How to Make a Simple Dishcloth Apron
I bought a stack of flour sack dishcloths from my affiliate Amazon recently thinking that I would make some appliqued dishcloths. However, once I got them I thought of other things that I could do with them. I still may do the applique but I have enough of them to make a variety of projects that I am going to share with you. The first project is this super simple dishcloth apron. It really doesn’t get any easier than this. All you need is two dishcloths and some ribbon and you can put this project together in about 10 minutes. How cool is that?
I almost feel embarrassed sharing this project but I liked it so much that I just had too. This project requires that you be able to sew a straight line and that is it. If you can’t sew a straight line follow my tutorial on how to do just that. This is a very beginner sewing project so I urge you to give this one a try. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
What you will Need: How to make a simple dishcloth apron
- 2 flour sack dishcloths
- 1 roll of 1 1/2″ ribbon
- 5 scraps of fabric (Optional)
- Pin back (Optional)
- Scrap of Felt (Optional)
- Button (Optional)
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Measure
Hold up one of the towels lengthwise from your chest to your waist. Mark your waist with a pin. Also, on these towels there is a little loop to hang the towel. Remove that loop using a seam ripper.
Step 2: Place the second Cloth
Lay the first cloth on your work surface lengthwise. Place the second cloth perpendicular to the first so that the side is even with the waist measurement. Pin.
Step 3: Sew the Cloths together
Using white thread, sew the two cloths together following the stitching on the hem of the cloth.
Step 4: Cut and Hem
Turn the apron over. You will see that there is a long tail of cloth. Cut off the tail and fold the raw edge under so that it is even with the hem on the other side. Stitch again over the previous seam.
Step 5: Measure the waist ribbon
Measure your waist. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around your waist and to tie at the back. My ribbon measured 90″ long but yours could be much shorter.
Step 6: Sew the ribbon
Place the ribbon on the seam line between the two cloths so that it is centered. Using a coordinating thread sew the ribbon to the cloths.
Step 7: Measure the neck ribbon
You will need to place another piece of ribbon at the top of the apron so that it wraps around your neck. Measure from your chest around your neck and back again and cut a piece of ribbon 2″ longer.
Step 8: Sew the neck ribbon
Sew the ends of the neck ribbon to the top of the apron.
Step 9: Embellish the Apron
Embellish your apron any way you like. I added a button flower to mine but you could add a pocket or print a saying. Regardless, you are finished with this super simple dishcloth apron.
Step 10: Button Flower
If you would like to make a button flower for your apron or any other project just follow these steps:
- Cut 5 scraps of fabric into circles. I used the ribbon roll from the 1 1/2″ ribbon I used for the apron. You could use a can of vegetables for yours.
- Fold the circles into quarters
- Hand stitch using running stitch the curve of the the first fabric quarter using a very long double thread. Remember to leave a long tail. Continue to stitch each of the quarters together using running stitch. Pull the thread so that the curves bunch up.
- When you have a row of 5 quarters tie the ends together to form a flower shape.
- Cut a circle of felt and sew it to one side of the flower.
- Sew a button to the center of the other side of the flower.
- Sew on the pin back to the felt.
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