Aprons are one of my favorite sewing projects. I have over the last 5 or 6 years made ??? I've lost count of how many. I've been involved in several apron exchanges, made them for friends, give them at bridal showers and when my own daughter was married, I made a bunch of aprons to give away as prizes at her bridal shower.
My favorite pattern is this Kwik Sew apron pattern. View A. This apron can be made for as little as $5 if you make your own bias tape. $10 if you buy the bias tape. I've done both, but mostly bought bias tape for the sake of time and convenience. I will say though that I think an apron much improved with self bias tape.
I've been wanting to make an apron for a friend for awhile. I finally got down to business yesterday and after we finished school, laundry was caught up and I cut out 8 doll dresses and 9 doll pinafores, I cut an apron out and sewed it up. This pattern only takes me about 15 minutes to cut out and an hour to sew up. It is simple for a beginner and once how the pattern is assembled is understood, all subsequent aprons go together even quicker and easier.
I've also embellished this apron with a cute ruffle and sometimes a double ruffle. Excuse the photos...they were taken several years ago back before I knew one thing about cropping and editing and taking pictures in general.
I love cherry fabric.
I wish I could find this fabric again. It was so cute with little peeps scratching around. Oh to have 2 more yards of it!
This pattern is a Simplicity...I don't remember which one off the top of my head. Livia also has a some culottes made out of this fabric.