Craft Show Vendor Apron

These are also available for sale right here in my shop!


First, can I just say how happy I am that craft shows are so popular again?  I remember the school and church bazaars from many years ago, and in fact participated in a few when my kids were very small.  They were always an eclectic mix of products, most from people just looking to make a little extra money for the holidays.  The shows of today are often juried and made up of professionals whose products pay the rent.  They’re taken seriously, while still maintaining a fun, handmade vibe.  It was something I decided I wanted to be a part of last winter. My first thought was where I would put my stuff.  All those things that I’d need quick access to, like change, my phone, credit card swiper, business cards and a pen, needed a home.  I also wanted a safe place to store my ID and Jeep key.  I didn’t want a cash box, and was looking for something as mobile as I was.  Not too simple and not too complicated, and in a color scheme that fit my brand.  All those wants boiled down to a wearable apron with pockets in all the right places and sizes.  I couldn’t have been happier with this little baby’s performance.  I had other vendors come up to me to ask where I got my apron!  With the spring craft sale season underway, I thought this would be the perfect time to share the pattern with you.

I would consider this a bit more of an intermediate level project than some of my others, so if you’re new to sewing I’d suggest reading through the instructions before beginning.  Actually, that’s always a good plan, no matter what your skill level.

To start, you’ll need to piece together this pattern.  The flap is on its own page.  Here’s what it should look like when you’re done.  For reference, the apron piece on the pattern measures 19" wide and 11" tall after it's pieced together, and the flap is 7" wide and 2 1/4" tall.

In addition to the following cut pieces, you’ll need a 5/8 – 3/4” button, a 9” zipper and 90” of bias tape.  Use a 1/4” seam allowance, unless specifically indicated otherwise.

  • Two apron pieces – fabric
  • One apron piece – fusible interfacing
  • One pocket flap piece – fabric
  • One pocket flap piece – fusible interfacing
  • 3 1/2 by 6 1/2” – fabric (business card pocket)
  • 3 1/2 by 6 1/2” – fusible interfacing
  • 19 by 9” – fabric (bottom pockets – use the apron pattern to round the corners)
  • 19 by 9” – fusible interfacing (use the apron pattern to round the corners)
  • 1 1/2 by 3” – fabric (key loop)
  • 10 by 9” – fabric (inside cash pocket)
  • 7 by 9” – fabric (inside personal pocket)

You will find that the pocket flap is larger than it’s shown in the photos on the apron piece.  When I made the original aprons the flap barely covered the pocket, so I widened it.

Apply the interfacing to the back of each of the required pieces.  Fold the pocket flap with right sides together.  Pin.  Stitch, leaving 1” open.  Do the same with the 3 1/2 by 6 1/2” piece for the business card pocket, folding so the short sides are together.

Fold the 1 1/2 by 3” key loop piece in half lengthwise.  Press.  Fold the two raw edges into the middle and press.  Stitch near the side with the two folds.

Turn the flap right side out and press.  Stitch the sides and bottom, close to the edge.  Stitch a buttonhole to fit your button 1/2” from the center of the curved edge.

Turn and press the business card pocket.  Place on the bottom pocket piece as shown on the pattern.  Stitch close to the sides and bottom.

Using the pattern, draw the rectangles onto the back of the apron for the cash pocket and personal pocket openings.

Place the 10 by 9” and 7 by 9” pockets on the front of the apron, right side down, over each of their rectangles.  Stitch along the lines you drew.  This photo, and the others to follow that include two pieces, show what the step looks like from the front and the back.

Cut down the center of each rectangle, angling a cut to each corner.

Push the pocket into the slit until it’s all the way through and the pocket has basically turned right side out on the other side.  Press.

Pin the zipper to the back of the cash pocket slot with the zipper showing through the front.  Pin generously.  Pin the bottom edge of the pockets to the bottom of the apron so they don’t get caught in the stitching.

Stitch around the rectangle, close to the edge.  You’ll probably want to use a zipper foot.  Stitch around near the edge of the personal pocket opening as well.

On the back, unpin the two pockets and fold up with the edges even.  Stitch the sides and top, 1/4” from the edges, keeping the rest of the apron out of the stitching line.  Zigzag stitch over the seam allowance to reinforce.

Place the personal pocket flap on the apron as indicated on the pattern  with the top edge of the flap 1/2" above the top of the opening (remember, yours is longer, so center it over the opening).  Stitch close to the top edge of the flap.

Stitch the button onto the front of the pocket under the buttonhole.  I love that pop of red when you open the pockets!

Fold the cash and personal pockets up and pin in place so they won’t get caught in the stitching.  Place the bottom pockets piece on the apron.  Stitch through all layers along the four stitching lines shown on the pattern to create the pockets for a phone, pen, etc.  Unpin the pockets.

Lay the back piece right side down over the top.  Stitch around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

Turn right side out and press.  Top stitch close to the sides and bottom.

Find the center of the bias tape and the center of the top of the apron.  Open one side of the bias tape and pin with the raw edge even with the top edge of the apron, centers together.  Fold the key loop in half.  Slide it between the apron and bias tape as shown on the pattern with the fold inward.

Stitch 1/4” from the top edge, the width of the apron.

Press the bias up.  Fold it over the edge of the apron to the back.  Pin in place.  Fold the ends of the bias to the inside.  Stitch close to the double fold all the way from one end to the other, including across the apron.

Here’s what it looked like in action at the show.  My daughter loved hers, and with both of us wearing them it gave us a unified look.

These were great for our craft shows, but they would also work well for teachers, waitresses, artists or gardeners.

And don’t forget…Mother’s Day is coming!

***Update***  For those of you who aren't into sewing, but need an apron like this, I have ready-to-ship aprons available right here in my shop!