Patriotic Summer Ruffles Set – Apron!!

Welcome back! I hope you liked the first half of the set – the Ice Cream Parlor dishtowel!

If you missed the tutorial, click here to check it out!

Today we’re going to do the Ruffled Apron.
I know there are other tutorials out there – but I wanted to give it a try myself. And I wanted it really ruffley!!
Which is not a word. Spell check says so.
Who cares about stinky ole’ Spell check. There should be a dictionary just for bloggers.

Ruffley [ruhf-uhl-ee] – adjective – meaning to be very ruffled and full of yummy fabric.

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

• Fabric for underskirt of apron and ties
You’ll need a piece 11″ x 24″ and 4″ x 78″ (if you don’t piece together your waistband and apron ties)
• Fabric for 6 ruffles
4 1/2″ x 42″ each

That’s it for this one – not too bad huh? ;)

Start by cutting out all your pieces.
(This picture showes 5 fabrics for ruffles – I ended up using 6. So pretend there is an extra ruffle here, k?)

Hem the two short sides of your apron underskirt.
Hem the two shirt sides and the bottom of the 6 ruffle pieces.

(Sorry the white underskirt is hard to see in these. I really need to get a colored background in these cases.)

Sew gathering stitches along the top, raw edges of all of your ruffles. They should measure about 22″ when you pull up the threads.

Yes. We’re still pretending there are 6 ruffles in the picture.

Choose which will be your bottom ruffle and lay it along the bottom of your underskirt, raw edges and right sides together.
Sew onto your underskirt.

Press the ruffle down.
Measure 1 1/2″ up from the ruffle seam on the underskirt and mark across with a disappearing pen.
Pin the next ruffle along the line, right sides together so the raw edge is along the line.
Sew in place.

Continue pressing each ruffle in place and sewing the next above it, until you get to the last ruffle.
Line that up with the top, raw edge of the apron underskirt, with the wrong side of the ruffle to the right side of the skirt. Sew the ruffle down along the top.

Lay your waistband piece along your apron top with right sides together. Line up the center of your waistband tie with the center of  the apron.
Sew in place with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Press the tie away from the apron skirt, with the seam pointing up.
Press the tie in half, then press the raw ends under (to the center) 1/2″.

Topstitch close to the edge along the two short sides of the tie and the bottom. This will close the tie and sew the waistband to the back of the apron.

And that’s it!! Super easy, super ruffley apron!!

I seriously love all these ruffles.

What do you think of the set? Do you love it too? :)

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  • Reply July 10, 2011


    This apron is adorable! I am going to feature this one and your darling retro ric rac apron on this Thursday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply January 14, 2012

    Catalina Calderon

    Very cute! I need to make my Valentina an apron soon.

  • Reply February 21, 2012


    Love this apron. I have been away from sewing for 30 yrs and just ordered mysrlf a new sewing machine as I qant to get back into sewing. But I need a pattern to follow. Where is the pattern?

    • February 21, 2012


      Hi Fran!! How exciting that you are getting back into sewing! That will be so fun.

      For this apron, you don’t need a pattern. I have measurements of the fabric pieces you’ll need – they are just rectangles of fabric so you can use a measuring tape to measure and cut them out. The fabric piece measurements are under the second picture in the post.

      I hope that helps – let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Good work so soon Sagrb Thank you:)

  • Reply April 6, 2012


    This symbol (•) was up at the beginning of the fabic needed above. Could you tell me if this is a typo, or is it an amount or size fabric I need.
    Thank you

    • April 6, 2012


      Sorry for the confusion Brenda, I’ve had some funny things show up on my blog since I changed servers.
      It is just a bullet point. Under each phrase are the size fabric pieces you’ll need to cut out of the base fabric and for the ruffles.

      I hope that helps!

  • This is one of the cutest things I have seen on Sewing it all up. I plan on making this asap. I will feature it on my blog and have already pinned it. SEW CUTE!!

  • Reply May 27, 2012


    very cute and I’m sure if one wanted they could change the size of the underskirt and ruffles for larger or smaller sizes without much trouble.

  • Reply December 13, 2012


    Could you make a skirt that goes to the knee with this sort of pattern ruffles? Maybe just add wider and more ruffles and loner to go all around the waist.
    Could you do a layout tortal for a ruffled skirt Beverly? I would to see it.

  • Reply May 6, 2013

    Sally King

    Love the fabrics and the beautiful threads. I live in Fallbrook. We are neighbors.

  • Reply May 28, 2013


    Love this tutorial!! Thanks for sharing! Peg

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Alex Hoog

    Love this! Looks easy enough for me! What size will this fit? A size 10 woman? A size 10 girl?

    • June 26, 2013


      Hi Alex! The measurements should fit a woman – anywhere from size 2 up to maybe a 14? I’m just guessing there. I think if you’re doing a larger size than that, you’ll want to add some fabric both to the rectangle underneath and the ruffles.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Alex Hoog

    What size will this fit? Size 10 woman? Size 10 girl?

  • Reply April 27, 2014


    I love it!

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