12 Cross Back ‘Japanese’ Apron Patterns & Tutorials (+ FREE)

I’m sharing apron sewing patterns and tutorials that have a criss-cross back. They’re sometimes called Japanese aprons. I’ve included free printable sewing patterns, physical paper ones, and tutorials with apron measurements.

cross back apron sewing patterns

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FREE PDF cross back apron patterns

Apron with front pocket by Tessuti

yellow cross back apron on mannequin
Photo credit: Tessuti

Download now ($0)

  • Sizes: one size.
  • Design: this apron has a square neck, wide straps, and a big front pocket. The edges are all turned and hemmed, so you don’t need bias binding.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch). Tessuti suggests medium weight cotton, linen, or denim.
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1.2 – 1.6 yards / 1.1 – 1.45 meters.
  • File format: A4, US letter, and copy-shop A0 sizes.
  • Instructions included: yes.

Reversible kids apron by Spoonflower

a child wearing a bright apron and painting.
Photo credit: Spoonflower.

Download now ($0). Read the sewing instructions.

  • Sizes: 5 sizes (XS – XL) for children. Chest measurement: 20″ – 37″.
  • Design: this apron is fully-lined and reversible. It has a round neck, 1 pocket, and it’s knee-length.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1 3/4 yards – 2 3/4 yards, depending on the size you make.
  • File format: US letter size (it uses 18 pages). You can also print this on A4 paper, there will just be more paper waste because the margins are bigger.
  • Instructions included: yes, in this blog post. Plus a video tutorial which I’ve featured below:

Curved design by Hobby Craft

a woman wearing an orange cross-back apron, and front and back views of the DIY apron.
Photo credit: Hobby Craft.

Download now ($0). Read the sewing instructions.

  • Sizes: one size.
  • Design: this apron has a square neck finished with a facing, deep curves at the sides, 2 small patch pockets, and wide straps.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 2.2 yards / 2 meters.
  • File format: A4 size (it uses 16 pages).
  • Instructions included: yes, in this blog post.

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Paid PDF cross back apron patterns

Hepworth Apron by Jenni Smith

woman wearing a blue cross back apron
Photo credit: Jenni Smith

Download US version or UK version ($14)

  • Sizes: US 4 – 14 / UK 8 – 18.
  • Design: it’s a long apron. It features a square neck with a front band, and 2 side pockets. French seams are used to create a neat finish inside.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1.65 yards (1.5 meters) for all sizes.
  • File format: pdf file or paper version for $28.
  • Instructions included: yes, plus video tutorials here.

3-pocket apron by Cami Made

Front and back view of a woman wearing a red linen apron, and a sewing pattern line drawing.
Photo credit: Camimade.

Download now (£2, approx $2.77)

  • Sizes: 8 sizes. Bust measurement: 31.5″ to 45″ (80cm to 114cm).
  • Design: it’s a long apron that goes past the knee. It has a square neck and 3 pockets at the front.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch). The apron in the photo was made from linen.
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1.5 yards (1.4 meters).
  • File format: PDF file in A4, US letter, and A0 copy shop sizes.
  • Instructions included? yes, a printable PDF sewing guide is provided with the pattern.

Round neck apron by TOTOshopUA

woman wearing grey linen apron with cross back
Photo credit: TOTOshopUA

Download now ($5.40 / £3.99)

  • Sizes: XXS-XL.
  • Design: it has a round scoop neck with a center pleat. It finishes mid-thigh and has 2 front pockets.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1-2 yards.
  • File format: A4 and US letter size.
  • Instructions included: yes.

Square neck apron by TOTOshopUA

woman wearing blue apron with cross back straps
Photo credit: TOTOshopUA

Download now ($5.40 / £3.99)

  • Sizes: 2 sizes.
  • Design: it has a square neck and 2 front pockets. It’s a short length, and there’s less coverage at the back, so less fabric is used.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: just under 1 yard.
  • File format: A4 and US letter size.
  • Instructions included: yes.

High coverage design by Maven Patterns

Download now ($14.79 / £10)

  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL.
  • Design: this apron has curved side seams, 2 big patch pockets, and wide straps. The straps and front are finished with a facing. The apron is almost knee-length.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1.6 – 2.5 yards / 1.45 – 2.25 meters.
  • File format: A4, US letter, and A0 copy shop sizes.
  • Instructions included: yes, in these blog posts. There’s also a tutorial on how to make this apron reversible.

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Paper sewing patterns for cross back aprons

These are physical products, not digital.

Simplicity Vintage Aprons 1221

line drawings for vintage aprons with cross backs and ruffles
Photo credit: Simplicity

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  • Sizes: S, M, L.
  • Design: this pattern includes 4 aprons. View C and D are cross back styles. They have gathered skirts, ruffles, square necks, patch pockets, and a unique waistband.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1 – 2.5 yards.
  • Instructions included: yes.

Kwik Sew K4301 Wraparound Apron

line drawings for cross-back apron sewing patterns
Photo credit: Kwik Sew

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  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL.
  • Design: this apron has a high round neck, side pockets, and optional ruffles. It offers lots of coverage at the front and back. You’ll need bias binding to finish the neckline, arm holes, and cross back.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 2 – 4 yards.
  • Instructions included: yes.

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Sewing tutorials for cross-back aprons (without patterns)

These are step-by-step sewing tutorials. No printable sewing patterns are included. You’re given measurements and sewing instructions instead.

Apron with deep side pockets by Purl Soho

orange apron with cross back straps
Photo credit: Purl Soho

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  • Sizes: one size.
  • Design: this apron has a square neck, wide straps, and interesting side pockets. It’s knee-length.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1 ¾ yards.
  • Instructions included: yes, in this step-by-step photo tutorial.

1 yard rectangle apron by A Box of Twine

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  • Sizes: one size.
  • Design: this apron is made with one rectangle of fabric, 2 straps, and a crochet pocket.
  • Stretch/woven fabric? woven fabric (in other words, non-stretch).
  • Amount of fabric needed: 1 yard.
  • Instructions included: yes, in this blog post.

This post was originally published on 11 January 2021. It has since been updated.

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