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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 as a free PDF pattern in three 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

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 a 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 (access 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:

  • To save the pattern, Click the link and save it to your PC. Then 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 comparing 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 the pattern, tape it together, and cut out the size needed.

Once you have saved 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 saved 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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54 Comments

  1. Thank you very much for this wonderful free pattern. I’m going to make the smaller one for my grandson.

  2. Thanks for the pattern,,,question…
    How wide did you cut the bias tape?

  3. Jill Davies says:

    Thank you so much for this free pattern. I have an 18 month old who has taken an interest in baking so I would like to make him a special apron and a matching one for his momma.

  4. Bets King says:

    I see that this pattern is about 5 years old, but I just found it about 3 days ago, and thought “why not give it a try.” I have been on an apron making rampage for a while now and I was looking for a way to use a truly ugly piece of Christmas themed fabric that I didn’t what to throw away. I used a contrasting print for the pocket, added a teeny pocket to the top and used both red and green bias binding. By that time it was kind of cute. So you helped me save some fabric that otherwise might have lain in my stash forever. I used the tween sized version and it fit my 13 year old granddaughter, who is tall, but very slender. Thanks!
    I would post a photo, but no longer do any social media.

  5. Sheila Robson says:

    Great pattern, in fact I’ve drawn in between the lines to get even more sizes. I will send pictures when my aprons are finished.
    However, I would like to check a point in the instructions. You mention near the top in your fabrics amount needed that you need 1/4 yard, 3/8 yard and 1/2 yard bias binding for the three sizes. Should this read ‘1/4 inch’, ‘3/8 inch’ and ‘1/2 inch’, meaning the width of the bias tape that is needed? (You mention the lengths needed elsewhere.) Or do you mean you will need this amount of fabric to cut your own bias tape? Although I have made plenty of my own bias tape in the past, I’d generally prefer to work with a longer length than 1/4 yard, as you’ll end up with loads and loads of tiny pieces. But I decided I’d be using ready made for this project to save time – I’ve only a week to make all my aprons!

  6. I love this pattern!! I used it ALL the time!

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

  8. 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!!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Awesome! Thank you for the nice comment!

  9. 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.

  10. Maggie Rohloff says:

    Thanks in advance for the pattern!

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!

  14. Martha Wiseman says:

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