How to sew an apron from a Kmart Martha Stewart cloth dishtowel.
Step by step instructions on how to turn any rectangular piece of cloth (approximately 18"x24") into an apron.
Step 1: Cut the edges for your tiebacks
This is probably either the cleverest or laziest step of this apron. Cut the edges off of the napkin/ dish cloth you are turning into an apron. I used two of the same so I could mix and match colors. The longer edges will be for tying around the waist and the short ones are for the neck.
I chose to leave the tag on my straps just for fun/ convenience.
Step 2: Cut out the pockets or shoulders
The negative shape of the armholes happily can be joined to make a little pocket for the apron later. Fold the fabric in half and make a guestimate of where you want the top to start and the waist line to meet it. Accuracy is not needed as long as all the sides meet.
Step 3: Bias tape or duct tape the frayed edges
I don't recommend duct tape, but if you don't have sewing skills, a machine or the patience to do hand sewing, consider glueing with a washable fabric glue, which should keep it intact even without adding some kind of tape/ ribbon over it.
I recommend using a sewing machine, and if I had the time I'd be writing in all my tips for sewing machines right now.
Pin or baste the band around the edge and goto town on it.
Step 4: Pocket
Sew the straight edge together from the hole you cut out for the arms, and you've got a pocket ready. Well almost. You should baste the round edge and iron it for an easier time with a sewing machine. Or just do it by hand if you like.
Step 5: Sew on straps and try out the pocket
I sewed all the straps down, and here I'm trying out the pocket in several positions. I preferred it on my right leg.
Step 6: Sewing mistake, happy accident
I accidentally sewed the tag onto the pocket I made for the blue apron, which I decided just to leave there and so I cut it off the strap.