A New Apron for the Fourth of July Cookout!

Reversible Apron

Reversible ApronThe Bar-b-Que king at your house will love this

The Bar-b-que king at your home will love this

reversible apron with two roomy pockets on each side!

For this holiday cook-out, use 1 1/2 yards of patriotic fabric covered in flags, fireworks and grilling tools.

On the flip side, to get much more use from his apron, choose a bright, coordinating fabric in either a print, plain or as I did here, tiny white dots on a red background.

My husband couldn’t wait to start using his new apron.


1 1/2 yards fabric for each side

(2) 1″ d-rings

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Make a paper pattern for the apron body following the dimensions as shown in the video.  Pattern for Apron top “Curve”:   Apron pattern for “Curve”

Cut 2 ties, with the grain, 3″ x 42″

Cut 1 neck strap, with the grain, 3″ x 25″

Cut 1 pocket for each side (front and back) 10 1/2″ x 16″ wide

Fold each tie and the neck strap, in half lengthwise and sew 1/4″ from the edge leaving an opening about 5″ on the long edge of each piece.

After sewing each piece, turn right side out through the 5″ openings, press.

Top-stitch close to the edge, around all 4 sides of each strap/tie.

Pocket: Fold and press, 1/4″ along each edge; then, along the width on one edge, fold 1″ for top pocket hem.

Pin one narrow end of each tie to the upper, side corner of the apron body, match the edges and sew 2 or 3 times 1/4″ from the edge to secure.

At the top of the apron, pin one end of the neck strap, edges together and sew 2 or 3 time to secure.

From the opposite end of the neck strap cut off a 2″ piece.

Use this piece to hold the D-rings.  Pass it through both rings, match the ends and





  1. Joyce says:

    Thanks for the quick response and tip on using starch. Since you wear an apron regularly, what is your opinion on pockets? no? yes? front pocket? side pockets?

  2. Joyce says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you have any recommendations on the type of fabric to use when making aprons. Should they be lined if using a light weight fabric to keep splatters from absorbing through? My thoughts are to use a heavier weight fabric for the one side and a thinner fabric for the reverse, But I still would love to hear your recommendations.

    • Kathleen says:

      Hi Joyce, Thank you for visiting. For aprons I mainly use quilting fabric in 100% cotton. Cotton because it wears well and doesn’t hold on to stains as synthetic fibers do. For the reversible apron, because it is already two layers thick, there is no need for an interlining. In fact, I never line my aprons, and I wear an apron nearly every day. Any fabric will actually make a very nice apron.

      For one of my daughters who is a foodie and a rather messy cook, I made her an apron using decorator fabric, unlined, and it works fine.

      I have found that ironing the fabric with spray starch regularly does seem to help with splatters. This I learned from my hubby who being an old Navy man always starches his shirts and as a result food stains don’t seem to set.

      I would love to see your finished apron and learn what you decided to use.

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