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Learn how to make an apron with very little work. You can easily make this smashing tea towel apron with some basic sewing skills. Leave off the ruffle and you only have two lines of stitching. It is the perfect beginner sewing project!
(Thanks Zack for being my fabulous model and rockin’ out my apron! You are a great kid and a really good sport!)
1 tea towel (mine measured 20″ X 28″)
1/4 yard of coordinating fabric 44″-45″ wide
4 yards of ribbon (mine was 1/2″ wide)
about 21″ of twill tape (width of towel plus a touch extra to turn ends under)
Before starting pre-wash fabric and tea towel
With right sides together sew across each end of fabric.
Turn right side out and press.
Gather the fabric. I zig zag stitched over dental floss close to the edge, then pulled the dental floss to make my ruffle.
Sew ruffle to bottom of tea towel(right sides together). Before turning lay a piece of twill tape across the raw edge and stitch using a long stitching length. Tuck ends of twill tape under before stitching
Turn (open ruffle flat) and lightly press the top edge. This is how it will look from the back side of the apron.
Edge stitch across on the front. Although the ruffle isn’t necessary for the apron pattern, it certainly makes it super cute!
Fold in top two corners of the tea towel and trim. I folded my towel in thirds to decide where to cut. If you want it wider at the top of the apron, try folding them in only 1/4.
Trim off corners, turn raw edge under slightly and stitch close to the edge. Fold the fabric edge over wide enough for the ribbon to slip through, allowing enough for seam. Press. Really though, you could just fold over the corners like the above picture and sew the casings!
Stitch, making a casing for the neck strap using ribbon. Feed ribbon through each casing.
The ribbon goes through each casing, crosses in the back and ties in the front.
Finished! This is such an easy apron sewing pattern that you should be able to whip it up in no time. The tea towel saves a little time, and is the perfect fabric for the kitchen.