How to Sew a Men's Apron

Sew a BBQ or Kitchen Apron

A completed cooking apron
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This DIY men's apron is a perfect Father's Day gift for a dad who loves to grill or cook. But you can also sew this apron for anyone who loves to cook—including yourself.

This pattern uses simple construction, but the result is anything but plain. With contrasting fabrics to set apart the top and bottom edges, you can incorporate favorite motifs and colors to customize the apron for your favorite chef.

Choose your fabrics and get ready for some summer cookout sewing.

Apron Materials & Cutting Guide

The materials to make an apron
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  • Fabric A - 2/3 yard (if directional, you may need 1 yard)
  • Fabric B - 2/3 yard (if directional, you may need 1 yard)
  • Muslin or another backing fabric - 1 yard
  • Thread
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Pinking shears
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safety pin or bodkin

Note: For fabrics A & B, use a heavyweight fabric, such as twill, denim, or home decor fabric.

Cutting

Fabric A

  • Cut one piece 29" wide x 22" tall

Fabric B

  • Cut two pieces 29" wide x 8" tall
  • Cut one piece 3" wide x 23" long
  • Cut two pieces 3" wide x 48" long (or 42" long if not using wide fabric)

Backing Fabric

  • Cut one piece 29" wide x 36" tall

Sew the Front Pieces

Sewing and pinking the seams
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Sew the two 29" x 8" fabric B pieces to the large fabric A piece, with one on the top and one on the bottom.  Use a 1/2" seam allowance.

Press the seam allowance to the darker fabric, then use pinking shears to finish the edge of the fabric (or use your favorite seam finish).

Topstitch the Seams

Finishing the seams with top stitching
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Working on the right side of the fabric, topstitch 1/4" from the seam on the side with the pressed seam allowance. This creates a faux flat-felled seam.

Cut the Apron Shape

Trimming the top angles
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To create the angled top edges of the apron, mark the top edge 7-1/2" in from each side. Mark each side 12" down from the top.

Place a cutting ruler on the angle between the top and side mark and cut off the corner with a rotary cutter. Repeat on the other side.

This slices through a seam, but when you sew the backing on, that seam secures the stitching.

Cut the top corners of the muslin piece in the same way.

Make the Apron Straps

Making the apron straps
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Sew each of the long strips of fabric B into tubes. Leave the ends open on the short piece and sew one end closed on each of the long pieces. Use a 1/4" seam allowance and pink the edge or use another seam finish.

Use a safety pin or bodkin to turn the tubes right-side-out. Press the seams open, so they lay flat with the seam at one edge. Topstitch both sides of each strap 1/16" from the edge.

Sew the Straps and the Backing Together

Sewing the straps and backing
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Lay the front pieces out right side up.

Matching raw edges to raw edges, place the ends of the short strap along the top edge 1" in from the angled corners. Place the open end of each long strap on the side edges 1" down from the angled corners.

Place the muslin backing over the apron pieces and pin the straps in place—pin around the entire edge.

Turn the Apron Right Side Out

Trimming and turning the apron
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Sew around the apron, leaving an opening for turning at the bottom. Use a 1/2" seam allowance.

Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears or use another seam finish. Clip the corners to reduce bulk then turn the apron right side out. 

Press the seams open and press the seam allowance at the opening to match.

Finish the Apron With Topstitching

A completed easy-sew BBQ apron
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Topstitch around the apron 1/8" from the seam. This gives it a nice finish and closes the opening at the same time.

Your apron is ready to wear or wrap up as a gift for your favorite griller.