50+ Free Apron Patterns You Can Make

Collection[Updated 2012] Here’s a treat for Tipnut readers, three free booklets packed full of apron patterns!

I’ve scanned, re-typed and organized over 50 vintage goodies from my personal collection and organized them into separate eBooks for you to download (they are in pdf format).

Please Note: The files are quite large so they may take a few seconds to load.

Ready to download your booklets?

The first is over 30 pages and consists of half-aprons. You’ll find fun & funky retro styles (including one that converts into a sunbonnet), glamour designs for entertaining, a few made from handkerchiefs, a petal design, one with pot holders in the bottom corners and practical styles suitable for homemaking. You can get your copy by clicking this link.

The second is 27 pages and features full-aprons, there are some pretty nifty ideas in this bunch too! You’ll learn how to make one by converting a men’s shirt, a few smock designs, mother & daughter sets, a couple tutorials for bath towel versions (for bathing baby) and some that show you how to transform an old dress into a practical household garment. That’s not all though! You can get your copy by clicking here.

The third is smaller at only 8 pages but it’s still a good one to scoop up! There are a few for men (Gardener’s and Cook’s), fun play styles for girls (a nurse, tea serving and cleaning house), a Father & Son set (BBQ) and a small number of crochet designs. You can get your copy here.

It was common in the 1940’s and 1950’s for companies to publish these in a grid pattern so that homemakers could make their own by looking at a diagram printed in a book or magazine. If you’re unsure how to work with them, here are the basic directions from one of the original booklets:


  1. Rule a large sheet of paper into one-inch squares.
  2. Rule the diagram into small squares. We have printed guide lines on the diagrams that have curves to enable you to rule off the right number of small squares. Simply take a pencil and ruler and extend the guide lines right over the diagrams. Note illustration at right.
  3. With pencil draw the diagram onto the large sheet square-by-square.

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    • Maureen

    I am a little nervous about downloading large files, and I am intimidated by some of the complicated (to me) instructions. That said, I am about to dive in for some new ideas. I have made over a dozen aprons using one pattern and instructions for a patternless apron. I wanted to share my favorite place for apron fabric: thrift store sheets, curtains and tablecloths! They are super affordable, mixing and matching is creatively satisfying, and I feel great up-cycling the fabric into a fun gift for someone.

    • Pamela

    Thank you so……much for apron designs! Just got new machine and taking up sewing again. I wanted to make aprons first for gifts! I’m thrilled!

    • Belialdi

    Wonderfull work. Thanks for the time and dedication. As a french maid uniform fan, aprons are a must have.

    • Mina

    This site is a wonderful resource, full of unique aprons and other patterns you can’t find elsewhere! I’m super excited to make a few of these aprons, but I gave a question…maybe a stupid one. So I have to “Create” my own pattern using grid paper and copying the printed pattern onto it? Or is there a way to print the patterns to correct size? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

    • Claudia

    These books are absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for putting them together. I remember my mom & grandma wearing some of these & I have always loved them. Now that I am finally starting my craft business, I now have some of the patterns that I have been looking for. You are super! Do you happen to have any patterns for vintage lingerie? Have been looking everywhere & no luck yet. Thanks again!

    • Colleen Gleason

    Thanks you for all your aprons patterns. I was able to find the one my husband’s grandmother made.

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