I am answering the most asked questions about my popular cross-back linen apron and giving you a link for a downloadable pattern.
So many of you have asked for it so here it is: My full downloadable and printable apron pattern!
I am so humbled that people are loving my cross-over linen apron so much! Every time, someone sends me a picture of their apron they have sewn, I get teary-eyed.
It’s so amazing to see how many of you have sewn beautiful aprons!
Thank you everyone for the love!
Over time, I have been getting many questions and thought I would dedicate a whole blog post to answer them.
Also, I have created a real pattern that you can access HERE, print, and use for your apron.
If you’d rather purchase one, I recommend this pinafore apron.
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How to sew the neckline of the apron
When I created my apron, I simply copied the neckline of my favorite shirt. Since this apron pattern is very flexible, you can do that, too. You could have a neckline that comes higher up or drops deeper down. It really depends on your personal preference.
How to make the arm scoop of the apron
I have been getting a lot of questions about the arm scoop. Mine drops down pretty far and I am not sure you can still call it an arm scoop technically. Again, this pattern is very flexible. Feel free to create the kind of arm scoop that you like.
How wide is this cross-over apron pattern
When I created the original pattern it was really more of a concept drawing. However, it was mostly to scale. In other words, you can see that it is pretty much a square apron once it’s cut out before you sew it. Since it is about 36″ long it is about 36″ wide.
How to make the cross-over back
Sometimes things seem really simple and straightforward to me even when they might not be.
As for the cross-over back, I suggest you watch the video where I explain this a bit more. The straps cross over in the back. If you’re not certain, you could pin the straps or very loosely sew them together by hand with a few stitches and try on your apron. If the straps are crossed over in the back, you can go ahead and sew them in place.
What to attach the pockets?
I love having pockets both for sticking my hands in there but also for temporary storage. The pockets are included in my patterns and feel very easy to reach into. Of course, you can always make simple square pockets – or not use pockets at all.
The best fabric for the apron
Since 100% linen can be very pricey, I prefer using a linen blend. Ikea has a nice linen blend table cloth for a good price. That is what I use. It comes in 3 sizes. I usually get the largest one which is around $25. You can make 3 aprons with that or other sewing projects.
You could really use any fabric you like, though. I like my apron to be tough enough for everyday use, hence my preference for the linen blend. If you’d like to use a thinner fabric you could double it up or make a liner for your apron.
Make a test apron
My cross-over apron is mostly a one-size-fits-all. However, if you’re much smaller or larger in size, or if you’re not sure about the pattern, I like to suggest that you make a test apron from some leftover fabric or cheap muslin. It doesn’t have to be all finished and hemmed to give you an idea of the fit. From there you can also tweak the pattern to your liking.
How much fabric do you need for this apron?
With a seam allowance of ½ inch, you’ll need a piece of fabric 40 inches by 40 inches.
Please let me know all your questions and comments! Most of all, I would love to get some feedback and see pictures of your aprons! You can tag me on Facebook and Instagram or send them to [email protected]