old pillowcase, you can create this easy sew apron. I love it for
its simplicity and the chance to recycle. We bought our pillowcase
at a second hand store.
You will need for this project:
pillowcase, new or used
4 pieces of ribbon- 25 inches long or see directions
below for creating straps out of material
bias tape to match material
To begin fold your apron in half as shown below. Measure 4 inches
from the top right corner. Mark or pin. Measure 8 1/2 inches on
the side starting at the right hand corner. Pin or mark. Cut curve
to match marks.
Unfold and pin bias tape along arm edges. Sew taking out pins as you
To keep your edges unraveling on your ribbon turn top edge down and
down again. Stitch. Pin ribbon on each top edge as shown in the
Pin ribbon on sides at the bottom edge of the bias tape.
Straps from Material
If you are using material to create your straps. Cut 4 strips 25
inches long and 2 inches wide. Fold edges in and sew down the
You can find more directions on
how to sew an apron at the following links:
Find a pair of jeans with at least one usable leg(stains or small
holes are okay). Generally pants that fit make an apron that fits,
but there is some leeway.
You will also need something for the ties. These can be made of wide
grosgrain ribbon, or you can make them out of cloth. For an adult
size apron, the neck ties are about 20" long, and the waist ones are
however long they need to be to make 62" from end to end. These
measurements may need to be adjusted, so if you have an apron that
fits well you can measure it. 1 1/4" is a good width, so you would
cut fabric for cloth ties 3 1/2" wide (for a 1/2" seam allowance).
Cut the pantleg off as high as possible, and cut along the outer
seam. The narrow end will be the top. Lay it flat. Cut the bottom
edge straight. This is easiest done with a rotary cutter and a
quilting ruler, but you can use a yardstick or anything straight and
long enough, make a line with a pencil or chalk, and cut with
For a rougher "fuzzy-edge" look, simply zigzag around the sides and
bottom. You could also finish the edge with bias tape which would
give it a smoother look otherwise you would fold the sides over
about 1/2" (iron it down) and sew.*
If your apron is for a girl and you want a feminine look you can sew
a purchased ruffle of any size along the bottom edge (or if you know
how you can make your own).
To make the ties, cut rectangles 3 1/2" by desired length plus 1".
Fold edges inward 1/2" and iron. Then fold in half lengthwise and
iron again. Pin and sew 1/4" from the edge. Attach to apron with
zigzag stitch. The top ties don't have to be right on the corners.
For more fun, you can decorate your apron with pockets, patches(can
be used to cover holes and stains), rickrack, and a variety of other
*Be careful with the corners as they are very thick and tend to jam
up the machine if you don't go very slowly (manually turn the wheel
and maybe even slightly lift the pressure foot).
An apron made with pink jeans
No Sew Apron
Try this variation of an easy sew apron actually a no sew
apron project using a t-shirt. Love this idea!