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)
Youth cutting diagram:
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)
– 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!