Tutorial : Tea Towel Apron

This tutorial combines two lovely things – aprons and tea towels! There are so many beautiful tea towels around at the moment, it seems that every designer is finding their way into our kitchens. If that wasn’t a good enough reason to use a tea towel as your base for an apron, then they are also practical, already hemmed and the perfect size! This apron is a lovely present for Mothers Day, it will take you less than an hour to transform a pretty tea towel into a practical handmade gift.

How to sew an apronYou will need a tea towel of your choice, scissors, a fabric fading pen or chalk and some tape or ribbon. I stitched my apron on my sewing machine but it could easily be sewn by hand.

How to sew an apronThe first step is to lay your tea towel right side down on the table and fold over the top corner as shown in the photo below, pin into place and iron flat. How far you pull your corner down and across is up to you, my corner is folded at this angle so that it fits in with the design on the front. To ensure that your apron will be symmetrical, fold it in half lengthways so that you can use your first corner as a guide. Fold over the second corner, pin and press.

How to sew an apronThe next step is to measure one inch in from the pressed edge of your tea towel and draw a line. Repeat on the other side and then cut off the corner, along your line.

How to sew an apronFold the raw edge under to hem it. Press and pin into place and then stitch a double line of stitching to hold in securely in place. Repeat on the other side.

How to sew an apronNext you need to cut three pieces of cotton tape for your neck strap and two ties. The neck strap will need to be about 70cms and each tie approximately 1 metre long. I have made my ties quite long so that the apron will be comfortable to wear but adjust this length to suit. Pin the straps and ties into place with the ends tucked under to hide the raw edges.

How to sew an apronStitch the strap and ties in place with squares to make them nice and secure. Fold the ends of the ties over twice and stitch them down neatly.

How to sew an apronYour apron is complete! Have great fun hunting for the perfect tea towel for your apron!

How to sew an apronIf you fancy making your own tea towel apron then you can buy some useful supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!



  1. That’s a brilliant idea! πŸ™‚ Might have to do that with a Christmas towel – something festive to wear while I’m cooking the Christmas dinner πŸ™‚

  2. Very clear instructions as usual. Makes me feel I could make an apron and do a good job. Maybe I will have to look for a puffin t towel !!!

  3. Wow, that’s fantastic, I’ve got a lovely Poppy Treffry tea-towel that’s been too good to use as a tea-towel, now I know what to do with it!!
    Thank You!!

  4. I recently made some aprons from leftover school tea towels for our school PTA to use. They got so many compliments that I’m putting up a link to your tutorial on our blog for others to see and make their own. Your method is so similar to how I made mine, and I could not improve on your instructions if I tried! Thank you – and your site is lovely too, you now have a new follower!

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