How to Sew a Simple Bib Apron

Updated July 19, 2017

Add a touch of glamour to your cooking adventures by making one or a whole wardrobe of bib aprons. They are simple to make, and you can easily make several. Make one for spaghetti night, one for the barbecue, another for the holidays and another for elegant affairs. Just add pearls and heels for that domestic goddess look and you are ready to cook.

Buy and pre-wash two yards of cotton or cotton/polyester blend material. You can recycle an old dress, maybe even one of your mother's or grandmother's funky old muumuus. If you have extra material left over, you can make some potholders.

Cut out the rectangle that will be the skirt for your apron by measuring around your hips, then add two inches. That is the width of your skirt. Measure from your waist to your knees and add three inches. This is the length of your skirt.

Cut out the bib of your apron. Measure from where your bra straps meet the cup of your bra to your waist, then add an inch. This is the length. Measure from bra strap to bra strap, plus an inch. This is the width of your bib.

Cut out the sash. Measure around your waist and add 30 inches. This is the length of your sash. The width is 3 inches.

Cut out the neck strap. The neck strap will go from the top of the left side of the bib to the top of the right side, around your neck. Measure the length from the left top of your bra, around your neck, down to the top of the right side of your bra, and add two inches. Your width is 2½ inches.

Iron under one-quarter inch on each lengthwise edge of the neck strap, folding wrong sides together. Fold the neck strap in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, matching the pressed edges. Sew the pressed edges together very close to the edge. Press the neck strap flat.

Sew a hem around the four sides of the bib by pressing each side back one-quarter inch. Turn again and sew close to the edge. Make sure the hem is on the wrong side of the material.

Sew a narrow hem on each lengthwise side of the skirt.

Make a hem on the bottom of the skirt. Press under one-quarter inch and sew the edge. Press up two or three inches and press and pin into place, making sure the corners fit together well. Either machine-sew or hand-stitch the hem.

Mark the centre of the top of the skirt. Mark the centre of the sash lengthwise. Place them together with right sides together and pin. Sew a 5/8-inch seam. Press the sash up.

Press the other lengthwise edge of sash under 5/8 of an inch. Fold the sash in half lengthwise with wrong sides together to meet the other lengthwise seam, encasing the raw edges of the skirt and sash. Pin and sew together.

Narrowly hem the remaining raw edges of the sash.

Place the bib centred on top of the sash and sew in place next to the skirt.

Attach your neck strap securely to the wrong sides of the bib under the top corners. You are now ready to cook in style.


Dress up your apron by adding pockets, using contrasting fabrics or using any jazzy extras you have around the house.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 yards cotton or cotton/polyester blend material
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight pins
  • Marking pencil
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • optional lace or ric-rac
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Juliana Hutchins is a full-time artist best known for her murals and oils. Hutchins has work at the Grand Canyon, in airports and many businesses. She has also been a nurse specializing in mother/baby care, general medicine/surgery, disaster (Red Cross) and naturapathic medicine. Hutchins's education include degrees in fine arts and nursing.