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How to Make a Towel Apron

If you need an apron in a fix, stitch together a towel apron in a matter of minutes.

By Monette Satterfield; Photos by Stephanie Staton

Psst! I have the secret to making the fastest apron in the whole world. OK, the "whole world” part may be an exaggeration, but making an apron out of a towel is the fastest way I know to make one that’s simple and useful.

Because the materials are practical you can use towel aprons to do actual work: cooking, cleaning or crafting. The best part: If you wipe your dirty hands on it, well, it served its purpose.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to make a towel apron of your own.

Apron Step 1

Step 1
Assemble materials:

  • tea or dish towel, approximately 18 by 30 inches
  • 72 inches grosgrain ribbon, 1 inch wide
  • thread
  • pins
  • needle
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • fray retardant
  • potholder for pocket (optional)
Apron Step 2 Step 2
Center the grosgrain ribbon on the front of the long edge of the towel, and pin in place.
Apron Step 3 Step 3
Sew the ribbon in place on both long edges.
Apron Step 4 Step 4
Trim ribbon ends at an angle, and apply fray retardant to the ends.
Apron Step 5 Step 5 (optional)
If you want a pocket, pin the potholder 8 inches from the top and 6 inches from the center or in the location of your choosing. Topstitch using a heavy-duty needle down the two sides and across the bottom, backstitching at the beginning and end for added strength.
Apron Step 6
Now, tie your apron around your waist, and get to work.

About the Author: Monette Satterfield is an artist and author with boundless curiousity. She lives and gardens in Central Florida.


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I usually add a bib that connects with the apron.After I did it the hard way for years I found an old sleeveless nightgown and used it for a pattern .All it took was side seams ,two straps ,hemming and love.As men tend to forget about wiping there hands on a cloth and instead sometimes on their ass,I think they loved me all the more when they got stripes or a solid that they looked good in.My sisters were thrilled,and I put 3 pockets in the front for notes ,a spoon or etc.SIGN ME HAPPY.i ALWAYS SEE THE MEN WEARING THEM IN THE SUMMER AT THE BARBECUE ! Donna
Donna Kotowick, Burnaby, BC
Posted: 11/7/2013 4:48:38 PM
Can't wait to make one myself!
julie, Social Springs Community, LA
Posted: 9/4/2012 4:48:51 AM
I love this my 11 year old wants to make one and this looks easy enough for her to do herself!
Stacy, Minden, NE
Posted: 7/4/2012 11:42:32 AM
Such a GREAT idea! Love, love, love it!
Shauna, Charlotte, NC
Posted: 3/21/2012 2:32:12 PM
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