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Travel back in time and make your own vintage apron with this collection of 20 free vintage and retro apron patterns gathered from all over the web. So whether you're looking for a full or half vintage apron style, you're bound to find a design on this page that suits you.
Ruffles, gingham, large floral prints, a sweetheart neckline. All hallmarks of a cute vintage-style apron. But be careful or you may end up with an apron you think is too pretty to risk wearing in the kitchen!
An apron can make a excellent first project for a beginner who's learning how to sew. An apron usually has only straight seams to sew, and even thought it's technically an item of clothing, there's usually no fitting required. Plus the beginner will be able to practice skills like creating and sewing ruffles (if a ruffled design is chosen), gathering (for the skirt of the apron), and turning fabric for the ties. And if one or more busy prints are chosen, they'll help hide any minor mistakes.
And of course, by making your own apron (as opposed to buying one), you get to choose your fabrics. And one advantage of an apron project is you may feel freer to have fun with your fabric choices. For instance, combining several fun prints in bright, high contrasting colors - choices which might clash or look garish with any other item of clothing. And feel free to add generous amounts of embellishments such as ric rac or bias trim. And remember that if you do choose to sew your apron from several contrasting fabrics, to consider pre-washing your fabric (and any trims too). This can help reduce the chance of the fabric dyes bleeding onto one another and can also help keep your finished apron from shrinking the first time its washed.
Also, this page may contain affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase something from one of these websites (but the patterns linked to should be free).