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Quilt Block Apron

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quilt block apron

10" quilt block bib, towel and pocket

Designer: Christina Sherrod

Also see Quilt Block Apron In Child Size

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Quilt Block Bib

apron quilt block This beautiful apron uses one 8" quilt block plus border, which makes up the bib. The finished block, including a 1" border all the way around, measures 10" x 10". You could substitute any quilt block/border to create an overall size of 10". What a fun way to use a quilt block!

The towel offers a convenient feature for the apron, as does the pocket.

This pattern has been on our website for almost 15 years. It was one of the first patterns posted. It is a favorite among our visitors.

NOTE: I made my border .5", so my overall quilt block size is 9". After the apron was finished, I decided that the quilt block should have been a full 10" so this tutorial has been adjusted.

Don't miss our Free Quilt Lessons. It covers basic quilt techniques as well as creating points (sewing triangles).

Apron Size

This apron pattern is size small adult (waist no more than 30"). The size can easily be adjusted by adding to length of skirt, width of skirt, adding a larger quilt block for the bib, etc.

The finished quilt block (including the border) measures 10" square. You can use any 8", 9" or 10" block, and you can add borders as needed.

The skirt measures 15" across the top (front half of waist). My skirt has a length of 24".

Adjust the size by changing the length or width of the skirt, and/or changing the quilt block size.


apron fabrics Fabric (choose your own colors: I will refer to colors in photo)

NOTE: One fat quarter measures 18" x 22"

solid gold fabric: enough for two 1.5" X 1.5" squares and two 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles

gold star fabric: enough for two 1.5" X 1.5" squares, one 1.5" x 7" strip and two 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles

navy star fabric: one fat quarter piece (or 1/4 yard)

muslin: (or white fabric) 1 1/3 yard (for 26" skirt): purchase more yardage for longer skirt

1/2 kitchen towel

thread to match background of fabric
fabric marker
large sewing ruler (optional but nice to have)
scissors or rotary cutter / cutting mat

Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.

Safety Reminders For Little Helpers

A. Always have an adult do all the ironing!
B. Never run with scissors. Carry them pointed end down.
C. Never use a sewing machine without adult supervision.
D. Always let an adult use the seam ripper for you.

Now you are ready to start!


Please Note: these diagrams are not exactly to scale, but the pieces do fit as shown.

1. Cut Fabric Pieces

Cut fabric pieces directly from fabric (using a large sewing ruler and rotary cutter is easiest) OR create paper pattern pieces. I use butcher paper. I buy a large roll, then use it to create all of my patterns.

apron layout Muslin Pattern Pieces (or main apron fabric)
Skirt: Cut 1 piece 26" x 37" (length = 26" and width of skirt is 37")
Pocket: Cut 1 piece 7" x 8" (for lining of pocket)
Waist Ties: Cut 2 pieces each 3 1/2" x 24"
Neck Ties: Cut 2 pieces each 3 1/2" x 26"
Waist Band: Cut 1 piece 3 1/2" x 15 1/2"
Quilt Block Border Strips: Cut 4 strips each measuring 9" x 1"
Quilt Block Back: Cut 1 piece 10.5" x 10.5"

Now, lay-out pattern pieces as shown in the diagram. Cut out fabric pieces.

Quilt Block Pieces

Navy Star Fabric
1. Cut one 10" x 2.5" strip. Cut strips into 4 squares, each 2.5" x 2.5"
2. Cut four 7.5" x 1.5" strips.
3. Cut two 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles
4. Cut one 7" x 7" square for pocket

Gold Solid Fabric:
1. Cut one 3" x 1.5" strip. Cut into two 1.5" x 1.5" squares
2. Cut two 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles.

Gold Star Fabric:
1. Cut one 3" x 1.5" strip. Cut into two 1.5" x 1.5" squares
2. Cut two 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles
3. Cut one 1/5" x 7" strip for top edge of pocket

Pocket Pieces (finished pocket is 8" high x 7" wide)

Yellow: Cut 1 piece 1.5" high x 7.5" wide
Blue: Cut 1 piece 7.5" high x 7.5" wide

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