Episodes 703

sharon madsen

Apron in Reverse by Sharon Madsen

Look cute brewing your morning coffee in a fun petal-shaped apron. Create reversible panels using coordinating print fabrics for twice the charm.


1 yard of print cotton fabric

6 coordinating print cotton fat quarters

All-purpose thread

Removable fabric marker

Rotary cutting system (optional)

1" bias-tape maker (optional)

Cut It

Download the apron pattern here.

From the yard of fabric, cut one 4"x25 1/2" rectangle for the waistband, two 4"x34" strips for the ties, two 1 1/2"x6" strips for towel loops and enough 2"-wide bias strips to equal 130" including 1/4" seam allowances.

From each fat quarter, cut one apron panel.

Sew It

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Fold the long edges of each towel-loop 1/4" toward the wrong side; press. Fold the strips in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press. Edgestitch the long open edges. Set aside.

Determine the placement of each apron panel. Designate one set of three panels as side A and the remaining panels as side B.

With wrong sides together, align two apron panels according to the desired placement; pin, and then baste the perimeter using a 3/8" seam allowance. Repeat to align and baste the remaining panels. 

With right sides together, piece the binding strips along the short ends to create one continuous strip. Press open the seams.

Use a 1" bias-tape maker to create double-fold binding, following the manufacturer's instructions. Or fold the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press. Unfold the strip and then fold the long raw edges to meet along the foldline; press. Refold and press the strip along the center foldline.

Unfold the binding along the center foldline and one long edge. Position the binding along the first panel curved edge with the binding right side facing the apron side B and the raw edges aligned, leaving the panel upper edge free. Pin the binding, and then stitch.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4", and then press it toward the binding. Fold the binding toward side A along the center foldline, enclosing the raw edges. Align the remaining long-edge fold slightly over the previous stitching line on side A; pin. Edgestitch, catching both binding layers in the stitching. Repeat to bind the remaining panels.

Place the center panel with side B facing up on a flat work surface. Mark the upper-edge center. Position the side panels with side B facing up over the center panel, aligning the upper edges and abutting the sides at the center mark (1).


Pin, and then baste the upper edges using a 3/8" seam allowance.

Place the apron with side A facing up on a flat work surface. Mark the upper edge 6 1/4" from the upper-right corner. Fold one towel-loop strip in half widthwise, and then pin the short ends over the mark, aligning the raw edges. Baste the towel loop ends using a 3/8" seam allowance. Repeat to baste the remaining towel loop on side B.

With right sides together, align one tie short edge with one waistband short edge; stitch. Repeat to stitch the remaining tie to the opposite waistband short edge. Designate one waistband long edge as the upper edge.

Place the apron with side B facing up on a flat work surface. With right sides together, center the waistband over the apron, aligning the upper edges and matching the waistband seams with the apron sides; pin (2).


Stitch the upper edge; press the seam toward the waistband.

Press the waistband raw long edge 1/2" toward the wrong side. Fold the tie short ends 1/2" toward the wrong side, mitering the corners; press. With wrong sides together, fold the waistband in half lengthwise, enclosing the raw edges; press, and then pin. Edgestitch the waistband/ties lower and short edges.

Tip: If making a larger apron, space the side panels further apart. Measure the apron upper edge, and then adjust the waistband length accordingly.

Tip: Stitch the towel-loops on the apron left sides if you're left-handed. 

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