Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to Make a 1950's Vintage Apron

This is a cool rockabilly 1950's Vintage Apron Pattern that will almost make cleaning fun. One Size Fits Most. Use the videos to help you.

Let's get started!


You'll need:

Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
1/2 yard of fabric for the body of the apron
1 yard of fabric for the waist, ties, pocket and border.
Measuring Tape

Iron and ironing board
Sewing pins

***Please note that all measurements include the seam allowance***

1. Print out the pattern for the apron pocket here, if you haven't already.

2. For the apron body cut out a 36" wide by 14" long rectangle.

3. From the other fabric cut the following pieces for the
waist, ties, and border:

Waist: 6" wide by 27" long

Ties: cut two 25" long by 2 3/4" wide

Border: 7" wide by 36"long

Also cut out your pocket piece using the pattern you printed out.

4. Take the border and apron body pieces and Pin together
with right sides facing each other. Then sew.

5. Use a zigzag stitch along the raw edges to prevent them
from unraveling.

6. Iron the sewn edge towards the bottom border.

7. Now we're going to work with the pocket piece. Fold over and iron the edges of the pocket about 1/2 inch all the way around.

8. Sew around the edges of the pocket.

9. Pin pocket 4 1/2" from the middle fold and 5 1/2" down
from the top of the apron and sew in place. Be sure to back stitch at each corner for extra security.

10. To make a gathered/ruffled waist sew a long straight
stitch on the top of the apron leaving about 4 inches of
thread on each side. Choose the Straight stitch on your sewing machine and set
the length to long. Sew along the top of the apron leaving
enough thread at each end so that you can use it to gather the apron.

11. Pull the thread at one end and gather the fabric until
you reach the middle of the apron. Then pull the thread on
the other side and start gathering the fabric working your
way towards the center. Don't worry about gathering the
fabric so that it's the right length just yet. We'll adjust
it in a minute.

12. Lay the waist band on a flat surface and lay the apron
below it. Match the center of the two pieces and, working your way out
from the center on each side, adjust the gathers so that it's
the same width as the waistband. Pin together and sew in place.

13. Lay the waist band over the apron with right sids facing
each other. and pin in place.

14. Sew the waist band to the apron with the gathered apron
on top so that the gathers don't get caught in the machine.

15. Time to hem the sides. Fold in 1" on each
side of apron including the waistband. Then fold 1/2" under
and iron in place. Now sew.

16. Next fold under the back side of the waistband so that
it's even with the top stitch of the apron.  Iron in place and sew.

17. Take the tie pieces and fold the sides under about 1/2"
and iron. Then fold 1/4" under, iron and sew in place.

18. The bottom of the ties will be shaped like a triangle.
First fold in 1" then fold over criss-cross.Iron in place
and sew.

19. Hem the bottom of the apron by folding in 1" and folding
under 1/2" iron in place and sew.

20. Insert the ties about 1" into each side of the waistband
opening. Pin in place and sew .

Now you have a fun vintage apron!

Pattern, design, and instructions copyright 2011

Some of my videos are still on my Main Channel. But I have a lot of new ones coming and they'll be on my How To channel.


  1. Hi Tiffany the pattern doesn't exist on the link you've included. Could you please help me thanks Tracey :D

  2. Hello!

    I love your youtube for this project! I'm going to make a bunch of these aprons for favours for my friend's bridal shower.

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. I just finished making this and boy am I pleased! I had never made an item of clothing beofre and really wanted to make one and had been looking for ages for a tutorial that was explained well, and do-able! I love it and thanks so much!

  4. It was wondering if I could use this write-up on my other website, I will link it back to your website though.Great Thanks.