How to Make an
Apron as a Handicraft Gift
If you are looking for a handicraft gift idea to make for someone special, perhaps
that person would like an apron. When we think of aprons, we often think of mothers and grandmothers in the
kitchen, but men can often benefit from having an apron as well. They often enjoy barbecuing, for one thing. They
also can use an apron in the workshop. Children, too, can use an apron for many of their activities, such as arts
and crafts. Here are simple instructions for making a handicraft gift of an apron that can be adapted for
How to Create
Start with a piece of sturdy fabric suitable for the individual for whom you
are making the handicraft gift. The fabric needs to be wide enough to wrap 1/2 to 3/4 of the way around them and
long enough to cover them from collar bone to just above the knee. For a large adult, 25 to 30 inches wide by 36 to
40 inches long should be about right. A slimmer adult can use a narrower apron, but if they will be wiping their
hands on the sides of it, they might appreciate the extra width. An apron for a child of 10 could start with a
piece of fabric about 18 inches wide by 25-30 inches long.
Aprons are handy to use in many work and hobby
The best types of fabric to use are sturdy cottons, such as medium weight denim or
twill. Soft cottons such as broadcloth or muslin are all right in the kitchen, but will not last long, and would
not hold up in the garden or workshop at all. Other materials you'll need are thread and a sewing machine. You will
also need enough extra fabric to make a strap to go around the neck, ties for the back, and pockets.
When designing the handicraft gift, you can be as creative as you like with
pockets. Every apron is more useful with pockets. A person who cleans houses, for instance, can use pockets for
odds and ends they pick up as well as for their spray bottles, sponges, and scrub brushes.
How to Make an
To make the apron, fold the piece of fabric lengthwise. This will allow you to cut
the shape with one cut, making the two sides symmetrical. What you will be shaping when you make the cut will be
the bib section of the apron. The bib for an adult sized apron will need to be about 9 inches wide. Measure from
the fold about 5-1/2 inches. This is half the width of the bib plus an inch to fold under twice to form a hem. The
piece you will cut off the side to shape the bib will be a half bullet shape with the tip of the bullet being where
the ties will be attached. The length of the half bullet shape should be about a foot, and the width will be from
the spot you marked 5-1/2 inches from the fold to the outside edge of the fabric. When these pieces are cut off,
the result should be an apron shaped piece of fabric.
shape is pretty straighforward, decorating an apron can be a little bit more
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Now decorate the apron with pockets and any other decorations you desire. After
this it is time to fold under the edges all around and stitch down with sturdy stitching for a nice hem all around
the handicraft gift. Cut two pieces of fabric a yard long by two inches wide. Fold lengthwise and fold raw edges to
the inside. Press and stitch down along the length to make the ties. Attach the ties at the waist of the apron
handicraft gift. (If these ties seem a little long, it is because a lot of people like to bring the ties to the
front and tie them there.)
Cut another piece of fabric 18 to 20 inches long by 5 inches wide fold in half
lengthwise and press. Press again with the raw edges of the long side tucked under 1/2 inch. Stitch down the open
side. Attach this piece to the sides of the top of the bib, sewing it to the back of the bib and topstitching on
the front side of the bib. Be careful not to twist it when you attach it.
People who work hard at homemaking, barbecuing and in the workshop will appreciate
a handicraft gift of a sturdy apron. Mostly they will appreciate the effort and design you have put into making a
handicraft gift that they can use.