Full Apron – free sewing pattern to keep your clothes clean!


Cooking BBQ can be messy – sew a full apron from my free sewing pattern to keep clean and look great! This easy to sew apron pattern has a hanging loop to keep your tongs handy too. There are 2 layers of fabric to ensure that no sauce or splatters make it through.

The finished apron is approximately 32’’ long and 30’’ wide, not including the neck and waist ties.

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The fabric I used is Ribs ‘n Bibs from Blend… it’s out of print already, but I found more BBQ themed fabrics here.

Full Apron Sewing Pattern


I like 2” wide waist and neck ties (on the first two aprons above), but some of you like 1” wide ties (like on the third apron above). So to give you the option, I’m putting cutting dimensions for the skinny ties in parentheses.

Materials List:

  • 1/2 yard each of three coordinating fabrics

  • a 31” x 33” piece of fabric for the back (I used unbleached muslin)

  • thread

  • free apron cutting template {download here}

Cutting Instructions:

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Your main fabric is the one that will be down the center of the apron (called the center apron strip), on the waist ties, and on the tong loop. From this cut:

  • 1 apron strip 33” x 7”

  • 2 waist tie strips 33” x 5” (33” x 3” for skinny ties)

  • 1 tong loop strip 10” x 4”

Coordinating fabric #1 will be on the apron strips next to your main fabric and on your neck ties. From this cut:

  • 2 apron strips 33” x 7”

  • 2 neck tie strips 18” x 5” (18” x 3” for skinny ties)

Coordinating fabric #2 will be on the outermost apron strips. From this cut:

  • 2 apron strips 33” x 7”


Step 1: Prepare the Waist and Neck Ties

All seam allowances are 1/2’’.

Fold a tie strip in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Stitch across one short end and down the long edge. Leave one short end open for turning.

Cut corners diagonally.

Repeat for all of the waist and neck tie strips

Turn ties right side out, press. Topstitch along the three finished edges.

(In this picture, 2 of the strips are 17.5” long (the neck ties) and 2 are 32.5” long (the waist ties.)

To prepare the tong strap, fold the 4” x 10” strip in half lengthwise, press. Open and press long raw edges to the center. Then re-fold to make a 1” strip and press.

Topstitch close to both long edges.

Step 2: Sew the apron strips together

In this step, we will sew the five 7” x 33” strips together with the tong strap in between two of them.

Sew the two aprons strips cut from coordinating fabric #1 to either side of the main apron strip.


Along one side of the three apron strips that are sewn together, measure 16” from the top.

Fold the tong strap in half and pin it at the 16” mark with raw edges aligned. Baste in place.

Sew the remaining apron strips cut from coordinating fabric #2 to the sides of the apron. The tong strap will be sandwiched in between two strips.

After the strips are sewn together, the apron piece should measure 31” wide by 33” tall.

If you haven’t cut your 31” x 33” backing piece, do it now.

Step 3: Cut out the apron and the backing at the same time

Fold the backing piece in half lengthwise. (folded, it will measure 33” long x 15.5” tall)

Fold the apron piece in half lengthwise too. Place it on top of the backing piece with the folds together and the raw edges aligned.

Place the apron cutting template on top of your fabric layers as pictured above.

Cut along curved edge of template.

Step 4: Assemble the Apron

Baste the neck ties to the top of the apron, top raw edges aligned. The neck ties should be 1/2” away from the side curved edges.

Baste the waist ties to the sides of the apron, raw edges aligned. The waist ties should be 1/2” below the curved edges.

With the ties basted in place, push their ends to the center of the apron and out of the way.

Lay the apron backing over the apron, right sides facing. Pin all the way around. Stitch with a 1/2” seam allowance, leaving about 6” open at the bottom for turning.


Clip corners diagonally. Clip curves almost to stitching.

Turn apron right side out through opening at bottom. Poke corners with a chopstick or turning tool. Press.

Topstitch all the way around the apron, closing the opening at the same time.

Done! Have fun making BBQ with your apron sewn from my free full apron sewing pattern.



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