Sunday, August 21, 2011

DIY: From Dish Towel to Waist Apron

I don't know about you but I think aprons are so cute and fun to wear while cooking or baking. They are especially helpful when you are cooking while your guests arrive and want to protect your clothing from your baking. I am notorious for having a watermark right across my waist from leaning against the counter while cooking or washing dishes. I decided to try to make my own waist apron and found that it was EXTREMELY easy to do!

What you need:
Dish towel
Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
Square of Fabric for pocket (Optional!)

To make a simple waist apron all you need to do is take a dish towel...

And sew on some coordinating ribbon to the ends of it. I just measured the ribbon out by wrapping it around my waist. I used a sewing machine to sew it on but you could hand stitch it just as easily. I would just do two rows of stitches to make it really secure. I attached it to the back of the towel....

Here is a look at the front after the ribbon is attached....

Once you do it on both sides, you can tie it around your waist like this...

Wasn't that so simple?! I decided to add a pocket to the front of mine. I just used a square of dropcloth for mine. My waist apron is a gift and I wanted to personalize I embroidered it first...

Once I finished my embroidery, I pinned it to the center of my apron. (NOTE: I cut my dropcloth so that the top of the pocket had a finished edge already, this saved me some time, otherwise you would want to hem the top of the pocket to have a finished edge.) I folded the other three unfinished sides under and pinned the pocket to the apron.

Then I sewed around the two sides and the bottom of the pocket.

Then I tried it on!

It was sooo simple to make and I think it turned out well!

And the pocket works! :) 

It says "Cakes by Kim" on it for my good friend Kim who is a cake master! (I know it won't be much of a surprise if you read this Kim but that's ok!!!)

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday evening!!!


  1. This is so cute! I can't believe it's just a dish towel! That makes me want to make several for the holidays!!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration!!

  2. Love u KatieBug...thanks so much for making such a cute apron for me...I love it and it will come in handy...cuz I too, turn the water on full blast when washing dishes from cleaning up after baking...really why full blast? ;)
    I owe you some baked goods!