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Project: Sewing Machine Apron

Do you like to sew, but hate having to hunt for your scissors, thread clippers, or marking pencil? Is your sewing table a bit small to hold the tools you need? This “apron” is made for the sewing machine. The weight of the machine holds the apron and all your tools securely, and within easy reach!


  • Machine aprons don’t have to be just for machines! Consider making one as an armchair pocket for remotes and crossword supplies, or a bed apron for reading glasses and a book or notepad and pencil.




45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/NS)
17″ x 17″ Rotating Cutting Mat (RM-17S)
6″ x 24″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×24)


1 Main color fat quarter (approx. 18″ x 22″)
1 Coordinating color fat quarter
Basic sewing supplies


  1. Cut the batting to match the size of the fat quarter.
  2. Place fabric right sides together, and add batting to the top of the stack of fabric.
  3. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch around the fabric, leaving a 4″ opening on one side.
  4. Turn project right side out, and iron flat.
  5. With the main color up, turn the rectangle so that you have an 18′ side at the top.
  6. Fold up 4″ from the bottom of the rectangle, giving you an 18″ square with a pocket, and pin securely.


  7. Top stitch around the entire project, making sure you catch the sides of the pocket.
  8. Next, create separations in the pocket for sewing tools. Depending on the tools you are using, you may want to make some pockets a bit narrower.
  9. Once you have decided what width you want for each pocket, top stitch through the 4″ folded pocket and the back of the fabric.


  10. Place top portion of apron under your sewing machine, adjusting so that you have the pocket at a good level for you. Fill pockets and enjoy!
  11. If you have tools that are shorter than 4″, consider stitching a line across the bottom of that tool’s pocket so it won’t fall out of reach.
  12. If you have tools that are too long for the pocket and keep falling out, try stitching an elastic band up higher for the item to slip through before going into the pocket.


Project design by Sheila Reinke.
For personal, non-commercial use only.