meredith - So adorable! I want to make for my daughter. Unfortunately, the link for the linen isn’t working. Can you suggest where I can get the same linen? I’ve never purchased linen before… 🙂ReplyCancel

    • April 25, 2017 - 6:45 pm

      Amy - I would search on Etsy for Belgium linen. Also, has some nice linens – you basically want a medium to heavy weight 100% linenReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2017 - 1:43 am

    so young jeong - thank youReplyCancel

  • November 27, 2017 - 11:57 am

    Kathleen - Which marking chalk/chalk implement are you using? Simple, clean.ReplyCancel

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