How to Sew a Gathering Apron

by Merissa on June 8, 2015

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How to Sew a Gathering Apron - Little House Living

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Do you feel sometimes that you have to sacrifice pretty for practical?  The typical gathering apron is often one such item where it can be voluminous and particularly unflattering to wear, in order for it to fulfill its purpose of allowing you to gather produce hands-free.  Today I'm sharing a compromise with you.  An apron that is both pretty and practical.  It perhaps won't carry as much weight as some of the other aprons, but you'll be happy to answer the door in this one, or even entertain guests for dinner without looking frumpy!

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

What You Need:

  • 1 yard of fabric for the waist ties and back (Get it from Fabric.com)
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the front panel (Get it from Fabric.com)
  • 100 inches of store bought bias tape or make your own
  • Thread
  • Pattern - Gathering Apron Pattern <--Download here

  <---Save this pattern for later.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

To sew a gathering apron

Print out and assemble your pattern and use it to cut your fabric.  Both skirt panels will be the same size, but the front piece of fabric is shaped to make pockets.  You can use the same pattern piece for both.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

It's fun for this project to make your own continuous bias binding, either to match the waist band or in a bright contrast.  Make enough to edge the pockets and all around the outside of the apron skirt.  You'll need a total length of at least 95 inches.  Cut your strips 2 inches wide in order to make double fold bias tape at 1/2 inch finished width.  Use this handy bias tape calculator to help you work out what size square to start with.How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Apply your bias tape around the top of the pocket, starting from the front side, then folding the tape to the back and stitching in the ditch to catch the back of the tape in place.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

If you want to add any other embellishment, a line of bright ric-rac or a cute applique to the front of your apron, do this now.

Place the two apron pieces face up, with the pocket piece on top.  Pin carefully around the edges and then baste them in place 1/4 inch from the raw edge.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Apply the remaining bias binding around the bottom edge of the apron skirt, starting at the front and folding to the back.  Make it nice and secure because this bottom seam will be holding the weight of what you collect in that big front pocket.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Now we need to think about the waist.  The length of your ties will depend on your waist measurement.

As a rule of thumb:  WAIST in inches, PLUS 18 and then divide by TWO.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

For example - 32 inch waist, plus 18 = 50.  Divide by 2 = 25.  So you need to cut two waist ties for your apron each 5.5 inches wide by 25 inches long.  If you want the ties to cross over at the back and tie at the front of the apron, they'll need to be even longer.  Add on half of your waist measurement again to each side.  We all differ on how long we prefer our ties to be so just double check you're happy before cutting the fabric. If in doubt make them longer, you can always shorten it later.

Attach your waist ties to each end of the waist center panel. Then fold the whole waist piece right sides together and sew around the open edges BUT leave the original waist panel unsewn.  We need to add in the skirt at this point.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Turn the waist ties the right side out and give them a good press.  Fold over the 1/2 inch seam allowance on the open part of the waist and press to the inside.  Slip the apron skirt into this gap and pin in place.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Top stitch all the way around the waist ties, catching the skirt as you close up that gap.  Reinforce the stitches at the edges where the skirt meets the waist to help take some of the weight of whatever you collect in that big front pocket.

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Give everything a final press and your gathering apron is completed.  Go gather and look cute doing it!

How to Sew a Gathering Apron

Find more fun and simple free sewing patterns on Little House Living!

What will you be gathering from your garden this summer in this apron?

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Petro Neagu July 3, 2014 at 7:08 am

Deby, this little apron is so cute and colorful and you make it sound so easy to sew. I’d most likely end up wearing it all the time, no cooking involved 🙂

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2 Deby at So Sew Easy July 3, 2014 at 8:10 am

Ha ha, I know. I wouldn’t want to get it stained by actually cooking in it!

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3 Ash July 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

Gorgeous! And wonderfully retro!

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4 Clare July 4, 2014 at 12:21 am

Oh I love your apron – I am currently making a pinterest board of homemade Christmas gift ideas and I’m adding this one to the list. Got to get started crafting soon because Christmas will be here in no time!

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5 Deby at So Sew Easy July 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I absolutely agree! I’m just about to start on a Christmas in July feature on my own site, because by the time December comes we’re all too busy to do it then. Best to start sewing or Christmas now.

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6 Traci July 5, 2014 at 6:50 am

What a great idea to start Christmas in July! I think I’ll get crackin’ on that, and relieve some of the pressure of the busy holiday season. Oh, and I am soooo making one of your gathering aprons…LOVE it! Thanks for the pattern and lovely tutorial. Your sewing skills are impressive and inspiring!

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7 Sherry July 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

Very pretty apron. I love your fabric choices. Thanks for adding the tutorial.

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8 Sherry July 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

Love your apron. The fabric choices are bright and cheerful.
Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I think I am going to shut down this computer and go to the sewing room! You’ve inspired!

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9 Deby at So Sew Easy July 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Glad to hear it Sherry. I think you’ll like it.

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10 Pam @Threading My Way July 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

A great design, Deby! Lots of uses with those large pockets.

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11 Vicky July 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

Love your apron! Here’s a twist, you could leave the top not sewed into the waist and put 2 buttons there. this would be great for clothes pins too. thank you.

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12 Deby at So Sew Easy July 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Now that is a great idea! Would be perfect for holding pegs while you get the washing in and out. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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13 kim July 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

This is very cute and I’m pinning it. Thanks for sharing.

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14 Laura (Lauras Little House Tips) July 8, 2014 at 1:48 am

What a cute apron. Deby your amazing 🙂 Thank you for linking up to My Favorite Things Link Party. Pinned and Happy to have you.

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15 Deby at So Sew Easy July 8, 2014 at 8:17 am

Blush, you are too kind Laura. Thanks for pinnng.

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16 Bernadyn @ B Is For... July 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

What a cute apron, I love it! Great instructions and something I’ll be pinning to make for my daughter and me, thanks!

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17 Alexa McAllister July 10, 2014 at 8:37 am

Hi Deby, small world…love that apron. As you say you’d be proud to wear this in company :))

Alexa, from Sydney, Australia
http://www.Alexa-asimplelife.com

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18 Simply Suzannes at Home July 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

Love your apron, Deby!
Great job and thanks for sharing!
Suzanne

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19 Evelyn @ My Turn for us July 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Pinned and will be sharing on Facebook as one of our great features this week at Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends!!!

Hugs and thanks for sharing!!

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20 Merissa July 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Thank you for the feature Evelyn!

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21 Mel {MamaBuzz} July 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

This is the cutest apron ever! I love the prints and colors you chose in the fabric. So pretty. Definitely not frumpy at all. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

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22 Linda aka Crafty Gardener July 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

What a cute little apron. I was planning on making aprons for Christmas gifts this year and this will help out a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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23 Jill July 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

What a darling apron! I would love to make two of these, one for me and one for my daughter.
Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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24 Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures July 26, 2014 at 7:45 am

‘Hopping over from your feature at Threading My Way. What a wonderful pattern! We are smack in the middle of vegetable harvest season and this would be so handy! I think I will take a break from gardening chores just long enough to stitch this apron! Thank you! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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25 Deby at So Sew Easy July 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

It’ll be perfect for veggie harvest Marci. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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26 Teresa Lambert May 7, 2015 at 5:59 pm

When I tried to print pattern, the test square was not 2 inches. What am I doing wrong in printing this?

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27 Rita August 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

Beautiful apron, my only concern, is it looks a little to ‘fitted’. If I’m gathering fruits or veggies I will need a bigger ‘holding’ area.

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