Since making my Adjustable Unisex Apron last summer, it has become a real staple in my kitchen! It is now worn-in and soft from repeated washes, and it proudly displays fabric ink smudged across the chest and spaghetti sauce stains on the pocket. Somehow these battle scars just add to the apron's beauty. I’ve been hankering to make another one because, as I mentioned in the original post, I wear aprons all the time, and I love to stock pile favorites!
Purl Soho recently got some incredible new fabrics from Japan that begged to be my next Adjustable Apron, but choosing proved difficult! There was a light Linen Blend Solid in beautiful natural colors, a heavier Upholstery Weight Solid, and an absorbent, soft, and totally unique Herringbone. I loved each more than the next! And so, I used all three and ended up with an awesome new apron and a lovely set of three simple dishtowels finished with pretty Cotton Chambray Ribbon.
I’m especially excited about the dishtowel pattern, because if there’s one thing I use more than my apron, it’s dishtowels! Don't be fooled by their professional finish; they're totally easy! The apron and dishtowels together would make an incredible housewarming or wedding gift. The apron adjusts to fit anyone, and the dishtowels are pretty enough to be special and sturdy enough to use everyday. Best of all, the whole shebang can be sewn in an afternoon! Thanks!-- Molly
If you’d like to make an apron you can find the Adjustable Unisex Apron Journal here. Thanks!-- Molly
To make a set of three 17-inch by 27-inch dishtowels:
- 1/2 yard of each : Kiyohara Linen Blend Solid in Lavendar, Kiyohara Upholstery Weight Solid in Brown, Ecrulet Herringbone in Grey.
- 8 yards of Chambray Cotton Ribbon in Taupe. (If you're making less than three towels you will need 3-yards per towel.)
- 100% Cotton Thread in color 3260
Cutting and Folding
Cut one of the fabrics into a rectangle 18-inches by 28-inches.
Fold over and press each of the raw sides 1/2-inch towards the right side of the fabric. Tuck in and press the corners in as shown above so they look neatly mitered.
Pinning on the Ribbon
Press the end of the ribbon into a point with the raw edges facing the wrong side of the ribbon. Starting 1 1/2-inches from the folded end of the ribbon pin the ribbon, right side facing up, to the edge of the right side of the cut and folded fabric, 1/8-inch from the folded edge. You will be pinning over the raw edge of the fabric in this process.
When you get to the upper left corner let the ribbon go straight past the corner as shown above.
Then turn the ribbon around, without twisting it, leave a 6-inch loop and begin pinning it across the next side.
When you get to the other three corners fold the ribbon back on itself away from the fabric forming a 45-degree angle fold as shown above.
Fold the ribbon back again, retaining the 45-degree fold from the previous step and forming a right angle on top of it, and continue pinning it across the next side, as shown above.
When you get back to the beginning of the ribbon cut the ribbon to overlap the beginning by three inches. Fold the newly cut end into a point towards the wrong side.
Fold and press the end 1/2-inch towards the wrong side and then pin it on top of the beginning of the ribbon thus hiding the pointed end of the ribbon.
Edge stitch the outside edge of the ribbon onto the fabric. When you come to a corner leave the needle down, pick up the foot, pivot the fabric 90-degrees and continue sewing. Backstitch at the beginning and end of this seam.
Edge stitch the inside of the ribbon on in the same manner backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam.
Note: When going around the looped corner make sure to keep it neat by pivoting in the same manner.
Repeat all steps for the remaining two dishtowels and you'll be all done!