This tea towel apron is super simple to make, and it's decorated with fabric houses appliqued at the bottom, for a fun whimsical look. A great beginner sewing project that comes together in an afternoon.
If you know someone who likes to use an apron while they cook, you will love this tea towel apron tutorial. It's easy to make, and you can use some of your scrap fabric to decorate the bottom in the shape of houses. This project uses a standard-sized white tea towel or flour sack measuring 28 inches by 28 inches. I had a couple of leftovers from the handwritten family tea towel project and thought the size worked perfectly for an apron.
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You've seen many of these fabrics on other projects here, like the fabric bowl covers, sore muscle bags, and scented padded hangers. Any scrap fabric would work. Just cut out shapes and have fun creating different sized houses and buildings to fill the space along the hem.
Once the pieces are in place, you can attach them permanently with a simple zigzag stitch. I used white thread but a fun contrasting thread, like a bright blue or green for this fabric, would look good too. Even if you don't have a sewing machine you can hand stitch the edges with a contrasting thread or white in large stitches to give it stability and a cute look.
Creating the apron couldn't be easier. Just fold down the corners at the top (wrong sides together) and stitch along the fold with 1/4 inch seam. Trim off the excess fabric.
Add some twill tape at the top to hang around your neck. I used a piece that was 20 inches.
Then add more twill tape on the sides, to tie the apron onto the body. I used 24 inches for each side to tie a bow in the back. You may want to make these longer if you like to tie the apron in the back, and then around to the front.
This dish towel apron is a fun creative project to make. I bet you already have many of these items on hand. Will you make one for yourself or for a friend or family member? How about one with Christmas fabric, for your favorite holiday baker. Wrap up a bottle of wine in the apron to take to your next party as a hostess "thank-you" gift. Lots of possibilities with this one. I hope you try it.
Easy Tea Towel Apron With Appliqued Houses
- sewing machine
- White tea towel or flour sack 28 inches by 28 inches
- 1 inch twill tape about 3 yards
- Stitchery tape
- Scrap fabric
- Start by cutting out shapes from scrap fabric to fill the bottom of the tea towel using rectangles and triangles to form house shapes.
- Set them in place with a little stitcher tape and an iron.
- Then using a simple zigzag stitch sew around and outline each shape.
- Next, flip the tea towel over and turn down the corners of each side from the top.
- Stitch along the folded edge with a 1/4 inch seam and trim off the excess fabric.
- Add more pieces of twill tape on the sides of the towel, to tie the apron onto the body. I used 24 inches for each side to tie a bow in the back.
I have lots of scraps waiting for a project so this is perfect ::
many thanks Patti for another good idea
So glad you like it Sue.
What a fantastic idea. I'm going to make several for my church activities. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Rhonda. I'm glad you like it!
I love this apron! Who would not love it! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Ann. I'm glad you like it!
This is adorable, I have some linens and doilies from my grandma that I hope one day to have turned in to an apron. Love this concept it's whimsy.
I love your idea of using your grandmother's things to make an apron. It would be so special and I would hang it somewhere that you could see it everyday. Probably wouldn't even use it.
So simple yet so cute! I love this!
I am not very crafty...but I bet I could do this! I love aprons:)
You can definitely do this one. It's very simple and I had a great time making it. I hope you do too!