Step 2: Make the Pattern

To make the pattern, you can use any kind of translucent paper or tissue. I like parchment paper. If you're making a bunch of these, parchment holds up well. Use a pencil though since some kinds are coated and you can't draw on them with a pen or marker.

You're going to end up with two pattern pieces -- one will be the apron, one will be for the casing. Start with the apron. Measure out the dimensions onto the paper and then draw in a nice curve for the armhole.

Now you need to make the pattern for the casing. Measure in two inches from the arm curve and mark it with dots several places along the way. Connect the dots so you've got a consistent two inches all the way along the curve. This is the shape of the casing piece you're going to need for the tie to slide through. If you're using parchment paper or other translucent paper for your pattern, place another sheet over your pattern and trace the curved boomerang shape. You can tape it to a big window or a sliding door during the day to make the lines more visible.

Now cut out the pattern pieces. You should have two pieces of pattern paper now, one apron piece and one casing piece. Make sure when you cut the apron out that you cut along the very outside edge. Do not cut off the piece with the casing drawn on it.

NOTE: If you really don't have a single piece of paper you can see through, using wrapping paper or other paper you can't see through, slip the second piece under the apron pattern, trace around the apron pattern, and the measure two inches in on the casing pattern piece. Make sure you cut along the OUTSIDE edge of the apron pattern.
I followed the tutorial to make my mom a christmas present, it turned out great!
It looks terrific! Glad she liked it. :)
<p>I'm so glad i finally found one that wasn't frilly or feminine. it's going to be a gift for my boyfriend so i dont think he would like that. im so excited to get started!</p>
<p>Thank You! Thank You! This will definitely help my Christmas Sewing. The directions a very concise and humorous. There is even an alternate method of making bias tape. I'll post results later. I wanted to make sure that I at least commented</p>
<p>This is the best instrucitonal guide I've ever read! Thank you for your sense of humor, especially the part about the purists and the DEA raid! Takes the pressure off being perfect and enjoying what you do and make. Thanks!</p>
<p>Made today for my grandson.</p>
<p>Perfect Instructable. I made this today for my 2-year-old granddaughter and reduced the dimensions a little. </p>
<p>My lil mini-me is two, how much did you have to reduce the dimensions by, if you don't mind sharing?</p>
The finished dimensions were 21&quot; length, 14&quot; width and the height from the top to the bottom of the curved sides 6.25&quot;. I left the straps at 95&quot; and they wrap around and tie in a rather big bow so you could make them a little shorter. I was working with a scrap of fabric less than a full yard. If I had had more I might have increased the width a little so the apron will be usable for a few years. Add seam allowances to all these dimensions.
<p>Wonderful, thank you so much, I really appreciated the quick response. I'm working with some scraps as well and thought I would make some matching ones for me and little (and of course her stuffed bear). </p>
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<p>Just finished child size apron following your fun instructions. Love the adjustable ties for a child. Fun to laugh along the way. Thaanks</p>
<p>Just finished child size apron following your fun instructions. Love the adjustable ties for a child. Fun to laugh along the way. Thaanks</p>
<p>I made this today! I picked up my sewing machine on monday, yesterday I made a pin cushion and a stuffed fish toy for my cat to get basic straight stitching down and today I made this to practice. It turned out pretty good! Monday I'll go to the fabric market and get a nice fabric to make it again, but this time not with a &euro;1/meter fabric, haha. Can't wait to have a nice apron again, reminds me of my childhood.</p>
<p>GOOD IDEA - I may make it, although already have 1 apron which I rarely use. Like to live dangerously with the constant danger of spitting fat hitting my t-shirt!</p><p>PLUS ON THE SEWING FRONT - also live dangerously and do not often pin down pieces, but the ironing (or pressing) is vital - saves so much time! </p><p>Your tutorial language made me laugh - in fact, still chuckling as I write this- thank you so much for that as well. </p>
<p>I Googled &quot;apron pattern with adjustable sides&quot; because I saw an apron like this in a store. I am so glad your page came up! I have never laughed so much reading a tutorial! Great pattern and even better writing. Thanks so much!</p>
This is how mine turned out :-)
<p>Thank you so much! I'm going shopping tomorrow for the fabric to make a couple of these (the closet full isn't enough). My aunt is staying with us for a month following surgeries and she loves my chef's apron. Somehow she has managed to make it to retirement without owning an apron. The only change I will make is adding a loop to the front to hold a dish towel. She remembers my grandmother having an apron with a sewn on towel when she was a child. I'd rather be able to just change the towel as needed.</p>
<p>I just completed my first one for my cousin's 5-year old grandson who likes to help out in the kitchen. I made it from camo-patterned flock-backed vinyl to make it &quot;boyish&quot; and easier to clean. I had to be careful not to melt the vinyl, so I finger pressed the seams instead which worked well....and he can grow along with it without growing out of it!</p>
<p>Thanks for the great tutorial, it was very clear and easy to follow. The only problem I encountered was totally my own fault - I used a fabric that had text on it, hence had a specific directionality, and I was almost done sewing when I noticed I'd cut it out upside down. I &quot;solved&quot; this by cutting just below the curved casings, flipping that bottom rectangle over, and sewing it back on. Then I cut the pocket out sideways, so it can be read for every direction. Yes, that's totally what I meant to do, completely on purpose. ;)</p>
<p>I never saw an adjustable apron until my sister in law showed me hers. I made a pattern from hers and made two. Not bad. But I like the sleeve on yours better. Thanks for sharing!</p>
I needed an apron pattern for a project&nbsp;I am doing with&nbsp;a bunch of teenage girls who are learning to sew. I made my sample apron yesterday and it turned out great. BTW, thank you for your creative writing style. (you sound like me) It made me laugh, especially when I was about to complain very loudly,&nbsp; I would continue to read and LOL!&nbsp; Thanks for the comic relief&nbsp;, you&nbsp;made this experience fun.&nbsp;<br /> From:&nbsp;a person who hates to sew.
I agree completely! Thank you for not only using proper spelling, grammar, etc., but also making it an interesting read. <br> <br>I'm going to make this apron in a custom size for my boyfriend. He's a XXL and doesn't like how small store aprons are.
I've made this apron about 5-8 times and it comes out great everytime. I'm now trying to make a reversible apron and I think I'm gonna use this as my basic pattern:) thanks so much
i am a wayyy beginer sewer, im going to attempt this today! -- but how do i pin this ?
havent made this but is in my to do list. A mother &amp; daughter set I think! Love your choice of fabric just gorgeous:)
Love of FSM! LOL. Personally, I like the IPU, but to each her own. Great tutorial, BTW.
Thank you for this tutorial. I rather like your teaching style -- clear, to the point, and no bs.<br />
&nbsp;great project, great inst!<br /> <br /> Also, first time I've seen the tape maker, wow, all the time I've wasted doing it by hand!!! &nbsp;So cool!<br />
I made two of these aprons for Christmas and the recipients loved them. I made one change that cut project time to 20 minutes! Cut 2 apron panels for each apron. Pin right sides together and sew together leaving 5 openings as follows: 1.25" at each end of the apron top; 1.25" at the top of each straight edge after the curve, and 3" on the bottom hem. With a needle and thread, handsew the fabric around the first four openings down so that the edge is smooth. Turn the apron out through the gap on the bottom. Topstick the channels for the adjustable tie from one end of the top opening to the corresponding end of the opening after the curve. This allows a sturdier, self-lined apron that better protects their clothing if you are using lighter weight cotton (I used leftover cotton from my quilting stash to make two children's aprons this way).
This was a great tutorial! It was really easy to follow and really helped a novice sewer like myself! The apron I made came out great! I'm giving it to my dad for Christmas!! Thanks so much!
Excellent! I finished it last week, and will take pictures as promised! You made this sooooo easy! Thanks for the Christmas gift idea!
Yay! Can't wait to see it. :)
Love it! This is one of the most well written tutorials I have ever seen...you get an A++. Thank you so much for adding the PDF download, it makes my life as a TUT-junky so much easier ;). I can't wait to make one of these for my toddler to go with her new play kitchen! Thanks ~Mary
l love the print to that fabric

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