how do you pick the right fibric for Aprons

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 16, 2020

    Hi Betty,

    The right fabric for aprons depends on the purpose of who will be wearing them. Here's a link that will hopefully guide you on your choice:,a%20very%20long%20time.%20...%20More%20items...

    • Betty Claus Betty Claus on Jul 16, 2020

      i work in a retirement home, and they have to be white, and don't shirk ,or wrinkle, when i look on Amazon, they have unbleached fabric, which i order, that was triable

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 16, 2020

    It depends what you are looking for, decorative apron or something more protective. I like a denim apron for the sturdy and protective nature of the fabric.

  • For home use, cotton or cotton blend is a good choice. I've made a couple out of old jeans.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 16, 2020

    You could go to a fabric store like Joann's and select a suitable material, the staff will guide you with what will work well for your job. No matter what you select, I would suggest you prewash the fabric before sewing.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 16, 2020

    I like to use cotton blend that will hold up to a lot of washes. You can spray the material with Scotchguard to help with wiping down to clean it which will reduce numbers of washes.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 16, 2020

    Hello. Choosing the fabric that will stand machine washing is important as well as one that you will find comfortable and protected.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 17, 2020

    Hi Betty: Any fabric will do. A heavy cotton is usually best. Be sure to wash it first to remove the sizing and pre-shrink it. I made a 1/2 apron once and on the front I sewed a piece of brown fabric about 4" high and as wide as the apron to look like a shelf. Then I made fabric flower pots to put on the shelf and these flower pots were pockets:) It was really cute and was put up in the JoAnn Fabric store for months :) So many ideas you can do to create pockets :) Good luck

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Jul 17, 2020

    Many different fabrics will work. I've used cotton, canvas, or even vinyl.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 11, 2021

    Hello Betty,

    Cotton or Polycotton would be preferable.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 11, 2021


    Cotton is a very common fabric and makes up most of the aprons that you will usually find. Cotton aprons are perfect for applications like baking, especially when working with dry materials. Cotton is not waterproof or water-resistant, so it's not ideal for applications where users will get wet or overly dirty. Cotton aprons are usually used at home, as well as in bakeries and other kitchen environments. Cotton comes in various colors in this means you can choose it’s for a wide variety of aprons in your workplace.

    Rubber or Nylon

    Rubber or nylon is another common fabric when manufacturing aprons. This fabric is a bit heavier and more durable than cotton, so it is perfect for users that will come in contact with water, or other with substances that can harm the skin or clothing. If you work with liquids, this is the perfect fabric choose for your apron. Nylon is common with industrial aprons, as they offer more protection than normal. Nylon aprons are also commonly used for things like working with chemicals, paint products, and other materials that can easily damage your clothing.


    Leather is probably one of the best fabrics to choose for your apron, as it is very durable and last for a very long time. Leather aprons are perfect for those who will work with mild chemicals, heat, and a list of other products. Leather products will effectively protect you, which is why it is perfect for a variety of environments. There are also last for a very long time, so it's a great investment to make. If you work in an environment that exposes you to something potentially dangerous like sparks of fire, leather is one of the best choices you can make when choosing an apron.

    Other Materials

    There is a list of other materials that you can also choose from, and this includes plastics, rubber coated cotton, and more. Each of these materials is perfect for a variety of conditions and can be helpful for various applications. Although cotton, nylon, and leather are three of the most common materials for aprons, there is a list of other options that you can consider. Plastic is often a great choice if you need an apron for quick applications or a single use. It’s not a durable, long-term solution for serious cooks, waitrons, or people who work in an industrial environment.

    Once you know what material you will be, it's time to choose the right apron for you to work with. There are plenty of different aprons styles to choose from, and this can include burp aprons, bistro aprons, cobbler aprons, waist aprons, and more. You can also choose aprons according to a specific job description such as chef aprons, housekeeping aprons, industrial aprons, bar aprons, and more.