Basic for All
Aprons: This is just for a basic Apron, no ribbons (except for the
You will need: two
woven kitchen dish towels. (you
can get a five pack of dishtowels at Target, which you can make
up to 3 aprons with, because you actually cut one of the dishtowels in
half for each apron). I have also bought really cute ones from
the Dollar store, Wal-Mart.. just about anywhere that sells them! The
come in different sizes, so keep that in mind. The bigger the towel,
the larger (width wise and lengthwise) your apron will be. You can
ALSO use a "napkin" or a placemat for the "top" dishtowel, instead of
another dishtowel. (but let's not get you too confused! LOL).
You will also need 1
1/2 yards of ribbon for the ties.
The smaller the person you are giving the apron too, the shorter the
ties can be. The 1 1/2 yards would be perfect for ANY size, because it
will fit around larger sizes, and for smaller sizes, they can wrap it
around twice and have it tie in the front as shown on the first two
That's all you need for
the basic Apron, then you can also add embellishments such as more
ribbons, trims along the bottom of the apron, buttons and flowers.
Here are the basic Instructions:
Lay the dishtowel you want
for the bottom of the apron, on the table or floor, horizontally (so
the longest part of the apron is going horizontal).
Next take your other dish
towel, and fold it in half, lengthwise, then cut (so you are only
using HALF of the apron, but make sure you cut it lengthwise, so your
two dish towel pieces are "short and fat", not long and skinny.
You can use the other half
piece of dishtowel for another apron! Or like I mentioned
before, you can use a "placemat" or a napkin which are also good sizes
for the "tops" of the aprons. But using a dishtowel, you get more for
your money, because you can get two tops out of one dishtowel.
Then lay it
that half piece, in the middle and at the top of the dish towel
already on the floor. Fold the top of the towel under slightly, so the
edge is "clean" on top. The pin in place.
Next SEW or use "heat and
bond new sew "tape" to adhere the top to the bottom. Only sew a seem
along the TOP edge of the towels.
Next you want to cut the 1
1/2 yards of ribbon in half for the ties, so you have two 24" pieces.
Then sew on on each side
of your apron at the top. I just folded over and stitched it under the
back of the apron as shown..
So this is what it would
look like from the front.
Easy as PIE! Again, if you
don't have a sewing machine, this is something you can handstitch one,
since the stitch is so short. Or you can use no sew tape and iron it
Then your BASIC Apron is
done! This would be simple for kids, if you didn't want to add
ribbons, but you can also easily sew on buttons, or other
Now if you wanted to go
further and do some trims on the apron too, here is the next step for
I found 5 coordinating
ribbons, and the lengths will ONLY wide your top apron is and how wide
your bottom apron is,
But basically I sewed
trims under both the top dishtowel and the bottom dishtowel, or you
can use heat and bond.
I also like to do the
three ribbons across the front of the top apron. Here you can see I
have it laid out (haven't cut the trims to the correct length yet, but
I was just making sure I had them where I wanted them. So then you cut
them down to size, and sew or iron on!
In the next pictures, you
can see how I embellished the different aprons