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How to Sew an Apron With Pockets

Aprons are a chef’s best friend — or certainly one of their favorite accessories. Fabric aprons are also beloved by home cooks of all levels, bakers, crafters, and anyone who likes to get messy with their kids. There’s just one thing that some aprons are missing: pockets. Whether you want to keep your favorite wooden spoon handy or carry seed packets into the garden, pockets are a handy addition to any apron.

Learning how to sew an apron with pockets means you can create a fully customized apron that you can hold all your essentials in. Read on to discover more about crafting homemade aprons that match your needs.

How to Sew an Apron With Pockets

How to Sew an Apron: Choosing the Right Materials

When you’re learning how to sew an apron, you might puzzle over what fabrics to invest in. You could opt for a completely upcycled option, reusing old clothes or even bed linen. Alternatively, you might head to your local sewing store or craft outlet and source some brand-new, high-quality fabrics.

Whatever you choose, you need to make sure your apron’s fabric is:

  • Easy to clean — ideally, it should be machine washable.
  • Durable and suitable for the task — for example, a thin, white apron isn’t ideal for gardening.
  • Flexible enough to be comfortable.

It’s also important to consider how you’ll store your apron. If you need to fold your apron and put it away in a drawer or cupboard, a softer material is better. If you’re going to hang your apron on the back of the crafting room door, this is less of a concern.

Cotton, particularly heavyweight cotton, is a popular choice for aprons. It’s durable, flexible, and easy to sew.

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For a bulkier apron, denim is an option. You could upcycle jeans or a denim jacket for this type of project.

A thicker fabric can also protect against spills better, but it might not be as comfortable. Weigh up the pros and cons before choosing your fabric.

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How to Sew an Apron With Pockets: Step-By-Step Instructions

For this project, you will need:

  • 1.5 yards of your chosen apron fabric
  • 1.5 yards of light cotton to line the apron
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Safety cutting mat
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine

Note: If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can follow these instructions and simply replace the sewing with hand-stitching.

How to Sew an Apron With Pockets: Method

  1. Cut a 24 x 34-inch rectangle from both types of fabric.
  2. Cut two 18 x 24-inch rectangles from both. 
  3. Take the larger rectangles and fold them in half, lengthways. 
  4. Cut the top corners away — the cut should start 6 inches across on the shorter side and finish 10 inches down the longer side.
  5. Unfold the large rectangle. Pin one smaller rectangle to each side to create your apron shape. 
  6. Leave a seam allowance of 3/8 of an inch. Sew each of these pieces together.
  7.  Repeat Steps 5 and 6 with the lining pieces: pin them to the main fabric and sew them into place.
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Now it’s time for your pockets. 

  1. Cut two more rectangles from both fabrics, this time measuring 7 x 8 inches. 
  2. Sew the lining to the main fabric immediately.
  3. Pin the lined pockets to the main apron 15 inches from the top, lining side inward.
  4. Sew the pockets in place, taking care not to sew the top closed. 
  5. Create your straps: Cut two strips of fabric, 4 inches wide and 24 inches long.
  6. Fold the strips in half and sew them closed.
  7. Attach one end of one strap to the top of the apron and sew it in place. 
  8. Do the same with the second strap.
  9. Attach the end of the right-hand strap to the leftmost corner of the apron — the bit that will eventually be hidden behind your back. Make sure your stitching is on the side with the lining. This will hide it once you’re wearing the apron.
  10. Do the same with the left-hand strap, this time attaching it to the right-hand wing of the apron.

Now when you put the apron on, the straps will cross and naturally keep the apron in place. This also makes it fit just about anyone, regardless of size.

Customizable Aprons for All Purposes

Now you know how to sew an apron with pockets and straps! This project is ideal for anyone who loves crafting projects and handmade items.

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However, we know not everyone has the time to make their own household accessories. If you need an apron fast, take a look at Custom Aprons Now. Our range includes plenty of options with pockets, ideal for busy gardeners, cooks, and more. Ordering aprons is simple and just takes four steps. Decide what type of apron you need, how many you need, what type of printing is best, and select a guaranteed delivery date. 

Customizing an apron is as simple as deciding what you want on it and uploading your design. You can have everything from “World’s Best Chef” to bespoke aprons for your new street food venture. Why not use your personalized aprons to promote your business, a club, a class, or simply make a unique gift? There’s even a choice of whether you want the design printed, embroidered, or woven into the apron itself.

To see the full range of fabric aprons and start customizing your choices, take a look at the website. Alternatively, if you have any questions, give our friendly team a call at 1-877-203-2385.

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