40+ Free Apron Patterns & Tutorials

Collection[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!

Full

jordanapaige.com
jordanapaige.com
Kitschy: 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.

spotlight.com.au
spotlight.com.au
sewinginnomansland.com
sewinginnomansland.com
Maids-A-Milking: 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.

purlbee.com
purlbee.com
womansday.com
womansday.com
Floral Pinafore: Pullover neck strap and ties at the back, template pieces via pdf download.

Denim: A pair of Levi jeans will make two of these.

kimboscrafts.blogspot.ca
kimboscrafts.blogspot.ca
onjustacoupleacres.blogspot.ca
onjustacoupleacres.blogspot.ca
Gathering: 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.

fabriceditions.com
fabriceditions.com
theribbonretreat.com
theribbonretreat.com
Pleated Hem: 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.

quiltingtreasures.com
quiltingtreasures.com
honeybearlane.com
honeybearlane.com
Muslin Lined: 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.

craftygal.com
craftygal.com
preciousinfants.com
preciousinfants.com
Center Pocket: 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.

marthastewart.com
marthastewart.com
sew4home.com
sew4home.com
Mom’s Favorite: 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.

maryjanesfarm.org
maryjanesfarm.org
curbly.com
curbly.com
From Napkins: 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.

sew4home.com
sew4home.com
joann.com
joann.com
Josephine: Bodice is gathered at top and bottom, tutorial via pdf download.

Pleated: Has two roomy front pockets and ties around the neck and waist.

sew4home.com
sew4home.com
analogme.typepad.com
analogme.typepad.com
Ruffled Front: 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.

larkcrafts.com
larkcrafts.com
joannfabricandcraftstores.blogspot.ca
joannfabricandcraftstores.blogspot.ca
Ruffled: Features layers of 4 to 5 different coordinating cotton prints (3/8 yard each).

Half

stitchesinplay.typepad.com
stitchesinplay.typepad.com
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.

warehousefabricsinc.com
warehousefabricsinc.com
twomoreseconds.com
twomoreseconds.com
Zig-Zag: 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.

craftydame.blogspot.ca
craftydame.blogspot.ca
betzwhite.com
betzwhite.com
10-Minute Project: 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.

knot-dresses.com
knot-dresses.com
mooshkette.squarespace.com
mooshkette.squarespace.com
Mooshkette’s: 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.

larkcrafts.com
larkcrafts.com
sewmamasew.com
sewmamasew.com
True Love: Embellished with a pretty fabric flower at the waist.

Clothespin: Has pockets and is embellished with jumbo rick rack (optional).

seasonedhomemaker.com
seasonedhomemaker.com
barij.typepad.com
barij.typepad.com
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.

pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.ca
pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.ca
frogcreekcottage.com
frogcreekcottage.com
Gathering: 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.

marthastewart.com
marthastewart.com
cicadadaydream.blogspot.ca
cicadadaydream.blogspot.ca
Panels: 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.

etsy.com
etsy.com
robertkaufman.com
robertkaufman.com
Happy Homemaker: 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.

Assorted

creatingbycami.blogspot.ca
creatingbycami.blogspot.ca
For Children: 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.

organizedhome.com
organizedhome.com
marthastewart.com
marthastewart.com
Carryall: 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.

motherearthnews.com
motherearthnews.com
janesapron.typepad.com
janesapron.typepad.com
Twill-Ribbon Waist: 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.

heart-of-light.blogspot.ca
heart-of-light.blogspot.ca
madaboutpink.blogspot.ca
madaboutpink.blogspot.ca
Vendor: 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).

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Comments

    • Domestic Chicky
    Reply

    Yay!! Thank you for these!! You can bet I will link these on the Apronista too! I don’t know how yo manage to find them all!!

    Deanna

    • Lady Cordelia
    Reply

    Yeah!!!! More aprons! Thanks so much!!!

    • Lee-Ann
    Reply

    Hi!
    Thanks for including me on your list! I’m also excited to check out everyone elses ideas. So many creative people in one place – awesome!

    • giabella designs
    Reply

    Thanks for including my “pleated hem” tutorial on this site. It was exciting to see. It is so validating, even if it helps just one person! Thanks again!

    • Patty
    Reply

    I got this e-mail about aprons, and as I have been perusing all the beautiful apron patterns people have been sharing, I thought I would share the thoughts. Patty

    Subject: Fw: THE APRON

    Do you remember ?

    The History of ‘APRONS’

    I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

    The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it s erved as a potholder for
    removing hot pans from the oven.

    It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

    From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

    When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

    And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

    Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

    Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

    From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

    In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

    When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how muc h furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

    When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

    It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

    Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma’s aprons.

    REMEMBER:

    Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
    Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

    I remember my Grandmothers wearing aprons,and my mother. Good old days,women would not wear them today, no need, no cook stoves, kindeling and no eggs to gather. time gone by. JIM H.

    I remember my great-grandmother wearing an apron. She always had one on when she did her baking. And I thank her for all the beautiful pies! I was just a little girl at the time, but now I have those recipes and her know how. I make some of the best pies around! and. . .now all I need is an apron! Thank all you ladies for sharing your patterns. Patty

      • Abby
      Reply

      I love the story of Grandma’s apron, thank you for sharing.

      • Manon
      Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing. I learnt alot. Will now pass on to my 22 grandchildren. 💕

    • mikell
    Reply

    I want to make the frilly reversible apron, but can’t find how much to enlarge the pattern. Can anyone help? Thanks!

    • Anne M.
    Reply

    just wanted to let you know that #3 & #7 in the full apron category are no longer available

    • gina
    Reply

    Hi,

    Wheres the pattern for making the striped aprons with the bow(top of the page)….super cute

    • Linda
    Reply

    The floral pinafore was the style I’m
    mostly interested in, but the pattern not
    available.

    Elsewhere in this weeks’ tips, the link to
    the window treatments patterns are not
    available.

    Love all the goodies and tips each week.
    Thanks!

      • Tipnut
      Reply

      Hi Linda, I just double checked the links and they are loading for me. Maybe they were temporarily down when you checked?

    • giraffemom
    Reply

    I’ve been hunting for an apron that doesn’t tie or hang on the neck at all (arthritic neck makes it painful). Have you seen an apron pattern for one that might go over the shoulders and tie into the waistband somehow?

      • Diane
      Reply

      I have a pattern for what is known as a crossover apron. it is made to cross in the back so that you dont tie it at the neck. I dont know how to upload a pattern here or I would share it with you. if you do a web search for crossover apron you might find one.

    • Patricia
    Reply

    thank you thank you for for the apron downloads – loved them – wonderful wonderful site

    • Margi
    Reply

    Thank you soooo very much for the wonderful patterns!! I still wear aprons, and love the great variety. Can’t wait to try them all!

    • Janet
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful apron patterns! I can’t wait to sew them all.

    • Nancy Bird
    Reply

    Wow looking forward to these wonderful patterns! love to use these as gifts. Especially with good cooking friends.

    • Pamela B.
    Reply

    I just found your site today and got so excited over what I saw I had to run out to my fabric store for some material to make one of these for my Bf’s birthday this month. And I almost finished it but just a few more frills to go and a little more imagination and I will have made one of the cutest aprons I have seen yet!!!!! Thank you for the inspiration, it was much oh so much- ly (?) needed!!!!!!!

    • Patty Link Parry
    Reply

    Love these patterns, but I’ve been trying to find an apron pattern that crosses over in the back, all one piece that just slips over your head. Anyone have any ideas or a pattern to buy or share?

    Thanks so much!

    • Denise Gentzler
    Reply

    My sister and I made four of the reversible scalloped half aprons for a reunion raffle. We found holiday fabrics (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentines, Birthday, Superbowl Sunday, Halloween, and Fourth of July) and paired them with like colors (Easter and Valentines both had pastel pink) and used a coordinating color of gingham for the band and ties. Turned out great. We patted ourselves on the back for that idea! Going to make more Holiday Apron sets for Christmas gifts this year.

    • Jodie S
    Reply

    When I was young, my GreatGrama, Grama and my Mom all wore aprons. My Mom worked.at the Truck Stop right down the hill from Grama and Grandad’s where I lived. I would take one of Mom’s pretty aprons ,an old order pad and a pencil and I’d go to work. I would show up and my mom’s best friend would laugh and let me wait on customers. I had a great time “waitress ing back then. My GreatGrama wore an apron that I would love to find the pattern for. It had wide straps over the shoulder that connected to a mid back shoulder strap deep round pocket that had a long almost comma shapedtop they tied at the waist and they had a square bib. I learned from the 3 women, how to make the best dishes! My mother-in-law said she knew I was a good cook, all you had to do was look at my husband! If not for my Grama my husband would have starved to death. They were wonderful women and I still miss them terribly.

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