If you make one thing this Christmas, make this pattern! Simple, deep pockets and so much fun to work with the wonderful Christmas fabrics out there.
I am hosting a cookie exchange this year and I thought I’d make a Christmas-themed apron as a door prize for my lovely ladies. So I looked for, you know, a basic free apron pattern. I thought it would be easy.
I searched for hours, seriously! lol. I looked at YouTube, but just couldn’t find the one I was looking for. There were some nice patterns there actually, but not quite what I was looking for. I would know it if I saw it though!
Didn’t want ties behind the neck because that might be uncomfortable and perhaps not as easy to make one-size since I don’t know who will leave with it. I wanted pockets for sure – I always want pockets. I also wanted something with a little je ne sais quoi – flare. I did eventually find just the thing, but it was a purchased pattern. After searching for so long though, I decided it was worth it. I’m sooo glad I did!
Pattern & Fabric
I bought the country apron from Frocks and Frolics. It is just a little different, in a cool way.
UPDATED 2020 TO ADD: This pattern is now free.
As with all .pdf patterns, the first one takes the longest because you have to print out the pattern, cut it out, and paste it together. Instructions here were a little sparse and I wonder if I would have understood them well enough if it were just that. Fortunately there was a wealth of videos that compensated and they were just great.
So, off to Fabricland where I spent an hour overwhelmed by the Christmas fabric choices. But, we were in the throes of Black Friday and good deals were to be had.
There was a nice green-based Christmas print with gold bells. I had a bit of solid coloured fabric in my stash so I grabbed that as the coordinating pieces. I also bought some coordinating bias binding: gold to match the bells and red for other options and bob’s your uncle.
I learned a lot more about bias binding from making this simple apron too. In the past I always thought you had to sew bias binding twice, but not so! But for this one, I first did a quick stay-stitch all around the edges of the apron and then just slipped the bias binding over the edge and sewed it in place with just one line of stitching. I went very carefully around the corners and followed the video and it worked incredibly well!
I made the first one and I really liked how the colours worked together! Daughter-in-law happened by and said she liked it a lot and needed an apron – so of course I gave it to her :).
The picture is a bit blurry, but you can see that it is a nice generous size – I went with the adult large. It has a wrap around tie, so the size is great for all. Btw, the sizes included in the pattern were 3 child sizes and small, medium and large for adults.
I decided to make Apron #2 for a good friend’s birthday. She is an amazing and prolific baker! I slipped her birthday card into the side pocket and it almost disappeared! Nice, deep and well-placed pockets.
The third one was for the cookie exchange. I put all the names in a Santa hat and drew for the winner. Tanya won.
If you want a hassle-free apron pattern, please please use this one. It is so nice!
Cookie Exchange 2018