Josephine Apron

Josephine Apron

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Fabric Editions
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Additional Information



  • Fabric Central Seaglass by-the-yard fabrics:
    • 3/4 yd Filagree, Fabric A
    • 5/8 yd Packed Flowers, Fabric B
    • 5/8 yd Beaded Stripe, Fabric C
  • Thread
  • Rotary cutter, mat, acrylic ruler
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron, pressing surface

RS= Right Sides
WS=Wrong Side(s)

DIRECTIONS: Use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted. See PDF for Diagrams referenced.


  • From Fabric A cut: 26"x30" piece for the main body of the apron. If using a large scale motif, center motif on the 26" side (Diagram 1).
  • From Fabric B cut: 8"x13-1/2" piece for the bodice lining; 8"x28" piece for the ruched bodice; two 6"x30" piece for the ruffle.
  • From Fabric C cut: two 5"x30" pieces for the neck straps & two 5"x38" pieces for the side straps.


  1. For the main body of apron, fold Fabric A piece in half to measure 15"x26". Using fabric marker, mark dots (Diagram 1). Use a ruler to connect Dots A and B, then Dots B & C. Draw a curved line connecting Dots C & D. The distance between Dots C & E should be 14-1/2". Cut on the drawn lines.
  2. For the neck & side straps fold one 5"x30" Fabric C neck strap in half lengthwise; press. Open strip, fold 1 short end to WS 1/2"; press. Fold long edges to center crease; press. Fold in half again lengthwise; press firmly. Sew close to edge around 3 sides of strap, leaving 1 raw short edge open. Repeat with remaining Fabric C neck strap & side straps (Diagram 2).
  3. For the ruffle sew two 6"x30" Fabric B strips, with RS together, end-to-end to create 1 long strip. Hem 1 long side by folding 1/4" to WS; press. Fold another 1/4" & machine-stitch the hem in place. Baste opposite long side 1/4" from raw edge. With RS together, match center & ends of ruffle to main apron body. Adjust gathers to fit; pin. Press seam toward main body. Zigzag stitch over seam allowances to eliminate fraying.
  4. For the side straps measure 1/2" down from top left side of apron body & align raw edge of side strap with raw edge of apron (Diagram 3 - see PDF). Baste strap in place using 1/8" seam allowance. Fold raw edge of apron& ruffle to WS 1/4"; press. Fold another 1/4" & machine-stitch in place. Flip strap to the side of apron & stitch to lay flat (Diagram 4 - see PDF). Repeat for top right side of apron using remaining side strap.
  5. For the apron bodice baste 1/4" from top & bottom long edges of 8"x24" Fabric B apron bodice (Diagram 5). Gather both top & bottom edges slightly to 13-1/2" to match bodice lining, for ruching. Place RS of 1 gathered bodice edge & apron body together with bodice sides 1/4" inside the apron body sides & pin. Stitch seam using a 3/8" seam allowance (Diagram 6 - see PDF). Press seam toward bodice lining. Pin raw edge of 1 neck strap 1/2" over from top left corner of apron bodice, even with the raw edges. Baste strap in place using a 1/8" seam allowance. Repeat with remaining neck strap for top right hand corner of bodice (Diagram 7). Fold 1 long side of 8"x13" Fabric B bodice lining to WS 1/2"; press. With RS together, pin bodice lining on top of ruched bodice matching raw edges & pressed hem on the bottom. Sew together at sides & top. Clip corners; turn to right side. Fold lining hem 3/8" to WS. Hand-stitch at bodice seam (Diagram 8).
Josephine Apron is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Another Project With NO Project File This one contains a description of how to do it, but it refers constantly to diagrams that are unavailable. When you click on "print program description" you just get a URL error. Who is in charge of this project area? 
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Apron to Make Printed the instructions and pattern up with no problem. Instructions were easy to follow and pattern cut up true. Fun design, Free pattern, Fabulous deal.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Josephine Apron Click on Download Project PDF and you will get the diagrams that other 2 reviews said were unavailable. Can't wait to make one.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not able to print actual project description As the other reviewer said, the actual file required to make this project is not available. 
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! it's all there you just have to download it. Its under pdf download.
Date published: 2016-11-10
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