Vintage Cobbler Apron

I have finally finished all the work required for a new class.  Yippee!!!  I’m thrilled with the finished apron!

This adorable apron pattern is inspired by a vintage pattern that was called a Cobbler Apron.  No idea why they would call a child’s apron a cobbler apron – children certainly aren’t cobblers.  LOL!  I adore this style!  It is just so cute and I couldn’t resist recreating a version of this apron that would be suitable for today.  I chose to maintain the vintage inspiration and call it a cobbler apron.

This is a new class that I’ve submitted to SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) for approval and the pattern will accompany the class.  If you have an interest in needle arts, I would encourage you to consider joining SAGA!  You can learn so much and enjoy stitching time with fellow enthusiasts!  There are always plenty of stitching options available around the country each year – both at local guilds as well as retreats and conventions.


I don’t offer patterns for sale.  Just thought I’d put that out there since I always get questions regarding the patterns.


Please disregard the “stuffing” on my form.  LOL!  I don’t have a form for a size 1, so a padded wire form is the current display.  I need to find another option for displaying smaller sizes!

I’ve embroidered a fun flower garden around the hem of the dress and surrounded the flowers with spaghetti bias for some extra interest and pop.  I just love this little apron!  Of course, I also can envision this as a cute skirt for older girls!  I will be working on something like that next!

The back is as cute as the front!  No two flowers are alike – that would be too boring!!!  Hahaha!!!

While I love the idea of this being worn alone as our children did and as was done for many years, it would also look so sweet over a yoke dress!  Pretty much any print, solid or gingham would work!

Pictured above and below is the first version of the dress. This version was stitched in pearl cotton.  The new version uses stranded floss, which is much easier to obtain and has many more colors available.  I do love the first version as well though!

I hope everyone else will be as excited about this new class/pattern as I am!!!

Now, off to begin a skirt…..


8 thoughts on “Vintage Cobbler Apron

  1. Karin Eveland

    Kathy this is absolutely adorable, and I look forward to the opportunity to work on this one someday, don’t know how you mange to design and do all these things. I can barely get done my to do projects. I expect we may see this in Classic Sewing!! wonderful. congrats!!

  2. Linda Thompson

    Kathy, this little cobblers apron is so pretty! And, yes a skirt for older girls would be nice…I wish I had those fine embroidery skills you have!.

    Cobbler’s apron…one to wear while eating one piece…imagine a little one climbing on to a counter to dip one little finger into a fresh peach cobbler…once will not do it.

  3. Rettabug

    Just Darling, Kathy! Would make a lovely summer sundress dress/pinafore on a wee one.
    Your hand embroidery takes it to a whole new level…pure perfection!

    I saved a sheer trellis pattern band with little yellow flowers from a curtain, with the intent of using it on a dress hem someday. This inspires me to put it to use!!

  4. Hettie Lynn Tynes

    I love this dress, Kathy! And all of the exquisitely embroidered flowers, oh my! I can’t imagine how long that would take. Both the pearl cotton and floss versions are beautiful. Herrschners has the best selection of oearl cotton that I’ve found.

  5. Kay Briley

    Kathy, I love this so much and hope to get the chance to make one. Your needlework is absolutely exquisite. I just love following your work and hope to take a class one day, if your ever close to Alabama. I wish we had a smocking guild close to me for the fellowship with others.

  6. Theresa Lensmyer

    Hi Kathy. Love this dress/apron! I am in the hospital with knee replacement
    Did you ever consider a virtual class and we can pay a fee and but the kit?
    Theresa Lensmyer

    1. Kathy Post author

      Hi Theresa. While that’s a wonderful idea, I would have no idea on how to create a virtual class. I will look into that and see what I can find out. I’m computer “challenged”, so have not considered this route, though I know that other designers have been doing this. Good luck on your recovery!!!


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