This is a long overdue project, the artist apron pattern. I promised a childhood friend a very long time ago, about 2 years ago, more or less, that I would make this tutorial. Every artist from amateur to professional should have their very own artist apron.
Typical of me, I have had the project in the back of my head along with so many other projects. Either my head is too large or I have a bad case of procrastination. I am in leaning towards the latter..
Three years ago, I was in my second year of a print design program, which I left to become the Creative Director for So-Sew-Easy.com. And let's face it, three years is a long time and I have decided to retake my original path of becoming a print designer in addition to my work at So Sew Easy.
Before So Sew Easy, I was involved in jewelry design, interior design, charcoal, oil painting, drawing, beading, embroidery, and weaving. The truth is, you could show me any kind of creative outlet and I would try it. Being around creative people and making friends in the creative field is what makes settling in a new city relatively easy. I guess this is why I like to join as many schools and ateliers around the world as possible.
What I've learned is that no matter the race, age, or nationality, creative people all live the same way. We surround with the things that bring us joy and inspiration; fabric, threads, buttons or sequence, paintings, pencils, brushes or chisels, books, photographs, drawings or prints, it all mixes in our space with color and texture to make our daily routine an adventure every day. Because we creatives know that inspiration can strike us at any moment.
So this apron is for the artist in you or someone you know. It has enough pockets for brushes or tools, handy while still being stylish and protecting your clothing at the same time.
Warning: this artist apron is so comfortable that you might forget to remove it should you decide to go grocery shopping in the middle of a creative wave.
Skill Level: Beginner
You will need a couple of yards of bias tape. If you wish to make your own here is a great tutorial.
- 1 – 1 1/2 yards of 60″ canvas, thick corduroy (THIS is exactly what I'm using in this tutorial and it's on sale on Amazon..)
- Thread to match
- Size 16 Schmetz sewing needle
- 4 d-rings 1″ wide
- 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 yards of 1″ bias tape
- Sewing Machine (I am using the Bernina 350 Patchwork edition and I do not need the walking foot.
- Walking foot (optional)
- Iron and ironing board
- Serger: ideal, but optional
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I strongly recommend leather for this project if you are into tiling or welding. Make one in the fabrics below to check fitting first, then use the leather.
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How To Sew Your Artist Apron
Please note, this is not a pinafore dress. It will not cover your buttocks completely.
I have placed two darts in the back of this artist apron pattern to make the back drape better.
We will start by making the belt loops and the straps. It will be the same technique for both because we are looking to hide the raw edge of the fabric.
Making The Belt Loops And Straps
Cut two rectangles that are 2 3/4″ in length and 1 1/2″ wide.
Use your iron to fold the rectangle in the middle marking the center.
Fold the bottom half in, use the crease left by the iron to place the edge at the center.
Fold the top down to meet the other edge at the center.
Fold these strips in half to hide the edges. Iron
Sew at 1/8″.
Making The Shoulder Straps
The straps are the same that I used in the iPad Backpack I shared with you recently. Use the directions above to make the straps.
Cut a strip of fabric that is 22″ in length by 4″ wide. This is for the strap that is attached from the back of the apron and ends up with the d-rings attached to the other end.
Cut one more strip that is at least 10″ in length. I am size 10 and am 5 feet nothing so I only needed 7″ in length.
Adding The Breast Pocket
Zigzag or serge one of the narrow sides of the rectangle.
Then turn 3/8″ the serged side and stitch down at 1/4″.
Turn the other three sides around and iron.
Place it on the left side of the breast area 4″ from the top and 1 3/4″ from the side.
Stitch the pocket down at 1/4″ again at less than 1/8″. Divide the pocket in the middle as shown in your pattern and in the drawing and picture below.
Adding Skirt Pocket A and B
This is an easy pocket to place since you have already sewn the first one and the procedure is basically the same.
Zigzag the pocket opening. Turn the other sides at 3/8″ three sides using your iron. Stitch down making a double stitch.
For the division of the pockets, you can use your artist apron pattern now as a guide or wait to place pocket B on top of the pocket and then divide the pockets up all at once.
Place Pocket B on top of Pocket A. You will notice that Pocket B is wider than Pocket A.
Zigzag or serge one of the longer sides of the pocket, turn, and stitch. Place on top of Pocket A and sew close to the edge. To reduce bulk, place Pocket B lower than Pocket A
To reduce bulk, place Pocket B lower than Pocket A. Use your pattern to divide the pocket.
Sewing The Facing
Retrace the facing marked in your artist apron pattern shown in red below, then cut it in fabric.
Cut your bias tape in half, take one of the half and mark the middle. Place the right side of the facing up and align the middle of the bias tale with the middle of the facing. Sew using the crease of the bias tape. Leaving 2″ free on each side of the facing.
Adding The Short Straps
Lay the front of the apron right side facing up, place the smaller straps 1/2″ from the side and align them with the top edge of the chest area.
Place the facing print right side down on top and sew at 3/8″. All around the facing. Clip the corners.
Turn the apron inside out and iron.
Sewing The Skirt
The first thing you need to do is to sew the dart in the back of the skirt.
If you are a beginner you might want to check this easy tutorial on how to sew a dart.
Before sewing the skirt, make sure the facing of the apron is folded upwards. This detail is important because we will need it to be up to be able to able to sew the bias tape later.
Sew the skirt back at 3/8″ from the waist to about 1″. Leave a gap of 1″ open then continue sewing all the way to the hem of the apron. This gap is where you will be threading the belt to be able to tie the apron.
Zigzag or serge the seam allowance open. Repeat on the other side. After you have serge the seam allowance sew around the opening of the hole to make the seam allowance lay flat.
Finishing The Apron
Once you have sewn the back of the skirt it is time to pin the shoulder straps. Pin the straps 1 3/4″ from the center back with the raw edge align with the waistline and the d-rings hanging towards the hem.
Sew the tape all the way to the end.
Cut off the excess at the end.
Fold the center back side in by 3/8″ then Fold the tape down and fold the tape in half once again, pin around the skirt.
We need to sew the center back but before we do so need to slide the waist ties and attach the loop belts.
To make the ties you will need a rectangle that is S: 32″, Medium 34″, Large 36″, XL 38″, 2XL40″ X 4″.
So if you are using large cut a rectangle that is 36″ X 4″
Fold the belt tie to the right and sew it down.
Add bias tape to the hem, sew the small side of the bias tape to the right side of the print and turn to the inside. Fold the bias tape again then sew.
Finally, sew the loops at the front of the apron.
It took me three hours to make this apron but a few days to write down the tutorial.
I hope that you can use this artist apron pattern to make a few gifts for the artist at home or a special someone in your life. Will this apron answer your needs in your workshop or art room? What would you add if it does not? let me know in the comments section below. Until next time! Happy sewing!
If you'd like another fun-to-make apron pattern, please check out the Darth Vader Apron pattern below: