Ruffles & Buttons Apron

We’re in a Mother’s Day countdown here!

Two weeks left to come up with something awesome to thank mom for birthing you – among other things.

So I’m here to help – I have a fun new apron pattern for you!
Cause what mom wouldn’t love – and look super cute – in this fun new Ruffles and Buttons Apron?

Also – there is always the chance that she will be so inspired by your gift that she puts it on and bake you cookies
You can dream anyway.

I’m really excited about this apron – it has a sweet little buttoned top and layers of ruffles in the skirt.

Look – it’s also got some yummy moonstitch ribbon on the ruffles – don’t you love those little thread scallops? Me too. :)

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
This amount of fabric makes this Apron, plus the matching Dishtowel and Potholder that I’ll be sharing here soon!)

1 yd Riley Blake Verona – Rouge Main
1 yd Riley Blake Verona – Gray Damask
1 yd Riley Blake Verona – Rouge Stripe
1 fat quarter Riley Blake Verona Rouge Dots for small apron top ruffles
(All this can be found at The Ribbon Retreat)
5 yards Silver/White 3/8″ Moonstitch Ribbon
5 buttons
3/4″ yard white muslin or other fabric lining
Pattern for Apron Top

Begin by cutting out your Apron top pieces. You’ll need two of your top fabric and two of lining.

Cut pieces for the ruffles along the top of the Apron. You’ll need one piece 10″ x 2″ and one piece 30″ x 2″ (if you are using a fat quarter, you’ll need to cut two pieces and sew them together to make this strip)
For the short strip, sew a tiny hem at each short end. Fold the strip in half, long ways and sew a basting stitch along the raw edge. Pull up the threads to ruffle the strip to measure 5″.

Baste the tiny ruffle to the top edge of the Right Apron Top piece. Make sure to start the ruffle 1/2″ away from the center edge.

Repeat with the longer ruffle strip – Sew this strip to the top and right side of the other Apron Front piece.

Sew the front pieces to the lining pieces, right sides together, along the tops and inside edges. (The sides that will be facing each other once you overlap them)
Trim the corners and turn the pieces right side out. Press. The outside and bottom edges will be open.

Lay the top pieces so the left side overlaps the right by 1 1/2″. Pin the top pieces in place. Sew 5 buttons evenly down the Apron top, sewing through both top pieces. The bottom button should be 1 1/2″ up from the bottom raw edge.

Cut out your top strap pieces. You’ll need two strips 3″ x 36″. Press both long sides of each strip in 1/2″. Press each strip in half.
Tuck the left side of the Apron Top into one of the Strap pieces. Sew along the strap 1/4″ from the edge, all the way down the strap. Fold the end at an angle and sew along the edge.

Repeat for the right side of your Apron Top.

Oooh. Cuteness.

Now we’re going to work on the skirt. Cut out of your lining fabric a rectangle 16″ x 24″.
Hem the two short sides and the bottom.

Cut out your Ruffle fabrics next. You’ll need 1 ruffle from each fabric – 6 1/2″ x 44″.
Hem the two short sides and bottom of each ruffle piece.
Sew a length of ribbon to the hemmed edge of each ruffle, so it peeks out under the hem.

Sew a basting stitch along the top edge and pull up the threads to ruffle the piece.

Sew the ruffle pieces to the underskirt, starting with the bottom ruffle. The top of the ruffle should be 5″ from the hem of the underskirt.

Sew on the other ruffles. The second ruffle should be 5″ above the top edge of the bottom ruffle.
The top ruffle should line up with the raw top edge of the underskirt.

Cut out your waistband pieces. You’ll need a piece 25″ x 3″ and two pieces 27″ x 3″ of both the outside fabric and our lining fabric.
Sew the 25″ piece between each of the 27″ pieces for both the front and back.

Pin the apron skirt section between the outer and lining waistband pieces. The right side of the waistband should be facing the right side of the apron skirt.
Sew around the waistband top and bottom pieces, except for the bottom center section where the apron skirt is. You’ll be sewing the apron ties together to make “tubes”.

Turn the waistband pieces right side out and press. Press under the top, open pieces 1/2″.

Tuck the bottom of the Apron Top into the opening of the waistband. Pin the Top in place.
(I’m not the only one who matches their pins to their fabric right?)

Topstitch around all the sides of the waistband 1/4″ from the folded edges, sewing the Apron Top into the waistband at the same time.

Now you’re all finished!! You’ve got a super sweet ruffled apron – all ready for Spring!

I think I need to make up some cookies. . . .

I’d love to know what you think!

I’m linking to Sunday Scoop, Today’s Creative Blog, Met Monday, Skip to my Lou, Quilt Story, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, Shabby Creek Cottage, and the other fabulous parties on the party page – make sure you check them out!

(This was originally a guest post at The Ribbon Retreat.)


  • Reply May 8, 2012


    Oh my goodness! How darling is this apron?! I think I have just enough time to whip one up for my mama! I am pinning this to my project board. Super tutorial!

  • Reply May 12, 2012

    Jennie Larsen


  • AAaaah!! Love it and all the ruffles! Beautiful!

    <3 Christina
    Wildly Original Roundup linky party is open!

  • Reply July 6, 2012


    Just love your ruffle apron….I must make it it for one of my daughters.

  • Reply December 13, 2012

    Deborah Tucker

    Looooooove this totally cute apron! You’ve inspired me to make this AND to
    attempt a tutorial for one I’m developing.
    I’m touched by the sweet face on the talented lady wearing this awesome apron.
    I believe we share a common inspiration and I give HIM all the glory!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply December 28, 2012


    I’m so lovin this apron I’m new to seeing but I’m going to give this a try you have inspired me ,thank you x

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    nice little apron great as a gift or to cheer yourself up

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