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DIY Apron! Reversible apron that is easy to make!
Ever since I finished my DIY Craft desk, I have been itching to sew something. I am a total novice at it, but have been wanting to really dive in a learn how to do some things. The one thing I have been wanting to make was an apron. I have a ton of aprons, but they are either short or long or the neck ties are to long, needless to say, none are a perfect fit! So as I was hunting around the craft store I found some fabric that I fell in love with
Because I am new at the whole sewing thing, I opted to do a reversible apron because it seemed like it would be the easiest to do. I chose two fabrics that complimented each other well. I just love the green, grey and black colors of my main fabric!
For this project you will need:
2 yards of fabric (1 yard of each color)
Since I did not have a pattern to work with, I grabbed one of my old aprons and drew out a pattern onto a piece of poster board and cut it out.
Or you can check out my latest DIY Reversible Apron post that includes a free downloadable pattern!
***If you want longer neck straps I suggest adding a few inches to your pattern.****
Once my pattern was cut out, I folded on piece of fabric in half and pinned my pattern to it. Be sure to align the folded side of the fabric to the long end of the pattern, that way when you cut it out you have a full apron piece. I repeated this process with the second fabric.
Using the scraps of fabric, I cut out 2 strips of fabric for the neck ties and another 2 pieces for the back ties (see photo above for lengths). I folded each strip of fabric in half so that the printed sides were facing each other and ironed them flat.
I than finally got to sewing! I started with sewing the straps along the long end and one short end. Once all of the straps were sewn, I turned them right side out and ironed them flat again.
After the straps were ready, I placed my two main pieces of fabric together, good side facing in. I than placed my straps in between the main fabric and pinned everything into place. I also pinned the straps into place so they didn’t end up getting sewn somewhere they were not suppose to be.
I sewed around the entire apron with the exception of the bottom hem so that it could be easily turned right side out.
Once sewing was completed, I turned the apron right side out and than folded the bottom hem in and sewed it shut.
This project took me about 25 minutes to do, and for having NO sewing experience what so ever I am pretty darn proud of the finished project! I will be making some more this week for the kiddos since I can never find any that they like and that fit.
I think I am learning to love to sew! What should I attempt next?
Jacqui Odell says
I am an idiot when it comes to sewing, but this sounds like something I can do. I love the colors you picked!!
I <3 your reversible apron! Pinned your pattern:)
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
Very cute…I think I will give this a shot…Glad I stopped by from Wednesday Whatsits.
Kathi Riemer says
Thank you for the tutorial. This apron pattern looks quick and easy. Pinned!
Sara @ Mama's Therapy says
I love that it’s reverseable, it would make a great gift.
Ana Lopes says
Super cute, Jamie! Great idea! Love it!Thanks for sharing clear tutorial!
Have a fabulous day!
Hugs from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
Lisa Koster says
Your apron turned out great! I’ve been looking for a fancy pattern, but maybe I should just make this one until I get around to doing something else. I’ve been sewing since I was 8, which is a benefit because when I first started I had no idea of how bad my projects looked! A tote bag might be a good project next. Once with lots of pockets so you can find your stuff!
Ok wow I love this! I love aprons. You did a great job. I found you today via the Favorite Things Hop. I would love to give a shout out to my readers about you and your apron and link them to here if that is ok. I would only need one photo….just let me know if you would like me too! i think your fantastic!
Awe, thank you Susie. I am an apron addict and wear one pretty much anytime I am at home (my hubby calls it my mommy bib because I am a messy baker and crafter, lol) You are welcome to share it, thank you!
I am just getting my craft side of the office all set up and my new sewing machine unpackaged. As a food blogger I love to have cute aprons. Thank you for sharing this!
This has been added to make list of things to make. I could even make a Christmas one for my mother and mother-in-law.Thanks for the pattern!
You did a great job–love it! 🙂
Kristina Bridges (@2CrochetHooks) says
Looks great for being new to sewing! Great job
Super cute apron and I love that you created your own pattern from another apron. Smart 😀 Pinning
I will have to try to make one–It would also be a great beginning sewing project for my girls! Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned it to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board. I’ll feature it Monday on our next party.
Theresa @ A Mom in the Making says
Wonderful idea. It is really cute, and looks somewhat simple 🙂 I’m listening to fireworks outside thanks for serving our country!!
Hey! What a thorough tutorial you have here. I really like the fact that it’s reversible 🙂
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
What a great project and helpful tutorial! I saw you at the Let’s Get Real Blog Hop…congrats on co-hosting this week! I’m pinning and stumbling this.
Theresa @DearCreatives says
I’ll be featuring this apron DIY at the party this week! I love that it’s reversible. Cute fabric! Thanks for sharing it. Theresa @DearCreatives
Diana Rambles says
Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!
Joy @ Yesterfood says
Love this, pinned this! 😉 Your tip about pinning the straps in place before sewing- brilliant. I sewed for years, but have just gotten back into it after a long time. I’m going to be keeping up with you- I already see some of your links I’ve got to check out. Thank you!
Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner says
Cute apron! We will be featuring tonight on Best of the Weekend!
Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch says
Such a great project. Congrats on being the most clicked link on last weeks Best of the Weekend party. You are being featured this week!!
Shirley Wood says
Stopping by from Best of the Weekend. Pinned this to my Sewing board. I’d like to make this as a gift for my daughters! Thanks for sharing. Please stop by and link up to the Pretty Pintastic Party! http://intelligentdomestications.com/2014/07/pretty-pintastic-party-11.html
Rose Marie says
I love that it reversible an looks easy to make.
Going To make this on Saturday. Love it.
Thank you for your tutorial. I tried it. It was very helpful! 🙂 I love my apron. And yes, I LOVE SEWING! 🙂
Stephanie Smith says
Thank you for the tutorial! I am a seasoned sewer but I love easy patterns like this. It’s going to make a wonderful Christmas gift!
Rebecca J Hall says
Thank you for this tutorial! I have been looking for a cute and simple apron to make for my daughter. She is sure to love this one!
That was a great tutorial! I had a lot of fun making this apron.
It is so cute and I love the fabric you chose!
Great tutorial. Love the choice of fabric, too. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday:-)
Megan Lee says
i love the simplicity of this apron! I think I may do a one piece neck strap and maybe even add some small lace here and there. Thank you so much for sharing, I have been looking for a while for something I can manage.
Penny Holloway says
My 8 year old grandaughter has just made this for her Aunties birthday. Great simple pattern, Huge satisfaction. Thank you
I loved making this. It was very easy, but it took me a little longer . Next time I make it I’ll also make the straps for the back a little longer. I’d like to add pockets , any suggestions. Also I’d like to make a child size one, what lengths would you suggest? Thanks so much, Linda
Awesome tutorial! This goes down as a pin-win! 😀 I made one with a lace trim at the bottom, it will make an excellent Christmas present.
Love It. Picked out some material for my Sister long time ago but never put it together. I had a dream last night to lay out the material and fold it on a seam then cut out the pattern so both sides would actually be the same. But, also have some great jean material so will add that for the reverse side. Thanks for the great idea when I needed it.
Linda Ralston says
Hi Jamie! I just love the apron pattern with your very concise instructions. I hope you don’t mind that I have used your pattern to guide me in teaching a beginner’s sewing class for international students. I refer them to your site for better pictures and further info. The students have enjoyed sewing this apron so much! You should see their faces when they finally get to turn their apron right side out and try on! I hope to instill in them a life-long long love for sewing, and with your help this semester I think I have made a good start! Again, thanks so much!
Jamie Satterwaite says
I am glad that you found the instructions helpful! This was one of my first big sewing projects and I still use it everyday! Thank you for stopping by!
I used your tutorial to sew my first sewing project since 7th grade home ec – although I hand sewed it, as I don’t have a machine. Your instructions and photos were very easy to follow, and my apron turned out perfectly. I just wanted to say thank you for this very clear, step-by-step instructional post. I’m very excited to give my apron to its recipient!
Johnna Buntin says
What is the name of your youtube channel? Love this apron Great project for my beginner.
Thanks for the reversable apron idea. I had the fabrics and was thinking my apron was going to be too thin. After I read your tutorial, I went and did two. One for me and another for my sister. I made them green and red. I added pockets. Green pocket to the red side and red pocket to the green side. I am in love with this easy project. Thank you so much for sharing !
I love the simplicity of this apron. That way, fabric can be showcased.
Love the colors. You just gave me an idea for father’s day. My niece loves to cook with her parents. So one side will match a mommy apron and the other wil match a daddy apron. Cant wait to get started.