Dishtowel Kids Apron Pattern and Tutorial – Beginner Sewing Projects

Step-by-step photos and instructions for how to turn a dishtowel into an apron for kids. Great sewing project for beginners!

Kids love helping in the kitchen, but it can get messy. Protect their clothing with a simple apron made from a dishtowel. It’s inexpensive and ridiculously easy to make.

Dishtowels are available in all kinds of colors and themes. These aprons are adorable for holidays, birthdays, or everyday.

They are perfect for gift giving too. Whip up a couple extra to keep on hand for company or unexpected parties that your kid forgets to tell you about.

You could easily add a child’s name to the apron or their favorite character with a patch, stencil or vinyl. Customization makes it extra special.

Is this you first sewing project? You picked a good one! It couldn’t be easier. Let’s get started.


To make a dishtowel apron, you will need a dishtowel, of course. Choose a solid, patterned, something to match your kitchen, or add your own flair with a stencil. We chose an all over polka dot dishtowel that is shared among multiple children.

You will also need some ribbon and the following basic sewing supplies.

For equipment, this project requires a sewing machine, iron and ironing board.


Begin by folding the dishtowel in half lengthwise.

Then grab a plate from the kitchen and use it as a guide to draw a curve in the bottom corner. Make sure it is in an open corner, not the fold!

Cut out the curve with fabric shears.

Then turn the curved edges under 1/4″ and press.

Now stitch the curves with a sewing machine.

For the straps, cut three lengths of ribbon. Cut the neck strap to 18″ and two lengths of 24″ for the tiebacks.

Pin the ends of the ribbon on the back of the apron to form the neck strap and tiebacks.

Sew the ribbon ends in place, stitching over them multiple times to secure through repeated use.

Then fold the remaining ends of the tiebacks over 1/4″ twice and sew.

This finishes off the end so it won’t fray.

You made a dishtowel apron for kids!

Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out more awesome sewing projects for beginners.

Yield: 1 Apron

Dishtowel Kids Apron Pattern and Tutorial

Dishtowel Kids Apron Pattern and Tutorial

How to make an apron for kids from a dishtowel.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $6.00


  1. Fold dishtowel in half lengthwise.
  2. Use a plate to draw a curve in the corner (not the fold).
  3. Cut out curve.
  4. Turn curved edges under 1/4".
  5. Press.
  6. Sew along the curves.
  7. Cut three lengths of ribbon: 18" and 24" (2).
  8. Pin ends of the ribbons to back of apron at top and bottom of curves.
  9. Sew ribbon ends in place.
  10. Fold ribbon ends under 1/4".
  11. Sew to prevent fraying.


Kids aprons are fun to customize and give as gifts.

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