1925 Star Needlework Journal Vintage Tea Apron Sewing Instructions

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Today’s vintage tea apron sewing pattern instructions are from a 1925 Star Needlework Journal magazine Volume 10 Number 1.  It was published quarterly by The American Thread Co. You could have a yearly subscription mailed to you for 40 cents or pay 10 cents for a single copy.

There isn’t a pattern for this tea apron instead there is a list of materials required and instructions for sewing. The one pictured, although black and white in the photo, is done in yellow with a black lace trim. Very 1920’s.

A Tea Apron - Vintage Crafts and More

Along with the sewing instructions is an embroidered design for embellishment. A simple but fun design to play with.


Apron embroidery design - Vintage Crafts and More

If you’d like to download the embroidery design, right click on the image to save it.


Just 3/4 yard of 36 inch yellow voile (soft, sheer fabric) material is used. 2¼ yards of black lace and 1¼ yards of ribbon for the tie.  When complete the apron is 23 inches long and 27 inches wide with a curved shaped bottom edge. I’m sure it could easily be made bigger and with a stronger material as well.


Apron Sewing Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

A three inch hem is sewn at the top and the sides are shirred (technique that takes a regular piece of fabric and shrinks it up, giving it elasticity) shape. The straight lines on the apron are done with a small running stitch using two strands of black embroidery thread.

The Craftsy blog has a Shirring Tips for Beginners post that has some good pointers and Seamingly Smitten has a tutorial on How to Shir Fabric with elastic thread.

Does anyone have some ideas about sewing this apron, changing the size or shirring fabric, please let us know in the comments below.

I’ve featured another apron to sew in a previous post you can use to gather garden fruits and vegetables. It also doesn’t have a pattern, only sewing instructions with an illustration.

Here’s the one page PDF file for the 1925 Tea Apron:

Star Needlework Journal – Tea Apron

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  1. Kris says:

    Debra, the other apron you refer to (not this Star Brand one, but the one from 1944) the booklet is free and in the public domain from the archive: https://archive.org/details/CAT87204704 The USDA “Dresses and Aprons For The Home” . It can be printed out and shared, not in copyright. The images/illustrations ARE the pattern, so you kind of have to almost wing it.

    • Debra says:

      Yes, that’s the booklet I have for the 1944 apron. Thanks for the link to the booklet, that way others can see all the aprons in it. You are right no patterns, just images and illustrations, which some times can be trial and error when sewing them.

  2. Twila Barlow says:

    thank you for the apron, it looks very neat, easy, and I am start in making it. Thank you again I enjoy your blog.

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