Friday, October 5, 2012

Tea Towel Apron: For Pumpkin Carving

I learned a really simple way of making an apron and I thought it would be fun to make a 

seasonal apron

So when is the time you get the messiest? 
When your carving pumpkins!

 So why not make some easy pumpkin carving aprons! 


- Tea towels 18x24  
(kitchen towels that are not terry cloth)
-a spool of grosgrain ribbon
-Sewing machine and supplies

Here are the 18x24 tea towels. If you can't find tea towels or hand towels that you like you can take a heavy-ish fabric and finish the edges (serge then single fold hem). I have two because I'm going to make two big ones (his and hers)!

Start with measuring your chest at your collarbone where you want your apron to be (mine was 8"). You can also use the top of another apron for your measurements. Then measure from that spot down to where you want the waist of your apron to be (where the ties are). Mark all four spots with a pin.

(These measurements aren't meant to be exact, if you want the apron to be to your exact measurements you need to add 1 inch to both measurements for seam allowance.)

Then you want to cut from one pin to the other in a swoop motion cutting off the corner. Do this to both top corners, make sure they match.

To finish this edge serge it or use a zigzag stitch. Then fold down the edge 1/2 in and press it to make the new hem. Because this edge is on a curve it's important to press the fold, and straighten it while pressing, to make it easier to sew. Then sew the new hem down.

Next you want to add ties. First measure how much ribbon you think you will use. I used one tie on the neck instead of two, if you do it this way you will want to make sure it fits over your head. Then attach the ties to the corners. 

Make sure you sew the ribbon on very securely (this is what usually comes apart after years of use.)

And this is what it should look like when your done

You could do this in so many different fabrics and have some fun, easy aprons!

1 comment:

  1. I have a colorful tea towel that I was going to use for an apron, but I lost the directions. Thanks for the post and inspiration, I'm going to make mine today!