Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's a month of kitchen stuff...and of course Pauline would make us some Tea Towel Aprons ( 2 more special guests today again)

Welcome everyone...to another Sew We Quilt tutorial...
and thank you Mdm Samm for asking me to share a tutorial 
for something you would find in the kitchen ...
...what would be more useful in a kitchen than a tea towel and an apron.


Hi, I'm Pauline and I blog over at Quiltnqueen,
My tutorial today is an apron made with tea toweling and a 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric.

Finished apron

Tea towelling by the yard has become more readily available lately.
The toweling I used for this apron is Moda's Toweling Pastel Plaid
and the coordinating fabric is 
Moda's Hideway by Lauren and Jessi Jung. 
 It's from my stash from a few years ago...and went perfect with the toweling.
The toweling is available at Crazyquiltgirl.

To start you will need:
Materials for tea towel apron
  • 3/4 yard of toweling measuring 16" to 18" wide
  • 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric
    • cut 1 - 6.5" x wof (width of fabric) for ruffle and pocket
    • cut 2 - 4" x wof for ties and neck loop
    • cut 1 - 3.5" x 24" or 29" for neck strap (see To make the neck loop instructions below)
  • 6.5" of ric rac
  • buttons are optional
To make the ruffle:
  • take your 6.5" x  wof strip of fabric
    • cut a 6.5" square off one end and set aside.  We will use it later to make the pocket.
  • using the long piece, remove salvage then fold in half length wise with right sides together and stitch 1/4" seam at both ends
Ruffle
    • turn right side out, keeping raw edges even and press 
    • make a ruffle, using your favorite method, to fit the width of the toweling .
    Ruffle
    • stitch the ruffle to the bottom of the toweling right sides together.  Gently press ruffle down and top stitch on the toweling close to the seam line.
    To make pocket:
    • with the 6.5" square, turn down the edge with the salvage 1.25" right sides together.  Stitch a 3/8" seam on both sides securing seam just past the lower edge of folded area, clip corners, 
    Pocket1

    • turn right sides out and press.
    Pocket2

    • stitch ric rac on pocket front catching the hem on the back in your stitching.
    Pocket Ric Rac

    • position pocket on toweling by measuring down from the top of the apron 17" - 17.5" and measuring from the side seam over approximately 1.25" - 1.5".  Pin pocket in place and top stitch to apron.
    To make the ties:
    • take the two 4" x wof strips of fabric.  You will be making 2 ties by folding right sides together and stitching the long edge to approximately 2" from the end, pivot and stitch on the diagonal, trim and cut corners leaving the one end open.  Turn (I use a chop stick to turn my ties) and press.  Top stitch all the edges of the ties close to the edge  and set aside until you complete the top of the apron.
    Tie pinned

    To make the top  of the apron:
    • if you have a serger, serge the top of the apron, if you do not have a serger, use a zig zag stitch or turn under 1/4" and turn under again to finish the edge.
    • fold down 1.25" with wrong sides together  to make a facing.  Press and top stitch lower edge of facing in place.
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    • measure over 3.5" on both sides, mark with a pin and make a pleat that ends at the side stitching on the toweling, pin pleats in place.  
    • the top of the apron should now measure approximately 11". 
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    • measure down 9.5" from the top of the apron and insert the ties in the pleat.
    Layout

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    • starting at the top of the apron, stitch the pleat down catching the ties in the pleat
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    • stitch to the bottom on the ties, across the bottom of the tie, up the side close to the edge of the towel and across the top of the tie to secure the tie.  Repeat for the second tie. 

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    To make the neck strap:
    • take the piece that measures 3.5" x  24" to 29". 
    • pressed a 3/8" seam to the wrong side on all the edges of the strip of fabric, 
    • fold in half wrong sides together and top stitched around all the edges.
    • attach the straps to the back of the apron top as shown.  For this apron I used the 24" measurement.
    Finished apron
    • or by top stitching them to the front of the apron and adding some buttons as shown here. For the neck band attached to the front of the apron I used the 29" length.
    Tea Towel Apron Embellished



    This apron is made using
    Moda's Granny Garden toweling and
    Moda's Amelia by Me and My Sister Designs 
    both fabrics are available at Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop


    I hope the instructions are clearer than mud...
    ...if you have any questions please email me
    or leave your question in your comment.

    Thanks for reading to the end...
    ...and because you made it to the end of my somewhat lengthy tutorial
    I have a give away......


    Leave a comment on this posting and you could win
    1.5 yards of toweling and 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric....
    You can make your own apron and a matching tea towel.


    Come visit me at Quiltnqueen and enter to win a second giveaway
    1.5 yards of toweling and 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric....


    Winners will be picked Monday April 16


    happy stitching



    Congrats JULIE
    you are the winner..you have been notified
    please send details...an apron for you 
    is on its way....

    98 comments:

    1. This tutorial is timely - my SIL wants to make this type of apron and we were 'mathing' it. Super!! Thank you for figuring it all out for us.

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    2. I have just visited you at Quiltnqueen so now I should have two chances of winning

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    3. I commented over on your Blog already also. A great tutorial, Pauline.

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    4. I would like to make my own apron and what better fabric than toweling?

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    5. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial and the chance to win, too
      shel704 at aol dot com

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    6. What a great tutorial and a lovely looking apron. Just in time for a couple of presents that I need to make.

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    7. Great tutorial, Pauline. This would be a fun project. Hopping over to your blog to leave another comment.

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    8. These are super cute! Thanks for a great tutorial.

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    9. Great tutorial. I love the apron. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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    10. how cute. very easy to follow your tutorial. nice giveaway.

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    11. I'd love to make an apron, and your tutorial is just what I need!

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    12. Great tutorial. I need a new apron!

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    13. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the apron tutorial!

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    14. I have the perfect piece of fabric for a pretty apron like this! But I could certainly use some more!

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    15. Pauline thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial on the apron and tea towel....nice accessories for my kitchen....

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    16. Love the tutorial. My MIL would love one of these and now I know where to go for the tutorial. Thanks for the chance.

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    17. Thanks for the instructions for the toweling apron and the give a way.

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    18. I've got to try this tutorial -- so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    19. Please include me, I am in love with this. Very simple, and classy at the same time. thank you thank you

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    20. I like this apron...it's simple but very nice and practical. Thanks!

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    21. Very classy apron! The instructions are well written...maybe I could do it!

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    22. Really cute!! I actually have several tea towels in the drawer that are screaming at me to make them into aprons! Thanks for the tutorial - this is a FOR SURE on my "to do" list! I think I can!!

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    23. Very beautiful! I love the Granny Garden!! I have never seen the toweling before!! CUTE!!

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    24. This looks like a fun apron to try, thanks for the tut!

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    25. Fantastic! Just the cutest apron from toweling! I love how the different toweling gives such a different look! I think making several and hanging from pegs in the kitchen would terrific.
      Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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    26. Good morning Pauline....fabulous....t towel aprons...I have some perfect ones for this too...great tut...

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    27. Fantastic tutorial, Pauline. Well done! Your aprons look great!

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    28. Have just ordered toweling - never knew such a thing was available.

      Absolutely one of the cutest darned aprons I have ever seen. My mind is awhirl ( a very dangerous condition to my bank account) with possibilities - Christmas presents here we come !

      Thank you, Pauline - just too stinkin' cute !

      and as always, thank you mme Samm for such an awesome creative home - your time and work here is so greatly appreciated

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    29. I don't normally like apron patterns, but these are really, really cute.

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    30. great idea! love the apron.. up on my to do list! thank's

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    31. Wow! What a cute apron! My daughter has been asking me to make her one and now I have a tutorial! Thanks!

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    32. wow! My LQS has at about 10 rolls of this toweling, but I never thought to do anything with it other than..towels. Thanks for the great idea--I'll have to check out the length of the pattern repeat next time I'm there.

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    33. I love this apron. It reminds me of my gramma. She always wore one real similar to this. I remember she would get so embarrassed if she forgot to take it off when she went to town. Thanks for the tutorial. Btw, I have that coordinating fabric in my stash. I will have to get the toweling and make this.

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    34. Great tutorial - thank you. I love that it can tie in the front!

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    35. I'm totally addicted to aprons Pauline - what a great way to make one! blessings, marlene

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    36. Wow! I didn't even know that the toweling was available this way...LOL This is so cool. Thanks for the tutorial and for the chance to win!

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    37. I always wanted to make an apron that would function as a towel, as I am washing my hands many times during the cooking process. Nice to know toweling is available online if I can't find some at the fabric stores. Cute and functional - Great tutorial. Thank you!

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    38. Great idea and great tutorial. Thanks!!

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    39. Thanks for the great tutorial! What a great idea! Thanks so much!

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    40. How cute! I recognize the fabric from the bottom apron from your teaser post on your blog yesterday.

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    41. I love aprons, and this looks great. I love the toweling idea. Kathie L in Allentown

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    42. great tutorial and lovely fabrics to giveaway! thanks for the chance!

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    43. Great tutorial and lovely aprons. I will most probably put this one on my to do list for hostess gifts! Thank you!

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    44. What a classy apron Pauline! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    45. A great tutorial!
      Count me in please!

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    46. Oh my word!!! These aprons are the cutest ever!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!!! :)

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    47. Great tutorial..Did not know you could buy toweling fabric...Love the pattern....

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    48. takarasch@frontier.comApril 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Love the aprons & the tut! I really need an apron or two! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    49. Pauline!

      What a cute tutorial! I love the crisp, clean toweling look for aprons!

      We will let people think we coordinated our posts today . . . wink, wink!
      These would make adorable matching gifts!

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    50. nice to have matching apron/tea towel for gifts! thanx for a great tut!

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    51. Pauline ~ These are awesome looking aprons. I love this type of apron but have never made one myself. I've been contemplating buying toweling by the yard to make my own tea towels instead of buying mine. I do alot of machine embrodiery on towels as gifts for my friends and relatives. I've never thought about making aprons from the same toweling. The dish towels and a matching apron would make an even better gift than just the embroidered towels. Thank you SO much for this idea and awesome tutorial.

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    52. Thank you for the great project. It's perfect for bridal shower season!

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    53. A wonderful tutorial, Pauline. Thanks for a chance.

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    54. This was a great tutorial, Pauline. I'm pretty sure I could make these aprons. Would make especially great Christmas gifts.

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    55. These are just gorgeous. Thank you for the chance to win!

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    56. Cannot wait to make this little chef's hat. I've been looking at patterns and yours by far is the cutest I've found!

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    57. I went through the same problem with bleach..every single time I used it I had something nice on that ended up with a bleached spot or too which ruined it in my "perfectionistic" mind. Now-a-days I'm finding that my clothes are getting spotted with little pink stains from the cooking of spaghetti sauce...or curry...am I now a food magnet? Does this happen to anyone else? I need to get in the apron habit...>>>>FAST>>>!!!! Thanks for showing me how to make these pretty and practical ones,God bless you!!!
      Toni-anne:) weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    58. Practically Perfect In Every Way!!!!

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    59. This is a must do!! I love this idea so much!! Thank you!

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    60. What a great idea! Love the way the apron looks!
      Thanks for an awesome giveaway =D

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    61. Love the fabric! Best apron tutorial I have found-great job...

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    62. Hoped over from Quilt N Queens to say hey. Loving the green moda plaid.

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    63. Tudo tão explicado,cada detalhe é muito importante para eu que sou iniciante,muito obrigado.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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    64. Just popped by from Quilt N Queen... these aprons are great!! Thanks for the tute too! Hoping I will win the Moda's Granny Garden and Amelia fabric so that I can make my sister an apron for her bday at the end of May!!!

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    65. Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm glad that you posted!

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    66. Lovely project! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    67. Love the aprons! They are too girly for me to wear ;) and the chef in my house is male :) But it really tells me how to make one and that's good. Been wanting to do that for awhile now.

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    68. The tutorial is great. I would love to make one of these - especially the one with flowers!

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    69. I love your aprons! Such a clever idea! Thanks for a chance to win.

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    70. Pauline, love your tut and both aprons are darling. My favorite is the flowered one with the aqua.
      I'd love to comment over on your blog but since the Google change in early March I am no longer able to commment on your blog. :( At the end of the comments (69 comments right now), there is a "Post a Comment" but nothing else and no place for me to comment. I'm still following, though, and enjoy your blog entries. :)

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    71. I'd love to win the Moda's Granny Garden and Amelia fabric!!!

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    72. Both aprons are so cute and I am going to make some to give as gifts.

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    73. How neat! I've never seen an apron made like that but now I want to make one. Thanks for a super tutorial.

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    74. Lovely aprons and a great tutorial.
      Thanks.

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    75. Great aprons--thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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    76. Thanks for the great tutorial...

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    77. I love the aprons and great tutorial.

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    78. I love wearing aprons- will this pattern be large enough for a plus sized woman?

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    79. Forgot- me email is DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

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    80. Such a cool idea from moda - toweling fabric by the yard. Love the apron!

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    81. I am going home to make this apron. Love it and it is just what I have been looking for.

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    82. What a cute and easy idea. Thank You for the tutorial. I may be making these for Christmas gifts.
      Bridgidk@verizon.net

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    83. I love that aprons are back in, and there are so many great patterns--this one included. Thanks for sharing!

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    84. Beautiful aprons. thanks for a fun giveaway!

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    85. Sweet Aprons! Love the Granny's Garden toweling. Thank You.

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    86. Oh how Wonderful. I love this apron thanks for Sharing. and for the opportunity to win the Fabric

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    87. I love the second apron; it looks so vintage! That reminds me--I have a couple of vintage tablecloths that would work well for aprons! Thanks!

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    88. This is a great tutorial. I like both of them. Either one would be a treat!

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    89. what great instructions and a chance to win something.WOW--heystella@juno.com

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    90. Oh Pauline, these aprons are precious!! I'm just now catching up on reading my blogs. I've had a rough week but your aprons cheered me up!
      Blessings
      Gmama Jane

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    91. These aprons are so neat! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.

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    92. Your aprons are sew cute. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway.

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    93. Great tutorial! Another new blog to follow.

      chris

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