Jacquelynne Steves

Cute Fall Apron Pattern


I know that some people like scary stuff at this time of year, but I prefer things that are a little more friendly- so here are the instructions to make my Friendly Jack-O-Lantern Apron! Isn’t it fun?? The ties are long, so you can wrap them around and tie them in the front. You could also use the Jack-O-Lantern embroidery pattern to make some cute kitchen towels, or enlarge it to make a pillow.

JackOLantern apron2-Jacquelynne Steves

All seam allowances are 1/4”. Print out embroidery pattern (PDF link below).

Trace pattern onto a 5 1/4 x 6 1/4” piece of ivory fabric using a wash out embroidery marker or Pigma Micron pen. Embroider with a back stitch using 2 strands of the following DMC embroidery floss colors:

  • Orange #721
  • Brown # 3371
  • Yellow #728 (use French knot for eye)
  • Red #221
  • Purple #3835
  • Green #731

Borders for pockets- from brown dot fabric cut 2 strips 5 1/4 x 1 1/4” and sew to top and bottom of pocket. Cut 2 strips 7 3/4” x 1 1/4” and sew to sides. From striped fabric, cut 1 strip 7 3/4 x 1 1/4” and sew to right side of pocket. Cut one strip 7 1/2” x 1 1/4” and sew to bottom of pocket.

Cut a piece of fabric 7 1/2 x 7 3/4” for the pocket lining. Place pocket and lining rights sides together, sew together leaving about a 3” opening on the bottom edge for turning. Turn right sides out; turn in raw edges of opening and press. Topstitch about 1/8″ along top edge of pocket.

For apron ties, cut 2 pieces of striped fabric, 5 1/2” wide across the width of the fabric (about 41”). Fold lengthwise, rights sides together, and sew along the long raw edge. Cut one end of each strip at a 45 degree angle and sew along edge.

JackOLantern Apron how to photo 1- Jacquelynne Steves

Turn apron ties right sides out and press.

To make apron, cut a piece of green dot fabric 33 x 17 1/2” (this will make a Medium to Large sized apron- adjust the size of the apron as you desire.) Cut a piece of striped fabric 33 x 2 1/2” and sew to top of green dot apron fabric. Cut a piece of brown dot fabric 33 x 3” and sew to bottom of apron.

Sew (topstitch) pocket to apron front along 3 sides.

pocket closeup


Make a pleat at the raw edge of each apron tie and stitch 1/8” from edge (if the ties are too long, you can trim the length before you make your pleat.) Pin to right side of apron as shown and stitch down 1/8” from edge. Pin ties to center of apron so they will be out of the way.

JackOLantern Apron how to photo 2-Jacquelynne Steves

JackOLantern Apron3-Jacquelynne Steves

For apron lining, cut a piece of fabric about 1/2” larger than your apron front. Pin apron and apron lining right sides together.

JackOLantern Apron how to photo 4- Jacquelynne Steves

Sew together, leaving about a 6” opening along one side for turning. Trim away excess lining fabric. Turn right side out, press. Sew opening closed.

Click here for PDF  pattern and instructions.



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    Jan G
    Posted October 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I love the apron..I leave the spooky/scary stuff to the Kids…I set at home and watch old B & W spooky Movies…out here in the booney’s there are no “Trick or Treaters”.. Other than me and the Hubby that is!! lol

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      We don’t get Trick or Treater’s where we live either, Jan. But I do look forward to the Halloween candy sales on November 1, LOL!!

  • margaret
    Posted October 17, 2015 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    not into haloween but can adapt this using alternative fabrics thanks

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Yes you could absolutely use any kind of fabric! Cute for Christmas, don’t you think??

  • LadyD
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I generally like a bib style apron to protect the top half of my clothing… as that’s where 80% of the spilling goes on, at least for me. This pumpkin would be a cute decoration on the bib portion of an apron too… even if he did need enlargement first.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 21, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Yes that’s true! This is just a simple pattern- so easy to re-size!

  • Sue
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I am an apron lover. Brings back memories of my grandmother! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Susan!

  • Susan
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Love it Jacquelynne! Thanks so much for the pattern!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Susan! Yes I love the nostalgia of an apron- people don’t really seem to wear them anymore.

  • Melinda Whitfill
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    This is a wonderful Apron pattern. I am doing a Bible study once a moth and teaching beginning sewing with ladies from my church and we decided we would do Aprons for our next project! This will be a great and wick one to do!!
    Thank you for this free pattern. This will be such a Blessing to us all.
    Melinda Whitfill

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Perfect beginner project Melinda! You can make the pocket anyway you want :)

  • Jackie
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the pattern and tutorial! Love the fabrics you used….

  • Maryanne
    Posted October 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Jacquelynne, for this cute apron tutorial! I just finished making your apron a few days before you sent it! Now I’m making a second one. Both are gifts I’m giving to inspire fall baking in 2 young mothers. Thanks again, your talents inspire others! :)

  • Nancy Anderson
    Posted October 29, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for your wonderful website. I love your patterns, and especially this cute Halloween apron. How cute to wear when I answer the door to all those darling kids. We used to live in the country with no trick or treaters around, but we are now in town where we get about 200! What fun!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 2, 2015 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Wow! That’s a lot of Trick-or-Treaters! We used to live in a neighborhood where we got tons, now we live in the country and haven’t had a single Trick-or-Treater for about 15 years.

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