Make This: The Half Hour Half Apron

Easy half apron tutorial (no pattern needed!)

Are you ready for a crazy-quick sewing project? I’m calling this the “half hour half apron” because it’s one of the fastest sewing projects I think I’ve ever completed. Honestly, if I busted out a few more of these half aprons, I believe I could get my time down to 15 minutes. No sweat. My point is, this half apron is a breeze to make. This is a perfect project for beginner sewers. Plus, who doesn’t need an adorable handmade apron in their kitchen?   

How to make a simple half apron in half an hour This half apron is made up entirely of rectangles, all of which are the same width. You only need to be able to single stitch in a straight line, and you don’t need a pattern. You guys – if you’ve ever doubted that you could sew something, this is not that project! I’ve even put together a video so you can watch how to stitch this half apron together. Watch on, or keep reading for the step-by-step guide. 




  • 28″ of non-stretchy fabric (with a width of 58″)
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and notions
  • Iron and ironing board

What you need to make this half hour half apron


Half apron tutorial measurements

Start by cutting the pieces. There are four pieces total, all cut at a 28″ width.

The first piece is the body of the apron, and is 28″ wide and 36″ tall (in the picture this piece is folded in half lengthwise).

The straps are made up of two identical pieces, both 28″ wide and 5″ tall.

Finally, the pocket is what’s left of your original piece of fabric, being 28″ wide and 12″ tall.


Half apron tutorial: Iron the straps

Let’s start with the straps. Fold each strap piece in half, right sides in. Iron the fold flat. 

Half apron tutorial: Stitch the straps at an angle

Using a straight stitch, sew down the long side of each strap. At one end, make a 90-degree turn and sew to the opposite corner, creating a right angle. 

Turn the straps right-side out, and press.


Half apron tutorial: Pin the straps to the inside of the apron

Now to attach the straps to the body of the apron. Take the largest piece of fabric, and fold it in half right side in. It should measure 28″ wide and 18″ tall when folded. Open the fold, and pin the raw end of one strap to the inside of the fold, with the strap leading inside the folded fabric. Repeat with the other strap on the other side of the fold. Both straps should sit inside the folded fabric.

Half apron tutorial

Pin up the sides of the folded fabric. Do the same along the bottom, but leave a 3-4 inch gap in the middle.

With a straight stitch, stitch along the three sides where you pinned, sewing the straps in place. Do not sew across the gap in the bottom.


Half apron tutorial: Turn right-side out

Through the gap along the bottom, turn the apron right-side out. Iron flat.


Half apron tutorial: Sew hemline to top of pocket

And finally, the pocket! Press and sew a 1/4 inch hem along one long side of pocket fabric.


Half apron tutorial: Pin pocket to front

With the hem-side up, pin the pocket to the apron, lining up the bottom of the apron with the bottom of the pocket. Turn and press the sides and bottom of the pocket in, and pin in place. With a single stitch, sew the pocket in place along the sides and bottom.

Half apron tutorial: Mark out pocket segments

Next, mark 6.5″ in from both sides of the pocket. This divides the pocket into three sections – two small pockets on the side and one large pocket in the middle. Starting from the bottom of the pocket, stitch along both pinned marks with a single stitch.

Half apron tutorial: Straight lines, easy cuts, fast to make

And done!

Great for beginners: Make a timeless apron with this half apron tutorial

Make a linen half apron in half an hour 

Make a linen half apron in half an hour 

How to sew a short apron

Half Apron Tutorial: If you have 30 minutes, you can make this short apron.
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I made my half apron from this sweet and simple linen print that I’m absolutely in love with. I’m already scheming alternative uses for this fabric so I can buy more of it. Anyone else on a major linen kick right now?

Happy sewing!