Utility Apron Tutorial

We were going to get money boxes for the craft booth – – but then thought about utility aprons – so much cuter!  You can use a utility apron (shorter and flatter than a regular apron) for lots of things – sewing, craft booth, while working (someone stopped us to say it’d be perfect for a hairdresser), while at home  – – basically anytime you wish you had an extra pocket.

I searched out several utility aprons, starred at them a while, then combined my favorite features from all of them and whipped up my own.  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a utility apron.

You will need 3 different fabrics, and some lining fabric (I used an old sheet), and some fusible interfacing.

Cut the following rectangles:
12 inches by 19inches (the main piece – mine is gray) – cut 1 of fabric and 1 of lining
8.5 inches by 19inches (the big pockets – mine is yellowish floral) – cut 1 of fabric and 1 of lining
6 inches by 19 inches (the small pockets – mine is turquoise) – cut 1 of fabric and 1 of lining.

Cut a long strip of fabric 4 inches wide and however long to wrap around you and back around to tie in the front.  I pieced mine together because I was low on fabric.

Alright, I forgot to take pictures in the beginning, but I’m here to talk you through it.  Iron fusible interfacing to the back of each rectangle fabric piece – it just makes it not so floppy.

Then take one of the smaller rectangles with its fabric and lining and put those on top of each other, right sides together.  Sew along the top edge (the long edge).  Then flip it and iron that seam.  You can topstitch it if you want (I did – I think it makes it look extra nice).  Repeat for the other smaller rectangle.  So now you should have 2 rectangles, with lining sewn on, with a finished top edge.  NOTE that the lining is NOT sewn on to the largest (gray) rectangle.

Take the small pocket piece and put it on top of the big pocket piece.  Mark off 4 pockets – so that’s 3 seams.  Sew the 2 seams that aren’t the middle seam.  I’m hoping you can see my seams in the picture – you only sew on the turquoise – the one on the left is pretty close to the edge because it’s a pencil pocket.

Next take that and layer it on top of the main piece.  Then sew up the middle seam.  I tried to mark the picture – the dots are the ones you sew with only the first two pieces together, then the dash is the one you sew when all three pieces are together:

Sewing as I showed above will give you two big pockets in the floral fabric and 4 smaller pockets in the turquoise fabric.

Now, take the large piece of lining that and lay it on top of your apron piece.  Right sides are together.  Then sew the side and bottom edges, as indicated by the dashes.  Then flip it right side out and iron the seam.

Now you’re noticing that the top edge is still raw.  I made bias tape out of my 4 inch wide, very long strip of fabric.  Just iron it in half, then iron each side in touch the middle line.  Then I just slid the apron into the bias tape (in the middle of the of the long strip) and then sewed the whole strip along that open edge.

That’s it – you’re done!!  You can easily crank one of these out in an evening.  And while you make yourself one, you might as well make some for friends…..

You can do this!!

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  1. says

    On FB yesterday my cousin posted some pictures of when she was a kid. In one of them her entire family was wearing matching shirts just like the middle apron from the picture on the fence.

  2. says

    Yay! Thank you for posting!! I was admiring your aprons on the pic of you in the booth wondering how long I’d have to search before I found a tutorial….thank you!!!

  3. says

    Your apron is adorable! I was working outside today in a huge mess, looking for what I just put down. I wish I’d had one of these!

  4. says

    It would be nice and would seem like the right thing to do to link to the aprons that inspired you seeing as the idea wasn’t completely yours.

  5. says

    I am a teacher and these aprons are the best for keeping all the essentials at hand! I love your double pockets! I will be making one soon!

    • says

      That would work great! I didn’t do it that way because I was skimping on the good fabric, so the inside of all my pockets are just plain white sheets instead of using up the fun fabric.

    • says

      Thank you! I just went ahead and made a few of these yesterday, using gorgeous fabric that I got for $1.99 a yard at a local store. They were terrific! A cinch to make and because the fabric was so beautiful, they look like more than they are!l

    • says


      Has anyone offered to make one for you yet? I live in Ontario, Canada and would be willing to make one, although not sure of your location so wonder if shipping would make it unreasonable cost in the end for you. Give me some numbers and I can see what I can do if you’re interested.


  6. says

    I have referred to this site over and over and love your tutorial. I have made lots of aprons for my friends and family. I made a paper pattern for this project and works great for making multiple aprons laying more than one fabric on top of each other to make eight aprons at once! I made the cutest Minnie mouse aprons! What was the kind of interfacing you used? I bought the 810 which is pretty stiff.. Thanks again for the fab apron tut!

  7. says

    I love your tutorial, I just wish I’d found it 2 months ago when I was making an apron to use at a huge yard sale. This would have saved me a lot of time and good fabric (since I never thought about using an old sheet for the lining.) My apron had only one row of pockets; I really could have used the extra row. The only other thing I did with mine was to add a 7″ zippered pocket to keep my cash safe.
    I’m bookmarking this in case I need to sew any other aprons.

  8. says

    Excellent directions! Made one in less than an hour. Using up all my scraps. I’m making a bunch for Christmas gifts! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Beatrice says

    First, excuse me if my english is not so good… I’m from Paris (France) and I was looking for an idea : the school year is soon ending and I would like to sew a gift for my girl’s teacher.
    I had seen many aprons on internet and yours is the the best one :)
    Thanks very much for your tutorial, tomorrow I’m going to try it! If you want I could send you some pictures.

  10. says

    Thank you for the easy tutorial. I am sort of a newbie to sewing since my grandma passed before she finished teaching me. I inherited her sewing machine and it sat packed away until I was able to look at it. I finally pulled it out and started some crafts this week. I happened along your blog and made the apron tonight. I can’t wait to use it in my classroom. Thanks!

  11. Kim Ervin says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. Made mine in a little over an hour. Will be perfect for my craft fair next weekend!

    • says

      Sorry, I’m in the middle of a move and it’s packed away – I just made them extra long so that I could tie them in the front if I wanted. I know that’s not very helpful – maybe 3 feet long?


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