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.
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.
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.
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:
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)