How to Make a Half Apron – DiY Fashion Tutorial

This is my step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to make a half apron using the free Mini Apron add-on pattern from my shop.

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It’s a quick and easy project- great for beginners- and aprons make great gifts!

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You might also want to grab the free pocket pattern or one of the free applique patterns while you’re at it!

 I have both a video tutorial and a text/photo tutorial for this project.

apronvidContinue for the text/photo version of the tutorial.

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Step 1

Step 1
Download the Mini Apron pattern. You can ignore the sewing instructions that come with the pattern, as those are only necessary if you’re using the Mini Apron as an add-on to the Vintage Style Apron pattern.

Cut out the Mini Apron and the additional pieces: pocket (optional), 1.5 yards of ruffle trim (or you can make your own), 2 waistband pieces measuring 7″ x 44″.

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Step 2

Step 2
Mark the center of ONE of the waistband pieces and cut it in half.

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Step 2.1

Like so.

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Step 3

Step 3
Set everything but the waistband pieces aside.

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Step 3.1

Pin a smaller waistband piece to the side of the larger waistband piece, right sides together.

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Step 3.2

Repeat for the remaining smaller waistband piece.

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Step 4

Step 4
Sew the waistband pieces together using a 3/8″ seam allowance (you may use a serger, if you wish).

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Step 5

Step 5
Trim the seam allowances and press the seams open.

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Step 6

Step 6
Now we have one looooooong waistband piece. Take one end and fold it in half.

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6.1

Make it so!

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6.2

Now fold down one corner.

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6.3

And press with an iron, revealing this nice straight line.

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Step 7

Step 7
Cut along the fold line.

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Step 7.1

And now we have a nice pointy end. Hello, pointy end.

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Step 8

Step 8
Repeat this process with the other end, so it doesn’t get jealous.

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Step 9

Step 9
Fold the waistband in half and pin, right sides together.

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Step 10

Step 10
Sew the waistband using a 3/8″ seam allowance, but…

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Step 10.1

…leave a 3-4″ section at the center of the waistband unsewn.

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Step 11

Step 11
Trim the seam allowances

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Step 12

Step 12
Turn the waistband right side out.

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Step 12.1

Make sure you get the end points nice and pointy.

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12.2

This is the whole waistband turned right side out. Ta-da!

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Step 13

Step 13
Press the waistband with your magic hot presser thingy, AKA the iron.

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Step 13.1

Set the nice, flat waistband aside for the moment.

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Step 14

Step 14
Pin the ruffle trim to curved edge of the mini apron, right sides together. I am making my own ruffle. If you want to gather your own fabric for the ruffle, I have some tutorials for that here.

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Step 15

Step 15
Sew the ruffle trim to the apron.

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Step 16

Step 16
Press the seam towards the apron.

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Step 17

Step 17
Topstitch the seam.

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Step 18

Step 18
If you’re adding a pocket, pin the pocket in place (wrong side of pocket to right side of apron).

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Step 19

Step 19
Topstitch the pocket to the apron.

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Step 20

Step 20
Fold the apron in half and mark the center top.

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Step 21

Step 21
Repeat for the waistband.

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Step 22

Step 22
Line up the center marks and pin the apron to the waistband.

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Step 22.1

When pinning the apron to the waistband, leave a small gap. It only needs to be about 1/8″ of a gap.

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Step 22.2

Here’s the whole thing pinned together.

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Step 23

Step 23
Sew the apron to the waistband using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

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Step 24

Step 24
Press the seam towards the apron.

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Step 24.1

Note that since we left the gap, the raw edge of the apron will be completely concealed. Classy!

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Step 25

Step 25
Topstitch the apron/waistband seam.

hapron_41All done! Throw on that cute little apron and bake up something tasty. This tutorial is free, but homemade brownie and cookie donations are accepted.

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My name is Alexis. I have a craft addiction. This is my story. also check out: www.smarmyclothes.com (my clothes) www.whatthecraft.com (my tutorials)

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One comment on “How to Make a Half Apron – DiY Fashion Tutorial
  1. Jessie R says:

    I love this! Super cute!! Thank you. Im off to make one now 🙂

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