Fat Quarter Projects | Retro Pinny

We love fat quarter projects! Sew up a blast from the past with this simple yet stylish retro pinny, designed by Rowena Lane. Made from just two fat quarters, this vintage-style design is easy to make and will look cool and alternative in a range of fabrics.

You Will Need:

retro pinny free sewing pattern

How to Make the Retro Pinny

1. Cut out a rectangle 51cm x 56cm (20 1/2in x 22  1/2in) from your main fabric fat quarter. From your contrast fabric fat quarter, cut out a 17cm (6 1/2in) square for the pocket.

2. Hem the pocket piece on each side with a double hem: fold over by 1cm (3?8in), press, fold over by 1cm (3?8in) and press again. Topstitch the pocket onto the apron body 12cm (4¾in) from the top edge and 9cm (3½in) in from the side.

3. Hem the apron body on each side with a double hem, using a 1.5cm (5?8in) turnover this time. Make a row of running stitches to gather in 2cm (¾in) down from top edge. Draw up thread to gather waist to 36cm (14¼in).

4. Cut two contrast fabric ties 10cm (37?8in) by the length of the longest edge of the fat quarter. Cut the waistband strip 10cm x 37cm (37?8in x 145?8in). Join the strips, with the waist strip in the centre. Press seams open. Turn over a 1.5cm (5?8in) hem all round and press.

5. To attach the waistband unfold the top fold line and place right side down on the right side of the top edge of the apron body; pin.

6. Sew along the gathering line. Fold the strip back over. Turn in the ends of each tie and topstitch the folded fabric on the open edges of both ties. Slip stitch the waistband section to the wrong side of the apron.

7. Turn up the hem at the bottom edge of the apron as required and hem stitch in place to complete your retro pinny.


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