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How to Sew a Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less (with a Linen Napkin)

With all the cooking that's been going on around here lately, I could really use a new apron. And since I had a few extra napkin laying around from the bleached acid wash napkins project, I figured we might as well use them to whip up a little something.

These aprons are SUPER easy to create...Two quick lines of sewing and you're done! Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need...

How to Sew a Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less (with a Linen Napkin)


- tea towel (we used napkins from the bleached napkins DIY)
- cotton cord or rope (long enough to use as a waste tie)
- sewing machine or all-purpose needle and thread
- iron and ironing board


Fold over about 3 inches of the long edge of your tea towel with the wrong sides together. Once sewn, this will create a channel along the top of the apron. Iron the tea towel and press the folded crease.

Sew along the folded edge of the tea towel, keeping a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew another seam, parallel to the first one, 1" from the first seam. Feel free to use a larger seam allowance for the second seam if you are using a thick cord. Back-tack all seams to prevent unraveling.

Cut your desired length of cotton cord for the waist tie. Knot the ends of the cording to prevent fraying. Pass the cord through the space between the two sewn seams.

How to Sew a Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less (with a Linen Napkin)

Not too bad for two lines of sewing, huh? I have three of four of these now and use them all the time for cooking and crafting.

You could easily add a pocket too, for paint brushes or other random items. But I kind of like the simplicity of this sans pocket. One less thing to sew, you know?

DIY Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less

DIY Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less

DIY Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less

Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Sewing by Linda Jednaszewski
Step by step photos and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Looking for a no-sew version of this project? Try this no-sew cafe apron using an old scarf.


I'm on a plane to Salt Lake City as we speak, so I asked Mariah from Everything Golden to stop by and share a (super awesome) DIY with you today. I'll be back tomorrow with some sneak peeks for Alt - hint: that secret thing I've been working on & a look at my new letterpress business cards.

Anyway, I'll let Mariah take it away...

I usually always remember to bring my canvas bags to the grocery store or farmers market. However, when I reach the fruit and vegetable section, I resort to using plastic. So I thought I'd solve this issue with making some cool re-usable bags. I found these great vintage flour bags at a local antique store and they make for the perfect material: they're recycled, durable and a great alternative to plastic! I also love the visual quality.

What you'll need:

  1. 1 large flour bag (found at antique stores) makes 4 - 11.5 x 8.5 bags
  2. A sewing machine or needle and thread
  3. Small rope
  4. Scissors and pins


  1. Cut the large flour bag into 4 sections.
  2. Then open one section and measure a piece of rope to be about 10 inches longer than the width.
  3. Lay the rope on the top of the fabric and fold about 1/5 inch over the rope and pin down and sew.
  4. You'll then tie the ends of the rope to secure it.
  5. Lastly, fold rights sides together and sew edges, turn right side out and wallah!

Mariah is the creator of Everything Golden, a blog about independently crafted art, design, style, wild places and animals and anything that inspires. She's a graphic designer, stylist and photographer living in and loving Montana with her laser physicist husband and a very smart and crafty border collie named Indie. Check out her blog for more DIY ideas and inspiration.



Inspired by a craft technique that I (unfortunately) have no talent in, today's post revolves around sewn project. Whether its by hand or at the machine, these DIYs will have you getting out a needle and thread. Enjoy!

1. travel sewing kit from Sew 4 Home

2. leather pocket tee diy from In Honor of Design

3. make a color block shower curtain from Martha

4. and sew a stripes + color tote from Prudent Baby

5. crochet a beaded necklace from Olive Manna on Oh, Hello Friend

6. ginormous button pillow diy from Instructables

7. how to sew a leather + fabric clutch from A Beautiful Mess

P.S. I also write for Curbly. Here are my posts for the week...

Have a great weekend!