tea towel toddler apron

February 17th, 2012

Will you yell at me if i tell you i actually wrote this post  last summer and totally forgot to post it? This is becoming a really ridiculous theme with me. I shudder at the thought of how many half written tutorials are unpublished in the background of my blog… yikes … hehehe okay, moving on.

Anyway, Bunny loves to cook. She’s always trying to help me make dinner – and ever since Grandma got her a play kitchen for her birthday she’s been play cooking a lot too (soooo cute!). So i thought it would be really cute if she had an apron to wear too! I was trying to find some fabric i liked when it struck me that a teatowel was a really great size for her! I love it when I repurpose things! I was going to use one i already had, but then when i stumbled upon this cute stripey one in a homewares store it was just too happy not to get.

Want to make one too? I promise it’s super easy!!

What you’ll need:

  • A tea towel.
  • cotton twill tape, or bias binding

What to do:

  1. Get your helper! (totally optional, Bunny really wanted to “help” me, and though it made this project a zillion times longer, it was fun to have her next to me saying ooooh and ahhhh all the time)
  2. Divide the short side of your teatowel into thirds, then cut two curves out of the sides of your teatowel
  3. Pin the twill tape to the curves of the teatowel ensuring that you leave enough of a “loop” at the top for your childs head to fit through, and enough hanging off the edges so that you can tie it around their waist. You will need to decide if you want your top to be show on the “right” side or be hidden on the inside. I wanted mine to show, so i started by pinning it to the wrong side of the teatowel. If you want it to be on the inside then start by pinning it to the right side of the teatowel.
  4. Sew very close to the raw edge – i was between 1/8″ and 1/4″ from the raw edge
  5. Fold the twill tape over to enclose the raw edges, and steam/press to conform the tape to the curves. Pin in place and topstitch
     
  6. I like my aprons to have pockets – so i folded the teatowel over in the centre to create pockets and sewed along the sides to secure it 1/3 of the way and 2/3 of the way across the body of the apron. Now she has 3 pockets!! Plus there is the added benefit of when she gets too tall for it i can unpick the pockets and she’ll have a longer apron :)
  7. Give it to your little one and let them play!!

Then we made playdough… she kills me she is so cute

23 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    She really is too cute! It cracks me up that I forget how small kids are, such a teeny tiny little apron

  2. Linda says:

    So cute. What a wonderful Mommie you are.

    My daughter’s name is Bonnie. When I brought her home from the hospital, my 3 year old son was very disappointed. Apparently he thought we were bringing home a bunnie. He much preffered a rabbit to a sister. I think of this story whenever you mention your daughter….

  3. Bri says:

    Well this is cute so good thing you did eventually get around to posting this!

  4. Annelise says:

    So cute!!!!

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  6. alison says:

    I recently came across your blog, and I have loved seeing all your creations! I thought your tea towel apron was a •genius• idea. I made one for my little girl this afternoon. It truly was a quick project, and she loves it! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! :)

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  8. Kim says:

    Hi! I found this tutorial while looking for a toddler apron for my daughter Lilly, and I’m in love with it! So much so that I featured it on my blog for Fab Friday (http://twotendesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/fab-friday-tea-towel-toddler-apron.html)! Can’t wait to make one for her… thanks for sharing this idea!!

    -Kim @ Two Ten Designs

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  10. Caitlin says:

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I made one this weekend, and I’m really happy with how it turned out:

    http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/index.php?firstID=1911

  11. Kristen says:

    I found your site through a link and love this tutorial. I can’t wait to make one when I get a sewing machine!! I would love to know the name and here to purchase your daughters play kitchen? It is just what I am looking for. Thank you in advance. :)

  12. Kristen says:

    Thank you for your helpful reply Meg! I appreciated your nice note and the info. on the IKEA play kitchen. We will look it up. Also, your link was so nice to get.

    Take care, Kristen :)

  13. Karen says:

    What a simple and adorable project! My son loves to help me bake. I can’t wait to make one of these for him!

  14. Cecilia says:

    So cute! I’m hoping to make this for my son for Christmas because he loves to copy me and help me do anything! I put an adults apron on him and he loves it till it falls off! This is such a nice simple design that I’m even considering making it for some nieces and nephews as well!

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  20. Judith says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! What I like the most is your idea for using the extra length of the tea towel for pockets.
    For my daughter’s second birthday we are planning to have a “christmas-cookie-decorating-party” and I needed a cheap, easy and fast solution for the spilling problem :) I think the kids will love it!

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