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Tutorial, Make a toddler apron from a tea towel!

2.04.2011

Happy February, friends! It is the month for L-O-V-E! :)
Today's post combines three things I love -
  • Sewing for my girlies
  • Great deals from Target
  • Teaching
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Today, I'm going to teach you my easy-peasy way to
whip up this sweet little apron in 20 minutes or less.
Seriously! It's that easy! :)
Pretty cute, eh?

A few weeks ago, I bought this set of adorable tea towels
from Target dollar spot for just $2.50.
The prints were so cute (and check out the trims!) - I knew
I could use them to make something sweet for my girls.
Miss I* and Baby V* love to help mumma in the kitchen,
so I decided to make them each a new apron.
Here's the scoop -

{Supplies}
1 tea towel (pre-washed and ironed)
1 piece of ribbon (A) cut to be 2 times your little's waist + 6 inches
1 piece of ribbon (B) cut to the desired width of your apron

Note: You can use any width ribbon and may want to use
matching ribbon for both pieces. I was scrap-busting for this project,
so my ribbon is mismatched. :)

{Step 1} Cut your apron.
Cut your towel to your desired length by cutting along one side.
Congrats, you're done with all the cutting for this project! :)
{I told you, this is easy-peasy!}
V* wears a size 24 month. I made her apron 9 inches long.

{Optional Step} Adjust the width of your apron.
If your apron width works as is, just skip this step! :)
I wanted the waist of Baby V*s apron to be 10 inches wide;
my fabric was 14 inches wide, so I adjusted the width by sewing
a gathering stitch along the unfinished edge of the apron and
gently gathering the fabric until it was 10 inches long.
Another option would be to add pleats!

{Step 2:} Finish your edge.
Since the sides and bottom of your apron are already finished,
we just need to finish the top, whoo hoo! :) Sew a very tight
zig zag stitch (or serge w/a serger) along the unfinished edge,  
then take ribbon piece B and baste it onto the wrong side of
your fabric. Basting is sewing with a straight stitch set to a wide width.
The "back" of your apron - You're almost finished!

{Step 3} Add your sash.
Center you ribbon piece A across the right side, top of
your apron and pin in place. Sew along each edge and
all the way around ribbon piece A; fully attaching it to
your apron.
That's it!

One super cute, boutique style apron,
handmade in under 20 minutes,
for less than $5!
LOVE that!
I added a little more flair to V*s apron by sewing on this sweet pink bow!



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If you have any questions about this tutorial, please ask me;
I'm happy to help you make an apron for your little sweetie!
I'm sharing this tutorial at THESE fab linky parties!
*This tutorial is for personal use only. Thanks!

25 comments:

  1. Great Idea to use a towel! I think I'll have to make one of these. Cute and functional.

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  2. this is so very cute!!! Makes me want to make chocolate chip cookies with my young ones in aprons! love it :)

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

    www.mesewcrazy.com

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  3. They are so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  4. This is darling! I love that fabric and I appreciate a great apron tutorial - I'm obsessed! Please come link up at TOO Cute Tuesday!

    http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/2011/02/too-cute-tuesday-linky-par-tay.html

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  5. These are so cute we love cooking with the little ones, how fun! Thanks for visiting us too!

    www.momsofalltrades.blogspot.com

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  6. I have those tea towels! What a great use for them!!!

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  7. WOAH. I've gotte get to my Target tomorrow to see if they still have these. These are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

    I'd love to have you over to link up for Favorite Things Friday. It's open until Weds.

    http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-things-friday-no-10.html

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  8. Sweet Apron - don't ya just love using things for purposes other than what they're meant for? :)

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  9. LOVE LOVE I am going to have all of my Aunts over for lunch and we are all going to be cooking they will love this thanks

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  10. Visiting via the weekend Wrap Up, these Teatowel aprons are absolutely adorable!!! I wish we had Target in Canada. Great tutorial.

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  11. So Cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party @
    www.thetreasurista.blogspot.com

    Thanks,

    The Treasurista
    Finding and Creating FUN things...

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  12. Too cute! I need to get upstairs to the studio and make some for the granddaughters!

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  13. Oh my gosh, these are so cute. And your little girls are adorable models!
    Thanks for stopping by Etcetorize and checking out my shop. I haven't added anything in ages but have been doing lots of sewing and hope to add some stock soon. Hope you come back to check it out~

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  14. Way cute! I nominated you for a Stylish blogger award! Check out the deets here...

    http://kodyandbrianna.blogspot.com/2011/02/no-way.html

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  15. So So Cute!! I’d love for you to link it up at I Heart Nap Time

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  16. Very sweet ... I'm going to make one of these for my niece! Thanks for posting!

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  17. Super cute! They are adorable on your girls.

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  18. what a super cute idea!! If you have a chance would love for you to come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  19. so cute, too bad my target was out of these cute towels, the added bow is so sweet! your girls are so lucky;D

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  20. Adorable!! I love this...I'm wondering how I can have time to make one for my daughter by Valentine's Day. Sooo cute!!

    By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now that you might be interested in!

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  21. SO CUTE! I am gonna have to try this =) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. I found these exact same towels at Target, too! I decided to make a dress with them! I love your apron's though! Now, I wish I would have bought a few sets of the towels!

    http://www.chasesview.blogspot.com

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  23. Love this idea! I bought a set of Valentine tea towels at Target, too (different print, though). I knew I could make something out of them, but I hadn't decided what to do with them yet. Now I know:) So cute.

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  24. This is darling! I love that fabric

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