vintage embroidered apron


I am a charity shop fan. I like nothing more than a potter around a good local shop, hunting for treasure. That’s what it feels like, you have so many visits where you find nothing, but then you strike gold! These little embroidered napkins or tablecloths are gold, but they aren’t that hard to find either – most charity shops have a basket of them. I just love that someone spent hours stitching these pieces and probably treasuring them and laundering them perfectly their whole lives, bringing them out on special occasions! We don’t really do that any more do we? My table just has a permanently semi-stained oil cloth on it, only very rarely do I actually get a table cloth out, then I find it needs and iron and maybe hasn’t been washed since I last used it (don’t judge me). So, what else could you do with these little treasures? Well, read on. Here’s an idea.

What you will need….

Two or three old embroidered napkins or a tablecloth

Iron on interfacing

A length of fabric for the apron, I used a cord

A length of fabric for lining the apron (mine was 42cm x 62cm including the seam allowance but make your apron the size you wish)

A length of fabric for the apron tie, or an old wide ribbon (mine was 200cm x 7cm)

Some jumbo pom pom trim (depending on how big your apron is, I used 130cm)

Sewing machine

Basic haberdashery supplies


Cut out your lengths of fabric for the base of the apron. You will need two rectangle shaped pieces, one for the front and one to line. The length and width will depend on how big/small you want the apron to be.

Choose which pieces of embroidery you’d like as your pockets and cut them to the size you’d like them to be, lay them out on your fabric to test the positioning. Then line each panel with iron on interfacing.


You can line the pockets if you like, or just press a seam onto the top edge where the pocket will open. This piece in the photo already had seams sewn on the other edges but you many need to sew side seams also, if you have cut out your panel from a larger piece of fabric.

Sew along the top seam and side seams of the patch pockets if needed.



Now position your pieces on the panel that will be the front of your apron and sew into place.

You now need your lining fabric. With right sides together, pin the pom pom trim into place. Mine was quite bulky so it was quite a tricky task, but you could use smaller pom pom trim to make it easier. Of course you could just leave the apron plain. Sew the two pieces together, leaving the top edge open. You’ll need to sew so that only the pom poms are visible once turned the right way round, and you can’t see any of the edging.


Press the top edge to form a neat hem

\You’ll now need your apron tie, this could be two lengths of fabric you have sewn together to form a long ribbon, or an old wide ribbon. With right sides together, pin the ribbon to the seam you have just pressed.

Sew the ribbon to the apron, closing the top edge seam as you go. And you have your finished apron!



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