This simple retro Christmas apron can be completed in just a few hours and is perfect for anyone who loves to sew. Plus, the finished product is sure to add some vintage charm to your time spent in the kitchen during the holidays.

simple retro Christmas apron
Retro Christmas Apron to Sew

This cute little half apron would not only be fun to wear during all your Christmas Cookie baking it would make an amazing hostess gift at a party

This apron pattern has cute circle pockets edged in rick rack (which if you know me is no surprise – I’m kind of addicted) and it’s finished with a little bias ruffle and embroidery thread.

ruffle on apron

Retro Christmas Apron Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

• Main Fabric
• Cut 1 piece 13″ x 32″
• Cut 2 pieces 3″ x 20″
• Cut 4 pieces 4″ x 28″
• Accent Fabric
• Cut on bias – 2 1/2″ 80″ (or piece together enough for length)
• Cut out 7″ circles for pockets
• Contrasting Rick Rack – 1 yard
• Embroidery Thread
• 4 Coordinating buttons

How to Sew a Half Apron

Begin by cutting out all your fabric pieces. For the main portion of the apron, cut the two bottom corners into curves. You can use a little bowl as a guide for the shape.

cutting round corner of apron

To cut out your pockets, use a circle shape (or a handle bowl) that is about a 7″ circle. Trace the bowl, then move it up about 5″ and trace the bottom curve again to make the top, curved section of the pocket. Cut out 4 of these.

use bowl to make round pocket

Baste rick rack onto two of the pocket pieces, about 1/4″ from the edge of the pocket. Overlap the rick rack at the bottom.

add ric rack on pocket

Lay the pocket piece that doesn’t have rick rack over this, right sides together, matching up the curves and points. Sew the pocket pieces together with a 3/8″ seam so the basting stitch doesn’t show.
Leave a 1 1/2″ opening for turning. Clip the corners and curves and turn right side out. Press.

sew ric rack around pocket and turn inside out

Do any piecing you need to do of your little bias ruffle now, then sew a gathering stitch along the top.

make ruffle

Pin, then sew the ruffle to the sides and bottom of the main apron piece, right sides together.
Press the ruffle down, then top stitch 1/4″ from the seam on the apron body.

sew ruffle around apron

Take the 3″ x 20″ piece and sew a 3″ x 28″ tie piece on each end. Repeat for the other waistband and tie pieces.
Sew a gathering stitch along the top of the apron body.
Pin, then sew the apron body to the bottom of a waistband piece, right sides together. Tuck the ruffle tops in towards the back and make sure you don’t sew onto the tie pieces.
Press the seam up towards the waistband.

add ties on each side of apron

Pin the pockets in place – 6″ in from each side (from the seam, not the ruffle) and 3″ down from the waistband seam. Sew the pockets on just inside the edge of the sides and bottom.
Leave the top open. (It’s so much easier to put things in them that way. 🙂

sew ties

Place the waistband and tie lining pieces right sides together with the waistband and tie pieces that are already sewn to the apron. Match up the seams and ends.
Starting at one bottom side next to the apron body, sew along the bottom of one tie, across the end (angling the end if you want), along the top of the ties and waistband, and across the bottom of the other tie. Leave open the bottom of the waistband.

turn ties right side out and over waist band of apron

Turn the ties right side out and press. Press the bottom of the waistband lining piece under 1/2″.

sew waistband

Top stitch around the waistband and ties, 1/4″ from the edges. Sew along the bottom of the waistband as well, this will sew down the lining and cover your seam.

top stitch apron waistband

You’re almost finished! We’re going to put on the final touches.
Thread a needle with three strands of embroidery floss and sew a running stitch (just in and out) along the top stitching just above the ruffle.

add embroidered detail around apron

Sew the buttons onto the bottom of your apron ties, so that there is a button in each side of the tie. If you line up the holes you can sew them on at the same time.

add buttons

And that’s it! You now have a cute little Christmas apron for all your holiday baking and parties!

apron showing pocket
sideview of apron showing tie
white vintage apron with ruffles and circle pockets with rick rack.
Vintage Apron Pattern

Over at Flamingo Toes, I love to do sewing and jewelry projects – as well as crafts and home decor. One of my favorite things to sew are kitchen items – I think they make the kitchen so much more personal! It’s definitely more fun to bake if you’re got a cute apron on. Or maybe that’s just me. 🙂

Bev blogs at Flamingo Toes. She loves to do sewing and jewelry projects – as well as crafts and home decor. One of her favorite things to sew are kitchen items – She thinks they make the kitchen so much more personal! It’s definitely more fun to bake if you’re got a cute apron on.

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  1. Love this apron. Its so darn cute that I am going to make several of them for gifts (for the mom’s) at my son’s Birthday party. Hey, mom’s need gifts, too.

  2. Oh my goodness! I love this! Thanks for sharing, Cindy & Bev! (The first apron I ever made was one of Bev’s designs!)

  3. Absolutely adorable! I love the rick rack on the pockets. And the extra red stitching above the ruffles is the perfect extra touch!

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