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Ruffle Apron Tutorial

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This Ruffle Apron Tutorial is super cute and easy to follow! Make one for yourself or a friend. Browse our beautiful fabrics to make one of your own.


Hello hello! It’s Amber from Crazy Little Projects here to teach you to make an adorable ruffle apron for yourself or a friend. This apron will actually be project #5 in my Learn to Sew series that I am currently teaching on my blog but you get to see it first! Aren’t you lucky?

Ruffle Apron Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

About 1 yard of your main fabric (mine is the flowered one)

1 yard of a coordinating fabric for the back

1/2 yard each of 3 coordinating fabrics

1 yard of jumbo ric rac or ribbon to match

The fabric I used is from Good Morning for Moda.

Start out by cutting out your apron piece. Fold your fabric in half and cut a shape like this: (the folded part of the fabric is on the left so that when you unfold it it is apron shaped)

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

It should be about 28″ long. Across the very top make it 11″ (so since you are cutting it with your fabric folded in half make that top part 5.5 inches. Across the bottom it is about 26″ (so 13″ with it folded). From the top to where the curved under the arms part ends and the wide part begins is about 12 inches. The nice thing about aprons is that they are very forgiving. So the measurements don’t have to be exact.

Now cut out a matching piece with your fabric for the back. Set these aside.

Let’s cut out the straps. For the neck strap cut a piece that is 26″ long and 5″ wide. For the straps do 36″ long by 5″ wide.

Now, with each of those strap pieces, fold them in half so that the right side of the fabric is on the inside. Sew them along the raw edge.

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

On the apron straps on one end stitch it like this:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And then snip it off:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now turn them right side out and press them nice and flat. Set them aside as well.

Next, take each of your 3 coordinating fabrics and cut a piece that is 9.5″ by 44 inches. Hem both of the long sides of each of these pieces: (so that the top and the bottom are both hemmed)

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Once you have both the top and the bottom hemmed, hem both of the short ends so that now all 4 sides are hemmed:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Do this to all three pieces.

Now we are going to gather them. To do this, run a baste stitch all the way across the top of each piece leaving the thread hanging on each side and don’t knot it.

To gather you will gently pull one of the threads (I usually pull the bottom one) and slide the fabric along it slowly. Don’t pull too hard-you don’t want to break that thread. Do this until your fabric is about the same width as your apron piece-but about 1-2 inches shorter. It should look like this:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Do that to all three pieces. Don’t cut the threads anywhere yet.

Now, starting with your bottom layer, pin your piece onto the front of your apron leaving 1/2 inch or an inch on each side.See how I didn’t pin it all the way to the edge? Leave a little space there.

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Sew it in place.

Now layer your second layer on making sure to cover the top of the bottom layer:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And do the same with layer 3. Then add your Jumbo Ric Rac or your ribbon to cover the top of your top layer:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Sew the Ric Rac on. The front of your apron is done. Now all we have to do is put it all together.

Start at the top of your apron. Get your neck strap and lay it like this:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then pull the back fabric over it and pin it in place leaving about an inch hanging out on either side. You can trim that off after you sew:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Do the same thing with the side straps:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Make sure to fold all the ruffles and things in and out of your way. When you sew this you DO NOT want to sew the ruffles at all.

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Pin it all the way around:

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Begin at the bottom in the center. Sew it all the way around making sure not to sew any of the ruffles while you are sewing. (Your Ric Rac though should go all the way to the edge and you SHOULD sew through that.) Leave an opening at the bottom that’s about 4-6 inches long. Snip off the ends of the straps that are hanging out.

Through that opening turn the apron right side out. Push out all the corners. Then fold that opening in so that it matches your seam and sew it closed.

Press the whole apron and you are done!

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Want to learn more about sewing? Join me:


Thank you Amber for this fantastic Ruffle Apron Tutorial! Amber’s tutorials are amazing and so easy to do. And be sure to follow along on her Learn to Sew Series! You can learn the basics on sewing and be taught how to make fun projects, all while teaching you how to sew.

Be sure to check out The Ribbon Retreat for all your crafting needs! We have a wonderful selection of fabric, ribbon, and so much more. Join us as you learn to sew!

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2 Comments

  1. Cris@kyweddingblog
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    This is super adorable!

  2. Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Great info 😀 I will try it this summer for my niece 😀 Thank you for sharing!

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