Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sewing: aprons and tea towels for gifts

A little bit ago my mom asked me if I'd help her make some quick and easy gifts. Sewing for fun with bright fabrics on quick and easy to finish aprons and towels - sure! We picked out some fat quarters of Sugar Pop by Moda and also a charm pack to make cutting scraps for the tea towels quick.

Sugar Pop!

For the tea towels we bought my favorite plain white flour sack towels from Target and just sewed simple strips of the charm pack pieces cut in half onto them. I left the edges raw because I knew that these towels would be washed a million times and I love the frayed edge look that will come after they've been washed.

tea towels

On two of the towels we did one strip and on the other two towels we did two strips, just to mix it up a little. Done and done!

4 aprons

For the aprons we used my favorite Fat Quarter apron tutorial from Prudent Baby - I've made aprons this way forever and they're so fast, quick and easy. Sometimes I do the pleat in the middle of the front of the apron and sometimes I don't - just depends on how accurately the fat quarter is cut and if I have some extra wiggle room in the front.


binding


We used the same print for all the bindings and ties to make it easier - plus the fun dots coordinated with everything else in the line! About a thousand inches of bias tape later ....

all the aprons

And these puppies were done! I love how they turned out and they'll be so cute with the towels. These "aprons" are my favorite because they're so lightweight and thin ... they're not big and heavy and really aren't going to protect you too much from splatter when you're cooking ... but I like wearing mine to dry my hands on or wipe little faces on. ;]

4 aprons

Then I can just throw them into the wash with my other kitchen towel laundry and they get tossed into the drawer with the other towels. Cheap, fast, pretty and functional. I can't say who these are headed to since the gifts haven't been given yet but I hope that they're well used and loved when they do arrive! :]

((Proudly linking up at Today's Creative Blog))

19 comments:

  1. Nice! The Sugar Pop line is pretty cute. I bought a yard of the dot print, as I think it will make a great binding on a colorful quilt.

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  2. The tea towels would make great Easter treat. I never thought to leave the edges fray. Love the Sugar Pop line! Do the Target flour sacks hold their shape?

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  3. Thanks for posting both of these gift ideas - I will definitely be bookmarking them for later use!

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  4. Really cute! I'd love to see how the tea towels look after they've been washed...

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  5. Love these ideas. Perfect for mothers day and teacher appreciatiOn gifts! Thanks!!

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  6. thx for sharing the tutorial! what a sweet gift idea!

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  7. They look great! Question for you - when I've bought the towels at Target the sizing is always crazy,crazy! Did you have that trouble or try to fix it?

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  8. Those are so cute! What a fun project to work on. I may just have to make some tea towels for myself!

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  9. I'm in love! Great job to you and Mom... I'm off to check out that tutorial now... I need a new apron!

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  10. those aprons are go pretty!! love. xo

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  11. Very, very cute! I think I'll be making some of those in the near future. If you have pictures of your tea towels open, will you please point me to them? I'd love to see them spread out like giant rectangles. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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  12. Wow! I am so inspired now to make some gifties! Thanks for showing these, and the link for the apron pattern! Can you tell me which towels you get at Target? I have never purchased them and want to make sure I get the right ones!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I should probably make some of these so I stop wiping my hands on my pants...

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  14. Great aprons!! I am giving aprons for Christmas this year.

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  15. cute and simple! Thanks for sharing the link to such a fun tute! Maybe I'll make some now to have ready as Christmas Gifts... you know... if I ever get caught up (yeah right!)

    Stopping by from the TCB linky.

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  16. These are so cute! Thanks for the link to the tutorial, perhaps now I will finally make one!

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  17. I wish I could sew- I'm trying to learn! These are so cute! goobyecityhellosuburbs

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