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).