The final post fo Back to School sewing month, as promised, will be a free sewing tutorial + patterns + video. The project I have chosen is a cross back apron!
The cross back apron is brilliant because it has no straps, snaps, velcro etc. Kids will not need any assistance in tying straps because they can get in and out of it easily. It was so quick and easy to do that I made 4 already! Two in cotton for “cooking” at home, and two in waterproof plastic for art class.
Before I move on to the pattern, I would like to give credit to this Japanese sewing blog ぬいものちくたくwhich first shed light on how a back cross apron is made. I was a little confused over the last step because there was no details so I decided to make one for myself and include a full sewing video and tutorial on how it is made. The pattern on the website linked above was too small for my kids though, so I drafted one out from scratch using my own measurements. Fortunately, as the apron is meant to be loose fitting, the same size could fit both my 4 and 8 yr olds well. The only difference is in the length of the apron which was a little long for my 4 year old but just nice for my 8 yr old.
One of my readers once wrote to me asking for a similar pattern for an adult size. Apparently there was a website that offered a free pattern for adults but now it leads to a broken link, so I’ve drafted one in adult size and included the PDF pattern below.
Updated 19th March 2018 : The Cross back apron is now available in multiple sizes! Adults XS-XL and Kids 2-12. They are now available for purchase at my PDF pattern store – PorcupinePatterns.com
The New patterns not only include the Original version of the Cross back apron, but also a new version that is reversible and made with straps. The new version is made without using bias tape so those of you who hate sewing bias tape can opt for that option too!
Prefer the free version? Yes it is still available!
The PDF pattern for the kids apron is made up of 9 A4 sheets of paper pieced together in the above sequence.
The PDF pattern for the adults apron is made up of 16 A4 sheets of paper pieced together in the above sequence.
And last but not least, here’s the sewing video! (I used a scaled down version of the pattern so that everything can be captured on screen)