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.