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How To’s Day: Hostess Apron Tutorial

July 8th, 2014 by Camelot Fabrics

Hi everyone!






Happy Tuesday!! How is everyone today? We hope you’re feeling awesome! Have you seen yesterday’s post? We were inspired by one of Jessica Biel’s outfits, which was reminiscent of our Kate by Camelot Design Studio Collection, for this week’s Moody Monday.


It’s DIY time!! That’s right, today is Tuesday…so it’s time for another How To’s Day. As always, food seems to be a very popular topic at the Camelot Design Studio, so today’s tutorial is one near and dear to our hearts…and tummies! Last week, we shared with you our adorable, and scrumptious-looking, plush macaron pillows tutorial. This week’s tutorial? …also food-related, but hey, we’re good with that! Today we are featuring our Hostess Apron Tutorial.


Our Hostess Apron is a very pretty, ruffle-trimmed apron that is perfect for all your baking and cooking adventures…while still being in style! We also love a good party (glitter and confetti streamers required!) and we love to bake & cook, almost as much as we love to eat all the delicious foods, so why not put all three favorites together? Host a sewing/baking party with your closest girlfriends: sew your own hostess aprons and then bake some yummy cookies as a reward! How fun! Our What’s Cookin’ by Allison Cole is absolutely brilliant with our apron; the kitchen-inspired prints work so great, and are so fun & bright together.





We cannot wait to have our own sewing or baking party soon; we’ll all be rockin’ our fabulous aprons and eat scrumptious food….what could be better than that? :) Want to create your very own Hostess Apron? Click HERE to see the full tutorial!


Hostess Apron Tutorial




– 1 yard of What’s Cookin’ quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics in 8140801 #2 for the Main color
– 3/4 yard of What’s Cookin’ quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics in 8140802 #1 for the Ruffle
– 3-1/3 yards of double-fold bias binding in a coordinating color
– paper printer
– basic sewing supplies:
– sewing machine
– needle & coordinating thread (We used Aurofil 100% Egyptian cotton in #2277)
– iron & pressing surface
– measuring tape
– scissors & fabric shears
– straight pins
– fabric marker


– Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning, and trim the selvages.
– Unless otherwise directed, use a 1/2” seam allowance throughout.
– WOF = Width of Fabric.
– A red dashed line indicates the seam being executed in each step.



1. Print the Hostess Apron template PDF at 100% of actual size and trim the pages along their borders. Tape the pages together by aligning the numbered triangles, and cut out the template.
2. Pin or trace the Apron template onto a double layer of your Main fabric, with the dashed line of the template against the fabric’s fold as indicated. Cut out the Apron piece.
3. Cut (7) 4” x WOF strips from your Ruffle fabric.
4. Cut (2) 60” strips from your bias binding.



1. Join the Ruffle strips end-to-end, Right Sides facing. Press the seams open.
2. Fold this composite strip in half lengthwise, Wrong Sides together, and press the crease.
3. Form 2” wide box pleats along the length of the Ruffle strip as shown, pinning each pleat in place as you go. The top of each pleat should be pretty much square.

4. Baste the pleats in place with a 1/4” seam along the raw edge of the Ruffle, remove the pins and press to set the pleats’ creases.



1. Press a 1/2” hem along the top edge of the Apron, Wrong Sides facing.
2. Cut an 11” piece of your Ruffle. Fit the raw edge of this piece into the crease of the hem you just made in the Apron’s top edge. Sew the Ruffle in place with a scant 1/2” seam allowance.

3. Press the Ruffle away from the Apron so it is folded back on itself as shown. The raw edges of the Apron & Ruffle are now nested into each other’s folds.
4. Sew a 1/8” seam through all layers as shown, and trim the excess Ruffle.


5. Sew the balance of the Ruffle around the curved bottom edge of the Apron in the same manner as you sewed the top-edge Ruffle in place.



1. With the Wrong Side of the Apron facing upward, open up (1) 60” piece of binding. Leaving an 18” tail, line up the binding with the side of your Apron, the outside of the bias against the Apron. Sew the binding around the Apron’s underarm curve, including the Ruffle at either end, stitching along the binding’s outermost fold line. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

You’ll have about 26” of extra binding at the end of this seam. Don’t trim it – this will become one of your waist ties.
2. Turn your Apron over so that the Right Side is facing up. Wrap the bias tape around the Apron’s edge, with its own long edge tucked in toward the center of its fold (it’ll want to do this naturally), and stitch it in place with a seam 1/8” from the inner fold.
3. Stitch the binding closed along the length of its tails at the neck & waist, tucking the short ends neatly inside the fold.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 with the second side of the Apron.



We hope you have enjoyed this week’s How To’s Day!! Let us know your thoughts. If you decided to give this tutorial a try, or one of our other DIY projects, we’d love to see! You can always send your project pictures to Have a wonderful day!





Happy Sewing!

7 Responses to “How To’s Day: Hostess Apron Tutorial”

  1. September 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm, Millie said:

    Hey. Okay. Maybe I’m just being an idiot, but when the template only has six pages and, when taped together, they are not the complete pattern. Am I doing something wrong? It looks like there needs to be at least an additional 4 or so pages.

    • September 17, 2014 at 10:24 am, said:

      Hi Millie! Did you only print out 4 pages? There should be a total of 6 pages for the complete template! :) Let me know – if it’s still not working for you, I can send you a copy of the template by email.

  2. October 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm, beth green said:

    I too have printed out 6 pages and there seems to be at least three pages more needed to complete pattern. Help I am about to sew!!

    • October 28, 2014 at 9:11 am, said:

      So sorry about that, Beth. I am going to ask the pattern designer, and let you know what happened.

  3. June 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm, Dee Q. said:

    This is a really cute apron, but there aren’t enough pattern pieces in the PDF to complete the pattern. There aren’t even enough pieces to ‘fill in the blanks” and match anything up. What a waste of paper and time!!

  4. March 02, 2017 at 3:06 pm, Lee said:

    So obviously this has never been fixed – from over a year ago as the pattern pieces are still incomplete. Not a good way to run a ‘free’ tutorial.

  5. April 08, 2017 at 9:43 pm, Shannon said:

    This is super annoying. I just read the comments after printing, cutting and taping the 6 pages that printed. There are 3 pages missing. Very disappointing, as this is a cute apron. :(