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How to make a simple apron

Posted by  ·  December 15, 2009  ·  Last Updated: December 15, 2009

A Tea Towel Apron is one of the quickest and simplest aprons to make!

Grab a tea towel and a half yard (or at least 16″)  X 45″ wide matching fabric and you are ready to make a great gift!

I wanted to make cute holiday aprons and found these tea towels from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s.

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Making the waistband/sash

Cut the half yard or 16″ of fabric in half lengthwise, so you have two long pieces at least 8″ wide.

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Using about 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam, sew right sides together at one end.

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Press entire length of fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.

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Open fabric up and press each edge to the middle. Yes, it is a long piece of fabric but the pressing  is the hardest part and this makes such a nice looking waistband!

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Fold in half and press again.

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To finish each end, fold the fabric in half the other way and stitch 1/4″ from the edge. Repeat on other end.

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Turn right side out, make sure corners are pointed and press.

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Attaching the apron to the waistband/sash

Cut tea towel in half, or if you want it a bit longer, adjust accordingly.  Place left edge of towel even with the seam and insert the  cut edge of tea towel inside the long strip of waistband fabric (make sure the tea towel goes clear up to the fold). Pin.

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Start at the end of the sash and edge stitch all the way around, stitching the open side (making sure edges meet)  first, then around to the top edge until you are back to where you started.

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The apron ties on the side with a bow.  The ties are long enough that the apron will fit most everyone!

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There is half (or a little less if you made apron longer) of an apron.  This fabric could easily be used to make pockets, ruffles (or something I will show you later in the week) but this time I made matching fabric gift bags for the aprons!

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  1. Freda
    Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
    So pretty
  2. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
    Simple tutorial that leads to one amazing apron! Thanks for sharing this. I totally see myself making a few of these!
    Thursday, July 7th, 2011
    What a great site!

    Your pictures are large & colorful, your directions are quite clear (not confusing) and I love the way you take everything step by step to show exactly what should be happening at each stage. I just came across your page, today; however, I will be visiting often :-)

    Congratulations on a great site.
  4. Monday, November 1st, 2010
    Clever idea and a nice idea for the holidays...I especially like how you wrapped them! Stop over to enter a giveaway!
  5. Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
    This is darling. I am going to link this up to my Christmas blog. May I borrow a photo?
  6. Monday, August 2nd, 2010
    I LOVE the idea of matching gift bags!!! How fun would that be for Christmas gifts or a little 'take home' gift at a girls night dinner party!

    In reply to Catherine's comment about not finding 'apron worthy' towels...
    go for vintage... ebay is the best for getting great deals on vintage linens!

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
  7. Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
    One last question :) Which way did the cut the towels? Along the length? or across the width? I'm sure this should seem obvious, but....I'm asking.
  8. Monday, January 11th, 2010
    Fantastic - now, did you wsh the towels and fabric before you started sewing?

    If not, how did they look after the first washing of the apron?
  9. Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
    You mentioned you found your towels at Macy's - I have been looking and looking and can't find any towels that seem "worthy" - at Walmart the other day I checked their Christmas clearance and the only Christmas towels I could find had a strange feel to them and looked as if the design would "flake" off with one washing - ugh!

    BTW, what makes a kitchen towel a "tea" towel? For those of us (someone, please say I'm not alone in not knowing this) who don't know....? :)
  10. Sunday, December 20th, 2009
    I also shared this on my blog! Thanks for all the tutorials and fun stuff! Merry Christmas!
  11. Katie W
    Saturday, December 19th, 2009
    These aprons make it official. You are the coolest!
  12. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    This is something I could actaully do!!!! I like it!
  13. Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
    Thanks for the great tutorial and wonderful idea for a quick gift. I may have to try and whip some of these out before Christmas!
  14. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    Very cute and I love the tea towels you found! A couple weeks ago I searched high and low for good tea towels in my area and finally gave up =(
  15. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    Wow, a lot of bang for such a simple project. Thanks for sharing that.
  16. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    I hope you don't mind, I shared this on my blog, and linked back to you. I have been eyeballing the tea towels at ourlocal dollar store for a few days now. I was thinking matching apron & crocheted top towels. Thanks for the how to!!!!
  17. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    Very pretty! In 2010 I hope to get a sewing machine and start learning to sew, and I will tuck this away to work on for one of my first projects. Thanks!
  18. LuckyLadybug711
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    So easy!!! thank you for sharing!!
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  20. Janessa
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    This is such a great idea and they turned out ADORABLE!! I will have to add this to my to do list!
  21. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    I absolutely LOVE this! Definitely doing it!
  22. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    Thanks for the quick and easy (to follow and do) tutorial! These are great gifts for those women on the list that have everything or are just hard to buy for. Love the matching fabric gift bags!
  23. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    Oh I love the fabrics you chose! So pretty!