How to Make a Pocket Apron
Imagery and text courtesy of Half Yard Heaven by Debbie Shore published by Search Press Ltd
This useful apron will keep your gardening tools in order and leave your hands free for tending the plants. And it can be adapted easily for the painter, cleaner and certainly the stitcher!
Skill level : Beginner
- One piece of fabric measuring 18 x 9 inches (46 x 23 centimetres)
- Iron-on interfacing (if using light cotton fabric)
- For the pocket, around 18 x 6 inches (46 x 15 centimetres) of fabric
- Approximately two yards (1.9 metres) of bias-binding tape
- Ribbon tape for the tie measuring approximately one and a half yards (1.4 metres)
- Sewing machine
1. Gather together the fabric and trimmings you need to make the apron. If you’re using a lightweight cotton fabric, back it with iron-on interfacing to add a little weight.
2. Sew bias binding across the top of the 18 inch (46 centimetre) length of pocket.
3. Divide the pocket into four equal sections: fold the pocket in half and mark the fold line with a disappearing pen, then fold again and mark the quarters with the pen.
4. Place the pocket, right side up, across the lower part of the apron and pin the edges together. If the pocket is slightly larger than the apron, cut off the excess fabric so they are exactly the same size.
5. Sew down both sides and across the bottom of the pocket, quite close to the edge so that the stitches will be concealed under the bias tape. Top stitch the individual pockets along your marked lines.
6. Curve the bottom two corners to make binding easier. If you’re not too confident freehand, draw an arc using something like an eggcup or small glass as a template.
7. Sew the bias-binding tape around three sides of the apron, excluding the top.
8. Fold your ribbon tape in half width ways and mark the centre point with a pin, then lay the ribbon across the top of the apron, aligning this point with the centre top of the apron. Pin the ribbon in place.
9. Make sure the top edge of the ribbon is aligned with the top edge of the apron and sew along the top of the ribbon to attach it to the apron.Then sew across the bottom of the ribbon to secure it.
The finished Apron . . .
Top Tip! Use oilcloth for a wipe clean apron, or add a frill for a really feminine look.