Reversible Half Apron Tutorial

With everything you learned from the Sewing 101 Education Week, you should be able to sew this apron. Are you ready for this easy half apron project? Of course you are! If you don’t remember some things or know what I’m talking about, you can ask or refer to the Sewing 101 Education Week as references. This tutorial is super simple with lots of pictures to help you beginners understand what I’m talking about in the instructions. OK, yeah. I’m still using the same bed sheet fabrics as my previous tutorials. I had a lot of fabric. If you made something inspired by Simply Modern Mom, please upload pictures of it in our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.


  • fabric (2 or 3 different types depending on how you want it to look)
  • matching thread
  • sewing needle

1. Cut your fabric. The waist strap piece is 75 x 7 inches. The apron piece is 30 x 20 inches. You will need 2 pieces of the apron part. And this is where you can have 2 different types of fabric so it can look different on each side since it is reversible. If not, you can have both sides the same as I did.

2. Fold your apron prices in half to cut the bottom corners evenly. Do to both apron pieces. If you don’t want a rounded edge on the bottom corners, you can skip this step.

3. Now with the apron pieces right sides together, sew all the way around except the top part of the apron (the 20-inch width). Use a 1/2 inch seam.

4. Flip the sewn apron piece right side out and iron the seams flat.

5. Next iron the waist strap in half right sides together (wrong sides out) lengthwise. Then fold the strap in half lengthwise and pin at 9 inches from the fold. This is for the opening where the apron piece will attach. Mark it with pins so you know where to stop sewing (see second picture).

6. Sew from edge of the waist strap to the pin marking then opening. Do it with 1/2 inch seam. Do to both sides of the strap ends.

7. At the strap ends, you will want to trim it at a 45 degree angle. Sew the angle at a 1/2 inch seam.

8. Flip right side out through the opening in the middle. Use a dowel or mixing spoon or safety pin, even a pencil. Then iron flat.

9. At the opening of the waist strap, you’ll iron the 1/2 inch seam inside the strap.

10. Do a basting stitch at the top of the apron piece. I wanted bigger/wider gathers, so I hand stitched mine by doing a wide running stitch with needle and thread. The trick with basting stitch is to wrap one end of the thread around a pin in a figure 8 to hold it in place while you gather it. Then when you gather it to the right width that you need it to be (18 inches) then do the figure 8 on the other side so your gathers doesn’t come out.

11. Place the apron piece into the opening of the strap. I had the apron 1/2 inch into the strap. Pin it in place.

12. Sew as close to the edge as you can on the strap to sew the apron in place.

13. I sewed around the strap a second time, this time at 1/2-inch into the strap to hold the apron in place. But I went all the way around the strap making an inside border. And done!

» Tell me… What was your first sewing project? How did it turn out?

4 Responses to “Reversible Half Apron Tutorial”

  • Jaimie

    The first thing I ever sewed was just a tiny little drawstring bag to put my sewing accessories in. It turned out pretty good. I have problems with the tension on my machine though- drives me crazy.

  • Mendonca mom

    I just finished doing this apron and I thank you for a simple,yet beautiful project.
    I cut up some old clothes and did it. Perhaps soon I can make a trendy one.

  • Bonnie Stalker

    30 inch length seems a little long to me. Did I misunderstand? Is it perhaps 30 inch width; 20 inch length? 30 inches hits me about mid-calf and I’m 5-1/2 ft.


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