Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Clothespin Apron- Free Pattern!

Today I have a free apron pattern for you! How exciting is that? I am very excited to share this with you. A Clothes-pin Apron. Isn't is cute? The pattern is from a little booklet from the 1920's. It has one big pocket with lots of room for those clothes pins.
 Finished apron

The apron is made from two squares of 18" fabric. A fat quarter is 18" x 22", so that makes it handy! And half a package of bias tape. I think it took me about 20 minutes to whip up.
 Pattern pinned, ready to cut.
Cut an 18" square for apron back and use pattern to cut apron pocket.

 Sew bias tape on edges of pocket openings.
 Pocket edges with bias tape sewn on. I took a picture because it is a little hard to describe which edges to sew. As you can see it is the ones on the sides that make the pocket opening edges.

Pin pocket and back together matching all edges. The pins are there! You just can't see them in the bright fabric. Sew bias tape to side edge continuing around bottom and up other side.

Now for the top! Cut a piece of bias tape 72" long. Mark center with pin, mark 9" on either side. Turn in 1/4" on end of bias tape and stitch edges together until you reach first mark. This is for the ties.
When you reach first mark, insert top of apron in bias tape and sew.
When you reach the end of the apron, continue sewing the bias tape, turning in 1/4" at end edge.
You're done!
Here is the pattern to download and directions. The pattern is in three pages which you will need to tape together.
I hope you have as much fun as I had! Let me know how it goes!


  1. Wonderful, wonderful! A FREE pattern at last! Maybe this wil help me with my bias tape skills. I really love your pictures and clear diresctions, also the marvelous blue dresser in the background.

  2. Just found this (stumbled upon it gladly) I'll make this hmmm maybe tonight for my daughter-n-law who Loves to cook ;)_ Thanks good clear directions.

  3. Thanks for commenting! It is a great fast project. Let me know how it goes. And if you have any questions let me know!

  4. I purchased a Simplicity pattern like this in Dec. 2011 and made several for gifts. It had fabric ties and waistband. It is truly an easy, quick apron to make; I hadn't thought of it as a clothespin apron though.

    1. The pattern I drafted according to a 1920's pamphlet put out by "Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compund". I have seen it called a clothes pin apron in a couple different places. I am assuming because it has a large handy pocket for keeping clothes pins while you hang your clothes on the line.