Dishtowel Kids Apron Pattern and Tutorial

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I love when my kids want to help me in the kitchen, but sometimes is can get messy. I want them to continue to learn and grow, so I came up with this Dishtowel Kids Apron Pattern and Tutorial! It’s inexpensive and ridiculously easy to make. There are many apron tutorials and patterns available, but I wanted this one to be easily made with what you might already have on hand. If you’re like me, you already have too many dishtowels, so making a cute apron for the kids out of some was a no-brainer. If you need or want to purchase some for this project, 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.

What You’ll Need:

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 will be shared among multiple children.

You will also need some ribbon and the following basic sewing supplies like scissors, thread, fabric markers, pin, etc.

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

Dishtowel Kids Apron Pattern And Tutorial

To start this dishtowel kids apron sewing tutorial, I always like to wash, dry, and iron my fabric before I start sewing. Most dishtowels you have will have already been though this process, but if you are using brand new dishtowels I recommend this step. It acts as a preshrink so that your stitches are more durable later. You know this is one project you will be washing rather frequently. Once you have done those steps, take your dishtowel and fold it in half lengthwise.

Next, grab a plate from your kitchen cupboard 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! This is crucial to get right, because if you don’t you will need to start over with a new dishtowel.

Cut out the curve with fabric shears, following the line you drew the best you can.

Now on this dishtowel kids apron sewing tutorial, turn the curved edges in toward the wrong side 1/4″ and press with an iron to make the fold flat and crisp.

Now it is time to sew! Take your sewing machine and stitch the curves. Just go slow and you’ll be fine. We are about halfway through this dishtowel kid apron sewing tutorial!

For the straps, cut three lengths of ribbon. Cut the neck strap to 18″ and two lengths of 24″ for the tiebacks. I used 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon and it worked great!

To attach them to the apron, pin the ends of the ribbon on the back of the apron to form the neck strap and tiebacks.

Next on this dishtowel kid apron tutorial, sew the ribbon ends in place, stitching over them multiple times to secure. This will help them hold up through repeated use.

Once you have stitched them in place, fold the remaining ends of the tiebacks over 1/4″ twice and sew. This will give you nice, clean ends for your dishtowel kid apron and keep the ends from fraying over time.

And that’s it! Your dishtowel apron for kids is done! Now they have a fun and cute apron for when they help around the kitchen. It might not help cut down on the mess in the kitchen, but it will lessen the mess that gets on them! And as fast as they grow into and out of them, this momma wants to make them last as long as she can. This fun dishtowel kid apron makes a fun gift for kids any time of year. You can use any round plate or even a bowl you have as a pattern template to cut the curves in your apron. Quicker and easier than printing something out.

Easy Beginner Dishtowel Kid Apron Tutorial

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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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