Holiday Aprons

In our Nov/Dec issue each year we use a staff photo in the edit letter as our way of saying Happy Holidays to all our readers. This photo is usually taken on the hottest day of July as we try to think about snow and Christmas trees and holiday baking.

We decided to use some of this year’s beautiful holiday fabrics to make aprons and we’d make Christmas cookies in our picture. Of course, we decided this the day before photography. We looked through the holiday fabric we had in our studio–and found enough current fabric to make the aprons . . . well, Diane and I found enough to make aprons as long as we stayed behind the counter.

diane june aprons 208x300 Holiday Aprons

We bought disposable hostess aprons to use as our guide–several of us discovered those aprons could not be ironed.

We used the following fabrics:

If you’d like to make full-size aprons (instead of our fat quarter bibs) here are some guidelines and a picture of Carolyn in her complete apron.

carolyn apron Holiday Aprons


  • 1 panel at 33.5″ wide x 32″ tall
  • 1 strip of contrasting fabric at 2.5″ x 152″ long (can be pieced together from 4 strips at 2.5″ x 40″)

Trim the top corners off the panel as shown below:

QMapronfig2 Holiday Aprons

Sew a 1/2″ hem on the top, sides and bottom, leaving the angled portions unhemmed

Press the strip in half lengthwise, and then press 1/4″ seam allowances along both sides. Fold both ends inside and sew to finish the ends.

Fold the strip in half lengthwise and mark the middle. To form the neck loop, measure 12″ from the middle on both sides; match these points of the strip to the top corners and pin. Continue pinning the strip along the angled edges, enclosing the angled edges with the strip.

Starting at a bottom end, sew the entire strip together, 1/8″ from the edge, and continuing through all layers when you reach the angled edges.

And then enjoy all that holiday baking!

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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6 Responses to Holiday Aprons

  1. Darlene says:

    I have made 3 aprons over this weekend. Very easy and quick. I hope to make at least one more before Christmas Eve. thanks for sharing the pattern.

  2. Claudia says:

    This is one over the head apron from Indygo Junction. I have also seen another one going by the name of Bubbie Apron (for his gramma). Will try to remember site.

  3. Lorna Mason says:

    Do you mean covered as in a pinafore (meets in the back and very adaptable in various fabrics for littl girls. or do you mean the granny apron (of any length} that slipped over the head and tied in the back but just covered the front and hips?

  4. Patricia says:

    I am looking for a pattern for an apron that covers your front and back, slips over your head, and has ties at the sides. Have you seen a pattern like this anywhere?
    Thank you.

  5. Yolanda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  6. Queen of Procrastination says:

    Cute! Nice idea for Holiday gifts. Hope it’s a simple as it looks. :) Thanks for the directions and photos.

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