Sew Easy: How to Sew an Apron in 10 Minutes

How to sew an apron in 10 minutes. Click through for the tutorial.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m making something with my hands, there’s guaranteed to a be a mess around me (and possibly on me as well). So, I had Liz whip up a DIY apron so at the very least, I could keep my clothes clean…even if I can’t keep the tables or the floors mess-free. One step at a time!

We used leftover fabric from the DIY pillowcases, and ended up having just enough fabric to finish the apron. Click through for the tutorial.

How to sew an apron in 10 minutes. Click through for the tutorial.

DIY Apron Materials

  • one yard of thick(ish) fabric
  • scissors
  • thread that matches fabric
  • pencil or tailor’s chalk
  • cloth tape measure
  • sewing machine

How to Make an Apron in 10 Minutes (instructions)

1. Precisely cut a piece of fabric down to size – 27 inches heigh by 20 inches wide. Then fold the fabric over like a hot dog (wrong side up). You’ll also want three long strips of fabric at this time. Since I used a shower curtain that already had finished edges, I cut those edges off and used those for the strips because they were already finished and ready to go.

You’ll need 2 strips that are 36 inches each (you could go shorter than this, I just like having a long strap). And then you’ll need one strip for the neck that is 18 inches long. Each strip is a half inch wide, but you can do any width you like here.

2. Then with the top of the fold to your left, measure over from the fold 4 inches and make a small mark (this will give you a total of 8 inches when unfolded for the top of the apron).

3. Then measure from the opposite side (see photo) 18 inches high from the bottom and make a small mark. Then freehand a curved line from the mark you made in step 2 to the mark you made in step 3. Again, see photo for reference. This curved line is the area on the apron under the arm.

4. Cut on that line that was made in step 3, through both layers of fabric.

5. Hem with a sewing machine, to create a finished edge all the way around the apron. Being sure to cut little notches on the curved parts (arm area) of the apron to help it lay / fold better for hemming.

6. Next, it’s time to add the straps. For the back ties, find the very end of the arm area, where the bottom of the curved line meets that vertical fabric line. Then attach one of the long 36 inch straps to the back of the fabric. For added strength, make a square box with your sewing machine, over the strap. and then an X through it.

Repeat this step with the other 36 inch strap on the other side of the apron.

7. Then, at the top of the neckline, add the shorter strap the same way you added the back ties in step 6. Snip any stray string to clean everything up and you’re ready to craft (or cook).

How to sew an apron in 10 minutes. Click through for the tutorial.

DIY Sewn Apron in 10 Minutes

DIY Sewn Apron in 10 Minutes

Sewing Liz Scoper
Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence
Model Kathryn Kelly
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this DIY apron project a try? Are there any other sewing projects you’d like to see here? Let me know!

14 comments | Click here to reply

What a cool idea, it looks great!


Thanks Michelle. I’ve bene using it a lot. It really comes in handy for all the messy projects I work on.


So cute! And I love this fabric so much.

xx Hannah //


Thanks so much Hannah. I love the fabric too. You’d never know it was once a shower curtain.


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Love the apron!!! Are there any smaller projects that don’t require a sewing machine?


Great apron! I am also VERY interested in the dress. Is it diy or purchased?…


Thanks Beth. I love the dress too. I bought it for me, but thought it would look great on Kathryn for the shoot. 🙂 Here’s the link: It also comes in black (I bought that color too because I love it so much). Here’s the link to the black one:


Hey thanks for this! I’m planning our BBQ party for the Fourth and I plan to give aprons out to everyone as a giveaway 🙂


Brittni Hands down for this post, with the instruction being clear and concise, any non sewist can make it. Thanks for sharing this, I have been sewing since my childhood and made many Aprons but this Diy Apron will take not much time comparatively to Aprons that i make. I would like to invite you to my sewing community if you have time and interest.

xxx Hannah


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