As a prepper, you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing your stockpile and preparing for everyday life! I feel like I spend about 1/3 of my day in the kitchen, and I would love it if I could spend even more time there.
As someone who cooks a lot, I know it can get messy really fast. I often resort to changing into my pajamas or what I call my “painting” clothes so that I don’t ruin the clothes that I actually like. But, it is inconvenient to change clothes three or more times a day.
Luckily, I don’t have to do that anymore- not since the apron has regained popularity. The original purpose of an apron was to protect your clothes while you do other tasks. When I worked as a chef in a restaurant, by the end of the night, our aprons were filthy, but the clothes underneath were perfectly clean. It was a miracle.
I have yet to make my own apron (my sewing capabilities extend about as far as pillows), but these free tutorials and patterns are inspiring me to try!
Free Apron Patterns and Tutorials from Around the Web
Adjustable Unisex Apron – Molly’s Sketchbook
I love the way this apron is constructed. It has pull ties, so that while you adjust the waist, you are also adjusting how high the apron goes on your chest. This is a perfect design for me, because I always feel that most aprons start too low. For some reason, I tend to spill most right under my chin (maybe from tasting delicious sauces?).
20 Minute Ruffled Apron Tutorial – MomPrepares
This tutorial is perfect for the beginner sewer because it doesn’t have a lot of hems or fancy stitches. The pre-made ruffle and bias tape make this a real quick and easy sewing project!
Make an Apron from a Vintage Tea Towel – Black Fox Homestead
I love that this apron is made from a vintage towel and pretty coordinating ribbon. No fabric to buy, iron and hem. Your apron will be as unique as the towel you choose!
Frilly Apron – Spotlight
This pattern is measured in centimeters, because it is from Australia, but I am dying over how cute the ruffled layers of different fabrics look! I think if I wore this apron while cleaning, my bathrooms would always sparkle.
Flattering Flirty Apron – Whipup
This half-apron is the perfect vintage-style apron that will inspire you to start cooking in your finest jewelry and high heels. If you tend to spill right under your chin like I do, you could probably add a top layer without too much trouble.
Easy Apron – Polkanauts
This apron is the most simple you could ever make! It is made from two tea-towels, and there is no hemming and minimal measuring and cutting. Start here if you are a complete novice sewer!
Garden Apron Tutorial – Make It Do
Not all aprons are meant for the kitchen. This handy apron is full of pockets and made from sturdy fabric so you can use it for holding all of your gardening tools outside. You could also use it inside as a handywoman’s tool belt!
Make a Garden Apron from a Repurposed Feed Bag – Fresh Eggs Daily
A heavy-duty, hose-off-able garden apron that is water and mud proof and cuter than you could imagine! Feedbags have some of the most beautiful designs and Lisa’s example is no exception. I love this!
More Sewing Resources:
- How to Mend Your Own Clothes: Make Your Basic Sewing Kit
- Hemming Basics: How to Fix a Hem
- Nine Free (and Awesome) Sewing Tutorials for Mom!
Protecting Your Clothes with an Apron
No matter what task you are doing, whether it is cleaning the bathroom, cooking, or even taking care of animals, an apron will really make a difference in the life of your clothes.
For even more apron ideas, visit our Apron Love Pinterest Board!
Have you made your own aprons? What is your favorite free tutorial or pattern to use?