Make One Adorable Apron from Two Colorful Napkins

comments (5) July 25th, 2013     

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MaryRay Mary Ray, contributor
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This adorable apron takes just two large square napkins and some ribbon and less than an hour of your time.
Shape the fold on first napkin all of the way down to the waist
and press.
I used white thread for this apron but feel free to use a contrasting thread color.
This adorable apron takes just two large square napkins and some ribbon and less than an hour of your time.

This adorable apron takes just two large square napkins and some ribbon and less than an hour of your time.

Photo: Mary Ray

Here's a little project you can do in no time at all. I bought two great 20-inch square cotton napkins at a popular home accessories store for $3.00 each and some coordinating ribbon at a fabric store, sewed them together without cutting into the napkins at all, and the result is an apron that's not just cute but really useful, too. And I put it all together in less than an hour.

To make this apron, here's what you do:

1. Fold in the first napkin along the top edge at the corners, enough to make it fit the chest cap.

  Shape the fold on the first napkin all of the way down to the waist and press.

2. Sew across the top to hold the folds in place and edgestitch along the folds to the waist through all thicknesses.

  I used white thread for this apron but feel free to use a contrasting thread color.

3. Fold the second napkin in half, wrong sides together, and press along the fold. Sew a strip of decorative ribbon to the fold edge, turning the ribbon ends under at the outer edges.

  This second napkin forms the pockets and the bottom of the apron.

4. Attach the back half only of napkin 2 to napkin 1.

  This is what the back half of napkin 2 looks like from the wrong side when attached to napkin 1. You'll need to determine just how long you need to make the apron by pinning the pocket piece in place, "trying it on," and adjusting to fit.

5. Sew the two layers of napkin 2 together along the bottom edge and attach it to napkin 1 along at the sides.

  Sew down the center of the pocket area to form two pockets.

6. Attach lengths of ribbon at the waist to form the ties and at the neck to make the strap.


7. To finish the ends of the ties: Fold the ribbon in half, right sides together, and stitch across the end.

  Turn right side out to form a point, press, and stitch to hold the point in place.
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Comments (5)

Fabric1869 writes: That is inspired... and cheap too!
Posted: 8:59 am on March 26th
garnetnm writes: Nice project. TFS

Steps 4 was not clear, so I went back to the top picture to work out a way to complete the project.
Posted: 2:11 pm on August 4th
Margie Rose writes: This pattern was a little too confusing to follow. I would love to make it, but I think I would become too frustrated.
Ergo, probably won't even try. Sorry.
Posted: 3:39 pm on July 27th
kayr12 writes: Mary Ray, I love this pattern, but I am confused with step 4. I understand that I attached just the back portion of the 2nd napkin but do I fold it up to attached it???? The way I have been doing it is to just attached 2nd napkin(back) to the lower portion of napkin 1. about 8". But what I end up with the the napkin 1 bottom hem is not in line with napkin 2 bottom hem. if this is correct what do I do with the bottom of 1 to hook it to 2?

thanks for your help
k
Posted: 7:28 am on July 20th
Shawnee101 writes: This pattern is to cute ta boot! Love it Great work!
Posted: 3:29 pm on September 10th
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