I remember when my girls were young I would make them aprons to wear as they helped out in the kitchen. My youngest daughter remembers my making them one out of a tea towel. So I decided to start with making aprons for young girls--these ones are too feminine for a boy, but you could do the same for a little guy with a different design. They are very absorbent and all the sides are finished already which will make for quick finishing.
I had some nice, wide "ribbon" that had come wrapped around some wash cloths I had ordered last year for my OCC shoe boxes. The length was just perfect for the tie on the aprons, the color matched and I had four or six of them. A perfect place to start. Click on "Click to continue reading full post »" below for instructions.
- Hand or Tea Towel
- Ribbon -- approximately 48" long and at least 1" wide with ends cut at an angle (grosgrain or other heavy type, not satin)
- Sewing Machine (or needle to do by hand)
- marking pen/pencil -- will not be seen when finished
Step by Step Instructions
- Find the center of the towel by folding in half.
- Mark across the center.
- Optional: Zigzag 1/8" to each side of center (this helps keep the little threads together when cut)
- Cut down the center of the towel between the stitches.
- Measure out from each side of center top approx. 2 1/2". Fold towel in this spot and then fold back out approx. 5/8" from first fold and pin--this will make a little pleat on each side giving a little fullness to lower half (you could also just slightly gather the top for a little fullness instead if you'd like to--or try it just flat). Tip: Press down the top 2" of these pleats to help compress them for sewing.
- Stitch pleats across the top approx. 1/4" and 5/8" to help hold in place while adding ribbon. Tip: Pin pleats down about 2" below where ribbon will be to help hold while sewing.
- Pin right side of ribbon to wrong side of cut edge of towel matching centers.
- Sew across top of towel w/approximately 3/8" seam.
- Press ribbon up and then fold over the top of the towel and press down flat (wrong side will now be on the right side of the towel). Tip: Press flat just as sewn first--this sets the stitches and makes for an easier turning.
- Edge stitch across the top of the ribbon--this will help it keep from rolling (you'll find as I sew I edge stitch just about everything).
- Top stitch across the bottom edge of the ribbon.
- Optional: If your ribbon is a type that seems to want to unravel finish the edge with some type of non-washable glue or Fray Check on the edges or burn the ends.
- Pack away for a shoe box or give to a special child in your life.