Monday, March 25, 2013

Converting a tea towel into an apron

My Mum's birthday is this week so I decided to make her this apron using one of the gorgeous Irish linen tea towels my Nan had stashed away in her cupboard.

Step 1 - Find an awesome tea towel.

Step 2 - Get some ribbon (I reclaimed this ribbon from a birthday present wrapping)

 Step 3 - Cut 2 diagonal pieces from the top of the tea towel for the arms.

 Step 4 - Fold the raw edges under and then under again so that the raw edge is hidden. Then sew along the 2 edges. I used a double row of stitching because I think it looks a bit nicer.

Step 4 - Cut your ribbon into three pieces, one piece to go around your neck and one on each side of your waist to tie around your waist. Sew them on as shown below. In the picture above you can see that I used a cross to strengthen the bond where I sewed the ribbon on, just to be sure. I also folded the ribbon under twice before sewing to hide the raw edge of the ribbon (like a hem).

Step 5 - This is an optional step. I'm making it a bit more girly by adding some lace. I gathered the lace a little by sewing 2 rows of stitching along the top and pulling the top threads. Then I sewed this gathered lace to the bottom of the apron to make a frill.



  1. Wonderful idea. That tea towel is amazing.

    1. Thanks!. I know there are 3 more tea towels, going to have to make something else too.

  2. What a darling idea! I am excited to see what your blog holds for the future! :)

  3. Cute refashion that gives a special tea towel another opportunity to shine.