18” x 32” wide for the main apron front.
11.5” x 13” wide x 2 for visible part of the pocket.
11.5” x 13” wide x 2 for the hidden part of the pocket.
85” (2.4 yards) of 2” bias tape or fabric to make this (9” x 22” should give you enough tape).
4.5” x 29” for the waist band
31” x 4” x2 for the ties
Make up your paper pattern pieces as directed on the templates DO NOT CUT OUT THE FABRIC UNTIL DIRECTED (If you are new to making up our templates click here for a guide).
Take your main apron fabric and fold in half, so that the crease appears on the left. Place the main apron template on top of the fabric, as far over to the right as you can, whilst keeping the whole of the template on the fabric, so that that curve is on the side opposite the fold. Trace the template and cut through both layers of fabric. Open out your fabric and place the Pocket (hidden side) template at the top left corner (see below) trace the curve of the pocket (not the straight edges) and cut out, repeat on the other side of the apron.
Put the main apron fabric to one side and take your pocket fabric. Place your visible pocket fabric pieces together, right sides facing, and trace the template on top, cut out of both layers of fabric, you will have two pieces of fabric, facing opposite ways. Repeat with your hidden pocket fabric and the template.
Pin your visible and hidden pocket pieces together for each pocket, so that the wrong side of the visible piece is touching the right side of the hidden pocket piece (see below) and sew along the straight vertical edge and bottom edge (shown on image below as black lines). Turn out each pocket and iron.
Pin a pocket to the left top side of the main apron piece (lining up the top and left sides). Sew a scant ¼” seam along the curve of the pocket (see black line on the first image below), making sure you are only sewing through the front fabric and the hidden pocket fabric. Repeat on the other side.
Put the apron to one side while you make the bias tape (if you are using ready made bias tape you can skip the next three steps).
Take your bias tape fabric and mark a 45 degree angle, or fold the top left corner over to create a diagonal fold, iron flat and then open out and mark the crease (this will be a 45 degree angle). Then measure 2” down from this line and mark the next line, continuing across the whole of the piece of fabric.
Cut out the strips and then iron ¼” seams at each end of each strip. Place 2 pieces together, right sides facing, with the creases lined up at one end (see second to last image). Sew along the crease, open out and iron the seam flat. Repeat until all the pieces are sewn together.
Fold you tape in half lengthways iron flat. Open out and fold the bottom edge upto the crease and iron, fold the top edge down to the crease and iron, fold the tape back in half using the first crease.
Cut a piece of bias tape long enough to trim the curve of one of the pockets. Open the tape up and pin one of the raw edges (right sides facing) to the curve of the pocket, taking care to only go through the front fabric and hidden pocket fabric. Sew together. Fold the bias tape over the raw edges and pin into place (there will be no raw edges visible on the front or inside), sew into place with a top seam. Repeat on the other pocket.
Attach the rest of the bias tape to the outside edge of the apron (not the top edge) in the same way.
Now for the waistband. Take your fabric, fold in half and iron a crease, open up and iron a ¼” seam on each side. Fold back in half. Insert the apron into the tape, so that about 1” inch is covered and the waistband lines up with the sides of the apron. Pin into place and then sew a top seam along the top and bottom of the waistband (DO NOT SEW THE SIDES).
Fold the fabric for the ties in half lengthways and iron the fold. Open up and fold each long edge in ½”, iron the seams flat. Fold in half using the first crease, but this time right sides together. Mark/sew a diagonal line at one end (see image 2). Turn out, making sure you push the point out, and that the raw edges of the tie are all folded into the tie along your ½” crease lines (don’t worry about the other short end). Sew a top seam along all four sides (again don’t worry that you can see raw edges on one short edge). Repeat with your second tie.
Fabrics used are from the Riley Blake Bake Sale Collection, Anna Griffin Pinelope Collection and Riley Blake So Happy Together Collection (the orange polka dot is now discontinued but a similar one is available from the Hooty Hoot Collection).