How to Make an Apron – 4th of July Craft

Learn how to make a cute apron with a ruffle edge.

It’s me again! Amber from Crazy Little Projects happy to be guest posting at The Ribbon Retreat again. If you like this apron that I am showing you today, make sure to follow me to see what I did with the scraps when I get that post up next week.

I love baking and I love sewing, so some of my very favorite things to sew are aprons. I have about 6 of this style of apron now, but this is my first patriotic one! I thought it would be really fun to have a red, white and blue one for the 4th of July!

How to Make an Apron – 4th of July Craft

What you need:

About 3/4 yard of your main fabric
About 3/4 yard for the fabric on the back
About 1 yard of fabric for the ruffle and straps

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The fabric used in this apron is American Valor for Timeless Treasures.

To start out you are going to cut out your main pieces. The basic shape should look like this:

Cut out your fabric.

The dimensions are:

25″ long from top to bottom
11″ across the top (so with your fabric folded in half as shown above, measure 5.5″)
22″ across the widest point (again, you are measuring half of that since your fabric is folded, so 11″)
and then just curve around to reach the bottom matching the shape above.

To make the straps you need to cut 2 pieces of fabric that are about 4 inches wide and that are 45″ long. I do this with the same fabric that I am doing my ruffle in, so in this case it was the red and white polkadot.

Folding the straps so that right sides are together, sew the length of your straps and turn them and then press them nice and flat. I like to make the ends angled just to add a little flair:

Make your straps.

For the neck strap you need a piece that is 4″ wide by 22″ long. Fold it with right sides together, stitch the length of it and turn it. Then press it flat.

For the ruffle, cut out 2 strips that are 45″ long and about 7-8 inches wide. To make this long enough to create your ruffle, you need to sew these to strips together in the middle so that you end up with a piece that is about 90″ long. You won’t use the whole thing, but you will use a lot of it.

So, sew it together in the middle:

Sew the two ruffle fabrics together.

Then fold over one end and stitch it so that you have a nice little hem:

Hem the ends of your ruffle.

And then fold it in half with right sides out and press it nice and flat.

Fold in half.

Now, put your 2 pieces of apron together with right sides touching.

Get your straps in place. They need to be tucked inside the apron in the spots that you want them. For the neck straps put them at the top just about 1/2 inch in from the edge of your apron on either side. Pin them in place.

Pin your straps to your fabric.

Make sure the side straps are at least 1/2 inch down from the corner (see below).

Add the waist straps and pin.

Now you get to make your ruffle. Make sure your main fabric is on top. Working from the spot where you just put your side strap and making sure to put your ruffle piece in FRONT of your strap, start with the hemmed side. Lift your top fabric out of your way just a little so that you can work and get everything in place: (raw edge of the ruffle is out).

Begin to make little pleats like this:

Start making your pleats.

and pin them in place as you go, sandwiching it between your 2 main fabrics:

Pin the pleats between the fabrics.

Another view.

Do them about every 1-2 inches. You can measure if you are a perfectionist. I just eyeball it. They should look something like this from the side. Stick a pin in each pleat all the way around the apron.

How the side looks with the pleats.

Do that all the way around to the other side.

When you get to the other side and can see where you are going to end, you will need to cut off your ruffle fabric and hem that end in the appropriate place BEFORE making your final pleat.

Once you have your apron ruffle pinned all the way around, sew your apron. Start at the corner where you started your ruffle and go all the way around the whole apron but leave a small opening to turn it at the end.

Turn the apron and pull out the straps and ruffle and get everything nice and smooth.

Press it flat, fold the edges of your opening in and top stitch the opening closed. Then go bake something GREAT for the 4th of July!

Apron all finished!

See some other great summer projects at Crazy Little Projects!


Thanks so much Amber!

My favorite thing about Amber’s tutorials are that she makes the instructions so simple to follow and you create something amazing! Definitely visit her at Crazy Little Projects and see all she has to offer!

Check out all of the fabric at The Ribbon Retreat by clicking the link. There are so many gorgeous fabrics to choose from! I need an apron, and I think I need to make some as gifts! Anyone with me? :)

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please submit a project.

Have a wonderful day!

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3 Comments

  1. Sheridan
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    How do I send these instructions to my g mail acct to print? Great pattern! TU for sharing :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sheridan! When you click on the post, view at the top and you will see a printer icon that says “Print this post.” Or you can subscribe via your gmail email by easily typing in your address into our box on our sidebar. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks! – Shirley :)

  2. Charity
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Fantastic tutorial – I whipped this out super quick last night. I added two steps: 1) I stay stitched the ruffle to one layer *then* sewed the lining and front together. This was just easier for me than managing 3 layers plus pleats. lol 2) I top stitched the whole thing in a contrasting fabric. It was so nice to have the measurements – I usually just “wing it” and guestimate as I go. When you say “I just eye balled it” I thought – “this is my type of seamstress!” :)

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