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Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Here’s an original free apron sewing pattern with two built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket. Aprons have been glued to my body ever since I started feeding Elise – I find it’s just easier to wipe my hands on my stomach than find a dish towel.

I need something that would work for me as a stay-at-home-mom in an all-day apron so this is what I came up with, and I love it.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

I’m thrilled to be a judge for Prudent Baby’s Sewing Machine Double Down Potholder Contest! Jaime and Jacinda’s easy potholder tutorials inspired me so much that I decided to make my own potholder version for the occasion – embellished with an attached apron and secret iPhone pocket. My original free apron sewing pattern has Jamie and Jacinda’s potholder pattern built-in, plus a secret iPhone pocket on the back so I can avoid losing my phone around the house.

There are two potholders, one on the left side and one on the right. It’s much easier to have the potholders “on me” than fumbling for them and juggling Elise.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

On the back I used one piece of fabric to make the potholders which gave me a perfect opportunity to include that secret iPhone pocket:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Of course you’ll want to be careful when using this potholder apron with any open stove top flames but I’m finding that it’s so great to be able to quickly grab that pot or pull a quick cookie sheet out of the oven. And no more calling myself so I can find my dang phone.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

So it’s time to start judging those Prudent Baby potholder contest entries for those drool-worthy sewing machines. Good sewing, and good luck!

WANNA MAKE IT? Free pattern, step-by-step tutorial instructions and supply list for making my apron with built-in potholders plus secret iPhone pocket craft project –>

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design
Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

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Please post a comment if you use this project – it makes me smile. And you can post your photos to our “I made it!” flickr photo group. Craft and pass it on!

How to make an apron with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Cut apron pieces:
One 24″ x 24″ square (I used Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Church Flowers in Blue)
One piece 26″ x 4″ for the waistband (I used Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Slim Dandy in Blue)
Two ties 23″ x 3″ – you can make the ties shorter or longer as you wish (I used Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Slim Dandy in Blue)

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Cut potholder pieces:
Two 9×20″ pieces (I cut one of Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Slim Dandy in Blue and one of yellow & white gingham)
Two 9×9″ pieces (I used Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Church Flowers in Blue)

Cut batting:
Four 9″x7″ (two of Insul-Bright Insulated Batting and two of 100% cotton batting)
Four 9″x9″ (two of Insul-Bright Insulated Batting and two of 100% cotton batting)

How to make potholders:

NOTE: I used Jaime and Jacinda’s potholder tutorials for my tutorial and built around it. I’m incorporating their steps in here because I altered them enough that it would be confusing otherwise, but if you ever want to make just potholders use their super easy tutorials.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Place a 9×9″ fabric square face down on the table. Put your batting on top. I used two layers of Insul-Bright Insulated Batting but I’m told that it’s better to use one layer plus a layer of 100% cotton batting.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

You can either make your own double-fold bias tape using the Simplicity Bias Tape Makeror buy it. Cut a 24″ piece of extra-wide bias tape and pin the bias tape to the 9×9″ square and sew one side of the biding tape to the potholder. Repeat for the other potholder. They will look like this from the back:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Place your apron on the table right side down. Place a potholder on the right corner, right-side-up, and pin.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Repeat on the left side too. Quilt as you please – you’ll be stitching through the apron front and the potholder back, with the batting in-between. Remember that whatever you quilt will show on the apron front. I just did vertical lines like Jaime did, stitching 8 stitches between rows – sew up to the stitching line where you sewed down your bias tape and then turn. It’s not totally even but not too shabby:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now pin the other side and quilt that down too. When you’re done with both sides the back will look like this, with the middle of the bias tape totally open:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

And here’s the front, but ignore all my wrinkles – quilting took a beating on the rest of the fabric:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now take your 9×20″ piece and place it right-side down on your table. Put one 9X7 piece of batting on both the left and right sides.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Sandwich it with your other piece of 9×20 fabric, right-side up, and pin.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Baste around the entire outside rectangle to hold the pieces together. Then on the left side, quilt the batting to the fabric like you did above. Repeat on the right side. You can leave the middle area un-quilted like I did or go ahead and quilt it too.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Cut two pieces of binding the same length as the short sides and sew.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

I used the two-step binding technique – nerd.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Place your apron face-down. Lay the 9×20″ potholder piece on top, leaving about 2 inches on the left and right sides.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Remember that open binding tape on the top? Pin down the binding tape on top…

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

…BUT when you get to the middle, just put the binding tape on each side of the secret pocket like so – your hand should be able to fit inside like this:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Sew the left side binding tape, making sure to stop when you reach the secret pocket. Turn your needle and sew down to the bottom and around the bottom, leaving the middle open for now. You’ve basically sewn a big C.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Starting to look like potholders, yes?

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Repeat on the other side.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now you’re going to sew the binding on the top of your secret pocket. Slide the pocket lining back from the binding and sew, making sure not to catch the lining in your stitches. Now sew the bottom of the pocket shut too.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

OK, so your secret pocket is done.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now I try to avoid turning corners with binding tape (lazy) so I decided to round off the edges. Place a circle on your corner – I used a roll of painter’s tape – and trace the curve.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now cut the curve off.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Sew binding around the apron outside, leaving the top fabric edge raw.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

It’s looking like an apron now, right? Here is the front:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

And here’s the back with the potholders and pocket:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

How to make the apron waistband and ties

Cut one piece 26″ x 4″ for the waistband. You can interface it if you want but I felt lazy. Fold in half and press. Fold each long side in 0.5″ and press. It will look like this:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Turn in the left and right edges 0.5″ like this:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

And pin:

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Set it aside for a bit and now make the ties. You’ll do the same basic steps to make the ties – fold them in half and press…

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Then turn up 0.5″ on each long side and press to the center.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

No need to do its left side – just leave the edges raw. Pin the ties closed.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Sew your ties close to the edge.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now repeat on your other strap, this time fold the left side in 0.5″. No need to do its right side. Slip the raw edge of the strap under the waistband…

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

…and pin.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Sew around the perimeter.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

I made “X” shapes on both ends to make sure the ties are tightly secured.

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this free pattern and step-by-step tutorial instructions for personal use with the request that you post a comment below. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers. Craft and pass it on!

 
 




27 Responses to “Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket”


  1. GAY FERLAND Says:

    I like your idea with a half apron. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    In 1982, I managed a supermarket bakery where I actually made potholders in an industrial apron. I had 3 extra pockets….I) for pens, temperature gauge 2) personal, 3) personals, I liked pockets. LOL!

  2. Laurel Says:

    Fantastic tutorial. I’m going to make some of these for my girlfriends’ Christmas presents!

  3. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Sue, I’m so glad that you found my pattern! Would love to hear your feedback and see pics of what you make, you can post them at http://www.facebook.com/merrimentdesign

  4. Sue Says:

    Love this; had always thought it would be handy to have potholders attached but never took time. Rachael Ray’s moppins were interesting but folks said they weren’t thick enough and are apparently now discontinued. SO glad I found this!

  5. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @Julia that sounds like a cool idea. I’d love to see your apron when you’re done and share it with my followers. If you wanna share it you can at facebook.com/merrimentdesign. Happy sewing!

  6. Julia Edwards Says:

    I love this pattern. We have a Kris Kringle Challene with our Patchwork group. We gonna each make an apron and swap at Christmas. I’m gonna use the pattern we been given but incorporate your idea for the oven mitts. Thankyou for sharing.

  7. KimSteinmetz Says:

    This is beautiful and creative! What a wonderful tutorial! Your work is so nice looking. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jes Says:

    Great pattern! I saw something similar but the apron looked like half of a pleated skirt. I love this idea!

  9. Sheila Says:

    Awesome pattern will have to make me a couple of these.
    Thanks

  10. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Oh man, very embarrassing, sorry about that and I have made the correction to 9″ x 9″. Now I really have to come up with a craft that will use the pieces that you cut and didn’t use!! Love seeing the pictures, thanks for posting on the Merriment Flickr group!

  11. ASHLEY S Says:

    Just added my photos to the flickr group! Being new to the bias tape world, I actually bought quilt binding instead of extra wide binding. It’s not as neat as yours, but I was still proud of the product. Thanks again for the tutorial! Found one more typo in the instructions… for the measurements of the potholder pieces, you have two 9 x 7″ pieces, when in fact, the directions require two 9 x 9″ pieces. I learned this too late. Guess that means I need to start reading all the directions before I cut, like they taught me in school! Haha!

  12. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @Ashley, oh man, so sorry about that. I copied/pasted the link and forgot to change it. I hope you can find a new use for the 1/2 yard you washed. Good for you for preshrinking – I’m so lazy about that. We have the Pioneer Woman cookbook and it’s a keeper – the jalapeno poppers especially are sooo good. Thanks for correcting me and let me know if any of the rest of the instructions need clarification. And I would love to see your finished apron on our flickr group! http://www.flickr.com/groups/merrimentdesign/ Thanks again!!

  13. Ashley S Says:

    I went to get the supplies to make this today, had all my fabric washed, and went to cut it… only to realize the measurements were off. I double checked to make sure I’d read things correctly. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but 1/2 a yard is only 18″, right? How do I make a 24″ x 24″ square for my main fabric piece if the longest I can make the cut side is 18″? Maybe I’m missing something…

    Otherwise, I’m simply giddy about this tutorial and am making it as a wedding gift to accompany a Pioneer Woman cookbook. Thanks for the free tutorial!

  14. Kat Says:

    Wow thank you so much for the tutorial!! What a neat idea! Im going to have to add a couple of these to mine and my friends kitchens!!! :) Great job!!!

  15. Caitlin Kavanaugh Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with the FaveCrafts blog hop! This apron is absolutely adorable! Would you be interested in letting us publish this with FaveCrafts? Drop me an e-mail if you are interested and I’d be happy to send you more information.

    Thanks again,

    Caitlin

  16. Heather Says:

    This is stunning AND super functional. I would love to see what other folks come up with using this pattern…wow, the possibilities!

  17. sarah Says:

    neat! I can’t wait to try this ;)

  18. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Rachel, thanks so much!! It’s really working well for me considering I pretty much live in it these days. Appreciate the link, as always!

  19. Rachel Says:

    WHOA. I think this may be the coolest apron EVER. I love all the hidden secrets- wow! Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  20. Juanita Says:

    Great idea to have pot holder attached to apron. Will try to make one soon and post it in the “I made it” Flickr photo group. Thank you for the tutorial.

  21. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @homepodge I know, it’s a little girly, this one. Would love to see it in another fabric so if your sister does make it for you please post it on our brand new flickr “I made it!” photo pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/merrimentdesign/

  22. homepodge Says:

    This is great! I can never find my oven mitts when I need them. My sister’s better at sewing than I am… I think I’ll hint that I want this for my birthday. In a slightly more masculine pattern, of course :)
    *not that there’s anything wrong with florals. They’re just not my style.


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