From Tea Towels to Apron
Fabric: 2 Vintage Style Cotton Lawn tea towels, 100% Cotton
I used the design to guide the pleats. Those had 2 cm.
Starting from the centre mark 3 pleats each side.
They can all have one direction as on mine or 3 from left to right and 3 from right to left. I
t’s a design decision, so have fun. Press.
Sew a line 1.5cm from the edge of the fabric to secure in place.
I used a waistband pattern I like to add an extra design feature
but you can just measure the width size you want the band to be and cut on the fold.
Using the second tea towel to make the waistband straps, measure the size of the front of your waistband and cut trips of the fabric with the same width.
Don’t rush… measure everything 1st to make sure you have enough fabric.
Mine waistband measured 10cm and I used the tea towel pattern to guide me.
They will be sewn in double so make sure you have a even number.
My tea towel made 6 equal strips.
Use 4 strips for the laterals and 2 for waistband.
I used a plain muslin for the back and saved the back waistband strip for the 2nd apron.
I wanted my pleats to be secured so I sew 5cm turning them into tucks.
Sew your waistband to the sides. I overlooked my seams so they were secured.
Now, right fabric with right fabric, sew the bands leaving the bottom un sewn. Trim, clip the curves and turn to the right side out. Press.
Now, adding the pleated tea towel inside the band, making sure the ends are turned in. Add your label and a tea towel holder. Sew a straight line and its all done.
Same instructions for the 2nd apron, the difference was that one one tea towel were used and was added half a metre of fabric for the ties in to make them longer. Also the tucks were spaced with only 2 each side, eliminating the middle 2 creating a tulip shape.
Lots of love,