Apron Patterns: Cute Ruffled Apron

I love baking and I love sewing, so some of my very favorite things to sew are aprons. I have several apron patterns that I love, but this is the one that I make most often. It’s a cute, ruffled, flirty apron!

Cute Apron Tutorial

And believe me, you can make it in any fabric combo! (I have about 10 of these.)

How to Make a Cute, Ruffle Apron by CrazyLittleProjects.com

Apron Patterns: Cute Apron Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

  • About 3/4 yard of your main fabric
  • About 3/4 yard for the fabric on the back
  • About 1 yard of fabric for the ruffle and straps



To start out you are going to cut out your main pieces. The basic shape should look like this:

4th of July apron

The dimensions are:

  • 25″ long from top to bottom
  • 11″ across the top (so with your fabric folded in half as shown above, measure 5.5″)
  • 22″ across the widest point (again, you are measuring half of that since your fabric is folded, so 11″) and then just curve around to reach the bottom matching the shape above


To make the straps you need to cut 2 pieces of fabric that are about 4 inches wide and that are 45″ long. I do this is the same fabric that I am doing my ruffle in, so in this case it was the red and white polka dot.

Folding the straps so that right sides are together, sew the length of your straps and turn them and then press them nice and flat. I like to make the ends angled just to add a little flair:

patriotic apron tutorial

For the neck strap you need a piece that is 4″ wide by 22″ long. Fold it with right sides together, stitch the length of it and turn it. Then press it flat.

For the ruffle, cut out 2 strips that are 45″ long and about 7-8 inches wide. To make this long enough to create your ruffle, you need to sew these to strips together in the middle so that you end up with a piece that is about 90″ long. You won’t use the whole thing, but you will use a lot of it.

So, sew it together in the middle:

apron pattern

Then fold over one end and stitch it so that you have a nice little hem:

free apron pattern

And then fold it in half with right sides out and press it nice and flat.

red white and blue apron

Now, put your 2 pieces of apron together with right sides touching.

Get your straps in place. They need to be tucked inside the apron about 1 inch below the bottom of the arm pit-where the apron reaches a point and begins to turn into the curve.

Make sure the side straps are at least 1 inch down from the corner (see below).

patriotic aprons

For the neck straps put them at the top just about 1/2 inch in from the edge of your apron on either side. Pin them in place.4th of july crafts

Now you get to make your ruffle. Make sure your main fabric is on top. Working from the spot where you just put your side strap and making sure to put your ruffle piece in FRONT of your strap, start with the hemmed side. Lift your top fabric out of your way just a little so that you can work and get everything in place: (raw edge of the ruffle is out)
how to make your own apron

begin to make little pleats like this:

cute apron

and pin them in place as you go, sandwiching it between your 2 main fabrics:

ruffle apron
ruffle apron tutorial

Do them about every 1-2 inches. You can measure if you are a perfectionist. I just eyeball it. They should look something like this from the side. Stick a pin in each pleat all the way around the apron.
pleated apron

Do that all the way around to the other side.

When you get to the other side and can see where you are going to end, you will need to cut off your ruffle fabric and hem that end in the appropriate place BEFORE making your final pleat.

Once you have your apron ruffle pinned all the way around, sew your apron. Start at one of the armpit spots and sew all the way around but leave a small opening (about 4 inches) to turn it.

Turn the apron and pull out the straps and ruffle and get everything nice and smooth.

Press it flat, fold the edges of your opening in and top stitch the opening closed. Then go bake something GREAT!

Cute Apron Tutorial

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  1. says

    This is adorable and I love the pleated ruffle. I’ll just be happy if I get any apron made. You were ambitious to make one just for the 4th…great job!

  2. says

    Such a GORGEOUS apron!! Can you make me a Canada Day one? :)

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up this evening! :)

  3. says

    This is great how ever wheres the pattern to make the apron? You know to print out and trace out and cut? Also could you show the back on this pattern please thanks.

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