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 Dani Yokhna

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 2Step 2
Center the grosgrain ribbon on the front of the long edge of the towel, and pin in place.
Apron Step 3Step 3
Sew the ribbon in place on both long edges.
Apron Step 4Step 4
Trim ribbon ends at an angle, and apply fray retardant to the ends.
Apron Step 5Step 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 6Voila!
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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