Friday, March 1, 2013
Toddler Tea Towel Apron Tutorial
**It should be noted that my first apron shrank in the wash. It lost probably 2 inches in length and width, so take that into account for 100% cotton towels when doing your measuring.
1 tea/hand towel at least 20"x15" or long and wide enough to cover your toddler.
36 inches of 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon for ties
14 inches of 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon for neck strap
1 1/2 inches hook and loop sew-on tape
Clear rotary ruler
Rotary cutting mat
Begin by taking your toddler's measurements or you use an appropriately sized apron to use as a template.
Measure from where you want the apron to hit their chest, down to where you want it to cover to.
Measure how wide you want the top.
Measure from the top down to the side as far down/around you want it.
If you do not have an apron or toddler handy, my measurements were:
Length: 16 inches
Top: 6 inches
Sides: 5 inches
Press your towel to remove wrinkles.
Lay the towel out on your cutting mat with the bottom (short side) at the zero inch mark.
Measure where you will cut the towel to the desired length by adding 1 inch to the length you measured on your toddler (mine would be 16" +1" = 17 inches).
Cut the top off and discard.
Fold the towel in half lengthwise (my towel is now 15 x 17 so I would fold to make it 7.5" x 17")
Along the top of the towel, measure where you will cut the towel sides by adding 1 inch to your top measurements then divide that number by 2. Measure in from the fold that amount and make a mark.
(My numbers would be 6" +1"=7", divided by 2 = 3.5")
With your ruler, measure from the mark on the top, angled down to the side, at your side measurement +1 inch. (My side measurement was 5" so I measure 6" from the mark)
Make a mark,
then keeping the ruler on both marks, cut the angled piece off.
Your towel should now be apron shaped.
Fold your apron top down 1/2 inch and press. (Use starch if your fabric is stretching too much.)
Fold one side down 1/2 inch and press. Repeat with the other side.
All the raw edges should now have a 1/2 inch hem.
Now fold one side down another 1/2 inch and press then repeat with the other side.
Then fold the top down, 1/2 inch and press.
Pin to secure for stitching.
Starting at the edge of one side, on the back of the apron, back-stitching at the start, stitch all the way around the outside edges, back-stitching at the end as well.
Turn the apron and edge stitch using 1/8 inch seam allowance all the way around closing the open edge.
Using the 5/8" ribbon, seal one end of the ribbon using a match or lighter to keep from fraying.
Safety pin to one side of the apron top at the corner. (You could also just go ahead and stitch it down to one side, just fold 1" under for a secure fit and only add 1 inch to the cut size. See *following instructions for placement.)
Try the apron on your toddler to get a good fit. Mark with a pen or a pin, adding a 2" extra to fold down.(Mine is 11" + 2" = 13" cut of ribbon.)
Fold one end of the ribbon 1" down and *with the end of the ribbon facing the apron, with the fold pointed towards the bottom hem, pin to the apron top back at the corner and stitch around in a square, back-stitching at start and finish.
For the other end of the neck ribbon, heat seal the ribbon as before, then fold down 1 inch and stitch to secure.
Cut the Hook and Loop tape to desired size and pin the hook side to the folded end of the ribbon.
If it's correct, stitch down the Hook and Loop tape, going all the way around the edges, back-stitching at start and finish.
If desired, you can stitch an X through it, for extra strength.
On the back of the apron, pin the Loop side of the tape to the corner opposite the secured ribbon, then stitch it down going all the way around the edges, back-stitching at start and finish.
Again, if desired, you can stitch an X through it as well, for extra strength.
Cut your 3/8" ribbon in half to make 2- 18" pieces. Heat seal all the ends.
Fold the end under on one ribbon and pin it to the back of the side corner.
Stitch going all the way around the edges, back-stitching at start and finish.
Repeat with the second ribbon on the opposite side.
Your apron is complete!