DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

Father’s Day’s a-comin’, so let’s make something manly for a change! This dude apron is perfect for your husband or dad, especially if he loves meat. It’s kind of an homage to a carnivore, if you will. It’s also an awesome sewing project because all you need is a flour sack towel and some black trim. Let’s do this.


  • flour sack towel, 33″x38″ (like these)
  • black woven trim, about 1″ wide
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • freezer paper
  • iron
  • pencil
  • fabric paint
  • sponge brush

Make Time: 2 hours

Arrange the towel so that a 33″ edge is at the top and the hems are wrong-side-down. Fold in the top corners 11″ from either side, and so that they fold at an angle down about 15″ on the outsides. Pin at the corners.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Cut in horizontally on both 38″ sides to meet the fold. It should be a 5″ cut, 15″ down the side.

DIY Manly Man Apron

On the wrong side, sew a straight stitch hem where you cut in on the sides. Then sew down the diagonal folds. Trim away the excess. This will form the top portion of the apron.

DIY Manly Man Apron

For the neck strap and waist ties, your measurements may vary. I cut three pieces of black trim, each about 20″. Pin the first behind the outer edges of the top of the apron and sew both sides down with a straight stitch.

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

With the remaining two, sew one on each side of the waist (the area where you cut in horizontally and hemmed). Pin one end behind the apron and sew with a straight stitch. Make a quick fold-over hem on the loose end so that it doesn’t unravel.

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

Download and print this template. Cut it out of freezer paper. Iron the freezer paper, shiny side down, onto the chest of the apron.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Using a sponge brush, liberally but carefully paint over the stencil with fabric paint. Be careful to put something down underneath the apron in case paint seeps through.

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

Gently peel away the freezer paper.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Be careful to let the paint fully dry before you wrap up your apron. Since we’re using fabric paint, you may want to wash the apron once before you give it as a gift. Be sure your dude knows how much love went into this bad boy! And then let him grill away to his heart’s content. Also, a word to the wise — this isn’t a project for someone who doesn’t like wrinkles. The flour sack material tends to hang on to wrinkles like crazy! You wouldn’t believe how many times I ironed this thing. I finally decided to go with the wrinkly flow. xoxo

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

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  8. Kathy on said:

    These are neat and I would like to tell you I have been making these types of aprons since I was 10 yrs old. and I am 59 now and haven’t had more fun> I am working on making an apron a bit more manly for a man and it looks like cowboys chaps.

    • April Harris on said:

      Cowboy chaps apron sounds naughty 😉 love the idea. My man cooking for me and looking good doing it!

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  12. Robert on said:

    As a man, I would describe this as a Mens Apron but not especially manly.

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  15. Lee on said:

    White on white is a little tough to see

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