Charming Pocket Apron Tutorial

Charming apron tutorial

Hello friends,

It’s Minki from Minki’s Worktable. I would like to share how I made this simple apron with appliqué designs on the pocket.

The sweet hand embroidery pattern is from Simple Stitched with Applique by Yumiko Higuchi, published by Zakka Workshop. Zakka Workshop will send a copy of this book to one lucky winner, so scroll down to the bottom of the tutorial to read how to enter!

Materials to Make a Charming Pocket Apron

  • 1 1/4yard of gray cotton + Fat quarter for the pocket  (I used yarndied fabric by Lecien fabrics.)
  • 1 yard cotton ribbon
  • 1 set of snap fastener kit (I bought at Joann fabric store.)
  • 1 set of eyelet
  • Felt scrap
  • Embroidery floss ( I used Aurifil 12wt no.2311)
  • 1 small D-shape ring
  • cotton label
  • Download the Charming Pocket Apron Template

How to Sew the Charming Pocket Apron

  1. Cut two (2) 12” x 10” rectangles of gray cotton for the pocket. Stitch designs on one square for the pocket as you desire. With right sides together, sew all the way around leaving a gap for turning. After stitching, turn the pocket right side out and press.
  2. Close the opening on the top of the pocket with a quick running stitch.
  3. Refer to the Apron Diagram below and fold the fabric in half. Draw the apron shape. Cut.
  4. When sewing the apron corners, follow the steps below.

Fold up the corner about 1/4″ and press.

Fold the corner up again another 1/4″ and press.

Next, fold edges up 1/2″ inch and press.

Make sure corner folds meet nicely, and press these corners well.

Turn raw edges under to the folded edge, press well.

Topstitch on folded edge using a straight stitch foot like the Patchwork foot #37.

5. For top edge of apron, fold down 1/4″ and press, then fold down 1″ and topstitch. For the neck strap, cut one 29” piece of cotton ribbon and fold both ends, stitch to one corner of the apron to secure. Attach eyelet on one side.

6. Bias fold  2” x 1 1/4” gray fabic and slide in D-shape ring. Pin in place on the other corner of the apron, and cover with decorative label. Sew a couple times to secure.

7. For the waist closer, attach plastic snap fastener to each back corner of the apron following manufacturer’s instruction.

Enjoy your Charming Pocket Apron! I hope you enjoy making this charming apron. It will make a perfect Christmas gift as well.

Win a copy of Simpy Stitched with Appliqué

One Lucky WeAllSew fan will win a copy of Simply Stitched by Yumiko Higuchi! All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question, “Do you wear an apron in the kitchen?” The the giveaway is open through Friday, November 24.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the blog by Friday, November 24, 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

87 thoughts on “Charming Pocket Apron Tutorial

    1. I do use an apron in my kitchen when I cook and also keep a spare for a helper. I will be making a couple of aprons with the unique embroidered design in two different colors in case my helper wants to keep hers.

  1. I do sometimes wear an apron, especially if the job is messy. It saves my clothes when entertaining. In fact I have a collection of many vintage ones! But, my favorite is one that I made using a vintage linen towel and coordinating quilt blocks. ( BTW, I love doing wool applique!)

  2. Great apron tutorial! Thank you! I do not wear an apron in the kitchen however my daughter and daughter in law both do. I would make one each for them for the Holidays! It will go great with the potholders and oven mitt I’m making for them!

  3. I wear and make aprons. Have several for everyday and a lot for all the holidays. They are so much fun to make and give to all my daughters and daughter in laws.

  4. I do wear an apron in the kitchen. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I can’t wait to try it and I would LOVE to win a copy of Simply Stitched with Applique! Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. I am a bit of a messy cook and dish washer, too, so I have several aprons that I keep at hand. None of them are as cute as this applique apron, I admit!

  6. I usually wear an apron to protect my clothes. I’ve ruined a few of my favorite shirts in the past and don’t want to repeat that. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  7. I am always looking for a new apron idea. I sew for my daughter-in-law. She sells my aprons at a local craft market, making money for herself, and I get to sew which I love. I just bought a new 830. What an improvement over my old sewing machine. I also get extra playtime with my grandchildren. Win-Win.

  8. Occasionally, and I should do it more often, since I am messy and I could possibly avoid all the stains if I would wear one always. Maybe if I had one this cute I would wear it?!

  9. I definitely need to wear an apron in the kitchen!! I will be making this apron then I’ll always have one handy to wear. Thank you so very much for the great pattern.

  10. I wore an apron when I was younger the kitchen but currently don’t have one to wear. This apron is so pretty I am going to make it. Thanks so much for this delightful pattern.

    Once a pon a time everyone wore an apron, then they fell out of favour. Welcome back!

  11. I’ve never worn an apron… this lesson and the comments have inspired me to try it out and to make this one. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win your book!

  12. I’m a slob in the kitchen, so an apron is an absolute necessity. The aprons will be great gifts for my friends at Christmas. Thanks so much for the excellent tutorial.

  13. I wear an apron only around the Holidays because that’s the only one I have. I could certainly use a couple more as I am an extraordinarily messy cook. Plus I love the embellishment shown in this tutorial.

  14. Well….yes and no….I wear an apron when my favorite one is clean…if its being laundered, no because I only seem to like one apron at a time….but when it’s clean I do enjoy (really!) wearing one. Makes me feel as if I am master of my own kitchen lol.

  15. Always wear an apron! Mine make me feel old though, like I am my nan’s age! Must make this stylish apron in linen. Bang on thrend! Thanks for the pattern!

  16. What a charming apron! I usually wear an apron if I’m not just heating up leftovers! I am a teacher and I took in some of my aprons for the kids to wear during our annual “Pumpkin Fluff” cooking day. Some did not know how to put an apron on so I can fairly say I introduced some to aprons!!

  17. I have several aprons of my grandmother but I wish to make my own. This plan looks easy to make and so functional. I never thought about adding applique instead of embroidery like the old ones have. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I do wear a ugly apron when making lard and soap and nicer ones when being fancy in the kitchen 😉

  18. I wear an apron ALL the time! In fact, I’m due for a new one as the pocket on the front of my oldest one has work right through… This would make a sweet replacement. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. I’ve made several of my own aprons & wear them off & on depending upon what I am making. I would wear them more if all had pockets!!! Love pockets. Holiday baking is one good reason to wear one because a big mess is made with flour & sugar all over the place when I bake.

  20. I always wear an apron in the kitchen! Pockets are a must. I have several. I rarely get more than 3 days out of one apron. Can’t wait to make this one.

  21. I do wear aprons when cooking a big meal. I tend to not wear them when throwing together dinner but this one is so cute, I’d never forget to put it on.

  22. Yes! I wear an ugly apron at work (cafeteria school) and I use an not too ugly but old apron at home, I need a new one!! So on winter break definitely I’ll do this one.

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