by Margaret Cabaniss
Technically, this is a post about how to make a half apron from a tea towel, and not how to bake delicious oatmeal muffins, but little man here is definitely more interested in the muffins. (He crept up during the photo shoot for this post, and I decided his rapturous gaze here was too cute to pass up; he was practically willing me to drop one of those jokers. Next time, friend.)
But anyway, this apron! Cute, right? Full aprons are great, but sometimes I don’t need the full-body armor — though I am constantly looking around for a towel while I cook, just to have a place to wipe my hands that isn’t my pants. I figured the best solution would be to just attach a tea towel to myself so I couldn’t lose it, and so far it works great.
Even better: This apron took all of five minutes to put together and cost me right around $1.50 to make. All you need: ribbon, thread, and…well, a tea towel, obviously. Mine came in a set of four from IKEA; I also love these red-and-white stripe ones. There are plenty of inexpensive options out there — or you could use this opportunity to show off a particularly beloved design…whatever floats your boat.
Cut two pieces of ribbon for your ties that are one and a half yards long each. For each piece of ribbon, put a quarter-inch fold in one end, then fold again and press (this will keep your cut edge from unraveling). On the back of your towel, align the folded end of each ribbon along the top edge of the towel so that the folded section is centered over the towel’s side seam — like so:
On your sewing machine, position the needle over the seam of the tea towel, then stitch a few lines back and forth over the ribbon (this will hide your new seam from the front) — like this:
Try on the apron to check the length of your ties and trim as needed, then put the same fold in the free end of each tie and stitch those closed, too. (I didn’t bother switching thread colors here, because I don’t mind the tiny neutral stripe at the end, and it would have taken longer to switch out the threads than actually sew the dang thing anyway.)
And there you have it! You could whip up a stack of these in no time at all: Give them as Christmas presents, housewarming gifts, shower gifts…or just keep them all in heavy rotation in your kitchen. Your jeans will thank you.
Images: Margaret Cabaniss