Tutorial - Sew a Pretty Pinny with our FREE pdf download

Posted by Freya Gilbert
on September 15, 2019

Sew yourself a pretty little pinny for baking days with our fun and FREE pattern. 

This is one of my favourite quick makes, its perfect as a gift and so handy to have a couple in the kitchen for baking!  I've made so many of them now, I've got festive pinnys, I've got retro styled ones and pretty floral ones, all made from this simple pattern.  I love the ruffle along the bottom, but you can always switch it out for ricrac or pompom trim if that take your fancy.

The pattern for this project is FREE, you just need to download it from our shop.

Materials Needed:

 To Prepare:

Your template will print out on to 2 A4/Letter size pieces of paper, stick them together along the edge with the triangles on, matching the lines.

Using the template, cut out the main body of the apron on the fold from the fat quarter.  Don't forget to transfer the markings for the pocket from the template to the fabric.

From the contrast fabric cut out the following pieces

  • Four (4) Tie pieces 73cm x 11cm
  • One (1) Pocket piece 25cm x 20cm
  • One (1) waistband piece 46cm x 14cm
  • Two (2) pieces for the frill 12cm x 100cm


Attach your pocket

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  1. Create two pleats by bringing together two of the dotted lines on either side of the apron front, fold the pleats towards the side edges, pin and stitch in place along the top .
  2. Fold over and press the long edge of the pocket piece, by 1cm, then 1cm again and stitch down along the loose folded edge.
  3. Fold over and press the other three sides of the pocket piece once and pin in place on the apron front where marked on the pattern, wrong side of the pocket to right side of the apron front. Stitch the pocket in place along the three sides.

Make your Frill

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  1. Sew the two frill pieces together at one short end. Finish one long edge of the fabric strip with an overlocker before pressing up and stitching a 1cm hem, or a narrow double turned hem.
  2. Sew two lines of gathering stitches along the other edge, within in the seam allowance.  To sew a gather stitch, set your stitch length to the longest it will go- usually 5mm- and then sew close to the edge of the fabric leaving a tail of thread either end. To make the gathering more manageable on a large area you can do this in sections around 50cm long.
  3. Pull the top tail of thread at the end of each section to gather the frill until it is the same length as the curve on the apron.  Make sure the gathers are evenly distributed then pin it in place to the RIGHT side of the apron and sew together with a 1cm seam allowance.
  4. Finish the raw edge using the overcasting stitch on your sewing machine or an overlocker. Press the frill away from the body of the apron. Topstitch around the edge of the apron piece to secure the frill in place, about 1/2cm in from the joining seam.

Make and Attach Your Waistband and Ties

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  1. Place two of the tie pieces right sides together, and cut one short end into a sharp point. Repeat with the other two tie pieces. Sew together along three edges but leave the straight short edge open. Cut off the corners close to the line of stitching to reduce bulk. Turn both ties right side out,  press flat and topstitch close to the finished edges.

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2. Iron the waistband in half longways, wrong sides together, matching the raw edges. Press in each short edge of the waist band in 1cm.

3. With right sides of the waistband to the wrong side of the apron front pin and sew the waistband to the main apron piece, sewing 1cm from the edge. Fold up and press the waistband away from the apron piece, and press a second 1cm fold along the other raw edge.

4. Fold a pleat in the centre of the non-sewn edge of the tie, and pin in place on one side of the waistband piece

5. Fold the waistband over to cover the raw edge of the apron front, incorporating the ends of the ties and pin down. Sew the waistband in place, starting at the top, sewing in the first tie, along the top of the main apron piece and up to secure the second tie.

Ta Da! You're done!  Don't forget to share your finished Pinnys with us on Instagram #craftysewandso!  

Fancy making a full size apron for you and your little bakers? Get our family pattern here

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