Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tea Towel Aprons

This turned into another dollar store project... so I've got another project for  Linday's upcoming $5 Challenge

I got this idea from Jane at Finding Fabulous and her's turned out much cuter than mine so I'd advise you to see her adorable tutorial and great pictures....

Our methods were a bit different so rather than just show you the finished product, I'll show you how I got from point A to point B in case it appeals to anyone to do it this way.

Here is what we started with:

  • Tea Towel, purchased at dollar store for $1...
  • Coordinating Ribbon
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • scissors
  • 2 little girls who need aprons. 
Step 1 - cut the tea towel in half:

Step 2 - Fold down the cut edge and pin to the wrong side:

Step 3 - Sew:
(My very excited little girl, her first sewing project... we started on her little machine but finished with mine. She's been waiting 3 year for this, 6 if you ask her, but I doubt she really has wanted to do this since birth. Then again, she is my little girl, maybe she has.)
Step 4 - Cut length of ribbon that is 1 and a half times around the waist of the apron wearer. Center, then pin onto the right side of the apron and sew:

Tie around adorable little girls and put them to work:


We had the ribbon on hand,  and one towel made 2 kids aprons meaning the total cost was $.50 per apron!!!
I did make a few for myself, but figured you didn't need to see those modeled... Not with Jane doing such a cute job on her blog. These were not cut in half as the kids were, so 1 towel = 1 apron... not bad for a buck.

(And my little confession for those who've made it this far... I wash my hands a MILLION times while cooking dinner and having the towel apron around my waist has saved me an EMBARRASSING amount of paper towels.)


  1. So cute! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment about my flower pots. I am a new follower! ~Lanie

  2. Love them! I actually just made a very sloppy tea towel bib-type apron for Ivy. Not as nicely finished as yours. I was sort of rushing through to see how the process would go.

  3. Ack...I think they turned out great! And look at those smiles on your girl's faces! Yeah the aprons were a couple bucks, but those smiles...priceless! Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to FF!

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [22 Mar 10:43am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. Adorable. Thanks for saving all those paper towels! ;)

  6. What a great idea! I think I'll be making some of those!
    PS - I found you via the $5 challenge. :)

  7. Great project! I showcased you in my blog.


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