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How To Make A Cute And Easy Apron Out Of A Dish Towel

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

I do own a sewing machine, but I wouldn’t consider myself much of a seamstress. My mom taught me how to do simple clothing repairs years and years ago, and I haven’t really used my sewing machine for much else. But when I saw this project, it looked so simple and so genius that I knew I wanted to give it a try! So just trust that when I say a sewing project looks easy enough, that pretty much ANYONE could do it!

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

This project involves turning a dish towel and a length of ribbon into a custom waist apron. These aprons are perfect for avoiding those spills and splatters that seem to gather around your mid-section while cooking or baking. They’re also nice to wear just to have a place to wipe your hands while you work!

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Apron Made from a Dish Towel

I think that one of these aprons would make a great handmade gift for the cooks in your life! Here’s how to make them.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Dish Towel Apron

You’ll need:

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Directions:

Start by folding your dish towel in half width-wise, so the pattern is on the outside.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Pinch the edge of the fabric about 1″ back from the fold you just created.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Push your finger against the fold to flatten it. Lay the towel down flat (or as flat as you can while still holding the pleat.) Use a pin to secure the pleat in place.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Next, you’ll create two more pleats, one on either side of the center pleat. Fold the dish towel again (with the pattern still facing out), so that the edge of the towel meets the center pleat.

Grasp the edges about 1″ back from the fold, then press your finger against it to flatten it. Lay the towel out, and secure the second pleat.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Repeat the steps above to create your third pleat on the opposite end of the towel.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Once your three pleats have been pinned, it’s time to get sewing! Use your sewing machine to sew the three pleats in place.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Don’t worry about how your sewing job looks here, since you’ll be covering the are with ribbon shortly.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Once the towel is done, you’ll prepare your ribbon. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around your waist, plus enough extra length to be able to tie it on.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

If your sewing machine has decorative stitches, you might choose to add one to your ribbon at this point. I love this vine-like stitch that our production manager Brittany found programmed into my sewing machine!

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Line up the center of the ribbon with the center of the top of the pleated dish towel, and secure it in place using a pin.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

Using a straight or zig-zag stitch, sew around the perimeter of the ribbon in a large rectangle to secure it to the dish towel.

Apron Made from a Dish Towel

All done! I mean, come on… look how cute these turned out! Who would have thought it would be this easy to create an adorable, custom apron? Definitely not me! :-)

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  • I’ve used the same method as Marlene used. I’ve used the binding tape around the waist. I like the ribbon – but it can tend to fray with the hairs that form. The tape eliminates the fray problem.

  • How elegantly simple! Though it occurs to me that it wouldn’t take too much more sewing to put a coordinating pocket or two on it and make it even more practical.

  • These are so cute! I have made aprons like this for many years. Great for you to pass this on to others. There are so many pretty towels available now and this is a fun project to give as gifts.

  • I enjoyed reading this…but as a bachelor, I am dumber than dumb on sewing….I do use dental floss on some items, if there is a tear, then dye it with a black majic marker…this was in a home helper column

  • A bib could be easily added by turning a matching (or coordinating) tea towel perpendicular to the first and stitching it to the main part during the stitch-the-pleats step. Then adjust the bib length by folding the top over as desired and stitching matching ribbon ties to emerge from under the fold. The folded part can serve as merely decoration or an extra wiping surface. Disclaimer: I didn’t try it; it’s just what I would try if I wanted a bib.

  • You can also add a small pocket with the same material you used for the tie. Just take strips and sew them together for the size that you want, and either put a “hem” at the top of the pocket by folding it over (or sew it down), then sew it on the apron. Easy, peasy. Just a thought.

  • I made similar aprons. I just used basting tape for strings, on hand towels I picked up at a discount store for less than a dollar each. I matched the tape to the towels, one tape cost me more than all the towels together. LOL
    They are great for cleaning day as I always have a towel to dry my hands as needed. Though I too wish for a bib on them at times, with a pocket.

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