Learn how to make and sew an easy ruffle apron. A DIY craft tutorial idea that makes great handmade gifts, perfect for your favorite chef.
Do you wear an apron when you are cooking or cleaning? I usually don’t, but I have noticed recently that when I do, I feel more dressed the job at hand and tend to be more focused. That is when I decided that every girl needs a fun ruffle apron. It’s functional and super cute too!
A couple friends had commented on mine one day so I thought I better make them one too!
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
- Sewing Machine – I use a Singer Fashion Mate 5500
- Cotton Fabric in 3 coordinating prints
- Thread Spool
- Sewing Pins
I made 3 ruffle aprons at the same time and used a total of 4 yards of fabric for 2 adult aprons and 1 for a 3-year old.
This pattern is not available in a pdf download. The pattern used for this apron was made using another apron I had on hand as a template.
How to Sew a Ruffle Apron
Create your pattern by folding an apron you already have in half lengthwise. With the fold of the apron on the edge of a large sheet of paper, trace around the apron giving yourself an extra inch all the way around. This is for the seam allowance. Make sure to mark the paper with the side the fold was on.
Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut.
Double fold or hem the edges all the way around the apron at 3/8 inch.
For the smaller apron, all of my ruffle strips were 4 inches wide, and for the adult – 6 inches wides. The length should be about twice as long as the width of the apron, or you can leave as the width of the cotton fabric which is usually 36 inches.
You can add as many layers of ruffles as you like, my aprons had between 4 – 6 layers of ruffles.
Hem the 2 short ends and 1 long end of the ruffle strips. Leaving 1 long end raw.
After the ruffle strips are hemmed, use the long stitch on your sewing machine and do a straight stitch 3/8 inch from the top of the raw edge.
Lightly pull on one end of the string from the straight stitch and that will tighten and ruffle the fabric. You may have to work this a little bit to get an even ruffle across the whole strip of fabric.
Start with the top ruffle and work your way down. My ruffles started right at the waist. To secure the ruffle strips make sure that the strip is the same width as the apron and is straight across, then pin with right sides together. Sew.
Fold the ruffle over so right side is facing up and stitch over the ruffle again about 1/4 inch from the edge. Continue until all ruffles are attached.
The neck strap and waist straps are made the same way but the lengths will vary depending. Cut a strip of fabric 4-inches wide. Sew the long side of the strip, right sides together.
Turn the strip right side out. Tuck the raw ends inside and sew the ends to secure.
For the neck strap, sew to top corners of the back of the apron. Stitch over same stitch line several times to make sure it is good and secure.
For the waist tie, pin to the front of the apron sewing 1/4 inch around the inside of the strap where the body of the apron is.
That’s it, you are done! They really are fun little aprons that don’t take too long to sew, and are great for beginner sewers.
Who will you make an apron for? Share and leave a comment below!
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