Sew A BBQ Apron

  • 01 of 07


    Family grilling food
    Robert Daly / Getty Images

    Materials List

    • Thread
    • Sewing machine
    • 1  to 1 1/2 Yard of 45" wide fabric
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  • 02 of 07

    Cutting Directions

    BBQ Apron Cutting Diagram
    BBQ Apron Cutting Diagram. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Cutting Directions

    • Lay the fabric flat and fold the right sides together, overlapping approximately 13". Mark as shown in the diagram.
    • Use the remainder of the fabric to make bias tape and an optional pocket.
    • Cut 2" wide Bias Strips of the fabric to have approximately 5 yards if 1/2" wide double folded bias tape. This gives you ample back ties for people who like to wrap the ties around and tie them in the front.
    • Join the bias strips and press.

    Note: The easiest way to make this Bias Tape is by using a Bias Tape maker.
    This was my first time working with this tool and I wouldn't be without it for any other bias tape projects! 

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  • 03 of 07

    Top Edge

    Prepare the Top Edge
    Prepare the Top Edge. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Turn under 1/4" of the top edge (wrong sides together).
    • Press the facing towards the body of the apron (wrong sides together).
    • Top stitch the facing to the body of the apron. I used thread to compliment the bias tape and a stretch stitch to accentuate the stitches.
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  • 04 of 07

    Optional Pocket

    Sew The Optional Pocket
    The Optional Pocket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Hem one 25" edge of the pocket by pressing under 1/4" (wrong sides together) and pressing under again. You may want to cover the raw edge with contrasting bias tape as shown in the finished apron.
    • Place the raw 25" edge of the pocket on the hem of the apron with the right side of the pocket against the wrong side of the apron. Use a 1/2" seam to join the pocket and the body of the apron.
    • Press the pocket up onto the front side of the body of the apron.
    • Use a row of top stitching up the center of the pocket to create two pockets.
    • Work the sides of the apron as one piece of fabric following the regular directions.
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  • 05 of 07

    Side Hems and Simple Neckline

    Simple neckline for a BBQ apron
    Side Hems & Simple Neckline. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Side Hems

    • Turn the straight sides of the apron under 1/4" and 1/4" again to enclose the raw edge.
    • Top stitch the side hems.

    Simple Neckline

    • Find the center of your pressed bias tape.
    • Measure 11" down from the center and place the slanted, arm area of the apron inside the bias tape. Pin into place. Repeat for the other side.
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  • 06 of 07

    Optional Adjustable Neckline Instructions

    Optional Adjustable neckline instructions
    Optional Adjustable Neckline. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Starting 6" from the end of the bias tape, attach the bias tape to the arm area, enclosing the raw edge in the bias tape.

    • Attach twoD rings to the neckline end of the bias tape by simply zigzagging the raw end to the bias tape enclosing the D rings in the loop of bias tape.

    • On the other arm area, measure, 14" down from the end of the bias tape and enclose the raw edge of the apron. Turn the ends of the bias tape into enclose the raw ends or zig zag the end.

    Note: Rings in the photo are not actual D rings. I used rings that were on an old pocketbook.

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  • 07 of 07

    Bias Tape Edges and Ties

    Bias Tape Edges & Ties
    Bias Tape Edges & Ties. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Stitch the bias tape closed and enclose the raw edges ​with the bias tape.
    • Continue sewing the bias tape alone to make the ties.
    • If you have not added the optional pocket, press under 1/4" on the bottom of the apron (wrong sides together). Press up 1" for the hem and stitch into place.

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