One of my favorite places to be is in the kitchen. I love cooking and baking and spend so much time in my kitchen. Of course, with all of that cooking comes quite a few messes, mostly on my clothes. Biscuits, pies and cakes tend to end up all over me no matter how careful I try to be, which is what has led me to this latest idea list. I found 20 of the most adorable and easy to make aprons that you can add to your kitchen repertoire to make those messes a bit less obvious.
Do you wear an apron when you’re cooking? If you do and if you need a new one, these are really easy DIY aprons that will keep you fashionable in the kitchen. They also make wonderful gifts. If you know someone who also loves spending time in the kitchen or someone who is getting married soon, these DIY aprons would be the perfect gift. And, did I mention that they are super easy to make? There are even patterns for making aprons for your little ones so that they can help you with your baking! You will also want to check out these 10 kitchen hacks to save yourself some time – and cleaning.
These homemade aprons range in size as well as design so there is something that is going to be perfect for you or anyone you plan to give them to. Some of them only take a few minutes to make and you don’t need to be really skilled with your sewing machine, because they are all easy to DIY even if you have never sewn a stitch in your life. Plus, many of them can be made with scrap fabric or repurposed fabric items. Be sure to also look over these 80 sewing hacks that will make any sewing job a bit easier.
1. 10 Minute Repurposed Dish Towel Apron
If you have a dish towel that you can repurpose – or if you find a great sale on them – this little apron will only take you about 10 minutes to finish. You will also need some coordinating ribbon – or contrasting depending on your personal style – and a sewing machine for this one. The process is super easy and you can have this one finished in just a few minutes, even if you have never sewn before.
Tutorial and pattern: fynesdesigns
2. Half Hour Pom Pom Apron
This cute little apron with its pom pom trim can be made in just half an hour. You only need about a half of a yard of fabric as well as ribbon and pom pom trim, which you can pick up anywhere fabric is sold. This is such an adorable little apron and it sews together so quickly and easily.
Tutorial and pattern: flamingotoes
3. Fashionable Pearls And Pumps Apron
If you really love to be fashionable in the kitchen, this little apron will do it. This reminds me of those ruffly aprons that our mothers wore in the 1950s. It’s a pretty easy apron to sew together and the large ribbon bow on the side just really sets it off. You can do this one in any combination of colors and designs and it makes a wonderful gift for any bride to be that you may know.
Tutorial and pattern: deliacreates
4. DIY Anthropologie Inspired Apron
This easy to DIY apron is inspired by the eclectic designs from Anthropologie. If you love the look of Anthropologie aprons, but don’t want to pay upwards of $35 to $40 for one, you can make one yourself. The fabric that you use is what will make it an Anthropologie looking apron and these are very easy to sew. They also make wonderful gifts. You have to love Anthropologie knockoffs!
Tutorial and pattern: lifeannstyle
5. Repurposed Bandana Apron
I love the look of this repurposed bandana apron. It has such a cool vintage feel and it is really easy to make. The only sewing that you have to do is on the trim and there is no cutting involved at all, except for your trim, that is. You can make one of these in under an hour so they’re perfect for quick last minute gifts.
Tutorial and pattern: marthastewart
6. DIY Child’s Fat Quarter Apron
If you are looking for an easy yet adorable apron to make for your little ones, these DIY fat quarter aprons are perfect. These are great for crafting – you know how messy those finger paints can get. They’re also super easy to make and they are reversible – and they have a pocket. You just can’t get a better apron pattern for little ones than this!
Tutorial and pattern: aestheticnest
7. DIY Wipe Down Apron
How about an apron that you never have to wash? No matter what mess you create in this one, you will only need to wipe it down to make it perfectly clean. That’s because you make this one from a wipe clean tablecloth. This is great for a kids or adults apron and it is so easy to make. Plus, you can get these tablecloths at the Dollar Tree for just a dollar each, so this is also a really cheap apron to make.
Tutorial and pattern: bellebebes
8. DIY Gathering Apron
A gathering apron gets its name from its function. It is made to help you gather harvest, eggs or whatever you need to gather. If you plant your own veggies for instance, this apron can make it really easy to gather those ripe vegetables and bring them indoors. This gathering apron pattern is so easy and it makes a gorgeous apron that is as pretty as it is helpful in getting that harvest indoors.
Tutorial and pattern: reformationacres
9. DIY Mommy And Me Aprons
Make yourself and your little one matching aprons with this mommy and me apron pattern. These are really easy to make and are perfect for those times when you are cooking or baking together. I found the pattern on Etsy for $4, which gives you both sizes. Child sizes run three to eight and adult sizes run 10 to 20.
Tutorial and pattern: etsy
10. Easy DIY Toddler’s Apron
This little apron is designed for toddlers or children ages three to seven but you can easily adjust the pattern to make it smaller or larger. This one is so easy that you can have it completed in less than an hour and it is perfect for kids’ crafts and other activities that tend to dirty up clothing. You can also make this one in adult sizes for the kitchen or for your own messy crafting.
Tutorial and pattern: sewmuchado
11. Repurposed Placemat Apron
These little placemat aprons are perfect if you want something really easy to sew. Placemats have the most adorable shape, so they are great for creating aprons. The only real work required for this one is to sew on the trim which is also what you use to tie the apron when you’re wearing it. You can repurpose those old placemats and make an apron for everyone in the house, or use these as gifts. You can also do these with your DIY placemats.
Tutorial and pattern: danamadeit
12. DIY Pleated Apron
I really love the look of this pleated apron. It’s so flattering and so easy to sew. You can do this in contrasting colors or patterns or all in the same fabric – your choice. It’s a simple pattern and you just have to cut your fabric and then piece it together however you want it. Then sew it all into place. This is such a cute little apron and it’s perfect for giving as a gift.
Tutorial and pattern: sawdustgirl
13. Retro Polka Dot Apron
This polka dot apron is so reminiscent of the 1950s and it’s a really easy one to make. If you love feminine aprons, this is the one for you. The ruffles and polka dots are almost too adorable – although you can do this in any fabric or design that you like. There is even a small pocket in front and the wide ribbon to tie just really sets it off.
Tutorial and pattern: sewinginnomansland
14. Repurposed Dress Shirt Apron
You can make this adorable little apron out of a man’s dress shirt. This could be one of the easiest DIY aprons on the list and it has such a great look to it. The pocket on the front can be made from your leftover sleeve material and the entire thing is really adorable. If you have a few old shirts to use, you could easily make several of these in a day or check out your local thrift store for some cheap dress shirts.
Tutorial and pattern: lovegrowswild
15. Cute Patchwork Apron
This apron pattern is called “My Girlfriends Breakfast Club” apron and it is absolutely gorgeous. I love the different fabric designs and patterns. This one is super easy to sew and it was featured in an early issue of Where Women Cook Magazine. The pieced together design gives it such a great rustic look – it’s perfect for your farmhouse kitchen!
Tutorial and pattern: youcanmakethis
16. DIY Disney Princess Apron
No matter which Disney Princess your little one – or you – love best, you can make an apron that shows off that favorite princess. These aprons are just too adorable and they are much easier to make than you may think. If your little girl loves helping you in the kitchen, a Disney Princess apron would be the perfect gift. These are also great for crafting or playing.
Tutorial and pattern: gluesticksblog
17. Upcycled Shopping Bag Apron
Those reusable shopping bags from your favorite stores will make an adorable little apron for your daughters. Or, you could put a couple of them together and make one for yourself. These are super easy to make and shopping bags are typically not made from fabric so they are super easy to keep clean. Just wipe them down with a damp rag.
Tutorial and pattern: mysisterssuitcase
18. Easy Retro Christmas Apron
This retro Christmas apron is the simplest thing you will ever make. With two pockets and the most adorable ruffles, this is an excellent gift for anyone you know who loves to cook. If you love DIY Christmas gifts, this is definitely one that you should add to your list. It will only take you a couple of hours at the most to make and anyone will adore getting a new retro apron for Christmas.
Tutorial and pattern: flamingotoes
19. Tea Time Apron With Cup And Saucer Appliques
I love this little apron that has the most adorable cup and saucer appliques. This one is really easy to make and perfect for gift giving. You make the appliques yourself and they are really easy. You could do this in any theme that you wanted. Make it a holiday apron with Christmas tree and Santa appliques or turn it into a gardening apron with appliques of gardening tools and plants.
Tutorial and pattern: sew4home
20. Vintage 1950s Diner Apron
This vintage apron pattern is super easy to follow and you get the cutest apron from it. The apron looks like something straight out of a 1950s diner with its ruffles and polka dots. I found the pattern on Etsy for $8 and it is a very popular pattern. This would be great for a costume or you can use it in the kitchen. It would also make a wonderful gift for anyone you know who loves the 1950s.
Tutorial and pattern: etsy