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Tea Towel Apron – giftable upcycling

The winter downtime may find you poking around flea markets or inspired to make use of some of last summer’s garage sale bargains. Should a vintage tea towel find its way into one of those categories, may I suggest a practical, giftable tea towel apron project?

If you’re in need of an easy DIY gift, consider making a tea towel apron (provided you have a sewing machine or the time to hand stitch). Since you’re making it from a tea towel, most of the measuring, and all of the hemming is done already.
For less than $10 (maybe even less than $5) you can buy everything you need for a cute, practical and (sort of) handmade gift.
I bought a60’s tea towel in bright orange and harvest gold for 25¢ last summer from my neighbor’s garage sale. Or if you have not gotten that lucky, you can always pick up 2 tea towels for $10 at Tuesday Mornings (so $5/ea.) and a whole, 3-yard spool of grosgrain ribbon ($3) and for the project photographed below, I added a green spatula ($1.29) for a festive touch.

Fold the top corners over a continuous piece of ribbon, leaving an over-the-head loop at the top. On either side at the bottom of the fold, have enough ribbon dangling to wrap around the recipient’s waist.
An added fun part about wearable upcycling is that it makes for a great conversation piece when entertaining. (And you definitely want your guests to see your apron so they know you’ve been slaving over the homemade meal you prepared for them ; )

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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