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50+ Free Apron Patterns You Can Make

[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.

Before getting started, if you’re looking for current designs that I’ve collected from around the web, you’ll find them moved to this page [1]. That collection has also been updated with a bunch of new goodies and currently features over 40 lovely projects to choose from (and I’ll be adding more to it too so you may want to bookmark it).

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 [2].

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 [3].

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 [4].

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.

You’ll also find over a dozen different ways to make them with dish towels on this page [5] (scroll to the bottom half).

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!