April 5, 2010

The Tea Towel Apron

Easy to make!

(You might want to add trim to your apron too, so please read all the way through the post before starting yours.)

This is done with 2 tea towels.  Slicing one towel in half (lengthwise), to add to the top and bottom of apron. (Tip: the open weave towel required zigzag stitches before taking the rotary cutter to it.)

The top is sewn on, wrong sides together (in this case, both sides of the towel is the same, there isn't a wrong side).

The top piece is folded over to the front and top-stitched to make the casing for the tie.

Measure from the top edge, according to the tie that you are making (1.5" to 2.0") and run a stitch across the top. There's your casing.

Now add the second half of towel to the bottom of apron, by sewing right sides together.  Then press.

Mine needs something more, it looks a little plain. ..so, it's back to the sewing machine to add a little color.   Trims, of course! This is the perfect project to use up some rick-rack or embroidered trims.

My top-stitch was far enough from the edge that I could tuck in the  trim under it and zig-zag across that edge.

This shade of blue is a nice complimentary color.

To add trim to your apron...sew it in as you top-stitch across the top of apron (for the casing).
The bottom trim can be added last, right over the seam of the lower part of the apron (hides the seam and blends the two towel prints together).  I used a zig-zag stitch, but use what stitch works best for your trim.

Wouldn't this make a great gift for a friend?!


  1. What a fun idea! I've done something similar with terry cloth towels and bias tape, making both bibs and small kid-size aprons. Thanks for another fast apron idea.

  2. Hi Judy!
    Aren't they wonderful to
    work with!
    I've decided to add to this, just a hint of a 3rd color. If this was a gift, maybe an applique would be cheery?!

  3. Friday....something played with my Favorites list, so I'm in the process of putting it back together (I didn't delete anyone!).

  4. Hi Jes,
    I hope you can reconstruct your list; one day some of my stuff disappeared but eventually returned--very weird and frustrating. Good Luck!

  5. I was hoping it was a glitch! But, I ended up having to put it back together. Oh, well, got to check out everybody's blogs and then more!!
    Hope you're enjoying great weather!

  6. Looks great! Now you need to model it. :) Isn' it wierd when something goes a missing from your blog. Glad you got it back.


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