Get my FREE sewing pattern for this quick and easy cross-over apron project. Linen is great but any other fabric works well, too!
Aprons are realizing a comeback.
They are not only very practical but also beautiful.
Why wear an apron?
In my grandmother’s generation, most women and housewives wore aprons. They did it for very practical reasons, as they didn’t have washing machines and wanted to protect their clothes from splatters and stains.
These days, with the convenience of washing machines, easy-care fabrics, and modern appliances, an apron may seem less of a necessity.
However, I love wearing an apron. Sometimes when I cook, food may splatter. An apron is a simple way of protecting my clothes.
But more than that, there is something about wearing an apron that is a bit of a statement. I am here, I am home. Enjoying what I am doing. Also, I can put my hands (or anything else) in my apron pockets.
Even though I have a small collection of aprons, I set out to sew my own. Put me in front of a sewing machine and I am happy. And then there’s linen. I have a love affair with linen. Naturally, I wanted a linen apron for it wears beautifully and is very durable.
Why make a cross-over apron?
There are so many different styles of aprons out there that you may ask, why make a cross-over apron?
- Ease of use: all you do is slip this apron over your head and you’re done! No tying strings are anything. Taking it off is just as simple as you slip it back over your head.
- Fits many sizes and body shapes: inherent in the design of the cross-over apron is the fact that it fits many sizes. While I will say that it seems to fit sizes S-M the best, I know many people with larger sizes than that successfully make and wear this apron.
- It always feel comfortable: since you are not tying anything around your waist and body, this cross-over apron is just as comfortable as it gets. Also, it’s not restricting movement at all!
- It’s cute: Admit it! We all like cute clothes. There is something about wearing this apron with the cross-over in back that looks different and so cute!
What fabric to use for the cross-over apron
Any fabric would work for this cross-over apron.
However, I love linen for it (you can read more here why I love linen so much and how to take care of it). But any somewhat heavy-weight fabric works well so feel free to use your favorite fabric!
If you don’t have linen or a heavy fabric you can always double the fabric to give it extra strength.
Want to know my little secret? As linen can be pricey, I simply buy a linen-blend table cloth from Ikea. Yep. You heard that right! It comes in a basic, versatile color and weight. And at $25 for 57″ x 126,” it’s quite the steal! You can choose to use the blue stripes – or not which is what I do.
The apron pattern
Surprisingly enough, sewing an apron is so easy that even beginners can feel successful. If you have children, this would be a great project to do with them.
Of course, even aprons can get fancy. I wanted one that was from linen, not too expensive, and crosses over in the back so I can just slip into it rather than having to tie something. Thus, I came up with my own pattern.
It is truly a one-size-fits-all but you could make it bigger or smaller. Depending on how tall you are, you can customize the length.
Download your FREE pattern here.
How to make the cross-over apron
- Step 1: Download your FREE pattern here. I like transferring it to parchment paper but you can use any paper (even newspaper would work). You can hold the front up to your body to see if it fits.
- Place your pattern on your fabric. I like to fold my fabric in half and the pattern in half, aligning the fold line. That way, your apron will be completely symmetrical. Cut out your pockets as well.
- You need to add seam allowance. I do this by cutting the fabric about 1/2 wider than my pattern. Alternatively, you can also use a pencil or fabric chalk to trace the outline of the pattern and then cut it.
- Now it’s time to make the hem. Fold about 1/2 inch of fabric over to the inside. You can press it with a hot iron or pin it in place. Once you have gone around all sides (except the 4 top portions that will be attached to one another), sew the hems.
Creating the “cross-over part”
- This is the only “tricky” part of this project: lay your apron with the front face down and cross over the back parts. Attach 1 to 2 and 2 to 1. Sew them together.
- Try on your apron and place your hands where you’d like to have your pockets. While I like to be able to feel the bottom of the pocket, you should do whatever works best for you.
- Fold and press or pin the hem for the curved parts – the opening of your pockets.
- Folding in 1/2 inch on the straight lines of the pockets, pin them to your apron. Sew them on.
You can always add more to your apron. For example, you could add a different color hem. Or add some applique to the front. You could embroider your name on it. The options are endless here.
What if I need more instructions on how to sew this apron?
Hundreds if not thousands of people have successfully sewn their apron with this tutorial. However, if you need more detailed instructions, you might like my fully downloadable and printable pattern for this exact apron.
You might like to check out my Cross-Over Apron FAQs if you have more questions about sewing this apron.
Also, make sure to head over to my Youtube channel, too, to find the corresponding videos. Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words. Or differently said, sometimes it’s easier to show in pictures what is hard to describe in words.