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Bistro DIY Apron

Class up cooking with a DIY apron

Bistro DIY Apron
Bistro DIY Apron

Spice up your home cooking by making this Bistro DIY Apron. This easy sewing pattern uses FreeSpirit Ansonia fabric and twill tape or ribbon for the ties. You will follow a block template in this sewing tutorial and we promise it will be easy, even for someone who isn't experience in sewing. It even includes directions to make the DIY apron sturdier if you're a messy cook. If you're not cooking one night, you can make this apron instead because it'll only take you an evening to finish!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • 5/8 yard (.62m) FreeSpirit Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt
  • Various FreeSpirit Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt fabrics, as needed (See block diagram)
  • 2 1/4 yds. (2m) Twill tape or ribbon for ties, cut in half
  • Coordinating Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP® all-purpose thread


Note: Seam allowances are 1/4” (.64cm) unless stated otherwise. WOF means Width of Fabric.

Block Instructions

  1. Starting in the center with 2 1/2” (6.35cm) square, add pieces in alphabetical order following the diagram. Trim to 12 1/2” x 10 1/2” (31.75 cm x 26.7cm).

  2. Sew lining to pocket, right sides together, leaving a gap of approximately 3 1/2” (8.9cm) for turning. Clip corners. Turn inside out and press. Topstitch around edges.

Apron Instructions

Note: To make the apron sturdier, line the apron with another layer of quilting cotton in a coordinating print or a utility fabric such as duck cloth or twill. Cut the lining piece the same size as the apron. Use the same method as the pocket lining assembly to join them together. You will not need to turn the edges under. Simply topstitch around all edges for a smooth finish.

  1. Turn edges of apron under 1/4” (.64cm). Press. Turn under again. Press. Edgestitch.

  2. With the top edge of the pocket 4” (10.16cm) from top edge and centered across apron width, pin pocket in place along sides and bottom. Top stitch in place.

  3. Cut twill tape length in half. On the wrong side of apron, place one blunt edge of twill tape against the folded edge of apron at the top back on one side. Fold twill tape over, away from apron edge and pin in place and sew to secure. Repeat for other side.

  4. Cut ends of twill tape on diagonal to minimize fraying.

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