How to Sew a Half Apron With Pockets in 9 Simple Steps

Sara SJ Kim
by Sara SJ Kim
6 Materials
1 Hour

If you are new to sewing, like so many people during this pandemic period, this tutorial for a DIY half apron will be a perfect project for you. Especially if you have also become a pandemic cook or baker! Here's how to sew a half apron with pockets.

Tools and materials:

Half-apron sewing pattern

1. Create the half apron pattern

Fold your fabric in half and lay your fabric on your work surface with the wrong side facing up and the wide edges at the top and bottom. Use this half-apron sewing pattern for measurements and draw the pattern onto your fabric.

Make sure the bottom line of the half apron is drawn vertically on your fabric, parallel to the short edge. 

Fabric pieces for the DIY half apron

Cut your pattern pieces out. You should have 2 front pieces, 2 pockets, 1 waist piece, and 2 ties.

How to make a simple half apron with pockets

2. Make the half apron pockets

Double fold the top edge of each pocket 0.5 inches and iron down. 

Sewing a half apron with pockets

Edge stitch along the folded edge.

Pinning the pockets ready to sew and serge

Serge and then fold in the other three sides of each pocket. Tuck in the corners to make them neat and the pin down the folds. Now set the pockets aside for the time being.

DIY half apron tutorial

3. Sew the front of the half apron

Serge the inside edges of each half apron front piece.

How to make a half apron

Now pin the two front pieces together along the center seam, with right sides facing in. Place a mark on the center seam 6.5 inches from the bottom hem of the half apron. That is where the front slit of the apron will begin.

Sewing the center seam of the DIY half apron

Sew the center seam from the top of the half-apron to the mark you just made.

Pressing the center seam of a DIY half apron

Open the center seam and iron it flat.

Folding and sewing the DIY half apron

Now fold in and sew all the way around the slit with a continuous stitch, starting at the bottom of one side, going up, across and down the other side.

Attaching pockets to the DIY half apron

4. Attach the pockets

Use the measurement sheet that comes with the pattern to mark the position of the two pockets onto the front of your half apron. 

Pinning the pockets in place ready to sew

Pin the pockets in place and edgestitch them to the half apron on the two sides and bottom.

Hemming the DIY half apron

5. Finish the front panel

Double fold the bottom hem of the half apron and edgestitch the folded edge.

Making a DIY half apron

Now, double fold and pin both side edges, folding in the bottom corners to make them neat. Edgestitch the sides.

Making ties for the DIY half apron

6. Make the ties

On each tie, fold in both long edges to the middle of the tie. Now fold the tie in half along the middle. You can use a bias tape maker to make this easier.

How to make ties for an apron

Fold in one short end of each tie to make it clean and neat.

Edge stitching the apron ties

Edge stitch along the open long edge of each tie.

Attaching the ties to the waistband

7. Attach ties to the waistband

Lay the waistband piece on your work surface with the right side facing up. Measure ¼ inch below the center of the piece and make a mark on the fabric at that point. That is where your ties will attach to the waistband.

Sewing the ties to the waistband

With right sides facing, pin the raw edge of each tie to each side of the waistband at the ¼ inch mark, leaving a tiny bit of the tie extending beyond the waistband. Sew the ties to the waistband with a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

Sewing the waistband of the DIY half apron

8. Sew the waistband

Fold in one long edge of the waistband and press flat. Make the fold on the edge that is farthest from the ties, so that once folded, the ties will be the same distance from both edges.

Folding and sewing the apron waistband

Now fold the whole waistband in half with right sides facing. The side with the folded edge will now be shorter than the other side.

Sewing the edges of the waistband closed

Sew the two short edges of the waistband closed and turn the waistband right side out.

Attaching the waistband to the DIY half apron

9. Attach the waistband

With right sides facing, pin the longer edge of the waistband to the raw edge waist of the half apron, positioning it so the ties extend on either side. Sew the inside of the waistband to the apron waist with a ½-inch seam allowance.

Folding and pressing the waistband

Now fold and iron the waistband in half. Pin and edge stitch the waistband in place along the lower edge.

How to sew a half apron with pockets

How to sew a half apron with pockets tutorial

You’re all done. What a cute half-apron you’ve just made for yourself. Now you are all ready to get crafting while you keep your clothes nice and clean. Leave a comment to let us know what you thought about this DIY half apron tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • 1 Yard of linen fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
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