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Free Apron Pattern (3 sizes toddler/ tween/ adult)

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Easy to make, this free apron pattern is available for download in 3 sizes – toddler, tween, and adult. It’s the perfect apron to sew for all your fun baking plans with the kids or grandkids. 

Be sure to grab your copy today and get sewing! 

free apron pattern

Free Apron Pattern

I made a toddler/child size apron pattern about 5 years ago, and it’s been on my list of things to redo the kid’s apron pattern to include a tween and an adult-sized free apron pattern for my pattern collection.

Yes, I said 5 years on my to-do list…  I am a self-admitted queen of procrastination!

But look how cute my apron turned out!!!  I am so happy about it and have been using it all the time. 

Totally worth the wait!

Free ladies Apron Pattern

Why Sew this Free Apron Pattern

  • Various sizes – There are three different sized apron patterns, two for children (toddler and tween) and one size for women. 
  • Super simple to sew – These aprons are super easy to make. Just one pattern piece to print, a rectangle for the pocket, all finished with bias tape. 
  • Free – Did I mention this Apron Pattern is free? (Totally free – You can find the pattern link under “materials needed” in the instructions.)

Fabric Used in this Apron Pattern:

The finished aprons featured in this post were created from the Sunnyside Ave fabric collection gifted from Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. Thanks, Amy! 

apron fabric

Apron Sizing

The child size will fit about a 2 to 7-year-old, and the tween size will fit a child size 8 to 12 – after that, you’ll want to size up to the adult size.

Just imagine all the fun summertime baking you and your mini-me can do in your matching aprons!  I love it!

free tween apron pattern

This Apron Pattern is soo Easy to Make!

I love how the aprons turned out.

They are super easy to make, basically two little pieces of fabric wrapped in bias tape. You can use store-bought bias tape, which will make the project even easier and will shave off a significant amount of time. Or if you have a special fabric to use, you can add a custom touch by making your own bias tape.  (Which is what I did.)

Learn how to sew an Apron with this free apron pattern. Available in 3 sizes: toddler/child tween and adult!

Apron Sewing Tip:

Make Sure to Use Bias Tape on your Apron! – It’s been a while since I made bias tape and I probably should have reviewed my instructions before jumping in because I inadvertently cut some of the tape not on the bias. 

It’s not that big of a deal since it’s fine for the top, bottom, and sides to not be on the bias, but I strongly recommend using bias tape on the curved sections.

I was out of the green plaid fabric, so I went ahead and used the wrongly cut tape on the smallest size, and you can see in the photo below, how the curved section does not lie as nicely as the aprons using bias tape cut on the bias.

free apron pattern,

Apron Pattern Variations:

  • It’s not in this free apron pattern, but I think a cute option would be to curve the bottom edges and add a coordinating ruffle all the way around the bottom and sides of the apron.  If I ever make another one, I might have to try it.
  • A kangaroo pocket instead of the rectangle pocket.
  • Cut off the top half and make a half apron.

Where Do I Get the Pattern?

The link for the pattern page in my shop is under materials needed. Click the link, add the pattern to your cart and check out. (takes about 15 seconds for the process.) A copy of the pattern will be emailed to you.

Fabric Amounts Needed for Apron:

To make these apron patterns, you will need the following amount of fabric:

(Estimates based on 40 inches of usable fabric)

Child/toddler:

  • Apron body and pocket: 3/4 yards
  • Bias tape: 1/4 yard

Tween:

  • Apron body and pocket: 3/4 yards
  • Bias tape: 3/8 yard

Adult:

  • Apron body and pocket: 1 1/8 yards
  • Bias tape: 1/2 yard

Apron Fit Chart:

  • Child/toddler: Fits children about size 2 to 7
  • Tween: Fits kids about size 8 to 13
  • Adult: Older kids size 14 through adult XL

Finished length of Apron:

  • Child/toddler: 17.25
  • Tween: 22 inches
  • Adult: 27.5 inches
  1. My favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
  2. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
  3. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  4. Rotary Cutter
  5. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set
  6. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  7. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
  8. Ball point needles
  9. Ball Point double needle
  10. Walking foot
Learn how to sew an Apron with this free apron pattern.

Are you ready to sew an apron?

(If not, save this pattern for later by pinning here.)

Materials needed:

  • Apron Pattern (download link found here.) You will need to add the pattern to your cart and check out. The pattern will be emailed to you and then come back here for the sewing instructions.)
  • Recommended fabric: quilting cotton – see fabric amounts above
  • spray starch/iron
  • basic sewing supplies

Pattern Printing Tips:

  • When downloading the patterns, save it to your PC, and open the pdf document in adobe acrobat. Don’t print from Google’s online pdf reader; the pattern will not print properly. (It will sometimes cause the pattern to print too small.)
  • Before getting started, I recommend printing page 4 only and compare the 1-inch square to a ruler to verify your pattern is printed at the correct size. (Make sure to choose “print actual size” and the “auto landscape/portrait” printing option.)
  • There is also a new option to print only the size needed.

Full pattern layout:

Free apron pattern 3 sizes

Apron Pattern Sewing Instructions:

Step 1: Print pattern, tape together, and cut out size needed.

Once you have downloaded the pattern to your desktop and opened it in the free Adobe Reader program, there’s a new printing option for you.  You can now print only the size needed.  (this pattern only, I’ll slowly go back and start updating the older patterns.) This function is super handy and makes it much less confusing when cutting the pattern, plus I love that it enables me to print in black and white.  (that color ink can be pricey!)

how to sew an apron with this free apron pattern

Step 2:  Cut pattern pieces from fabric.

Cut 1 apron piece and 1 pocket piece. Gather/create the amount of Bias tape listed below.

Amount of bias tape needed:

  • Adult: 230 inches
  • Tween: 212 inches
  • Toddler/child:  154 inches

Step 3: Assembling the Apron.

Measure along the top of the pocket piece and cut the appropriate length of bias tape.  “Sandwich” the top of the pocket with the bias tape and sew along the bottom of the bias tape.  Take care that you catch the edges of the bias tape with your stitches on both sides of the pocket.

Line the pocket piece up with the bottom of the apron and bast around the sides and bottom.

how to sew an apron

Next, to create pockets, measure the bottom of the apron and divide into thirds.  Sew a straight stitch along the dividing lines.

Sandwich the bias tape around the sides and bottom of the apron.  Sew along the edge of the bias tape, taking care to catch the tape on both sides with your sewing needle.  If you need a visual on how to sew around the corners, I have a little “cheater” mitered corner video tutorial here.

easy apron pattern

Next cut a piece of the bias tape and repeat for the top of the apron.

Step 4:  Adding the ties to the Apron Pattern.

Cut 2 pieces of bias tape to the lengths below:

  • Toddler: 44
  • Tween: 66
  • Adult: 70

Measure down from one end of your bias tape the number of inches specified below and mark that spot.

  • Toddler: 15.75
  • Tween: 21
  • Adult: 22

Staring at the marked spot, sandwich the bias tape, along the curved edge. Pin the bias tape in place.

free apron tutorial and pattern

Finish both ends of the bias tape by folding in and securing with a pin.

Sew from one end of the bias tape to the other end.  Repeat on the second side and you are done!

Did you Sew this Apron Pattern?

If you end up sewing an apron, be sure to come back and leave a star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating and/or a review in the comments section below. If you share an image on Instagram, be sure to tag me and use #scatteredmompatterns! You can also share an image to my private Facebook sewing group!

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Yield: 1 apron

How to Sew An Apron (free pattern - toddler- tween-adult)

free apron pattern
Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty easy/intermediate
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Pattern
  • Quilting cotton – see fabric amounts above
  • Spray starch/iron

Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic sewing supplies

Instructions

Step 1: Print pattern, tape together and cut out the size needed.

  1. Once you have downloaded the pattern to your desktop and opened it in the free Adobe Reader program, there’s a new printing option for you.  You can now print only the size needed.  (this pattern only, I’ll slowly go back and start updating the older patterns.)
  2. This function is super handy and makes it much less confusing when cutting the pattern, plus I love that it enables me to print in black and white.  (that color ink can be pricey!)

Step 2:  Cut pattern pieces from fabric

  1. Cut 1 apron piece and 1 pocket piece. Gather/create the amount of Bias tape listed below.

Amount of bias tape needed:

  1. Adult: 230 inches
  2. Tween: 212 inches
  3. Toddler/child:  154 inches

Step 3: Assembling the Apron.

  1. Measure along the top of the pocket piece and cut the appropriate length of bias tape.  "Sandwich" the top of the pocket with the bias tape and sew along the bottom of the bias tape.  Take care that you catch the edges of the bias tape with your stitches on both sides of the pocket.
  2. Line the pocket piece up with the bottom of the apron and baste around the sides and bottom.
  3. Next, to create pockets, measure the bottom of the apron and divide into thirds.  Sew a straight stitch along the dividing lines.
  4. Sandwich the bias tape around the sides and bottom of the apron.  Sew along the bias tape, taking care to catch the tape on both sides with your sewing needle.  If you need a visual on how to sew around the corners, I have a little "cheater" mitered corner video tutorial here.
  5. Next cut a piece of the bias tape and repeat for the top of the apron. 

Step 4:  Adding the ties.

  1. Cut 2 pieces of bias tape to the lengths below:

Toddler: 44

Tween: 66

Adult: 70

  1. Measure down from one end of your bias tape the number of inches specified below and mark that spot.

Toddler: 15.75

Tween: 21

Adult: 22

  1. Staring at the marked spot, sandwich the bias tape, along the curved edge. Pin the bias tape in place.
  2. Finish both ends of the bias tape by folding in and securing with a pin.
  3. Sew from one end of the bias tape to the other end. 
  4. Repeat on the second side and you are done!

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46 Comments

  1. Thank you for the pattern. It was exactly what I was looking for.

  2. Becci Bartz says:

    Super cute aprons, just printed the pattern and instructions off. I think this will be a great way for me to use up some of my stash and give homemade gifts to family and friends. I now have 2 homemade sewing gifts (apron and ear warmer headband) and the toffee saltine cracker recipe to make and give. ALL OF THEM FROM YOUR BLOG/NEWSLETTER. I am getting started ASAP.
    Thank you very much!!

  3. That apron pattern looks so cute. Don’t know how I missed that one. But I need an apron myself, so that will be the one.

  4. Maggie Rohloff says:

    Thanks in advance for the pattern!

  5. I will use your free pattern to estimate some sizes for nephew cooks. Thanks for the help.

  6. Thank you for this pattern. I will be using store bought bias tape. I am confused how much to buy for a tween apron. Under “Learn How To Sew” it lists 3/8 of a yard (approx. 13.5 inches), but under Step 2 it says gather 212 inches. How many yards of bias tape would you recommend purchasing to make a tween apron? Thank you.

  7. I see that you use 3/4 yards for the apron and pocket. If I want to use two different fabrics, how much do I need for just the pocket? Thanks! So excited to make this!!

  8. Martha Wiseman says:

    Jamie, could I just add a seam allowance on pattern and turn that under instead of using bias tape?

  9. Hi Jamie, I have downloaded the pattern and ready to cut out. My question is for the top of pocket piece, you say to cut the appropriate length of bias tape; what is the length for toddler (4)?
    Thanks for the free pattern!

  10. Just curious. Why ball point needles, which is used for sewing knits, with cotton? Regular point needles are used with cotton.

    1. oops, I pretty much just cut and paste the recommended products paragraph into each of my tutorial posts and then edit with whatever was used. I will get that updated as soon as I get a chance.

  11. I made 3 aprons today, first time ever sewing an apron, awesome pattern! Thank you

  12. So excited to make the tween size for my daughter. Is there anything you’d recommend to use for closure besides tying? Not sure what would work since the bias tape isn’t all that wide. Just brainstorming to possibly make it easier for her to put on.

  13. Brilliant, so useful to have several sizes. Thank you. Pinning for when I need it!

  14. Just cutting this out. Just a heads up! I noticed the Pattern markings are actually on the adult layer. I just wrote them in on my kids only layer print out. Thanks for the free pattern!

  15. Is there a way to post photographs of aprons we make?
    I just whipped up a toddler with little bees in the print and lot of black bias tape.

  16. sharon ramsay says:

    I’m ready to sew,,,can I download the sewing instructions somewhere??

    1. You are welcome to capture the sewing instructions however you like. I do not provide downloadable pdf instructions for my free patterns.

  17. Rebecca Roark says:

    I love these aprons and was looking for a pattern for the adult and toddler. Can’t download

  18. Lynda Chapman says:

    Is it listed anywhere the width of the bias tape? I made 1/4”double fold for a toddler apron and it looks much smaller than the photos. Thanks

  19. I can’t find my email for the download of the apron patterns. I already order-received/99018/?key=wc.
    if that will help. Please send me another sheet where I can download. Thank you.

  20. Susan Murphree says:

    when making the apron should I use Single Fold Bias Tape or Double Fold ??

  21. Ruth Friedman says:

    I believe you say you can print just a single size. How would I print just the toddler size pattern?

    1. Open withthe free adobe reader. If you have the latest version, you will see an image of what looks like a stack of papers. Click that button (its the layers button) . Turn off the layers you don’t want. (by clicking the eyeball button and print. Be sure to leave the pattern markings layer on.

  22. laura telsworth says:

    free pattern?

  23. Rozemarijn says:

    Today my daughter (8 years old) had a “date-to-bake”. So she needed a big girls apron. An old pair of jeans and some leftover fabric and biasband. I would like to add a photo but do not know how to.

  24. Margie Weiss says:

    Thank you so much for your his great pattern. I just made this for my 2-1/2 yr old grandson from 4 fabric quarters (I even made the bias tape and lined the apron). I’ll try posting a pix on your Facebook page.

  25. Cindy King says:

    Thanks for the cute, easy pattern. It would have beeen helpful to know the total length of bias needed before beginning. I cut my own, and had to stop and cut more. I made the Tween size. The amount listed at the beginning was 146 inches. The ties alone required 2 x 66= 132. Otherwise, things went great. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much for pointing that out, I forgot to double the amount for the two ties in my final supply list. I have now fixed the list under amount of bias tape needed.

  26. Yolande Bergeron says:

    Bonjour Jamie
    Your pattern is very easy to cut and sew. I have noticed, you did not mention the length of the bias for the neck. Since my granddaughters are not near me, I have no idea all long it should be.
    I really appreciate your site.
    Merci
    Yolande

    1. The “ties” are part of the neck. (it’s one long strip of bias tape.)
      Step 4: Adding the ties.

      Cut 2 pieces of bias tape to the lengths below:

      Toddler: 44
      Tween: 66
      Adult: 70
      Measure down from one end of your bias tape the number of inches specified below and mark that spot.

      Toddler: 15.75
      Tween: 21
      Adult: 22

      1. Lee Fevig says:

        Thank you for this quick & easy apron pattern. I made one for each of our 9 grandkids, 2 adult size, 4 tween and 3 child size. They turned out great! I can’t post photos on social media until after xmas or the kids will see them!

  27. Can’t wait to start ! Thank you so much !!

  28. Anne Draper says:

    Hello: I am wanting to make the adult sized apron. How much fabric will I need? I can’t find the information. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

    1. Oops, I did not realize I left that off! The measurements and amounts needed are now there. (on page 3 of the sewing instructions)
      ~Jamie