I often come home from work, or from the gym, and need to immediately begin cooking due to evening meetings, Bible studies, etc, and I'm always worried that I will get something on my clothes. I have needed an apron for some time but couldn't justify the cost of the ones that I like (besides the fact that most of the standard ones would be huge on me). I found a couple of cute fabrics at the craft store and decided to try making my own (try being the operative word because I am not exactly an experienced seamstress).
2 fabrics that work well together (1-yard each)
Large pad of paper
Sewing machine and thread
I started by creating my own pattern because I wanted to make sure my apron fit me.
I used a measuring tape to measure the length of my arpon (I chose to create my apron so that it would begin just above my chest and end at my mid-thigh). I drew a line on my paper that was the length that I measured (center line). Then I measured across the top of my chest to get the length of the top of the apron, half of my waist to get the waist measurement, and half of my hips to get the length of the bottom. I drew those lengths on my paper and connected them. Then, to create a seam allotment, I added one inch to each side. I cut both fabrics (which I will call flowered and green for the purpose of differentiating them) using the pattern that I created.
Next I created a pattern for the waist band (I would have preferred for the waist band and straps to be one continuous piece of fabric, but my fabric wasn't long enough), cut it (from both fabrics) and sewed seams.
Then I sewed the waistbands onto the fabric (green on flowers, flowers on green - for contrast).
To put them together, I put the two green pieces back to back (front side of fabric out) and sewed them together (top only). Then I added the flowered fabric (front side out - back side facing the green pieces that I already sewed together) and sewed all three together. I flipped the pocket right side out and ironed it to flatten it out. Then, I sewed the pocket (green side out) onto my flowered apron (remember not to sew the pocket closed at the top).