60 Minute Project: Dish Towel ApronJune 8, 2011 5:00 am Crafts, Holidays, Mother's Day, Sewing
By Sewing Contributor Jessica, from the blog “Life Sew Good”.
Anybody watch Portlandia? This season’s 2nd Episode has a sketch called “Put a Bird On It”. This was brought to my attention when I got comments from friends about one of my previous posts with the little birdie on the onesie tutu. When I watched it, I laughed. And I made an apron with birds on it!
Why? (We’re not talking about birds anymore, by the way—I meant WHY did I make the apron!) I made myself a super-simple ½ apron about a year ago. The problem? I spill WAY more on my top half than my legs. This dish towel apron is perfect because it gives nice upper body coverage to really take the splatters and whooshes of flour. It’s an easy, inexpensive and quick project!
1. Choose which towel will be the main body for the apron and which you want to use for the straps. Take the one you want to use for the straps & lay it flat. For the waist straps, cut along the LONG side a 2″ piece. Repeat, making another 2″ strip along the opposite long side. You should have 2 pieces that each have one “finished” side and one raw edge.
2. Take the strips, flip them to the wrong side. Measure ½” along the raw edge and press toward the center.
3. Before sewing, create a pointed end by following the picture illustrations below.
4. After folding entire length of your pressed strap over, sew close the edge, the entire length. Because the dishtowel is already finished on one part, you will see 2 lines of stitching. I think it looks good!
5. Repeat for other waist strap.
6. Fold you apron in ½ and press if you are making the apron for a bustier, or long-waisted person. If you are making it for a smaller person, then fold it in ½, then measure about 2″ up and press.
7. Open the main towel and lay flat with right side up. Take your ribbon and place it across the pressed fold. Leave enough ribbon on each end so you fold under the raw edges and stitch them under.
8. Baste the ribbon down the center to the main towel. *I recommend using a different color thread that you want to use! This will help you take it out after you sew your permanent seam! I forget to do this and regret it every time!
9. Pull on one thread (bobbin thread) to create gathers. The amount you want gathered it completely up to you. For a smaller person, you will create more gathers. For a bigger person, create less gathers. After the gathers look even and the apron is a good width, sew a regular seam down the middle.
10. At the top of your apron, create gathers again by basting across the top. Again, the amount of gathers you create is up to you. Sew a regular seam to hold the gathers in place.
11. Make your halter straps. The easiest way, in my opinion, is to measure your strips and pressing lines all at one time and make marks on your fabric before cutting. For 3″ straps, you’ll want to make 4″ strips. Below you’ll see I measured ½”, created a line, measured 3″, created a line, then 1/2″ again and created a line. I repeated that for the second strip. The ½” lines are just guides for me to know where I’m going to press my straps toward the center. The width of your strip should be 4″.
12. After cutting the 4″ strips, press ½” toward center on each side. (Hopefully, if you created the marks like in the picture above, you will clearly see where ½” is!)Create a point on one short end to create a pointed edge by following the picture illustrations below. Then, fold in ½ lengthwise.
13. Sew close to the edge the entire length. Repeat for other strap.
14. Attach your straps! The squared side of the waist straps should be attached on the wrong side of the apron, near the edge. The pointed edge should be at the very end of the strap (don’t attach that side!) Make sure you line it up with the ribbon waistline, or just above. Reinforce it well, by sewing a square, thereby attaching the ribbon in more than one place.
15. Use the same technique attaching the halter straps.