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How to Sew a Linen Cross-Over Apron | Easy Tutorial

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.

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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.

Ikea Vardagen tablecloth

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.

back of apron

How to make the cross-over apron

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
placing the pattern on the fabric
cutting the fabric
bottom of the cross-over apron
bottom of the cross-over apron
pinning the edges
pinning the edges

Creating the “cross-over part”

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fold and press or pin the hem for the curved parts – the opening of your pockets.
  4. Folding in 1/2 inch on the straight lines of the pockets, pin them to your apron. Sew them on.
  5. Done!
cross over the back of apron
cross over the back of the apron
attaching the pockets to apron
attaching the pockets to the apron

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.

front of cross-over apron with pockets

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.

Let me know if you have questions or comments below!

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  1. Love these aprons! I have one already but wouldn’t mind making another one for myself. Thanks for the tip on getting the ikea tablecloth. Great hack!

  2. Hi I was hoping to print your free pattern today but the link goes to a dead page? Can you please advise how to get the pattern? Thank you so much

  3. Thank you so much for this free pattern. What a sweet thing to do for all of us. I just made 3 of them as Christmas presents!

    1. That sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing! I am sure your recipients will love their aprons! Feel free to send some pictures, if you like 😊

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  5. I love this apron and really want to make it but it only gives me one page when I am trying to download the pattern. I looks like I am set up at 100% scale, what am I doing wrong? or do I just cut out the small image and then by hand trace it large? I do see other people had the same problem too

    1. Hm … that is interesting. I know that most people get 6 pages to print. You should not have to manually make it bigger. Please send your best email address to [email protected] so that I can send it to you directly!

  6. Hi! I love this apron and I want to make one for my sister’s birthday. I downloaded the pattern but am a little confused. The pattern isn’t full size. How do I print the pattern to use it for cutting out the apron?
    Thank you so much.
    Sandy Myers

    1. Hi there, the pattern should be full size. If not, make sure you’re printing it on 100%. Then just print all the pages and tape them together. Hope this helps but let me know if not!

  7. I made this apron. It’s very nice but the next one I make will be longer and have larger pockets. I also sewed the shoulder sea first and then you can hem all around the sides, bottom, neck and arm hole in one continuous hem. Thanks Anja.

  8. I have been looking for this exact apron. I can only get the pattern to print on sheet of paper. Would it be a problem with Apple ?

    1. Yes, it is a printable pattern on regular letter size. It should not be a problem with Apple. Hope this helps but feel free to reach out again!

  9. Thank you for sending the downloads, I’m excited about making these aprons. We are still in lockdown in Canada and this will give me something to do. I have vintage fabrics and plan on making one for myself and for each of my daughters.

  10. Good morning. I’m asking this question here as I’m not sure how to contact you. I’ve purchased the downloadable pattern for this apron and received it. However, I somehow made a mistake when I clicked to download the instructions and when I went back to click on it, I got a message that I had reached my download limit. I was able to download the pattern as I realized the mistake I made the first time. Is there any way I can get access to download the instruction part? I can give you more information and the reference number if you need it to verify I have paid for the pattern. Thank you

    1. Hi Josie, no worries, I can see that you purchased the pattern. I’ll send everything to your email again. Hope this helps. Have fun sewing, Anja

  11. Thank you so much for offering this free pattern and great explanation of how to make it! I’ve looked at expensive patterns and pre-made crossover aprons and have thought that a simple thing shouldn’t be that hard or expensive. Many thanks for the IKEA fabric tip as well.

  12. I made sundress for my daughter with similar pattern when she was a toddler with bloomers to match. Double sided so it could be reversed.

  13. What a lovely simple apron. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to make it. Is it difficult to sew the edges down on the round curves, like the armholes or chest?

  14. I love your introduction, apron & instructions. And everyone should realize this style apron is very forgiving size-wise. I too am am in love with aprons & was so excited to find crossover apron at Target after looking high & low for a pattern/instruction. Mine is also made of linen. Linen has such a fluid feel & wonderful touch to the hand, although looks a little “lived in” after washing which gives it even more character & the statement “I’m at home in my kitchen “ I plan to make one for myself & also some as gifts. I love the big roomy pockets

  15. Love your cross-over apron. I too am having difficulty downloading the pattern. I will try to figure out what I am doing wrong!! Also, thanks for the tip on linen tablecloths from Ikea…

    1. Have you tried scrolling all the way down the download page? Let me know if you still can’t get the pattern. And thanks for the nice comment 😊!

  16. I am asking for a measurement from the top “strap” to the bottom of the arm hole. Or the measurement from the bottom of the arm hole to the hem. I am trying to figure how deep the arm hole should be. Thank you

    1. This is a very flexible pattern. My apron measures about 17″ from the top of the strap to the bottom of the armhole. Alternatively, you can make a “trial” apron out of cheap muslin or scrap fabric and adjust the pattern to your size and body shape. Hope this helps!

  17. I was taken to a mail chimp page as well.☹️ I was soooo excited to finally find this pattern and now I can’t access it.

  18. The ‘download pattern’ link just goes to a mailchimp advertisement. I would have loved to have tried this before Christmas.

    1. I am sorry you’re having difficulty. It should get you to a link that’s asking for your email address. Let me know if you still need help!

  19. Hey! I really want to make this, it looks great! I was wondering how wide the pattern is? I only noticed the measurement for the front part, not for the whole pattern? Also what about the arm holes and the neck, how deep are they? Thanks!

    1. Thanks for reaching out and I am so glad you like the pattern! I am a size S/M so my apron is about 36″ across and the armholes about 17″ deep. As for the neck, you can eyeball it or use the neckline of your favorite shirt and copy that. Happy sewing and let me know if you have more questions!!

  20. I’ve been wanting a pattern for one of these aprons just love it, I will definitely make one.

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