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This pattern and kit have been in the pipeline for some while now, and when Moda's "Baking Utensils" print appeared it practically yelled to be teamed up to some gingham and whipped up into this pinny.


The pinny fits most adult sizes, it's completed length from top of waistband to hem is 50cm or approx 19 ½". Edges have been neatened using bias binding, which is quick to sew in place and gives a very neat, hardwearing finish.
















For your pinny you will need:

Pinny pattern (downloadable PDF file)

0.75 m metre of 110cm wide or 0.65m of 140cm wide Tilda gingham

47cm (18 ½”) x 19cm (7½") Milk Cow Kitchen for pocket

Plain cotton for pocket lining

2 metres Bias binding 13mm wide

Sew all polyester thread

Iron on interfacing



Cutting tools – rotary cutter and mat or dressmaking scissors.

Tape measure (optional); Sewing machine; Iron; Pins; Water soluble marking pen (Chacopen) – optional; Safety pin.

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Step 5 – Neatening edges

Open out the bias binding and pin to aprons side edges. The apron and bias binding should be right sides together.


Stitch in the crease of the binding approx. approx 5mm in from the edge. [See pic]


TIP: Both binding and edges of apron are cut on the bias (across the grain) so there is a stretchiness to them. If the bias edges are stretched while being sewn this can result in puckering.


To prevent puckering gently guide the cloth as it passes through the machine, avoid holding onto it too tightly as this tensions and stretches the fabric. Simply let the sewing machine feed do all the work.


Fold binding to back of apron, press and stitch close to the edge of the binding approx 12mm or ½" from the edge. [See pic]


To neaten the bottom curved edge, apply the binding to the edge of the apron as before, and stitch in place . Fold binding over to the back. Sew in place either by hand or machine.


TIP: Once binding is attached to bottom curved edge, fold binding over on itself, then fold over again to enclose cut edge. This makes a very narrow neat hem. 



Step 6 - Preparing waistband / apron ties

Join the three strips each measuring 70cm x 8cm together to make a very long strip measuring just over 2 metres long.


Iron seams open, then iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the long strip.


Fold the strip in half to mark the centre point of the waistband.

Then measure out from either side of the centrepoint and mark 25cm (10"), these points will match up with the sides of the apron.


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Pocket 8 Pocket on apron 8ii Topstitch pocket Pocket 2 Cut out apron body Transfer markings Mark pocket partitions Neatening edges Neatening edges 2 Apron sew to waistband Apron Gathers Apron match waistband Apron press seam Apron ties Apron Topstitch Pinny on the line - Honeybee Cloths

1. Prepare pattern pieces


Print out the downloadable PDF pattern - check printer settings are set to print Orientation - Portrait. This pattern prints onto 4 sheets of A4 paper.


Place pattern pieces side by side as shown in photo - (click on pictures to enlarge).


The edges of adjoining pages should touch but not overlap. Cellotape along joins.

Step 2. Cut out apron pieces


Fold gingham on lengthwise grain. Place pattern on fold of gingham and cut along cutting line. NB seam allowance is included.


Transfer dots shown on pattern to fabric, using either tailor tacks or water soluble pen - these show the position of pocket and gathers.






Cut out remaining pieces for pocket:

47cm (18 ½”) x 19cm (7½") Baking utensils print

47cm x 19cm rectangle for pocket lining (plain)

47cm x 19cm iron on interfacing


Cut out waistband: 3 strips measuring 8cm x 70cm

Step 3 - Prepare pocket


Iron on interfacing to wrong side of pocket outer. Place pocket and pocket lining right sides together (RST).


Sew round the edges using ¼” seam allowance. Leaving a 3” gap, through which to turn pocket right side out. [see pic]


Clip corners before turning.



Turn pocket right side out through opening. Smooth into shape and press.


Sew opening closed. Topstitch 1cm from top edge of pocket.

Step 4 - Sewing pocket to apron

Pin pocket to apron matching pocket corners to apron markings.









Topstitch around three sides of pocket, sewing as close to the edge of the pocket as possible. [See pic]










Measure 15cm or 6” in from each side of the pocket and using a water soluble marker or tailers chalk mark 2 straight lines.

Click on picture to enlarge


Topstitch along these lines to partition into 3 individual pockets.

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Step 6 - Gathers

Sew 2 rows of long running stitches along the top edge of the apron, as marked on the pattern.

Step 7 - Attaching waistband

Place right sides together, matching centre-points, and side edges of apron to waistband.


Pin strip in place along the top edge of the apron.


Gather up running stitches to fit apron to waistband (see pic) tack in place.


Click on pictures to enlarge.



















Machine sew waistband to top edge of apron.  
















Press seam towards inside of waistband



Step 8 - Apron ties

Fold waistband strip in half lengthwise right sides together (RST).


Pin in place, then beginning at the end of each strip, machine sew to the point where the waistband joins onto the apron.

(See pic.)


Use a safety pin attached to the end of the ties and fed through the tube to turn ties right side out.


Shape and press apron ties and waistband flat.

Step 9 - Topstitching waistband and ties

Fold under the cut edge of waistband, where it joins apron aligning the folded edge to the seam. Tack to hold in place.


Topstitch 2-3mm around lower edge of waistband and ties

(See pic)


Click on picture to enlarge











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Happy sewing x

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