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How to Make a Tea Towel Apron

Easy tutorial on how to make a tea towel apron. Uses quick straight line sewing. Would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook!As promised when I shared the latest batch of vintage tea towels available in my shop, I’m here with a super easy tutorial showing you how to make a tea towel apron. You do need to know your way around a sewing machine, but it’s straight line sewing and is so fast you won’t believe it. It took me about 10 minutes to make this cute tea towel apron and even I was surprised at that!

Supplies needed: Tea towel, 3 yards twill ribbon, pins, scissors. I’m allowing 3 yards for the tie so if you want to criss-cross it in the back and then tie it in the front, you will have ample length to do that. 

Easy tutorial on how to make a tea towel apron. Uses quick straight line sewing. Would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook!Fold the tea towel in half lengthwise to find the center. Mark the center with a pin. 

Easy tutorial on how to make a tea towel apron. Uses quick straight line sewing. Would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook!Lay the tea towel out flat. Find the middle of your twill ribbon piece and pin it to the center of the tea towel. The ribbon will run the length of the towel right at the edge of one long side. Pin the ribbon to the towel in several places. 

Easy tutorial on how to make a tea towel apron. Uses quick straight line sewing. Would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook!Place the towel in your sewing machine and stitch two lines along both edges of the ribbon. Make sure to back stitch at the ends so the tie won’t pull away from the towel. Finish off the ends of the ribbon ties by making a knot or cutting the ribbon at an angle.

Easy tutorial on how to make a tea towel apron. Uses quick straight line sewing. Would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook!That’s it! It takes hardly any time to make one (or two!) of these aprons. I think they make the nicest gift for anyone who loves to cook. I used a vintage tea towel but you can find inexpensive kitchen towels just about anywhere. One of my favorite places to buy them is IKEA. They come three in a pack for just a few dollars. For your convenience, I’ve listed easy online sources for tea towels and twill tape right here:

(aff. links)
1 in. twill tape Ivory (3 yds.)
1 in. twill tape White (10 yds.)
Set of 3 Multi Striped Kitchen Towels
Set of 2 Striped Kitchen Towels (5 color choices)
Set of 6 Striped Kitchen Towels (3 colors)

I’ll be back on Tuesday with my All Things Creative group and we’ll be featuring paint projects, along with a paint giveaway. See you then!
ann anna clara pse

14 Comments

  1. Pamela @FlowerPatchFarmhouse says:

    I love the aprons and you made it so easy! I think I will add a bib though with another towel. I am super sloppy when I cook but I also use them as a body bib when I have to eat in the car (for whatever reason) and it has saved my outfit many a time. :)

  2. Tracy@www.bluridgevintage.com says:

    This is a great idea! This would be a really good Mother’s Day present. I really like that you thought of adding extra twill ribbon for those that like to tie their apron in the front. Loving This!!!

  3. It would be lovely to also show a full size pic of the finished apron.

  4. Peggy Renie says:

    Such a clever idea Ann. I love your vintage linens.

  5. Darlin idea Ann ~ am printing your instructions off for future reference! Love your ideas, love your blog!! Happy Spring!

  6. Hi Ann~
    I love these little aprons ~ so sweet.
    I ordered 6 towels (red, green & blue)
    And the ribbon ~ I am making 4 for me and 2 for my sister.
    Thank you for sharing this post. I have been telling my husband ~ I should have aprons, I am always getting something on my cloths.

    I have a question about the kitchen tags. I have granola in one of my glass jars, sugar in the other and coffee in one. Do you take special orders?
    Thank you Ann.
    Much love,
    Rose

  7. Diane Richards says:

    Just purchased the butter color striped towels…adorable. Thanks for the tutorial Ann!

  8. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    What a great tutorial. I love the apron and might just try to make one myself!

  9. I love it! I need to make one of those. I’ve always wanted one, but could never find one with the material that I liked. Thanks Ann:D

  10. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    I’m pinning your great tutorial on how to make these darling tea towel aprons, and I’m still pining for a sewing machine!

  11. Coleen Guest says:

    Clear instructions, great pictures, and a fun project. I’m in! Thank you, Ann.

  12. It’s perfect and beautiful. I’m a sucker for a pretty apron every time.

  13. Diane Zueck says:

    Thank you Ann for this tutorial. I have been wanting to make some of these for a while and now, after seeing your post, I’m very motivated. Thank you also for doing the leg work and sharing the list of sites to find affordable supplies. These are definitely going to be Christmas gifts this year for my friends. Finally, a handmade gift that I can actually complete several in a very short amount of time and they look great and are useful.

  14. Susan Homeroad says:

    Those aprons are beautiful and so are your pictures Ann :)

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