40+ Free Apron Patterns & Tutorials
[Updated 2012] Whether you’re looking for something frilly, fancy or just plain practical, this apron collection has you covered!
I’ve handpicked dozens of free patterns from around the web and organized them here in one handy spot for you to browse through.
You’ll find simple, easy designs that are ideal for beginner sewers as well as more advanced projects suitable for those with more experience.
I’ve separated them into three groups so you can find what you’re looking for quick as a wink (Full, Half & Assorted).
I’ll be adding more to this page over time so you may want to bookmark it for future reference. Enjoy!
PS: Don’t miss the free ebooks I put together that are packed full of vintage tutorials, you’ll find them on this page (mainly for women but there are a few for men and children as well). If you’re a fan of retro styles, you just hit the jackpot!
: 1 yard is used for the main body then three complimentary fabrics and trim are used for the rest.
Frilly: Five tiers of ruffles below the waist using five different complimentary fabrics.
: Two different designs, both featuring a ruffled bottom, one also features frills along the top.
Unisex: Suitable for both men and women, this chef’s style is a popular classic.
: Pullover neck strap and ties at the back, template pieces via pdf download.
Denim: A pair of Levi jeans will make two of these.
: Ideal for berry picking or harvesting goodies from the garden.
Paisley: Ties at the neck and waist, trimmed with 7/8″ lace. Via pdf download.
: Main body is one piece, contrasting fabric for the hem and shoulder straps.
Morocco: Scroll down page to “Studio 8 – Morocco” to find the pdf to download.
: Patchwork body, pleated hem and shoulder straps in complimentary fabric.
Fifties Style: Has a big pocket in the front and is sewn with 2 yards of 45″ fabric and embellished with rick rack or other trim if you like.
: Ties at the neck and waist.
Chef’s: Provides two pdf templates to download, has two long waist straps that can tie around the front if you like. Suitable for both men and women.
: Has buckle straps, is knee length and a big center pocket to hold supplies.
Make-Do: A vintage-style keeper that’s made with an old shirt, contrasting fabric and trim.
: Easy peasy project that’s ideal for beginner sewers.
Garden: Made with 5 fat quarters, lightweight cotton webbing, rick rack and 1/2 yard of fabric for top and pocket lining.
: Bodice is gathered at top and bottom, tutorial via pdf download.
Pleated: Has two roomy front pockets and ties around the neck and waist.
: Repurposes a men’s shirt, has ruffles stitched down the front half.
Button-Down: Made with 2 large or extra-large men’s long-sleeved, button-down shirts.
: Features layers of 4 to 5 different coordinating cotton prints (3/8 yard each).
No Seams Exposed
: Contrasting fabric around the waist and hem, shares a technique for sewing with the seams enclosed.
Reversible Scalloped: Fancy & flirty, this one’s fully reversible and has pockets.
: Features a pretty strip of patchwork along the bottom, edges trimmed with bias tape.
Vintage Pillowcase: Gathers at the waist and has long enough ties they can go back or front.
: All you need is 2 yards of ribbon and a pillowcase to make this.
Double Layers: Basically 2 layers of skirt gathered onto a waistband and trimmed with bias binding.
: Lovely double ruffle hem, you’ll need 1.5 yards of fabric, single fold bias tape and jumbo rickrack (optional).
Stash Happy: Retro style made from an upcycled pillowcase, fabric scraps and coordinating fabric.
: Embellished with a pretty fabric flower at the waist.
Clothespin: Has pockets and is embellished with jumbo rick rack (optional).
Simple Flat Front
: A work apron ideal for crafters since it’s short and has a wide front pocket to hold gadgets.
Tailored & Lined: This is nice and long and made by repurposing an old dress.
: Another goody that’s ideal for collecting eggs and garden produce.
Holiday: Fun, festive and easy to make with a piece of eyelet, grosgrain ribbon and a bit of fabric.
: Four different fabric panels make the body, gathered at waist and ties at the back.
Kaleidoscope: One of my favorites, pin-tuck waistband is wide in the center front, ties wrap around to front.
: Click “Download More Info” top right of page, also includes directions for making a table runner and placemats.
Also see this one that’s made with fat quarters.
: Has a pull-over neck strap and waist straps are held in place with a bit of velcro.
For Cleaning: Gathers at the waist and has big roomy pockets across the front to hold cleaning supplies.
: Smart idea using a full length, ready made apron. Fold up the bottom then sew down the center to make deep pockets.
Clothespin: European style with deep front pockets to hold pegs.
: Made with a single piece of fabric and has deep front pockets to hold craft supplies.
Tool Belt: Made with an old sheet or other repurposed material and twill tape.
: Suitable for beginners, this can be made with an old scarf or other repurposed fabric.
You’ll also find over a dozen different ways to make them with dish towels on this page (scroll to the bottom half).
Published: June 28, 2008
Updated: January 8, 2013