Friday, December 16, 2011

Dish Towel Apron Tutorial

 Today I thought I would show you how to make a cheap and easy last minute stocking stuffer for those little ones on your list.  An apron made out of a single dish towel! (I'll be switching back and forth between two dish towels in the tutorial)

You will need:
A dish towel  ( I got mine at Walmart for $1)
A package of coordinating Bias tape
Cutter or Scissors
Sewing machine


1. Cut your dish cloth - You'll need 1 chest piece and  1 skirt piece.
I cut mine like so:
 - cut dish cloth in half (one half being the skirt piece)
- Chest piece measures 7 inches x 8.5 inches

2. First we'll be using the chest piece. Sew a strip of Bias tape along the longest edge. Mine measured 8.5 inches across the top.

3. Measure 1.5 inches in from the side, use a ruler to cut a straight line 
from there to the bottom corner.Repeat on the other side.

4. Place Bias tape to both of the angled sides. Make sure at the top there will be enough left over to tie around the childs neck. Sew along the inside of the bias tape. Continue to sew until you've done the full length of the bias tape.

 Set aside chest piece and grab the main apron part. 

5. *Optional Step*  3 of the 4 sides are hemmed already 
but I didn't want the white sides to show so I hemmed them again.
This also makes the skirt part skinnier and longer. 
It's up to you for what look you're going for!

6. Center a length of Bias tape (I had a 46 inch piece) to the top of your skirt piece. 
Do not sew on ...yet

 7. Grab your chest piece and center it behind the skirt piece and pin.
Make sure it is down far enough (just below the bias tape on the back side), 
so that the stitching will go over it.

8. Sew along the top of the full length of bias tape and then again on the bottom. 
(In the picture below I had stopped sewing along the top at the edge of the skirt piece but I went back after and finished to the end of the bias tape.)

And that's it! A homemade apron for your little helper in the kitchen. 
A great stocking stuffer, don't you think?

 linking to:
fingerprints on the fridge
tatertots and jello
Blissful and Domestic


  1. Yes!!!!! Aprons are so expensive to buy! The recipients of those are sure lucky !!!

  2. What a simple fun idea! Love it! I'd love for you to link this up to my Feature Friday Linky Party!

  3. Looooove this - SUPER cute!! Great tutorial - thanks for sharing it with us!! :)

  4. This is so cute! I just saw some Christmas towels at Wal-Mart that would be perfect for this! I may have to go back and get them now! Thanks for sharing!


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