How to make a bib apron

Updated April 17, 2017

Simple and quick gifts can be sewn with very little fabric, making them an economical craft project for personal enjoyment, as well as thrifty choices for craft shows. Make a bib apron to coordinate with the recipient's kitchen or in a whimsical print to liven up backyard barbecues or various holiday seasons. A bib apron is a basic sewing project suitable for adults or children just learning to sew. The construction is basic and can be completed in an afternoon.

Trace a 20-inch wide by 28-inch long rectangle on the back of gift wrap paper. On one short end of the rectangle, measure in from both corners 7 inches and mark. This is the top of your apron pattern. Measure down 11 inches from the top on each long edge and mark. Lay a yardstick from the top left mark to the mark on the left long edge. Draw a line to connect the marks. Repeat on the right side of the apron. Cut out the pattern shape of the bib apron. The top edge of the apron is 6 inches.

Lay the pattern on your fabric with the length of the pattern in the direction of the fabric's grain. The grain runs from cut edge to cut edge, as opposed to 'against the grain' which runs from selvedge (width edge of the fabric) to selvedge. This will ensure your apron will drape straight without stretching or distorting. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out.

Fold the long side edges and the bottom edge over 1/4 inch and press. Fold over another 1/4 inch, press and pin. Top stitch the pinned edges to hem. Repeat on the 6-inch top of the apron. Do not hem the tapered side edges.

Cut a 3-yard length of 2-inch wide bias tape. Measure 44 inches from one short end of the bias tape and pin. Measure from the other end of the bias tape 44 inches and pin. The space between the pins will be 20 inches. The 20 inches is the neck strap of the bib apron.

Lay the fabric apron shape wrong side up on your sewing table. Place the bias binding wrong side up and position the pinned marks at each end at the apron's top edge, 1 inch from the apron edge. Pin to hold. Continue to pin the bias tape to each tapered edge of the apron, 1 inch from the edge. Allow the remainder of the bias tape to extend off of the apron. These are the apron ties. Sew the pinned edge of the tape to the apron.

Lay the apron right side up on your ironing surface. Fold the sewn portion of the bias tape to the front of the apron and the entire length of the bias tape in half, matching the long edges. Iron the fold.

Pin the folded edges of the bias tape to the tapered front of the apron and pin the long edges of the ties and neck strap together. Top stitch the pinned edges from one end of a tie, up the tapered edge, around the neck strap, down the tapered edge and down the other tie.

Things You'll Need

  • Gift wrap paper
  • Yard stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1-yard fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 package bias tape, 2 inches wide
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About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.