No Strings Attached—Sew an Apron in an Evening!

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No Strings Attached—Sew an Apron in an Evening!

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Sew a quick, easy, and reversible Crisscross Apron ideal for wearing while baking, during a garden harvest, or for next weekend’s BBQ! Today Mary Mulari shares her all-time most requested apron style! You can sew in an evening—with no strings and no ties!

Mary Mulari Shares Criss Cross Apron Pattern Details with Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Photo credits and many thanks to Alison Zieman (photographer) Brittany Maher (model).

New! Crisscross Apron

By Mary Mulari, guest blogger and friend of Sewing With Nancy

Supplies

  • Mary Mulari’s Crisscross Apron PatternCrisscross Apron 1
  • Two 1 yard cuts of cotton quilting fabrics or batik fabrics

For years I’ve received countless requests for a Crisscross Apron Pattern. I was stymied by thinking the pattern shape wouldn’t fit on a one yard cut of fabric. I also couldn’t think of a way to make it adjustable for different size people. Then, earlier this year I studied an old apron. I realized the Crisscross Apron could be made from a one yard cut of fabric (actually two yards–because it’s reversible!) and the shoulder band piece was the key to adjusting the apron size. Another adjustment opportunity is to narrow or widen the apron front. The pattern offers instructions and illustrations for both alterations.

Crisscross Apron back

Tablecloth & Fat Quarters

Tablecloth:  This was my mother’s tablecloth.  I “fussy cut” the pattern from the tablecloth and I love the way the front and back of the apron both show the floral pattern.

Mary Mulari Shares Criss Cross Apron Pattern Details with Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Mary Mulari Shares Criss Cross Apron Pattern Details with Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Fat Quarter:  It’s fun to choose four coordinating fat quarters for one side of the apron.  Instead of meeting all four fabrics at one central point, I chose to offset the top and bottom pairs by 3″.

Mary Mulari Shares Criss Cross Apron Pattern Details with Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Blue 7

I also added 1″ strips of fabric between the fat quarters.
 

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Blue 5

The pocket comes from the tablecloth side, but it could be cut from fabric remaining after cutting the apron from the assembled fat quarters.

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Blue 4

Red and Yellow

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Red 1

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Red 2 copy

Red side:  I used a different red print fabric on the shoulder bands so you can see this extra piece sewn to the apron. These bands can be cut and adjusted in length for apron wearers of any size.

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Red 5

 
Sometimes I sew on just one pocket and it would be the pocket for my dominant hand. All the lefties appreciate you thinking about them when you decide on where to place a single pocket!

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Red 6

Yellow side:  I thought this clever kitchen print was a great choice for the reverse side of the apron and it didn’t need any further embellishment.

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Red 3

 
 

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Red 4Black and Orange

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Orange 5

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Orange 3

Black side: I inserted narrow strips of orange fabric at the ends of the shoulder bands, just for a little trim.
 
 

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Orange 6I trimmed only one of the pockets and the other pocket blends into the printed fabric of the apron. If you’ve been following my apron patterns and suggestions through the years, you’ll remember that I don’t sew two contrasting fabric pockets to an apron because this detail draws the eye across the body at the hip and stomach level, and usually that’s not the area we like to highlight. For a practical apron, I like a dark background print to hide liquid or flour spills.

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Orange 8

Orange side:  Wide rick rack trims the pockets and also the apron’s bottom edge. Extending the rick rack beyond the fabric edges means that the rick rack can be seen from either side of the apron.

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Orange 1

Criss Cross Apron Mary Mulari Orange 2

General notes to use if you wish:

My apron patterns are printed on sturdy paper so they withstand many uses. There’s a list area on the pattern where you can write the recipients’ names and the dates of the aprons you make from the pattern. It’s always fun to read the list and jog your memory.
Reversible aprons continue to be a favorite gift at bridal showers. For a coordinating gift, I enjoy trimming a kitchen towel with leftover fabric from the apron.

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459 Comments

  • Becky Kuhn
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win a copy of the pattern. I remember my grandmother and my mom wearing aprons like this. Neither one is with us anymore and I got some vintage fabric that would be perfect to use this on, plus I would have enough to make my daughter one and make a smaller version for my grand daughter. It would be awesome. Thank you for the chance. I have been out of work and money is hard to come by. Thank you.

    • Patricia
      January 30, 2018

      I love aprons, but even more important I need aprons. Due to neurological problems I drop things. I usually am a mess! So I have to wear an apron. This is a classic pattern, one of the best I have seen. So functional and useful.

  • Debbie Greenfield
    August 6, 2016

    Love to watch various sewing projects from Nancy. Very cute apron pattern!

  • Genee Davis
    August 6, 2016

    Such a neat and versatile apron. My great grandmother wore and apron like this! ❤ it has skipped 2 generations, but I have a love of aprons, 2 of hers, and love using tablecloths, cloth napkins and /or placemats. The cloth napkins have been used in our home for the past 25 years of 33 years of marriage because they are reusable! Only use paper napkins when serving “messy ” meals such as bbq!
    Aprons are another necessity in my kitchen! Love this version! Thanks for the memories, and a very awesome and generous giveaway!!❤❤

  • Jane McLean
    August 6, 2016

    Love this design! I have a Mary Azarian woodblock print of a cat that I’d like to incorporate into an apron. Thank you.

  • Lynn Hedlund
    August 6, 2016

    I want to win a copy of this apron pattern. What a GREAT idea for Christmas gifts, housewarming gifts, or craft fair items!
    I LOVE the fat quarter idea. I have TONS of fat quarters I could use for that one! Who am I kidding? I have more fabric than I have brain cells!

  • Kim Dungey
    August 6, 2016

    I started sewing and wearing aprons a few years ago after ruining a silk blouse I had worn to work. The grease splatters didn’t come out! I’ve found many patterns but would love this slip on style.

  • Deb Robinson
    August 6, 2016

    So cute! I’d use Tulia Pink fabrics on this Apron if I win the pattern.

  • Gayle Neely
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to make this apron. I appreciate that it has adjustments for sizes. being reversible is an another bonus. I have a couple other apron patterns from Mary, she is very talented.

  • Rebecca Townsend
    August 6, 2016

    I’d like to be in the running for the apron pattern. I want to use 40’s reproduction fabric to remind me of my nana.
    Please know that I’m going to buy the pattern even if I’m not a winner.

  • Marsha Catlett
    August 6, 2016

    I have made many aprons! I love this one, so many ways and almost anything could be used for it. Thanks for sharing. Did I miss where to get the pattern??

  • Minnie Slade
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to make this apron, reminds me so much of my childhood and my grandmother, she worn aprons similar to this one, good luck to everyone

  • Margaret Courtney
    August 6, 2016

    This apron is the bomb. I love that you can just slip it on and cook. Many years ago my daughter bought me some Amy Butler fat quarters and this apron is just calling their name. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Patti Feustel
    August 6, 2016

    Love this pattern. I would make some in pretty coordinated kitchen themed fabric, but I think my favorite would be batiks.

  • Barbara Blankenship
    August 6, 2016

    I love aprons and will put one on every time I’m in the kitchen. I have an assortment hanging on one hook by the pantry door and will pick one depending on my mood. Met Mary Mulari at an event and picked up a few of her patterns and would love to add this to my collection. Thank you.

  • Charlene Turner
    August 6, 2016

    I love aprons! I think I’d have to have several of this pattern, and Christmas fabrics come to mind right away! That would be great to wear while cooking that big holiday dinner!

  • Carol Dewan
    August 6, 2016

    I love aprons! I do volunteer cooking and like to make aprons to share with my fellow workers. Lined aprons are especially nice and I’d like to try this pattern in Christmas fabric.

  • Mary Kay Harman
    August 6, 2016

    I would use some fabric with fruits or kitchen designs on it. But there are so many fabrics that can be used. Maybe even fabric with a barbecue theme.

  • Nina Palmer
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win this pattern. Have the perfect fabrics to do a reversible – Christmas wine bottles and glasses and a year round wine bottles and grapes print. Several other complementary sets. Would make great gifts.

  • Charlene Walker
    August 6, 2016

    My great grandmother wore one of these “church aprons” every day of her adult lifel. I would love to win a pattern to make one to wear when I sew to keep threads and fuzzier off of me when I sew and to always have pockets for thread, etc as I move from sewing room to TVroom to sew.

  • Pat Bollman
    August 6, 2016

    Would love this pattern. I think I would make it from hot pepper fabric, or make it a solid color and embroider on it.

  • Mosaic Magpie
    August 6, 2016

    This apron pattern would be perfect to showcase the vintage linens I have collected. A simple square tablecloth for the apron and a matching napkin for a great pocket. My mind is spinning with ideas, hope I win!

  • Sandy DeSoto
    August 6, 2016

    I have fond memories of my grandmother wearing her apron that was made like this. I’m going to find fabric as close to hers as possible. A beautiful white with blue pinstripes and small roses.

  • Elaine Jones
    August 6, 2016

    I have a Michael Miller print called Home Economy that I would love to use! I like to give a cookbook and handmade apron for wedding showers so this pattern would come in handy!

  • Diana Steiner
    August 6, 2016

    I have been hoarding a chicken and egg print for several years in my stash. Totally great for this apron!

  • sherryl dallmann
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to use vintage linens and make for sweet sentimental gifts! Thank you Mary for the pattern and thank you Nancy for yhe chance to win.

  • Claudia Orozco
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to use some of my nautical designs adding a monogram or an embroidery design to make it extra special!!! Food luck to all!!!

  • kitty
    August 6, 2016

    In the past few years, I have made about 50 aprons, usually a dozen at a time for a friend, she always wears one when she is in the kitchen. She keeps a few, and gives the rest away to friends. I usually make them with ties, but this would be much easier to wear.

  • RoxAnn Conley
    August 6, 2016

    I have been looking for a different apron pattern – one that doesn’t hang from the neck. I would love to give this one a try. I have Mazy Mouse cartoon fabric – bright colors – that would make for a cute apron. The reverse would be a bit more “fancy” with eyelet and lace!

  • Maria Jene
    August 6, 2016

    just an amazing design! i would make one for every friend i have. of course i have the linens and the fabric to create an individual one for everyone not one double!!

  • Janet Swanson
    August 6, 2016

    I like this style of apron; full coverage and no ties to mess with!

  • Glynn Martin
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win the pattern. This is very similar to an apron that my mother made for me 50+ years ago from an apron that belonged to HER mother! I always enjoyed the ease of putting it on. And you are right, they would make ideal wedding/anytime gift and having a place to put who you made it for on the pattern is an excellent idea.
    Thanks!

  • RoxAnn Conley
    August 6, 2016

    I have been looking for an apron that doesn’t hang from the neck. I have fabric of Mazy Mouse cartoon – bright colors. The reverse would be a bit “fancier” with eyelet and lace.

  • Debbie
    August 6, 2016

    I would have to use 30’s fabric, as this takes me back to when I was in the kitchen with my Grandma. Thank you in advance.

  • Adecia
    August 6, 2016

    What a cute pattern, and I love the idea of using fat quarters!

  • Karen L.
    August 6, 2016

    If I won this pattern (or buy it later), I would probably either use some of my dog fabrics or a combination of sea, shells, and shore bird fabrics all of which I love. This is really a cute pattern and I love that you don’t have to tie it on.

  • Debbie Poe
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to make this apron from sewing print fabric… and I would wear it as I sew. It would keep me clean from all the little scraps of fabric and theads my family pulls off my clothing.. Lol

  • Sharon Kirby
    August 6, 2016

    Love this. I have another pattern of Mary’s for aprons that I am very fond of already.

  • Amy Wells
    August 6, 2016

    So many varieties and options! I love them all and I would love the pattern and the opportunity to create my own!

  • Mary Ellen
    August 6, 2016

    Love this pattern! I will use a vintage tablecloth – So cheery AND useful!

  • SCSTEPHANIE
    August 6, 2016

    This pattern is perfect for a collection of fruit and vegetable fabrics I have collected. It is a great gift idea for my Garden Club secret santa, made-up in a floral of the recipients favorite flower.

  • Bonnie Thiem
    August 6, 2016

    I’d love to make this apron using scrappy blocks from my stash. I hope I win this time. I never win anything.

  • Lillian K
    August 6, 2016

    This is such a cute & easy pattern. Great idea for Christmas gifts, etc. I would choose fabrics that express the recipient’s interests. Thanks for the opportunity to win this pattern.

  • Annette
    August 6, 2016

    What a fun versatile pattern. I have a very large family, I am already envisioning cupcakes for the nieces, holiday fabrics for the sister-in-laws, bbq fabric for the men, and beautiful batiks for my girl friends.

  • Susan Godlewski
    August 6, 2016

    I have a collection of aprons and will be making one of these to add to it. Love the fact that it slides over one’s head and doesn’t need tied. Carefree wearing – easy on and off. When my granddaughters cook with me they love the “apron doning ceremony” and picking out our “Julia Child” hand-wiping towel. I think I will add a loop on the side of this apron through which I can slide the towel. So many options for coordinating fabrics. Love the fat quarter design. ❤️

  • Norma Jean Brilliant
    August 6, 2016

    Love this pattern! Great idea to use vintage tablecloths….

  • Sonja Schario
    August 6, 2016

    Love the apron. It is so versatile, I can see it in a holiday fabric and general fabric. I would love to try it and give as gifts….who don’t need an apron!

  • Sherry Ernspiker
    August 6, 2016

    I would use a big print from Amy Butler I think!!

  • Penny Ray
    August 6, 2016

    I would use a text print on one side and a modern geometric print on the other side. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Susan Croinex
    August 6, 2016

    This brings back fond memories of my mom and grandmother. I saved one of her aprons just like this one. Unfortunately, it has grown smaller as I’ve aged, and I can’t wear it any longer. I would love to have this pattern to make my own apron and some for my granddaughters.

  • Ellie Strickland
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to have this pattern. My mom wore an apron every day of her active adult life. I made many for her over the years, but never the crisscross type. I have her tableclothes and a few old flour sack prints that i would use as memorial gifts to relatives and friends.

  • Joyce
    August 6, 2016

    I would just choose something colorful and fun. Would be great for my 2 granddaughters who love to sew.

  • Lori
    August 6, 2016

    I remember an apron like this that my mom and aunts and grandmothers wore. Thanks Mary. Would love to make these.

  • janet
    August 6, 2016

    Now I know what I want to do with my vintage, strawberry patterned table cloth that I’ve been saving!

  • Carol Kuntz
    August 6, 2016

    I have some vintage calicos, in my favourite shades of pink and blue, that would be perfect for a retro/vintage apron style.

  • Tina
    August 6, 2016

    Love using the table cloth. I have some I could use. Love this pattern, too because no strap around your neck is so comfortable.

  • Debbie Foxx
    August 6, 2016

    I would use some vintage floral fabric that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. I have not found a pattern I like but I love the way this one looks! Thank you!

  • Nancy Robards
    August 6, 2016

    Would use a black/white print with a red solid or dots. Actually there are lots of combos that come to mind. I just love this pattern!!!

  • Cecelia
    August 6, 2016

    I would use some bright cheery fabric with the reverse a Christmas print.

  • Tina
    August 6, 2016

    Love the table cloth idea and fat quarters. I have a lot of fabrics for a scrappy one.

  • Alice
    August 6, 2016

    I like the idea of using a vintage tablecloth for the fabric in the apron. I think that is what I would use.

  • Lorri
    August 6, 2016

    Such great ideas. I would try the fat quarter one because I have quite a stash.

  • Debra Thompson
    August 6, 2016

    Christmas is coming soon. What a great pattern for gift giving ideas! Visions of endless fabric choices are dancing in my head 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Silvia Leidig
    August 6, 2016

    I have vintage flowered flour sacks I inherited from Mom. They would be great in this apron.

  • Pam Gilmore
    August 6, 2016

    I LOVE LOVE this apron !!!! It looks so comfortable and easy to wear, no binding anywhere. Some aprons do not cover enough of me and then what is the use of wearing an apron???
    I can envision a great print of flowers with the inside fabric of fat quarters ( love the fat quarters idea, always have coordinating prints ready to use).

  • Bobbie Bateman
    August 6, 2016

    My son-in-law does the cooking because of my daughter’s working hours. I will make one for him in a masculine fabric.

  • Gabrielle
    August 6, 2016

    I have some great British themed fabric I bought in the UK last summer that I would love to use on aprons and this pattern looks so great

  • gail h.
    August 6, 2016

    I’d use fat quarters of thirty’s fabrics.

  • Helen
    August 6, 2016

    I would use denim as it is more protective than cotton.

  • Diana Ohman
    August 6, 2016

    I love aprons and would love having one like this. I remember my mother having a similar one when I was a young girl living on the farm. Can’t wait to shop for fabrics for my own apron and probably ones for family and friends too!

  • ROBIN, HUNTSVILLE TX
    August 6, 2016

    Oh, I would DEFINITELY do the fat quarter style. I have so many coordinating fat quarter bundles. Love it!

  • Jan Shilling
    August 6, 2016

    I also remember my grandmother wearing an apron like this. I have a wonderful wine bottle fabric that I would use to make an apron for my son. He could use it for his bar b q parties. Thanks for the chance to win a great pattern.

  • Linda
    August 6, 2016

    I love this criss-cross apron idea! I have some old tablecloths that were my grandmother’s and I would use one of them for one side and some of my pretty stash for the other side. It would certainly be great to win this pattern! I would make aprons for everyone in the family for Christmas, including my great granddaughter!

  • E. Ann
    August 6, 2016

    I love this!!! I’ve been a fan of Mary’s for years. I cook a lot and really need to use an apron but have never liked the traditional tie-on apron. But love this. So easy to sew, so easy to wear!! Thanks for a great idea and a chance to win.

  • E. M.
    August 6, 2016

    I would like to try this lovely pattern using calico prints.

  • Brenda Sanderson
    August 6, 2016

    I would be in seventh heaven if I won this pattern, as I have been looking for a cross over pattern for some time now. Any similar pattern that I could order is way to expensive because our Canadian dollar has been so low.

  • Kitty
    August 6, 2016

    Such a cute apron! I have vintage fabric that was my grandma’s that I have wanted to make something with. Just never knew what it was until I saw this pattern!

  • Leah A Wolfe
    August 6, 2016

    Since I usually need an apron at holidays,
    I would probably use Christmas prints or maybe one Christmas as and one Thanksgiving.

  • Jacqueline Samford
    August 6, 2016

    This is a fabulous apron! Whoever wins is blessed, you can’t go wrong with this memory making addition. While I’m remembering my grandma, my grandchildren will be making memories of theirs!

  • Randi Grover
    August 6, 2016

    I like the tablecloth idea. Would be fun to try.

  • Lily Howden
    August 6, 2016

    Hi – Have received your e-mails now for several years, but this is the first time I have responded. I do make aprons for myself and as gifts to friends and family who use them. This is a very different pattern. I like aprons that don’t tie or hang around the neck as I have arthritis and is painful. Thanks for another great idea. If I don’t win, how do I purchase the pattern as I would like to try to make this pattern. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Mumbojumbo
    August 6, 2016

    This apron looks so comfy! it sure brings back memories of my Polish grandmother. I love using a tablecloth for the material.

  • Sue Vanderpool
    August 6, 2016

    This is the pattern I’ve been waiting for!! I would use everyone’s favorite fabrics and make one for all of my friends.

  • Barbara l. Gauldin
    August 6, 2016

    Love the pattern. I have several table cloths from both my mother and grandmother that I would use. Can’t wait to make this apron!!!

  • Debbie M.
    August 6, 2016

    Just love this apron – would love to win the instructions to make it.

  • Glenda Clark
    August 6, 2016

    What a great idea for an apron! I have some collegiate fabrics from my daughters’ colleges. I would use those fabrics to make aprons as gifts for them and their sorority sisters who love to cook! I also love the fat quarters version and have lots of coordinating fat quarters that would make a lovely apron for me and for other family members!

  • Deborah J H
    August 6, 2016

    Excited, jumping for joy, loving it. I have been looking for a pattern for a criss cross apron for years. Wearing aprons with the ties at the neck just bug me and the waist ties are always to low. I can be a messy cook at times and try to wear an old t-shirt when cooking. That always presents a problem when fixing special meal. Just before serving I run to my room to change, leaving everyone wondering where I have gone. I saw some great material with recipes printed on it that would be great!

  • Bonnye
    August 6, 2016

    My daughter in law’s mother has our grandchildren and many of their friends over to her house to make and decorate Christmas cookies. This year I decided to make her an apron embroidered with “Cookie Queeb”. This apron pattern is perfect. Thanks.

  • Carol Betts
    August 6, 2016

    What a great pattern; its so versitble. I love sunflowers and have rooster decor in my kitchen, so I would find cute sunflower fabric and a panel with roosters to make my reversible apron.

  • Kay Piehl
    August 6, 2016

    Love, love, love this pattern.
    I don’t like ties and the strap around the neck.
    I would love to do one in coordinating fat quarters.
    I know my granddaughter and daughter-in-law would love aprons like this for Christmas.
    Thank you for such a great pattern.

  • Jan Timmerman
    August 6, 2016

    Love to win this pattern! The possibilities are endless!

  • Deb
    August 6, 2016

    Love this apron style. I already have my 1930’s fabric pick out.

  • Marianne
    August 6, 2016

    I knew immediately I want a CHICAGO CUBS apron with #44 RIZZO on the pocket or across the strap. I have CUBS logo fabric waiting to be made into an apron. Have to make two and move over in the kitchen because my husband will want his own c/c apron. Thanks for a superb idea.

  • Lidwina Flavelle
    August 6, 2016

    Very interesting the pattern uses only one yard of fabric. I think I would use coffee beans and coffee fabric for an apron. Thanks for showcasing this pattern and offering an opportunity to win a copy.

  • Deb
    August 6, 2016

    I remember my Grandma wearing an apron like this. Love this pattern. Have my 1930’s fabric all ready.

  • Linda Pierson
    August 6, 2016

    I love the reversible apron. I have lots of fat quarters…hmmm….

  • Marjorie
    August 6, 2016

    I would use fat quarters for one side and probably
    a outdoor type print for use at the BBQ, since I am the BBQ’r at our house. I love most of Mary’s ideas, as well as using Nancy’s techniques and tips.

  • Mary S
    August 6, 2016

    I have lots of fat quarters and I like that idea. Mary is so clever enjoy watching what she has in store. Want to come and help me quilt? I could have used the apron this morning while making cupcakes. They all fell, 29 of them, because the baker used the wrong size measuring spoon for the powder and soda :).

  • Jan Wrightson
    August 6, 2016

    I have 2 girl friends that go wild at different seasons. Because we do exchange gifts,and what do we need, because we have everything, I will be making a wardrobe of aprons for each. Can’t wait to see their expressions. How do I purchase a pattern if I am not chosen?

  • Helen Meaux
    August 6, 2016

    This is just fabulous! I’d love to make these for my daughter in laws as Christmas gifts. Please pick me.

  • Glenda Bell
    August 6, 2016

    I inherited some wonderful “everyday” tablecloths from my dear Aunt….this pattern would be a lovely way to use them. Aunt Mary would soooo approve ♡♡♡ I’d have her in my kitchen everyday

  • Winnie
    August 6, 2016

    I have a lot of old denim jeans I could repurpose for one side and would choose one or more of my collected calicos for the other. I love this apron!

  • Nancy
    August 6, 2016

    A nice nubbly linen piece has been in my stash for several years, just waiting for the right pattern to come along. This might be the one!

  • Janet Weirauch
    August 6, 2016

    This so reminds me of my grandmothers aprons. What fun it would be to make and design. Thanks Mary for a great shower gift idea.

  • Linda M.
    August 6, 2016

    What perfect timing, Mary, for your apron pattern. I wanted to make aprons for my two daughters for Christmas to match the placemats I made for them last year for Christmas. I have
    “coffee themed” fabric that goes with the placemats. This will be perfect! Thanks for the reminder and perfect pattern.

  • Pat
    August 6, 2016

    I would definitely make the fat quarter version as I love the contrast of fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern. Mary’s ideas are always so creative and practical.

  • margaret
    August 6, 2016

    love this idea my grandma always wore an apron… not sure what material I would use as I just retired as a postal carrier 2.5 hrs round trip to work and worked all day and slept all night…so not too much time to do what I liked to do–sew. But now that I am retired this would be a great starter project. Thank you for posting and stirring up my imaginations again.

  • Florence Dupuis
    August 6, 2016

    I love this pattern. no struggling to tie the ties behind your back.

  • Sophie mama
    August 6, 2016

    I have some aprons that were my grandmothers. Would love to make some to leave to my granddaughters. I have some tablecloths that were my mother’s for the fabric.

  • Jill H.
    August 6, 2016

    I have the perfect fabrics for this apron. One is kitchen themed and the other is Paris themed. I’d wear the apron on the kitchen side when I’m happily baking and the Paris side when I’m trudging through a recipe wishing I was on vacation!

  • Ilana
    August 6, 2016

    I love this apron. So useful and cute to boot! I would make it with fun novelty print fabrics.

  • Jackie Bender
    August 6, 2016

    What a vintage looking apron. The family get together to make cookies for the teachers at school. I want to make aprons for all of us this apron would cover all the clothes. Looks like it could fit many sizes.

  • mary
    August 6, 2016

    I’ve been looking for this type of apron pattern. My grandmother always wore one and I thout it was a very clever design. I have a nice print of old vegetable seed packet labels that I think would look great as an apron.

  • Sandy
    August 6, 2016

    I’m so excited about this apron. I get together with a group of old friends once a week to share gossip and tea. We always give each other an inexpensive Christmas gift. Since I’m the only sewer in the group I like to to make something useful for them. This was going to be the year for aprons; this pattern will be much nicer than the one I was considering. Now I plan to make one for myself as well. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  • Teri Ralph
    August 6, 2016

    As I was reading Mary’s tutorial on making this apron, my husband and son in-law kept coming to mind. My husband does 99% of the cooking in our house, as does my son in-law for his family of six. I thought, with no ties to make a bow into and using a more male or neutral fabric, this would be a perfect apron for both these special men!! Thank you for the chance to win this pattern!

  • lynn zukowski
    August 6, 2016

    This pattern brings back so many memories- of the ladies in the church kitchen making perogies for the weekly sale. So much laughter: and the colourful aprons were used to protect clothes, wipe hands, carry pots. Great pattern!

  • Lorraine
    August 6, 2016

    What a wonderful idea. I’ve run out of ideas for gifts to daughters and daughter-in-laws and now the grandsons are acquiring wives…whew! I could make aprons all year long!

  • Lynda Adair
    August 6, 2016

    So love Mrs. Mary’s apron patterns. I have gotten rave reviews when I’ve made them for gifts. I really like this idea of no ties, for a looser fit over clothes. Can it be adaptable to fit larger ladies? Thanks for sharing this new patterns!

  • Carol Van Allen
    August 6, 2016

    I love this apron style! Easy to slip on and off without any ties. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Lucinda Baumgardner
    August 6, 2016

    I think I have enough fat 1/4’s to make 100 of these, love it!!!

  • Nancy Battersby
    August 6, 2016

    Love this apron pattern, reminds me of the old cobbler style aprons

  • Lucinda Baumgardner
    August 6, 2016

    I love it!!!

  • Mary-Lou Werstein
    August 6, 2016

    Such a cute apron. I love that she made it from her mother’s tablecloth but I will make it using coordinating fat quarters. It is soooo cute!

  • Kathleen King
    August 6, 2016

    I want to make one side of my apron with Christmas fabric and the other side with fall fabric and then I’d really like to make another apron with different sewing print fabric on each side.

  • Kathy D
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to try this out of an old table cloth. I have at least one old table cloth from my mother that I never use, but haven’t been able to part with it. I also love batik fabrics and I think they would be very pretty in this pattern

  • Kim Russell
    August 6, 2016

    I love this style of apron. I have been thinking of using a light weight denim as a “work” apron for when I am doing really grubby work and don’t want to ruin my nice one!

  • JOAN
    August 6, 2016

    I think this is so-o cute and easy to wear. It reminds me of a little sundress I made for my daughter years ago. Thanks

  • Pam Tivner
    August 6, 2016

    I love this Apron, reminds me of my Grandma, I would use a couple Vintage sheets I have been saving for a special project to make this lovely apron. Thank you for a chance to win a pattern

  • Karen B.
    August 6, 2016

    I love this apron. I like just slipping them over my head and not messing with ties, and I love to have them be reversible. I find it fun to have a theme on each side.
    Love the fact that it comes farther around the side as I have an old habit of wiping my hands on my hips.
    Thanks so much Nancy and Mary.

  • Shirley
    August 6, 2016

    Always on the lookout for more apron patterns. Love the ease of this one…

  • Jane
    August 6, 2016

    I LOVE making aprons! So useful & quick gift for cooks, crafters, gardeners & children. Made enough for my daughters entire preschool class one year & son’s Scout troupe, too. Will definitely look for this pattern.

  • Carrie
    August 6, 2016

    Very cute and functional apron! Timely too, as I just made a sweet apron for my granddaughter who turns 3 in a couple of months. Used three fabrics, one is a light pink with small white pindots and clusters of brighter pink roses, the reverse side is a smaller pink flower print, and the ruffle is a deep hot pink with small white pindots. Now I can make a coordinating apron for my daughter in law! (that is IF I win the pattern!).

  • Ellen Pawlik
    August 6, 2016

    Finally, an apron pattern that really looks easy and old fashion at the same time! I have some 50’s fabric saved from my mother’s stash. What a tribute this would be to her considerable homemaking skills.

  • Loree
    August 6, 2016

    This style reminds me of the aprons Japanese women use to wear a long time ago. I would love to make one for my mom (and me) out of traditional Japanese Indigo fabric.

  • Genny Sample
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win this awesome apron pattern from Mary. I love aprons and have the perfect fabrics for all the ones I want to lovely sew. I have 8 granddaughters and several nieces that come to mind for these. I’m thinking of a fall Halloween for one side and a co ordinating fabric for a Thanksgiving apron on the reverse side. Thank you for this opportunity. Happy sewing, Genny Sample.

  • Susan Spiers
    August 6, 2016

    Great apron idea! I would use cotton, as the apron would need to be laundered regularly-something sturdy & easier to get stains out.

  • Jo Riddle
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to make an apron like this out of Christmas print to give as Christmas gifts this years. I have 3 daughters and 6 granddaughters who would love one of these aprons. Thanks for a chance to win the pattern.

  • Edna Anderson
    August 6, 2016

    Wonderful, wonderful! Thanks Mary and Nancy once again for great productions from your fan and friend over the years. In a well-seasoned lifestyle now, I have special gift tablecloths from the early days long ago which now have a new purpose in the discarding/recycle process. You are an inspiration to my therapeutic love of sewing as a survivor. Great ideas to add to my library and use. God’s blessings to you!

  • Linda M
    August 6, 2016

    This reminds me of my grandma-in-law. She always wore aprons. I can see this in Christmas fabric on one side and flamingos on the other. I love it.

  • Sandra Adams
    August 6, 2016

    This is perfect! I have been looking for a pattern like this to make all the ladies in my family an apron for Christmas this year. I have some lovely fabric that I have been collecting for the last few years that would love to be to be out of the closet and admired again.

  • Denise D.
    August 6, 2016

    I would make my apron in a strawberry print to match my kitchen. I have a lot of bridal showers coming up and this would be the perfect gift. I always like giving a hand made gift to the bride to be!

  • pamela smith
    August 6, 2016

    What a great pattern! I would use some old vintage fabric that I have in my stash. Thanks for the idea and the chance to win.

  • Margie D
    August 6, 2016

    The idea of making this apron out of a special tablecloth is great! I have been looking for an apron pattern that doesn’t tie arount the neck, this is perfect! Thank you!

  • Mary Halvorson
    August 6, 2016

    I love this pattern. Every year my husband and I host a “reunion” of our friends from 28 years in the military, church friends, family, neighbors and other friends. Many of my friends and my sister help me with meal preparation and serving to approximately 100 folks. I usually give the helpers a small token of appreciation. This apron would be the best gift It is too close to our picnic this year, but I could make 10 for next year. Thanks for all your ideas over the years.

  • Margie D
    August 6, 2016

    I would make this apron from an old tablecloth, I love that idea!
    Thank you!

  • Wyvonne Hobbs
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win a copy of the pattern. I remember my grandmother and my mom wearing aprons I have also started wearing aprons, to save my clothing.TY for a chance.

  • Anna Hutchins
    August 6, 2016

    My kitchen is decorated in watermelons so that would be the very the 1st one, then the chili peppers one for BBQ one, the roses for the garden one, Crayola for the craft one. Lots of ideas as this is a dream apron. Add a touch shirt and velcro the back and would make a cute dress.

  • Paula
    August 6, 2016

    I would use on one side batiks, I just love batiks and on the other side I would use coffee themed fat quarters that are in my stash screaming to be used in this apron

  • Janet
    August 6, 2016

    Love this. It would make up so quickly and easily and would be a great “stocking stuffer” for all. Thanks for sharing.

  • Judy
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to use an old tablecloth of my mother who has passed away to make an apron from. It would be a lovely way to remember her and her mother who were life long sewing enthusiasts and both wore aprons.

  • Bev Wilson
    August 6, 2016

    I love this pattern. I would make them with a fall theme on one side and a Christmas theme on the other side. Then my daughter, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters could wear them in the fall first. Then once thanksgiving is over, they would be able to enjoy wearing them thru to the new year. Thanks!

  • peaceful
    August 6, 2016

    I am a very messy cook/baker. This apron would be a welcome addition to my kitchen.

  • Dianna Wassell
    August 6, 2016

    I have a vintage tablecloth for which I have been looking for the perfect project. I think I have found it! This would be adorable out of my dancing fruit and veg tablecloth!

  • Paula Dobbs
    August 6, 2016

    I love the idea to repurpose old tablecloths . I have several from my Grandma that were hand embroidered that would work well. A wonderful way to pass on to her Great-Granddaughters.

  • C Nelson
    August 6, 2016

    This pattern brings back wonderful memories of visiting my Mamaw on Sunday’s, She always wore an apron and many were like this pattern. As I get older I always wished that I was able to get one of hers. If I win a free pattern, not only will I make me one, I will also make my 4 sisters one. Thank You for sharing this. C Nelson

  • Karen Green
    August 6, 2016

    What a fun apron. I have a friend that would like me to make some for her daughter. I’m excited to find out what colors they will pick. For me, I’ll make a few, in blues, fall colors and in reds.

  • Karen Granoff
    August 6, 2016

    I love aprons. With Halloween coming up I would make a Halloween themes apron

  • Jane Adams
    August 6, 2016

    I have a fat quarter bundle of Mary Engelbreit fabrics that have been waiting in my stash for the right project. They would be fabulous in this apron!!

  • barbara lyons
    August 6, 2016

    I like this pattern. I have many vintage linens that I would use.

  • Glenda Marsh
    August 6, 2016

    I’ve used a Mary Mulari apron pattern previously & her patterns are great. Would love to have this pattern!

  • Deon
    August 6, 2016

    I have been looking for a pattern similar to this for a long time! I’d make the apron either out of some Tula Pink or Cotton + Steel fabric that I have. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Loretta Kacal
    August 6, 2016

    This apron reminds me of the top I made for my niece when was a toddler.

  • Lynn C.
    August 6, 2016

    I have some vintage tablecloths from my grandmother. This would be a great way to use them again.

  • Diane
    August 6, 2016

    I like Mary’s idea of using an old tablecloth. I have some from my great grandmother that are just sitting in my linen closet. I also have some vintage napkins I could use in place of the fat quarters. Thanks for the great ideas and the opportunity to maybe win the pattern. Have a great weekend.
    Diane

  • Edye Cameron McMillwn
    August 6, 2016

    I love this pattern. I have the perfect fabric for it in my stash. I’d like to make one for each of my daughters and grand daughters. What a perfect idea for Christmas!

  • Donna English
    August 6, 2016

    I love this pattern! I have made several aprons through the years and still have one with a cat print I wear often. I think it’s time for a new one! I’d use some fat quarters from my quilt fabric stash!

  • Sally
    August 6, 2016

    I would use holiday fabric, Christmas and Thanksgiving, Easter and 4th of July. Love this pattern.

  • pdxpatti
    August 6, 2016

    Love aprons! Like Mary, I would use some vintage tablecloth fabric. Would live the memories every time I wear it. Thanks

  • Starla
    August 6, 2016

    My favorite is the one with fat quarters — why not have four or five pretty fabrics showing at once, rather than just one?

  • Gail Marberg
    August 6, 2016

    I love this apron! In fact, I like it so much, I think I will just go ahead and purchase it, instead of waiting to see if I win!

  • Linda Wright
    August 6, 2016

    This looks like the perfect apron pattern. I am always wiping my hands on my clothing. And no ties to make putting this apron on. What kind of fabric? I love vintage but don’t have any. But a reproduction would work just as well!

  • Janet G
    August 6, 2016

    I have a printed cotton of retro cooking tiols/appliances, and a veggie print for the reverse! I also have a print with “sweet eats”…

  • Judy Hart
    August 6, 2016

    Over the years, my husband and I have hosted 9 exchange students and some gave us gifts of luncheon tablecloths that would be perfect for Mary’s apron. I would love the pattern so I could show the countries that shared their children with us. It was a wonderful experience we will never forget.

  • Louise Douma
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win this pattern as I wear aprons most of the time when I am cooking. I am short so it would be great to be able to alter the pattern to fit me.
    Louise Douma

  • ann KELLER
    August 6, 2016

    I have a pink fabric with daisy on it and that would be a perfect apron pattern to use it for.

  • ann KELLER
    August 6, 2016

    I have a pink fabric with daisy on it and that would be a perfect apron pattern to use it for. My granddaughters would love having as many as I would care to make and my daughters too.

  • Patty B
    August 6, 2016

    Oh my goodness what a neat apron! I would probably make one for every season because I would want one in Christmas fabric, Easter fabric, oh and lets not forget the fall season!!! OI think first up I would make one with some kind of kitchen items or maybe food on it! Love the fact that this apron is a reversible!!! I have always wanted a apron!!! 🙂

  • Margaret Coleman
    August 6, 2016

    I would love this pattern. I have some fat quarters that would make the reverse of a daisy print I have.

  • ann KELLER
    August 6, 2016

    I have a pink fabric with daisy on it and that would be a perfect apron pattern to use it for. My granddaughters would love having as many of these aprons as I would care to make and my daughters too. HOPE i win but if not will have to buy the pattern.

  • Diane S
    August 6, 2016

    This would be perfect for the old tablecloths in my stash

  • Magaret Courtney
    August 6, 2016

    This pattern if the bomb and what a great idea just slip it on and cook. Several years ago my daughter bought me some Amy Butler fabric and this apron would look awesome in her fabric.

  • Helen
    August 6, 2016

    Love Mary’s aprons! So happy this one is size adjustable. Would love to make some in vintage tablecloths I have inherited and would use some napkins for pockets.

  • Priscilla parmenter
    August 6, 2016

    This is just a nice simple design. I love to make aprons for friends as quick gifts. I enjoy sewing so it is something I am able to give of myself plus they get something they can use. Would love to win the pattern.

  • Lolita Cox
    August 6, 2016

    Life isn’t so formal these days, but I have tabelcloths and napkins that I can’t seem to part with. They would look lovely as aprons and I could enjoy them once again, and they could see the light of day as upcycled aprons.

  • Dawn Boyd
    August 6, 2016

    This looks like the perfect apron. Straps around my neck really bother me and this is a perfect solution. Love it !!

  • Tamara Shortt
    August 6, 2016

    This reminds me of the aprons my great grandmother used to wear. She always had one like it on. She used to hide sugar and horehound candy in the pockets. She’d sneak us candy when my mom wasn’t looking. She’d flat out lie and say she hadn’t given us candy when my mom asked her how we got it. What a great memory. Thank you for that.

  • Mary Smith
    August 6, 2016

    What a great way to cut into my stash. When I see a fabric I love, I usually buy a yard not knowing what I’ll make. Now I could use it for aprons for my baking friends on my Christmas list. I could also use one for my holiday baking!

  • Lois Meikle
    August 6, 2016

    My mother and grandmother had aprons similar to Mary’s. I have many fat quarters that would be fabulous in this pattern. Love it!

  • Barbara lyons
    August 6, 2016

    I really like this pattern and want to make several for gifts. I have lots of vintage linens that I want to use.

  • Louise
    August 6, 2016

    How neat. It reminds me of the aprons that my Grandma made. In memory of her I’d love to make one in 30’s fabric. I can remember one she had that had tiny flowers with red rickrac. Not only did Grandma make aprons but she made my dresses and blouses as well…all on her Singer treadle machine. I loved watching her sew while I played with my dolls.

  • Sharon H
    August 6, 2016

    As I was reading through each section, I could see the straps being placed through a buckle slide and adjustable that way. Also, an 8-10″ band on either side, with perhaps a button and buttonhole would make it adjustable. This could also be used to slip a hand towel up under and over the top edge. (That’s what I like about having a tie that goes around to the back and then again to the front to tie, making a place to slip my hand towel under and over the top, keeping it handy at my side.) But this certainly is a cute and easy apron pattern. I really like it because it reminds me of my Grandmother! Thanks, Mary and Nancy.

  • Irene Garcia
    August 6, 2016

    I need this apron without strings! I have many scrap fabrics that would be perfect for this project. Love it! Love the design; thanks Mary.

  • Susan Barton
    August 6, 2016

    I hadn’t thought of my grandma’s aprons for years and your patterns brought these sweet ladies right back. Those aprons may have had a little flour or honey smelling spot, but they meant that lovely tasting things were on the way. I would love to have this pattern so that my clothes could stay flour-free like my dear grandmas!

  • Sue R
    August 6, 2016

    I love Mary’s patterns & have made many aprons using them. I’ve been hoarding some great retro kitchen prints for just the right project and this might be it!

  • Chris House
    August 6, 2016

    A pattern that is easy and charming as well as one size fits all. What more could a sewist want? This would be fab with Loralie chef fabrics with polkadots and rick rack. Love this pattern!
    Thanks for illustrating many options.

  • Trudy V
    August 6, 2016

    I think this apron would look cute in a buffalo check on one side and a fun print on the other. May do this for Christmas or a thank you gift.

  • Paula Durkin
    August 6, 2016

    My grandmother was never without her apron. I’d love to wear one too, but my range of motion is limited and I can’t tie one behind my back. This style would be perfect!!

  • Billye Watson
    August 6, 2016

    I think I’d make this in a crisp white, always makes me think “clean”. This apron would be especially great for my friend who cannot reach to the back to tie her apron. Thank you for this pattern (even if I don’t win, I’ll get one anyway!)

  • Ruth Williams
    August 6, 2016

    I would use teapot prints, probably a red print on one side and a coordinating blue on the other.

  • NANCY
    August 6, 2016

    I have a friend who is teaching me how to make bread and I’ve been looking for a pattern for him for several months. I noticed he has several that he just slips over his head but they had ties that he doesn’t tie. This apron is perfect. My design is french print with an embroidered, very fat Frenchman on a bike with a basket full of bread and a little bird sitting on top of the bread. A perfect thank you gift and now I can make a matching one for his wife. Mary M’s perfect apron!

  • Beverly Tate
    August 6, 2016

    This pattern reminds me of my grandmother’s aprons made from feed sack fabrics . I have one of her aprons that she wore everyday. I also have an apron of hers in ivory fabric with embroidered flowers decorating it, which might have been worn when she hosted my parents wedding in her home in 1950. I would like to make aprons for my granddaughters. Thanks for this lovely pattern.

  • Rebecca K
    August 6, 2016

    I have some food/drink themed fabric in my stash that would be perfect for this apron! Thanks for the chance to win this pattern.

  • Camille Rogers
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win this apron pattern. My Grandma loved paisley designs. Every Christmas, my Mom made two “for good” dresses and four new paisley aprons for Grandma. Oh, how delighted she would have been with this reversible design and big pockets! I rarely saw Grandma without an apron, and still can see her gathering eggs, garden produce, baby animals, mail, and many other items with them. She said her aprons were her extra hands. She put on a fresh apron for cooking, and saved her newest for company. I would, of course make this pattern with paisley and enjoy happy memories of Mom’s love of sewing and making her mama so happy with her loving gifts. Grandma’s aprons taught me many of life’s lessons.

  • louie
    August 6, 2016

    Inherited bags & bags of 60’s materials..Mary’s pattern will help me make a small dent in my stash…have machine…have time…found/pattern

  • Judy graczyk
    August 6, 2016

    Wow, this is just the pattern I’ve been looking for. Would love to win. Reminds me of grandma and all the love she put into whatever she did for our family.

  • Eileen costello
    August 6, 2016

    would use minion fabric as they make me happy

  • Mary
    August 6, 2016

    Would be cute with Christmas fabric one side, and Halloween on the other….
    Also homespuns.

  • Patricia Greene
    August 6, 2016

    I have never been one to wear aprons but there is something about this pattern that I love and would make one for me!!!!
    I think I would use 2 compatible cottons in a darling kitchen print. I would probably go on and on and make “bunches” for everyone I know!! This is a must have pattern! Thank You.

  • Barbara
    August 6, 2016

    I am looking forward to August 26 when this pattern will be available at Nancy’s notions!

  • Suzanne C
    August 6, 2016

    I have an adorable cherry print from Joann’s Gertie Collection. With the right pockets, this would be an amazing apron for sewing and crafts, too. I think I may even have enough fabric to make a matching apron for my two nieces!

  • Sharon Erny
    August 6, 2016

    It looks like a comfortable apron. I would consider using a floral print.

  • Irene
    August 6, 2016

    Love this apron! I would use one of the vintage table cloths I have collected and didn’t know what to do with! Fabulous for me and for a gift!

  • Christy Martin
    August 6, 2016

    I love Vintage Bed Sheets. I would use those to make an adorable apron.

  • Debbie Estabrook
    August 6, 2016

    I have some vintage fabric that would be perfect for this pattern. I have some wonderful quilting friends that i would like to make this apron pattern for.

  • PJ
    August 6, 2016

    Love it! Looks just like the ones my grandmother used to wear!

  • Betty J Miller
    August 6, 2016

    I would like to make it in a solid color on one side and a strip on the other side in a cotton. I would like to try it in a fancier fabric for formal dinners

  • Deb Frazier
    August 6, 2016

    How functional and such a reminder of great meals my grandma used to make for Sunday Family dinners. I still have a couple of her aprons, but they are so threadbare, I hate to use them. I have a couple of 40’s and 50’s prints I would probably use to make this pattern.

  • Carol Spears
    August 6, 2016

    It would be nice to make these as Christmas or birthday gifts. I’d like to make one side red, white and blue for the summer holidays and the reverse side something for Christmas.

  • Judy
    August 6, 2016

    This is a great pattern for an apron. I have some fabric from Jacquelynne Steve’s Fruitful Hands line and it would be perfect for this apron.

  • Claudia Dinardo
    August 6, 2016

    I have some Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I think would be fun to use for this pattern.

  • Kathy English
    August 6, 2016

    This pattern is super cute. How great that it’s open in the back and only takes two yards of fabric? I have some adorable fabric that features retro diner motifs with these great cartoon waitresses in 50’s attire. Bought it because I loved it, had no idea at the time how I might use it.

  • Barb
    August 6, 2016

    I love bright colored fabrics. I often incorporate embroidery designs and coordinating fabrics to make something that is just mine.

  • Kaye Miller
    August 6, 2016

    Our Retired School Employees group sponsors a Teddy Bear Tea each year in February. A number of people sew and donate aprons and other items (often of Teddy Bear themed fabric) for a country store area at the tea. The money raised is used for scholarships for future teachers. This apron would be a wonderful item to sell. It has a nostalgic look that brings back memories. Thanks!

  • Kitty
    August 6, 2016

    I recently found and purchased a vintage tablecloth that is in new condition it would be perfect for this project.

  • Andrea Farley
    August 6, 2016

    I think I would choose a sport-weight cotton blend in a pattern with darker colors like a dark red print, and choose a complimentary color as lining in a sheeting weight fabric.
    At 69 I don’t cook much but I do eat, and I am tired of spilling food down the front of whatever I am wearing. I am too young for a draped towel!

  • Shirley W
    August 6, 2016

    As a person that likes to teach beginning sewing, this looks like a great pattern that would teach all of the basic fundamentals’ to new beginners. Thanks for a helping those of us that have a hard time putting our ideas onto paper.

  • Trudy
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to make this apron using 30’s reproduction fabrics. It reminds me so much of aprons my Grandmother wore when baking for us.

  • Shirley Long
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to win this pattern for my sister…she has arthritis and tying apron strings is a problem for her…I have some lovely quilted fabric I was going to make for her (she is a lover of Aprons)..but have not decided how to make it until I saw this pattern..Wow!! she would love it…Thanks for the opportunity to win and thanks for your web site…I enjoy all your postings…Shirley

  • Brenda
    August 6, 2016

    I would use holiday fabric. Everybody loves a Christmas apron. I really like the cris cross straps that you don’t have to tie.

  • Emma Smith
    August 6, 2016

    I have lots of interesting prints I have wanted to use for a while. I cook a lot for other people so I can always use more aprons. These would make great surprise gifts for my friends.

  • Brenda S Bissonnette
    August 6, 2016

    I would use cupcake fabric. I have some with a pale pink background. I would probably add some pockets and trim the pockets with some ruffles that I would make from the same fabric. 🙂

  • Becky3580
    August 6, 2016

    What a wonderful idea to have a place on the pattern to list people that you make one for. Great idea! Great functional, practical and attractive apron.i would love to win one.
    Regards to Nancy and Mary what a dynamic duo.

  • Zina Hardy
    August 6, 2016

    I have some fabric with blue and white checks and a bowl of cherries on it that would be perfect for this project.

  • Eva Selnick
    August 6, 2016

    love the looks of this apron.

  • Michelle Hall
    August 6, 2016

    Since my favorite color is blue I would probably choose blue for one side and maybe a kitchen or teacup print for the other side

  • Mary Ellen
    August 6, 2016

    I would use blue/green batiks to make the apron for me and use black and white prints for one granddaughter and geometric prints for my other granddaughter. Thanks for your ideas and chance to win something also.

  • Barbar
    August 6, 2016

    I would love this pattern. I remember my mom wearing some with cris-cross straps as well as some that tied behind the neck, but her favorite ones were the crisscross ones. I would love to make one out of 1930’s fabric, so it would remind me of my mom. I would also like to make some out of more modern patterned fabric.

  • Tee
    August 6, 2016

    I have been looking for just the right apron pattern for a collection of seasonal Snoopy prints. This would be so cute as a gift for my daughter in law. Thanks for sharing.

  • Colleen M
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to use some of the outer space fabrics from my stash for this apron.

  • Sharon Jones
    August 6, 2016

    I would use a purple print and a green print. Both sort of tropical. Or maybe some batiks. The options are endless.
    Thank you for the giving me the chance to win such a useful pattern.

  • Barbara R.
    August 6, 2016

    I tend to hoard my batiks, but would consider using a couple of them for this pattern!

  • Sandra Nugent
    August 6, 2016

    I love the pattern. I would like to make some as Christmas gifts in a variety of Christmas fabrics. Maybe even some fat quarters.
    I love all your ideas. Keep them coming!
    Thanks a bunch.

  • Patricia C. Chambers
    August 6, 2016

    Well I do not have an old table cloth and I do not have a large stash of material but I have a daughter in Law that asked me if I could make her an apron. She has never asked me to make her anything because I do not sew that much. This pattern looks like it would fit the bill. She wanted something that probably in my era. It looks like I could sew it and do a good job with the pattern and the time period looks just right. Thank you.

  • Lynn H.
    August 6, 2016

    My Nana used to make a cotton apron with ingenious adjustable shoulder straps and waistband completely made of fabric, no plastic or metal parts at all. I have no idea how she did it, and I don’t have a sample anymore. Mary’s adorable apron achieves the same look and feel without all the detailed, labor intensive work that Nana must have put into hers. I would love to make it in an eggplant print with a green leafy reverse side.

  • Brenda
    August 6, 2016

    I love this pattern. I would do 3 in shades of purple for my daughter’s and daughter in law. And one in greens for the grand daughter. Not sure for the reverse. Probably a coffee themed print as they all love coffee. Gotta get this one

  • Sydnie
    August 6, 2016

    This is so fun. I have lots of vintage tablecloths from my grandmas – what a great way to use them!!

  • Ginger
    August 6, 2016

    I’ve got 2 old coordinating Kaffe Faset prints that would be perfect for this apron.

  • Jeanne Brown
    August 6, 2016

    I would use some beatiful pink kitchen fabric, that I have. Love the pattern.

  • Sheila Kester
    August 6, 2016

    What a cool idea! No ties to get tangled in the laundry. Just slip it on and go. It also cover the front and think it would look cool to make it scrappy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Laurie Waibel
    August 6, 2016

    These would make great camping gifts for our group made out of personalized fabrics for each person – including the guys since the size is adjustable. Camo, pink camo, flip flops, beach, fishing, gardening – I’ve got ideas for them all.

  • Sheila Kester
    August 6, 2016

    What a cool idea! No ties to get tangled in the laundry. I love the face that it covers the front and the rear. I am a back side hand wiper. I think this would look great in a scrappy look. Thank you for the opportunity to win this pattern.

  • kathy Lewis
    August 6, 2016

    Matching polka dots and stripes would be cheery for a kitchen apron. Red and white.

  • Carol
    August 6, 2016

    Retro fabric binded with jumbo ric rac would be my choice. I have my mother’s old apron and it also has no sash. It’s my favorite apron.

  • Marilyn Dunstan
    August 6, 2016

    I would love to make a delicate looking apron out of this pattern. A pink roses print trimmed in lace. Why not beauty in the kitchen!

  • Elizabeth Kuntz
    August 6, 2016

    I don’t have a particular line of fabric in mind but I do love flowers and natural colors. I think I’d like to make an apron for each season and Holiday. That would be fun!

  • Karen Payton
    August 6, 2016

    After reading that Mary had used her mother’s old table cloth, I know thats what I would use as well! I have alot of them to choose from. This would be cute with sewing themed fabric to wear while crafting and sewing.

  • Kathy
    August 6, 2016

    My daughter loves aprons – making and collecting vintage ones. I have a piece of fabric with coffee motif that would look awesome. This is a great mother-daughter sewing project!

  • Margaret Rowlee
    August 6, 2016

    I would like to make this apron for each season…One for
    Spring time maybe fabric with bunnies, or tulips…One for
    summer with bright summer flowers, or maybe a sea shell
    pattern, Fall would be Autumn fabric…colorful leaves or
    possibly pumpkin type fabric and for Christmas poinsettias
    or snowflakes etc

  • Arden
    August 6, 2016

    I’d like to try laundry themed fabric and use it for my clothespin apron (if the pins wouldn’t drag down the front)!

  • Brenda Aigner
    August 6, 2016

    I would make an apron for my sewing room with pin cushions on it.

  • Judy G
    August 7, 2016

    In all my memories of my grandmother she is wearing this type of apron. She’s been gone some 40 years now, but I can still see her sitting out on her lawn in her favorite lawn chair with an apron full of peas to be shelled on her lap.

  • Judy Klein
    August 7, 2016

    I have a wonderful cat print I bought because “I had to have it.” It has been at least 10 years now and I have had many wonderful ideas but the fabric is still uncut. NOW IS THE TIME. IT WILL SOON BE AN APRON!! I am 80 years old and still do all my cooking. I do need an apron!

  • Nan Downey
    August 7, 2016

    I have a rooster print fabric that I have been wondering what to use it for. It would make a beautiful apron.

  • Marie Cebulla
    August 7, 2016

    My daughter, her daughters & myself make an abundance of apple pies every Sept. Using this pattern, I would love to make everyone apple motif aprons to using during the apple pie production. The pocket would be an apple.

  • M. Cross
    August 7, 2016

    Great idea! Great pattern!
    Would use crazy quilt blocks in fabric of the season.
    My quilting “buddies” would love getting this type of gift.

  • Gale Betterly
    August 7, 2016

    I have some feedsack material carefully saved by my grandmother over 60 years ago. She always wore an apron in the house and she would have approved of this apron. I would like to make one from some of that material and wear it to honor her memory.

  • Sharon B
    August 7, 2016

    What a great pattern! I’d do Christmas fabric on one side and a New Year’s looking fabric on the other side. A perfect hostess gift!

  • peggy hendrick
    August 7, 2016

    My mom used to make aprons like this and I have been searching for that pattern for years…it had the crisscross back and could be made out of one yard of fabric…every year she would make several to give for Christmas presents..don’t remember if she ever made one for herself!..I would love to win and would use some vintage fabric I have saved just for a project like this…

  • Marty
    August 7, 2016

    Oh my goodness: this was the style apron my very large grandmother wore every single day! She put one on in the morning and wore it until soiled or visitors arrived. She had several of them made in different calico prints and usually had entire edges covered with seam binding to make them more durable. I think she wore some of them over 30 years! I have never seen a pattern for one to fit petite me. Now I MUST get it and make a patchwork one for me using fabric from a couple of grandmother’s dresses that were give to me to “make something”! Thanks so much for sharing this design as it evokes special memories for me!

  • Karen Stein
    August 7, 2016

    I would choose red, white, and blue patriotic fabric. I had my grandmother’s pattern for this style apron 55+ years ago. I wore the all the months I was pregnant with my two sons. The pattern and the aprons are long gone! The boys are still here!!

  • Mary H
    August 7, 2016

    I have a collection of reproduction vintage hankies. I would piece them together for one side and use my all-time favorite muslin for the reverse. I use a heavy weight muslin and red thread for visible stitches. Brings back fond memories of learning to sew!

  • teresa davis
    August 7, 2016

    I have a lot of apron patterns, including some of Mary’s. Would love to have another!

  • Lory Penniman
    August 7, 2016

    how cute and so necessary! i would make this up in some 30’s reproductions..

  • Bonnie C
    August 7, 2016

    What a blast from the past! Like so many others, it reminded me of my Mom and Gramma as both wore this type of apron, I don’t think they were reversible. My sister has had major neck surgery and cannot wear anything on the back of her neck and I know she would be able to wear this one, I probably would make the pocket(s) larger, however. I have so many pieces of fabric to use, it’s mind boggling to think about, Thanks for offering this as a prize.

  • Gina Bisaillon
    August 7, 2016

    Oh my, this apron reminds me of the kind Mexican housewives wear, not just at home, but also when they go to the market, or to buy tortillas… Since I’m going to Mexico again this year, I would take the pattern with me and ask one of my Mexican friends to help me pick the fabrics.

  • Sue Parker
    August 7, 2016

    For myself would use tone on tone white cause my aprons often need to be bleached. But would also like all-over print to camouflage stains we wear aprons for.

  • Camille Venners
    August 7, 2016

    I would make my apron with reproduction 30’s fabric… red and blue. However, the tablecloth idea is outstanding! I will be looking at vintage linens with new interest.

  • Ruth Chaney
    August 7, 2016

    What a delight to see something made new again! Brought back memories of my grandmothers and aunts wearing aprons for cooking and cleaning that looked just like this one. On my list to acquire for myself, family, and friends! I always enjoy catching your appearances and Sewing with Nancy! Hugs

  • elaine
    August 7, 2016

    I would love to make aprons for our club
    who does a lot of charity work & I have been looking
    for an easy pattern to make for them. This pattern would
    be perfect.

  • Sherry Lee Crotinger
    August 7, 2016

    I can remember my mom and grandma wearing this type of apron. Love the memories. Yea!!!!! no ties or gathers. Mary you are a inspiration to all of us. Keep on designing, sewing etc.

  • Ginny
    August 7, 2016

    I love the idea of using a tablecloth! I have several of my grandmother’s and what a nice way to use them and think of her when I do!

  • Leola Deering
    August 7, 2016

    I have a cream color fabric with garden tools Reverse would be a darker print with bright seed packets of flowers.

  • Gail Burkel
    August 7, 2016

    I want to use this pattern with the sewing club at school. We can practice basic sewing skills to make muslin, lightweight denim, or sturdy cotton aprons for our school ceramic classes! Everybody wins! 🙂

  • Barbara Giamportone
    August 7, 2016

    Would have loved to have this kind of apron so long ago when all of our children were still home.
    As a joke my mother gave me one that had lace all around the outside edge & around the pocket. Not sure if she made it or bought it. Pretty sure she made it tho because those were hard times back them. So I would love to have this pattern as it takes just a little time & fabric.

  • Erin Murphy
    August 7, 2016

    I love Mary Mulari’s project ideas, including these apron ideas. She is so creative and her instructions are always clear. I would love to make this apron for a friend in yellow/blue. I love this color combination and I think it would look lovely with her blond hair. Thank you for Nancy’s blog, sewing show, notion website, and all of her teaching episodes over the years!

  • Nina
    August 7, 2016

    Love the cross cross apron. Would make mine pink and mint

  • gail livingstone
    August 7, 2016

    Love this pattern, went out today and bought some wild flowery pattern to match another plainer one I will buy the pattern if I do not win I love it so much.

  • jp bergman
    August 7, 2016

    Oooo! Just what I would want to make for my next apron! I may not be able to wait for the drawing, tho. Thank you big time to both Nancy & Mary! (P.S. When I was first married in 1970, my group of Brownies/Girl Scouts/Sunday School threw me an Apron & Recipe Shower. I love aprons!) Thank you for the opportunity!! pj stitches!

  • BJ Marley
    August 7, 2016

    I would use veggie prints to make this apron.

  • L Watson
    August 7, 2016

    How fantastic! No ties to fumble with! I would see this apron with a black and white dramatic flower pattern in large print for me. However, I could use this pattern for Christmas gifts for my mom and my mother-in-law. I think my mom would like something in blue and my mother-in-law would like something in burgundy. Thanks
    For the pattern!

  • Pat Orlo
    August 7, 2016

    I love this pattern. I will make it from the Breast Cancer pink ribbon fabric, in honor of my daughter who lost her battle against breast cancer two years ago. She loved to cook and bake, and was always looking for the “perfect” apron. Every time I wear it, I will think of her and all the Warriors against breast cancer.

  • Heidi L
    August 7, 2016

    What a wonderful pattern -makes great gifts for all occasions !!

  • Carolyn Morgan
    August 7, 2016

    Since it’s reversible I think I’d machine embroider one side with a Christmas design and the other side with a Thanksgiving design, etc. The fact that it doesn’t have ties makes it perfect for children, too.

  • Sunni
    August 7, 2016

    How cute is this? Like others, I have a stack of vintage table cloths now screaming to be made into eye-candy aprons. Would make a great hostess gift; and for my friends on the farm I’m make larger pockets and use chicken fabric for the apron on the way to be worn to the hen house. Oh, and I want one for myself made from a great batik fabric.

  • nancy boyd
    August 7, 2016

    I love the pattern, looks to be very easy to put together. I would love one in apples, and also make a few for Christmas presents. I sure hope I get to win. being retired patterns are so expensive anymore and this would be ideal and be used more than a couple times. thank you very much.

  • Katie
    August 7, 2016

    Love, love,love this blogpost! The pattern and aprons are all so cute. I would love to make one for each season highlighting my favorite holidays. I also see endless opportunities for fun embroidery and embellishment.

  • Terri
    August 8, 2016

    Loved reading all the comments above,…got many good ideas from them as well… Someone already mentioned my idea,…I have many sheets from early years of marriage when we had different size beds,… Need to use them productively and this will do nicely,… Good memories of GrandMother as well… Also have fat quarters that a friend gave me for doing a sewing project for her since I wouldn’t take money ,.. It was for her church,… And recently I bought a dozen sets of fat quarters at WalMart that were originally 8.00 but marked down to 2.50 for 8 quarters,… Just couldn’t resist, so now I can do the piecing, Mondrian style, reminiscent of the 60’s!

  • Sharon Woolsey
    August 8, 2016

    I love this pattern. It would also be good to wear while painting, crafting, or potting plants. I want to make these for my daughter and 10 year old granddaughter as matching cover ups. The fabric would be bright and cheerful with a retro patterned fabric or a silly, quirky fabric. I think I would let them select their own special fabric. I would also make one each for my grandsons who love to bbq with fabric in that theme. And I want one too…. Truly enjoyed looking at all the variations here – thanks. Cheers!!!

  • Teresa
    August 8, 2016

    This is the perfect pattern for someone on the fly all the time. No slowing down to tie up ends or fasten buttons! And I am on the fly all the time so even putting on an apron to keep myself tidy is pushing my limits.

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    August 8, 2016

    Love the apron pattern. I would make it with novelty kitchen or food designed fabric.

  • April C
    August 8, 2016

    Definitely would be making 2 for myself right away. One for cookie making holidays, Christmas on one side n Easter on the other. Second one would be my favorite color purple with a flower print on the other side. Have made many of Mary s aprons n really like ther easy directions.

  • Regina Fosberg
    August 8, 2016

    I would love to make this pattern in the cherry-themed fat quarters I bought on a recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin.

  • Faye
    August 8, 2016

    Love this pattern! Would be great for a harvest and a baking session!

  • JoD
    August 8, 2016

    I have been silent too long. Now you’ve hit my sweet spot – APRONS. This is it. Easy to slip on and reminds me of my MIL. She always wore a slip on apron. I loved that woman and would love to ‘look’ like her.

  • Rosemary Griffis
    August 8, 2016

    This is a really neat apron (pun not intended)! I like that it can be made for any size. I would probably make it out of two pieces of purple dominated fabrics — stripes, gingham, floral, abstract, etc., and trim it with solid teal or patterned teal. I really get messy when I cook or bake, although I’ve been doing them for over 50 years. Thanks.

  • carolyn scarborough
    August 8, 2016

    was thinking about a new apron for my husband
    when he artisticly paints landscapes..and what appears
    on the web but a wonderful pattern from mary and nancy..
    will make it out of denim and embroider his name on
    it ..the rest of its decorations will come from husband when
    he splatters paint on it…thank you…just in time..ces..

  • Mary Hoppe
    August 8, 2016

    Just what I need for a fat quarter challenge! Thank you!

    • Elaine
      August 9, 2016

      I am just getting cool enough to wear an apron while cooking and the adjustable shoulder length would be great for a shortie like me! I’ve loads of theme fabrics in my stash and could see this apron for a neat gift as well. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  • Marsha Lawrence
    August 8, 2016

    I have 4 coordinating half yards of cherry and strawberry “Farmer’s Market” print for one side, and a chicken print that would be perfect for the reverse. This would be the perfect apron for my BFF who loves to cook and bake.

  • Jackie Taxter
    August 8, 2016

    What a great apron! I love the idea of using an old table cloth. My daughter has been after me to make one for her & this one appeals to me. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Bernadine Murphy
    August 8, 2016

    I would make it from breast cancer fabric for my daughter who just had a breast cancer . she wears an apron when ever she cooks she would love not having to have help tying her apron.

  • Debbie W
    August 9, 2016

    I have a collection of vintage tablecloths that would make the best aprons. That way I can bake Grandma’s cookies Grandma right there with me!

  • Debbie W
    August 9, 2016

    To make an apron from a vintage tablecloth would be like having Grandma in the kitchen with me while baking her sugar cookie recipe!

  • Agnetta Person
    August 9, 2016

    I have just the antique table cloth waiting for this pattern.

  • Helen Medley
    August 9, 2016

    My mom doe not like aprons with ties so this is perfect for her! And I love the idea of making aprons for wedding showers, too.

  • Susan Larson
    August 9, 2016

    I have saved scraps from the clothing I made for my children and grandchildren. I would love to make a crazy quilt apron from these scraps, to share fun times from their lives with them, as I cook their favorite recipes. Another option would be to hand write my favorite recipes and scan and copy them to fabric. A small picture of the finished dish or the family sharing it could add additional memories to the apron.

  • Judi B.
    August 10, 2016

    Oh! I would so like to win this! I have this retro inspired kitty cat print that I have been puzzling over. I wanted to make an apron for my BFF and me with it. Yea!

  • Linda Scott
    August 10, 2016

    I’d use a pink and black print I’ve been holding onto for 20 years for one side and pink and black stripes for the reverse. And I’d make matching aprons for me and my granddaughter, who loves to cook. I wish I had a vintage tablecloth to use but unfortunately, I don’t have one.

  • Karol
    August 10, 2016

    LOVE this style of apron. can’t stand one on my neck that ties.
    I have the perfect 2 different batiks to use. Can’t wait.

    • Marsha Mason
      August 13, 2016

      That is a really neat pattern. I have alot of family and friends that like to cook and this would be a terrific gift for them. But I have a question for you. How would I change this for a child to wear? I have a couple very young nieces, ages 7 thru 10, as well as nephews, that are learning to cook. I would love to make some of these and send them to their momma’s to use with the kids. Any suggestions would be appreciated!! Thank you!!

  • Joanne L
    August 11, 2016

    Would have to be a couple of blues….since I’m all about blues in my fabric selections. LOVE this pattern, thanks!!

  • Laurie Evers
    August 11, 2016

    My gramma had an apron like this & i’ve been looking to make one for myself. I have a collection of fox print material left over from making things for my grandson ( foxes are his favorite ) & i would put them together in more of a crazy quilt design & cut my apron from that. They are really fun prints & they make me smile.

  • Karen Leigh
    August 11, 2016

    I’ve been looking for an apron pattern like this. I like the fact that it’s reversible too!

  • Betty Saboe
    August 11, 2016

    I would like to make this apron for my grandson’s wife. She is very petite and I probably would have to make it smaller which I’m not sure know how to do. I would use fabrics from my stash to make this. I like the idea of using different size pieces that would coordinate. Would like a copy of this pattern.

  • Helen Salazar
    August 11, 2016

    i would make mine in Christmas fabrics. Love to have a large family Christmas each year for family/friends and it would be perfect!

  • Carol Spangler
    August 12, 2016

    I would use holiday fabrics — would make great Christmas gifts, especially matching/coordinating for moms and daughters.

  • Cheryl
    August 12, 2016

    I love this pattern….and would love it made up in red & white checks trimmed with red rick-rack….or maybe a blue/white striped fabric with white rick-rack!!

  • Carole
    August 12, 2016

    Awesome pattern…..I would combine reds.

  • Babs R
    August 12, 2016

    What a great apron…I have been looking for a pattern like this. It would be great to win it. I would use a red poinsettia print on one side trimmed in red and gold. The other side would be a strawberry print on a light blue background trimmed in soft yellow and light blue.

  • Tina Sauls
    August 13, 2016

    WOW!!!! What a great idea. I would love to have this pattern as I have already chosen the fabrics I will use. These will make the “bestest” Christmas gifts. If I don’t win the pattern, would you pleased let me know how I can get one. I am not on Facebook, I am in my 70’s and can’t figure those things out. I am recently widowed and living on SS and this will be a “Made It Just For You Christmas. Please and thank you.

  • Kathy Upton
    August 14, 2016

    I, too, would LOVE to win this apron pattern….I LOVE aprons…especially those with a vintage look…and that it is without ties makes it that much more desirable!! I would immediately make one out of some vintage red and turquoise fabric I have with a turquoise lining. Next would come a batik version…than a Thanksgiving version…a Christmas version….etc. What a great pattern….Mary has outdone herself with this one!

  • ChrisK
    August 18, 2016

    Love this pattern reminds me of one my mom and grandmom wore. I think I’d first make one with Halloween prints on one side and then Autumn/ Thanksgiving on the other as it’s almost that wonderful time!

  • Alicia Gonzales
    August 20, 2016

    Love this style of apron so easy to wear! I would make it out of the Paris fabric for my daughter.

  • LoAnn Trowbridge
    August 20, 2016

    I love aprons! I would want to make in several colors. One dark because I am so messy. lol I am trying to figure out how to display them in my sewing room (when I get it back)! Any ideas? It is all doors ans windows.

  • Nancy
    August 21, 2016

    I have been wanting to make this kind of apron. Glad to see a pattern for one. Would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Sheri Marriott
    August 22, 2016

    I just finished making two aprons with my 11 year old granddaughter, we had great fun, however now her twin sisters also want to make aprons (not like their older sisters) this pattern looks like it would cover all the spills a 10 year old might make. We love to pick out just the right fabric for our special days of sewing.

  • Nancy
    August 27, 2016

    Such a wonderful pattern.. so easy to get on and off.

  • Martha Duffy
    August 27, 2016

    I have been looking for an apron just like this. I work in a deli and I have trouble with the neck strap being to short and it draws on the back of my neck. I love batiks so that would be my choice of fabric to make this fantastic pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Martha Duffy
    August 27, 2016

    I have been looking for this apron pattern. I work in a deli and this would be just the thing so that the strap wouldn’t draw on the back of my neck. I love batiks so that is the fabric that I would make it out of. Thanks for making this pattern and thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Linda 42c
    August 30, 2016

    I have tried to recreate this apron without success. All my attempts ended up in the trash. So having this pattern would restore my confidence!
    Linda

  • kathy s.
    August 31, 2016

    I have been admiring this pattern for some time. I’m not a girly-girl and this style would be so appropriate for my painting, in fact, a hand painted and stenciled fabric would be perfect for this.

  • Cecile Kowalski
    September 1, 2016

    This is exactly the pattern I’ve been looking for! I’m going to start with my matzah fabric for Passover on one side and Hanukah fabric on the reverse.

  • Rebecca Loach
    September 1, 2016

    I would love the ease of wearing this apron without having to fuss with the ties. I would probably make several since I wear an apron every day. I might start with some Christmas fabrics since Christmas will be here before we know it.

  • Rita Bell
    September 2, 2016

    I would love to make these for my daughters for Christmas. I am making them table runners and aprons to match would be fantastic.

  • Bonnie Schippers
    September 3, 2016

    This looks like such a great pattern! Love all of the different ways to showcase special fabrics…I would use a happy ’70s style floral fabric with orange rick-rack for one side and probably a cat print fabric for the reverse 🙂

  • Sharlotte Zingerman
    September 4, 2016

    I would some with Halloween & Fall fabrics to begin. Then, of course, I would make everyone one in Christmas fabrics. I love coordinating fabrics, so this apron will be so much fun to make! My daughter-in-law has Cake Camps where she teaches kids to decorate cakes. I will definitely make some aprons in cupcake fabrics for her!

  • Cynthia
    September 5, 2016

    I have a beautiful Ecuadorian stripe that would be great for the hostess side and a pile of fat quarters that would love to vie for the right to be on the reverse. I’ve been wanting an apron for the longest time. This is perfect timing.

  • Cindy W
    September 6, 2016

    I have been using Mary’s patterns and known of her talents for many years. It is great that in 2016 some of our best creative fiber artist are still turning out great designs and inspiring us to head to our machine or use our hands to share with others. Already planning to use this pattern for nursery caregivers and my school teaching daughters. Thanks for the blog and sharing with me.

  • stephanie allgood
    September 6, 2016

    If it’s not too late, I would love to win this pattern! I have some great polka dots I’d like to use.

  • Lynn Saavedra
    September 7, 2016

    I have thought of several people I would make this apron for as gifts. For my two nieces, I would use Bronco and Green Bay colors. For their mom, I will use one side for Broncos and one for Green Bay to wear on those days when both teams are playing!

  • Kathleen watson
    September 9, 2016

    I love this pattern. I have a variety of batiks I would use!!

  • Susan Marko
    September 9, 2016

    My future (I hope) daughter in law is a busy 4th year medical resident who loves to bake for people for Christmas and to make casual meals for friends in her limited spare time. I’d love to make this apron for her in a happy and stain hiding print on one side and something festive, perhaps an all-over lace or something blingy and sparkly on the other so she could just flip it over her head and reveal the other side when the guests arrive. She’s a keeper.

  • DianeKae
    September 12, 2016

    This pattern reminds me of my grandmother and how she cooked and baked Sunday dinners, after church, always with an apron on over her church clothes. I would use parts of her saved tablecloths (even those with some taters and tears) and hand embroidered table doilies/ runners to create one of a kind aprons for my two sisters and myself!

  • Marilyn P
    September 13, 2016

    I would probably make several, but I’d start with something with an autumn theme, then for sure I’d make one with a couple different holiday prints. And some machine embroidery on the pockets!

  • Colleen Myers
    September 13, 2016

    I would love to make this apron for a girlfriend of mine who has her own baking business. She would love this style and it would be an honor for me to make it for her. She is so busy with her business and taking care of a husband who is handicapped. She loves the cupcake design and the color lime green so I would find some adorable cupcake print and a fun lime green fabric to make this apron. Surprising her would be so much fun.

  • Linda
    September 13, 2016

    Love this pattern that would show off so many fabrics. I might start with 1930’s reproduction fabrics!

  • Sarah
    September 14, 2016

    I would like to try this pattern with cotton duck in a black and white masculine/universal pattern

  • Leware Toole
    September 14, 2016

    I would love this pattern to make an apron from my mother’s stained tablecloth. It is not usable as a tablecloth, but I can’t bear the thought of discarding it—so making an apron from the unstained part would allow me to be wrapped in fabric from something my mother loved, thus feel wrapped in her love.

  • Bobbie
    September 14, 2016

    What a great idea, this would be so perfect for christmas gift for a new bride. I can’t believe all the different ways this one pattern can be utilitzed. Thank you.

  • Bobbie
    September 14, 2016

    What a great idea, this would be so perfect for Christmas gift for a new bride. I can’t believe all the different ways this one pattern can be utilized. Thank you.

  • Jessica Burrows
    September 15, 2016

    This is my DREAM apron! I would make a dozen of them! 😉
    I’d like to make one from the tablecloth we received as a wedding present almost 15 years ago. I loved that Waverly fabric but it no longer matches my house so an apron in that fabric would be a wonderful way to keep it out of my linen closet and into my everyday life!

  • Linda Rupe
    September 15, 2016

    I love this apron style but have not made one that is reversible – how handy that would be!

  • Mary Ann Homewood
    September 19, 2016

    Great design – no ties! I would love the pattern. I have wonderful memories of my Grandma cooking and always wearing an apron. I have carried the tradition to my family and make aprons for us when they all come for the holidays. You ladies are so creative. Thanks for always coming up with terrific ideas and patterns.

  • Debi Chandler
    September 19, 2016

    I would love to make an apron using my dad’s shirts. He has passed away and this would be a great way to have a part of him in the kitchen with me.

  • Marsha Dimond
    September 20, 2016

    I have a whole wardrobe of aprons and wear them whenever I am working in the kitchen. Also sometimes when I am sewing! This pattern will be a great addition to my collection.

  • Lauren Pomeroy
    September 20, 2016

    I would love to make this apron for my Mom and Sisters for Christmas out of my Dad’s clothes. (And of course one for me) He has been gone for 2 years around Christmas and We can’t seem to clean out his closet. This would be a great way to accomplish that while providing good memories.

  • Stasha Rondeau
    September 21, 2016

    I love to sew! I have made so many aprons and would love to try the crisscross one. I would use vintage fabric, love love love.

  • Stasha Rondeau
    September 21, 2016

    Love making aprons – i would use vintage fabric to make a crisscross apron!!

  • Susan Miller
    September 25, 2016

    I love, love, love this Apron! I also love the idea of using vintage fabrics! I would love to use old sheets, or tablecloths! Maybe use old cutter quilts for pockets! Oooooo! Maybe I’ll use the old quilts to make Potholder pockets on the bottom! Squeegees! This is going to be fun!

  • Suzie
    September 25, 2016

    Too much fun. I would love to make those for a family reunion. So much fun.

  • Collette Fortin
    September 27, 2016

    If I win a pattern I would make it using 30’s fabric. Thank you.

  • Kelly
    October 3, 2016

    This would be perfect for the preschool classrooms at our agency. our teachers work with young children who are deaf and us FM systems to help them hear through their hearing aids, sometimes they have to carry 3-4 different FM’s around their neck. Adding more pockets would allow them to carry them on the apron instead and save their neck. I would use fun primary colors and children’s prints for this project.

  • Nancy Kusch
    October 10, 2016

    I would love to win this pattern and use some of the fabrics I have collected over the years, especially fun prints, and use them as gifts for family and friends. This is really great for anyone who has difficulty reaching behind them to tie an apron and have other physical limitations.

  • Judy
    October 11, 2016

    What a great pattern, I would love to get a copy. I can remember seeing my Grandmaother wear an apron like this.

  • Trish Spadaro
    October 15, 2016

    I love the idea of using old tablecloths for fabrics. After we cleared out my Mother-in-Law’s house I couldn’t bring myself to discard her table clothes. There are many happy memories in them but I can’t use them on my table. Turning them into aprons seems the perfect solution, plus, they will be in sight and not stored in a box in the basement.

  • Marjean
    October 26, 2016

    I would use a strawberry print on one side with a red and white stripe on the reverse side. I am excited about this pattern.

  • Valerie
    November 4, 2016

    I’d like to make it out of holiday fabrics… Thanksgiving/Fall
    Chistmas
    Easter.
    Birthdays,
    I’m also thinking of retro towels…..

  • Valerie
    November 4, 2016

    I’d like to make it out of holiday fabrics… Thanksgiving/Fall
    Christmas
    Easter.
    Birthdays,
    I’m also thinking of retro towels…..

  • patti sullivan
    November 4, 2016

    denim my grand sons love to help in kitchen

  • Elizabeth Brown
    November 4, 2016

    I have some cute kitschy kitchen fabric I would use for one side and on the other, red with white polka dots.

  • judy valentino
    November 4, 2016

    I love the idea of the tablecloth as fabric. I was wondering if this is available as a pdf download pattern?

  • Marsha Dimond
    November 4, 2016

    This apron pattern looks quick & easy. I would love to make it to add to my apron collection.

  • Lori
    November 4, 2016

    I have several of my grandmother’s tablecloths that are packed away because they are unusable. This pattern would be perfect in giving them new life.

  • Chris Jensen
    November 4, 2016

    After having a second shoulder replacement surgery, I can’t tie an apron. This pattetn is the answer to my problem.
    I have a navy fabric with white anchors on the fabric. It would bevperfect for this pattern.

  • Jan N.
    November 4, 2016

    For the first apron I would piece together some of my scraps. For gifts I would personalize the fabric to the recipient.

  • Debbie Parker
    November 4, 2016

    Looking forward to making a new apron for school. I would choose school colors with our school logo. The style is exciting and so perfect!

  • Clara Chandler
    November 4, 2016

    My mother and grandmother wore aprons like this one for all cooking events. Your pattern brought back fond memories. I’d choose two fabrics from Chestnut Street by Joanna Figueroa–one side the black floral and the other red dots.

  • Teresa Celusta
    November 5, 2016

    I would love to win this pattern and would use some old tablecloths to make some for my sisters and nieces!

  • Susan B. Irwin
    November 6, 2016

    Good luck to everyone! If I am fortunate enough to win a copy of this wonderful pattern I would use some of my retro tablecloths, fabric, and quilt tops to make gifts and maybe aprons for our church kitchen.

  • Bobi Jones
    November 7, 2016

    I am totally ready to try something new and this looks like it just might be for me. I learned to sew a year ago, and have stuck to quilting. Easy straight lines, but clothing seems difficult. Hopefully I win the pattern. 🙂

  • Anne Mark
    November 10, 2016

    I have several vintage tablecloths from my husband’s family that I have been wanting to make into aprons. This pattern would be perfect for that. I love it

  • joyce winters
    November 21, 2016

    our local hardware store has a somewhat general store upstairs where they sell gift items, clothing and sewing and quilting items. twice a year they sell their short cuts and I have accumulated quite a few 1 and 1 1/2 yards of beautiful fabrics they sell them for $1 a yard) that would make cute aprons. aprons are now in style and this would be the perfect pattern to use to make them and match them with a couple of matching pot holders or use leftover material to make matching hand towels. if you are still doing a give away I would love to receive the pattern. if not please let me know so I can buy it and be ready for next Christmas. thank you.

  • cindy
    June 28, 2017

    I’d love to make this apron for a co worker she really needs a pick me up right now

  • Brenda
    July 4, 2017

    I met Mary in Louisville, ky last year! I have this pattern and have made several aprons.
    Everyone loves them! Such a simple easy pattern! Thanks Mary!

  • Brenda
    July 4, 2017

    Wanted to add. .the best thing about this apron is that it is reversable. .that makes an inner pocket. . great for slipping my cell phone in to keep it safe. . and a plus. . I don’t lay it down and have to search all over the house to find it!
    And Thank you Nancy for sharing!

  • Joyce Leary
    August 13, 2017

    I have made something similar to this many years ago and love it. Mary’s apron is beautiful though and I love the straps and styling. Of course, all of Mary’s things are wonderful.

  • Jean Palionis
    August 14, 2017

    I love this pattern…it is really hard to say which fabrics I would use to make this apron because I have so many beautiful colorful fabrics in my stash that I just have to stop saving and start using!☺

  • Mary Vermillion
    October 14, 2017

    I’ve always liked Mary’s patterns. I’d really like to win a copy of this pattern.

  • Lynne Donaldson
    December 3, 2017

    Frankly this is the only style apron I will wear – I dislike ties. I would make several for myself and for gifts – one side a chambray and the other side in a Hawaiian print. I would make bias tape of the print to put around so the chambray side has just that touch.

  • Laurie Mason
    December 10, 2017

    The fabric I think I would go with would be a dog pattern cotton print with coordinating solid print – just to show my love of dogs. Love this version of apron for the full coverage and because it’s reversible.

  • Shaonna Burke
    December 20, 2017

    I love this pattern! I would use old clothing from my loved ones – grandparents, parents & children – to make a special, keepsake apron. I love making memories someone would cherish.

  • Margaret Scott
    December 26, 2017

    Would love to make this apron.

  • Kathryn E
    December 26, 2017

    I would love to make this apron in white with embroidery and lace to decorate. I would use them as adult bibs when eating something messy.

  • Laurie
    December 26, 2017

    I’d find a fun laminated cotton.

  • debbie
    December 27, 2017

    van gogh fabric for my daughter who is a high school art teacher

  • Anna Torpey
    December 28, 2017

    Oh I want this pattern! Such a shame that I’m in the UK. I’ve just put it in my basket and the shipping is $20. I’ll just keep looking! Thank you Nancy. The aprons in your blog are stunning – STUNNING!!

  • Nancy Powers
    December 29, 2017

    I couldn’t wait to win this pattern, so I bought it and it arrived a day or so before Christmas. I cannot wait to get started on this apron with all the ideas that Nancy has offered. What a wonderful gift this will be for birthdays, hostess and of course, Christmas. Thanks to Mary Mulari for her painstaking attention to details for the straps and using fat quarters. A perfect pattern for unleashing your creativity. Thank you.

  • Kimberly Sinclair
    January 7, 2018

    One of my Mom’s friends always wore an apron similar to this when we went to her house for lunch or dinner. Seeing this brings back fond memories of a dear friend no longer with us. I have begun doing a lot of baking and cooking from scratch and need an apron this looks perfect. Pick me, pick me! Thanks for sharing.

  • Elizabeth Michelin
    January 8, 2018

    These aprons look so comfortable. I would love to make one for a friend with MS to make it easy for her to wear an pron while eating.or crafting.

  • Debi Chandler
    January 8, 2018

    I would love to make this in holiday fabric for my 3 sisters. We often get together between Thanksgiving and Christmas and make Christmas goodies. A Thanksgiving print and a Christmas print would be great fun. We love wearing aprons. I usually bring my stash for the party.

  • Sharon
    February 3, 2018

    I plan to make this apron with a cute cookie fabric on one side and laminated fabric on side two. The laminated fabric is great for canning, It doesn’t get wet and easily wipes clean.

  • Judy Turner
    February 24, 2018

    I make a lot of denim aprons and would use your pattern for another denim to surprise my family.

  • karen riedl
    March 10, 2018

    A plastic waterproof fabric is ideal for washing dishes when used with this wonderful no-strings apron. A good idea not to fuss with ties.

  • Debra
    March 31, 2018

    I would make mine with holiday prints on one side and solid corresponding color on the otherside also woild make adult – child matchinh sets for mother-daughter

  • Ona Garwood
    April 1, 2018

    As a Master Gardener this apron would be ideal especially with deep pockets and even better made out of vynle for those
    “wattering times”!

  • Sara Cook
    April 10, 2018

    All those tablecloths from Grandmother can be repurposed into aprons for all her grandchildren! I knew I was holding on to them for some reason!

  • Kitty
    May 10, 2018

    I’d love to make and wear one of these aprons when cooking with my granddaughter!

  • Pat
    June 14, 2018

    I’d love to make a pair of these for my son and daughter-in-law for their new wine bar. I’m bummed that I donated my mom’s table cloths to a thrift store now! ;-(
    Maybe I’ll go back to that thrift store and look for other vintage table cloths to use instead.

  • Lesley Cunningham
    September 6, 2018

    I have searched for a pattern like this. its even better because its reversible. I would do one side denim and the other something floral.

  • Tricia Kastler
    September 21, 2018

    I have a nutty friend who goes all out for Halloween. She and her husband spend the month of October decorating, for the delight of the hundreds of kids who come trick-or-treating. I would love to make her an apron to wear with her theme of the Haunted Mansion.

    • maggie linstead
      October 8, 2018

      Perfect thing to add to my all the granddaughters hope chest.

  • Christy Hill
    October 19, 2018

    I love this apron and would make one side out of ticking and the reverse side with a floral cotton.

  • Phyllis Bowden
    November 4, 2018

    I want to make matching aprons for my daughter in love, my mother in love, and myself for holiday cooking. I will use cotton, in a cute country pattern. Then when tiny cooks come along, I will make tiny aprons to match.

  • Annie
    January 5, 2019

    I would love to make myself and my mom (and maybe some other women at church) some of these for when we do our charity things involving food. I would use a blue cotton on one side, with our names the the church name, and use a fun color or pattern to match personality on the other side.

  • Tina Reeves
    January 15, 2019

    I live this pattern and would love to have it. I would make one side ticking and other an old tablecloth or calico!

  • Sara Andrews
    January 30, 2019

    Great idea to use precious old tablecloths. I have many from my mother and grandmother. Hope to win the pattern so I can begin my projects.

  • cathy a fox
    January 30, 2019

    gots to have this pattern. where can I purchase it? thankyou

  • Stephanie Smith
    January 30, 2019

    I love this pattern where can i get one. This would be a great apron for me and my daughter and our sewing projects so that we do not make a mess on our cloths.

  • Miss Polly
    January 30, 2019

    I love this! I loved your vintage table cloth idea. I think I would love to try using a vintage sheet or for kids maybe vintage towels. Wouldn’t that be fun?! I hope I win!!

  • Monte
    February 4, 2019

    I love this and will be making one using my grandmother’s old table cloth!

  • JOY SIMA
    March 27, 2019

    LOVE THE TABLECLOTH IDEA, BUT WILL PROBABLY MAKE ONE WITH BLACK & WHITE WITH LIME GREEN ACCENTS REVERSING TO LIME GREEN WITH BLACK ACCENTS!!!

  • Frances Wright
    April 8, 2019

    This is an awesome pattern. I would use muslin on one side with my grandchildren’s handprints, and a pretty floral on the other side.

  • CJOsborne
    May 31, 2019

    Someone mentioned donating their mother’s old tablecloths to a thrift store! I’m glad you did! I love finding old (vintage/classic) pieces of fabric. I am so besotted with fabric that I just snipped and saved the coverings of two deformed shoulder pads (in case I might need a 3″ square piece of that fabric) before tossing the stuffing. Those of us who adore fabric would never give up even a tiny bit of the stuff, let alone something as precious as our mother’s old tablecloths (which NEVER go out of style, but just get better). It is not wrong to love fabric or to revere family history. .

  • Sherri
    June 7, 2019

    Wow, I love this pattern. The fabric ideas are endless. I have several friends that I would LOVE to make these for using some of their mother’s tablecloths, old vintage clothing, etc. I am so happy it’s adjustable as one of my friends is teeny tiny!! Never liked the tying of aprons, so this fits my lifestyle perfectly!!! Would love to win this pattern

  • Christine Woodward
    June 27, 2019

    I would like to make one of these crossover aprons using fabric from Lewis and Irene – Bumbleberries – Light Grey. Instead of making your reversible version I would underline this fabric with a plain cotton batiste. I would apply my own bias binding to the edges using a contrasting fabric from the same Bumbleberry range.

  • Carlos Haun
    July 3, 2019

    I am a messy cook AND messy artist/crafter!
    I would have fun going shopping to choose cool fabrics…maybe that look like paint or ink splatters. Or maybe I will add my own acrylic paint spatters!

  • Molly Dean
    July 20, 2019

    I have squares cut from my mothers favorite clothes and I would be delighted to make myself an apron from your lovely pattern.
    Thank you so much!

  • Martha Highfield
    July 23, 2019

    This would be GREAT for “dress up” fancy fabric and for ordinary country. I have some of my late mom’s clothing that would be great. Also, wouldn’t it be fun to do one for each holiday–Halloween, Christmas, July 4….

  • PM Mulkey
    August 17, 2019

    I have always wanted an apron and one like this especially … I’ve asked a couple of people that sew to make me one but they don’t have time. Would love to win this

  • Mary Alice Landau
    August 17, 2019

    I LOVE upcycling so I’m jazzed about the idea of using a tablecloth to make this. I’m going to raid my mother’s linen cabinet as she is no longer using her tablecloths.

  • Jackie Frentz
    August 18, 2019

    I have boxes of scraps and fabrics that I bought and never got around to using. I would find coordinating ones to make an apron. I am such a messy cook and this looks easy to slip on to protect my clothes. Thanks

  • Kathy Harrington
    August 31, 2019

    I have a couple of my grandmother’s vintage Christmas tablecloths, and I bake cookies for 3 days Christmas for gifts. I want to be able to wear an apron made from them and think of her….I am 66 and have wonderful memories of a warm kitchen and great aromas with my family and friends.

  • Irene
    October 31, 2019

    Hi I love this apron..I do pottery with a group.of people with disabilities and made a similar apron in denim with a big tiedyed cut out flower sewn on a pocket on the front …i didnt have a pattern so it is nowhere near as nice as this one..hence i would love to win a pattern to.make more of these aprons..the are so easy for people with disabilities as there are no ties for them to deal with
    Thank you

  • Salli Brown
    November 9, 2019

    I am going to make this apron for my daughter, and hope it isn’t too ‘Martha’ li one from Hand Maids tale

  • Salli Brown
    November 9, 2019

    I am going to make this apron for my daughter, and hope it isn’t too ‘Martha’ like one from Hand Maids tale

  • Darlene Spinks
    December 2, 2019

    I have enjoyed watching Nancy since her first show and the many shows that included Mari as guest. I also got to meet Nancy years ago when she came to Little Rock. A special memory.
    I have several of Mari’s patterns but not this one. I’m into Tula Pink’s fabrics right now. I would love to make this apron in fat quarters from her collection. I have Daughters, Daughter in Laws, and 4 Granddaughters who will love aprons from this pattern. I think I’ll also make aprons from this pattern for the guys in the family. I think it’s the perfect pattern for either gender. I would use this pattern so much if I were to win it. I have always liked any of Mari’s patterns I’ve used. Good quality and great design. Thank you!

  • isha
    August 12, 2021

    I have an apron from http://www.attyandsmart.com and wanted to make a little one for my daughter, she absolutely loves mine but I wasn’t quite sure where to get one. this was really helpful! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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