How to Sew a Vintage Peg Apron

One of my favourite household chores is doing the laundry, I love the simplicity of it, the smells of the laundry products and getting time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air whilst I peg everything up. What I don’t like, however, besides folding laundry, is dealing with plastic pegs. After time in the sun, they crack, break, fall apart and end up littering the garden; not to mention the spider webs that get made on them, yuk! So I started brainstorming a way to combat this issue and of course, the ’50s had the solution, a peg apron! The other great part of this apron is that it replaces a plastic peg basket which will also eventually fall apart, Yipee!

What you will need:
-Two complimentary fabrics, no more than half a metre each.
-Bias tape
-general sewing supplies

Time: about 2 hours

I started by cutting out two rectangles at 10” by 12” on some tracing toil as my main pattern piece. On one of the rectangles, I cut a curved piece out of the top corner to serve as my pocket opening. Don’t make this too big as your apron will gape. Mine was around the 4” in and 5” deep. This piece will be your front apron portion whilst the other piece will be your back apron portion.

If you want a rounded apron, curve the outer side. You can cut both pieces at the same time to ensure they’re the same shape. The main long flat side will serve as your fold.

Now it’s completely up to you what kind of fabric you choose. I liked pairing a printed fabric with a plain and chose to make the print the main feature. I cut the front apron portion on the fold of the patterned fabric using the front apron pattern piece as a guide.
I then cut the back apron section on the fold of the plain fabric using the back apron pattern piece.

Finally cut your tie straps about 4″ or 5” thick and as long as you want them. Mine 59” but I wish I made them longer as then it’s easier to tie at the back so keep that in mind.

You’re ready to start sewing!

Start by hemming around the pocket on the apron front. Then sew in your bias tape onto the pocket edges.

Place the apron front piece onto of the apron back piece, pin them and sew along the edges all the way around. Trim if needed. Then sew bias tape all around the edges except the top.

Fold your waist strap in half and iron it flat. Then fold the edges in by 1/4” on both the top and bottom. Iron them flat.

Pin and sew the end closed. Then find the centre of your apron and waistband, align them well. Then tuck your apron into your waistband and sew the waistband closed.

You’re done!

I am really happy at how this apron turned out and I have enjoyed using it since it’s creation. Of course, you can use this pattern to make whatever kind of apron you like including a kitchen, garden or cleaning apron, it’s completely up to you. You can also add ribbons, bows, iron-on patches or lace to decorate it as you please. It’s all up to your imagination.

Side Note: thank you to all those who helped vote for which fabric I used on my Instagram. It was really appreciated and I can’t wait to hear your opinions on future projects.


Thank you for voting on my Instagram @missmonmon.pinup


Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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