Cobbler aprons consist of a front and back tabard with ties or other fasteners on the sides and pockets in the front. These versatile torso covers are useful for a variety of tasks, including protecting your clothes while cooking, holding bills and change in any vending or sales situation, keeping dog treats handy during training class and having basic first aid items close by at a public event. And no matter what size you are, a cobbler's apron is easy to make.
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Things you need
- 1-1/4 yards fabric
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Ironing board
Select your fabric. Choose a sturdy, washable fabric such as cotton, twill or broadcloth. Fabric that is 44/45 inches wide will work best.
Cut out your cobbler apron. Cut the fabric in half lengthwise so you have two pieces of material that are 1-1/4 yards long and 22 inches wide. Shorten each piece to 1 yard in length. Pin two of the short sides together, and cut out a circle 8 inches in diameter for a neck hole.
Sew the cobbler apron. Sew the shoulder seams, and press open with the iron. Fold over 1/4-inch of the long sides of the 1/4-yard piece and press. Repeat, and stitch as close to the inside edge as possible. Pin this piece to the unsewn end of a long piece, "right" side showing for the front pocket. Make sure the stitched edge is at the top. Pin in place. Fold over 1/4-inch of fabric along all sides of the apron (include the front pocket fabric) and press. Fold over another 1/4-inch of fabric along all sides and press again. Stitch as close to the inside edge as possible. Press when finished.
Finish the neck. Fold over 1/4-inch around the neck hole and press. Repeat, and stitch as close to the inside edge of the fold as possible. Press again when finished.
Delineate the pockets. Decide whether you want two or three pockets in the front of your cobbler apron. If you want two pockets, mark the large pocket piece vertically in the middle and sew a line of stitches to divide the two pockets. If you want three pockets, mark the large pocket piece vertically in thirds and sew two lines of stitches to divide the three pockets.
Add the side tabs. Try on your apron and mark where your waist is on the garment. Cut two rectangles of the remaining fabric 4 inches by 12 inches to make the side tabs. Fold one of them over, wrong side out, and stitch along one short end and the long end. Turn right side out and press. Tuck the unstitched end into the tab, press and stitch. Repeat with the other 4-by-12 rectangle. Attach one end of the tab to the back of your cobbler apron at waist level. Hand-stitch half a snap to the other end. Hand-stitch the other half of your snap to the front of your cobbler apron at waist level. Your cobbler apron is ready for use.
Tips and warnings
- Consider making more than one cobbler apron. With holiday-themed fabrics, you can have one for every season of the year.
- Always machine wash and dry your fabric before assembling your apron.
- Snaps come in a variety of sizes. You will want large snaps for this project.
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