Here's the tutorial for this apron. This is the longest tutorial for the easiest apron ever. But I was going for the "picture is worth a thousand words" premise. So here goes.
You will need to cut 4 pieces of fabric for the apron base, two pockets, and lining and 2 for the ties.
Choose your fabrics. I chose decorator weight fabrics for the apron base and pockets and quilting cotton for the lining and ties. The decorator fabric gives the apron more weight and makes it quite sturdy.
The apron base, large pocket, and lining are all 12" x 24" inches.
The smaller front pocket is 8" x 24"
The ties are 5 1/2" cut selvage to selvage (most fabrics are 42")
Begin with 8" x 24" fabric rectangle for smaller front pocket. Fold over and press 1 inch on the long side and then fold over 1 inch and press again. Sew (top-stitch) with 1/8" seam allowance.
Note: There is no need to pin any of the seams in this apron. Pressing each fold with a hot iron before sewing, however, is key to nice straight seams.
Do the same for larger back pocket measuring 12 x 24 inches. Fold over 1 inch on one long side - press - fold over 1 inch again - press. Sew (top-stitch) with 1/8 inch sea allowance.
Align the two pockets like so...
Place the two pockets on top of the apron base fabric. The base fabric is 12 x 24 inches.
Sew all three rectangles together along both short edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Here they are sewn together along the two side edges. Set aside while you work on the ties.
Make 2 ties.
Cut a 5 1/2 inch strip of fabric selvage to selvage. Strip will be 5 1/2 x 42 inches.
Press in 1 inch on short side.
Fold strip in half lengthwise and press. Open the fabric strip.
Then press both long edges in up to the crease. See photo below.
Fold fabric down the center crease and sew.
Now place your apron base and pockets piece (now sewn together) right side up.
Arrange one of the ties - you'll be sewing one at a time - 1 inch from the top. Make sure that the entire tie is "inside" so that it is on the right side after you sew on the lining and turn the apron right side out.
Place lining fabric (12 x 24 inches), right sides together, on top.
Sew down this short side. Make sure you catch the tie and that it is straight.
Repeat on the opposite side. Make sure that it, too, is "inside" the apron sandwich.
Here is what it will look like.
I have sewn down the 2 sides and the bottom edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Both ties are inside the apron "sandwich."
Note: make sure that you do not catch the ties while sewing the bottom edge.
Next, sew the top leaving a 6 inch opening in the center for turning.
To do this begin at one end - sew approximately 8 inches and stop. Begin at other end and sew appox. 8 inches leaving a 6 inch gap in the center.
Snip all four corners and ends of the ties for a clean edge.
Turn apron inside out and press.
Topstitch along the top edge to close up the 6 inch opening used for turning.
Finally, make the two pockets into 6 by sewing two vertical lines down the entire length of the apron.
Here's a peak at the back.
I promise that it takes only 30 minutes to sew this apron.
Any beginner can sew this easily. If you have read this terribly lengthy tutorial you will have absolutely no trouble sewing the apron!
I will answer any questions in the comments.