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Hi! I’m liZ from over at Simple Simon and Company and am excited to be here at Skip to My Lou today. When I heard about the Holiday Bake, Craft, and Sew along I knew exactly what I was going to make. It’s a project that has been on my mind for some time. Not only because I wanted to make some for holiday gifts but because I wanted to make one for myself.  

A while back I was reading a homemaking book from the 50’s and there the author mentioned using a sewing apron and it got me thinking how useful a sewing apron would actually be. So finally this past week I whipped one up…and it’s AWESOME.

Black and decorative fabric sewing apron with pin cushion, measuring tape and pockets for sewing supplies.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a sewing apron:

1. A utility apron. (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 but you can buy one anywhere and any style would work or you can be ambitious and can make your own from a favorite pattern.)
2. A measuring tape.
3. A pin cushion.
4. A large safety pin or a piece of velcro.
5. Other fabrics or trims you would like to embellish your apron with.

How to make a Sewing Apron

The apron I bought had one giant pocket across the bottom so the first thing I did was to make that one giant pocket into several smaller pockets to hold items like my scissors, pencil, seam ripper etc..

This was easy to do. I just decided where and how wide I wanted my pocket and then sewed a straight line from the top of the existing pocket to the bottom. (Doing that sectioned off the giant pocket into sizes I could use to stash my sewing gear in.)
Next I added two pieces (of some Alexander Henry fabric that I love) to different areas of the apron. The fabric has no point. It’s just there to look cute and to give me an excuse to buy it.

Decorative apron pocket for scissors, pencils and other supplies.

Then I added the measuring tape. You can see from the picture above that the measuring tape has been sewn on upside down. I did this on purpose. That way when I’m sitting down at my sewing machine and I need to see a quick measurement the tape is right there on my lap and facing the right way.  (I also added another stretch of the measuring tape across the top just for decoration.)

And finally I pinned a small pin cushion onto the top left side. (My pin cushion is a tiny one I made out of batting and a handkerchief but you can use what ever you’d like. Also, if you don’t want to pin it on you can use velcro which would work nicely as well.)


Completed sewing apron with decorative pin cushion attached like a brooch.
So that’s that. My sewing apron. I love it. Everything is where I need it. (The scissors on the right hand side so I can just reach down and grab them…my seam ripper in the bottom pocket so I don’t have to search through piles of junk on my sewing table looking for it….the pin cushion on my shoulder so I don’t have to jam all the pins in my shirt…it’s awesome.) And like I said earlier even though I’ve been dying to make one for myself I think they would be a great gift for anyone who likes to sew.
I’m glad we got to be part of the Holiday Bake Craft and Sew along! It was lots of fun and gave me a chance to make my sewing apron! If you have a minute stop on by our site where my sister in law and I are always sewing, crafting, repurposing and seeing what we can make every Friday for $5 or less.

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  1. I found ribbon that looks like a measuring tape. I really this apron I think I need to make one, I am always misplacing things when I sew.

  2. This is a catch 22! I need to learn to sew first 🙂 Very cute idea! It’s like a sewing tool belt!


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