Kitchen Towel Apron

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Cheap & Easy Holiday Gift Anyone?

I found this fun cooking measurement conversion kitchen towel at the Home Goods.  They had lots of kitchen towels with fun and witty sayings. I wished I had picked up more before all of them were cleared away for Christmas kitchen towels. I made 2 of these measurement conversion aprons, the towels came in a two pack. So one for me and one for a friend. If you caught that it’s upside down, that’s on purpose. It’s for the wearer to read. It’s come in pretty handy several times. My first apron was good but not I definitely learned from it before making the one for my friend. And it gave me an opportunity to document the process.

 

Supplies

  • Large kitchen towel
  • 1 packet of Wright Bias Tape, Extra Wide, Double Fold. 1/2″ wide. 3 yd long.
  • Stitch in the ditch foot (optional)

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Steps

Cut the “arm hole” in the kitchen towel.

  • I eyeballed the cut out. The top should we wide enough to fit your head through and the bottom of the armhole should be around the waist. Every towel will be a slightly different size so use your best judgement.
  • I folded the towel in half the long way to cut the other armhole.
  • My towel was terry cloth backed so it frayed if you looked at it. I serged the edge to control the mess but it’ll all be enclosed in the bias binding.

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Pin on the bias binding:

  • I used the full length of the pre-made bias binding. It was 3 yards but you can alter the size to the wearer.
  • I folded the binding in half and marked it with a pin. I measured 9″ to each side and marked it. This is the portion that your head will go through. Check the fit that the wearer’s head will fit through. If you’re not sure you can do neck ties instead. The binding will need to be longer if you go this route.
  • Unfold the bias binding and pin the binding down both “arm holes”. The edge of narrower side of the binding needs to be lined up to the edge of the right side/public side of the towel.

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Sew on the bias binding:

  • Sew in the valley of the fold closest to the edge.

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  • Fold the bias binding to the back of the apron. See how in this picture the longer width of the binding is in the back.

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  • Switch to a stitch in the ditch foot if you have one. It’s optional. I use the blade as a guide and set the needle slightly to the right of the blade.

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  • Start sewing at the end of the tie that would be to your right if you were wearing the apron. Fold the edge in and then fold the binding in half to finish the end.

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  • Start at the short end and sew towards the long edge.
  • Pivot at the corner and sew down the long edge. Sew with the blade to the fold of the binding to keep the stitching even.

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  • When you get to the arm hole, lift up the feet, move your needle to the middle position and stitch in the ditch. The sewing line should disappear from the front. Since the fold is wider in the back the stitching should catch the binding.
  • Sew the neck, down the other arm hole and to the left ties. Finish the end of the ties like the other tie. Fold down the edge and fold in. Stitch to the end and pivot and continue stitching the short end.
  • Sew a reinforced stitch at the neck and waist area. I sewed a square with the x inside. Other options would be a bar tack.

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  • That’s it. Simple huh? I’m hoping that since they’re kitchen towels they’ll hold up to stains and laundering but I haven’t needed to wash mine yet. I use it for drying off my hands.

 

Gift Ideas

The apron can be paired with a baking pan, measuring cup or other cookware for a hostess gifts. I saw some but Mr and Mrs kitchen towels that could be matching his and her aprons. This would go great in a basket with homemade jellies I’ve made.

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Happy Holiday Sewing,

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Macaron Measuring Tape

I needed a mental break after making the clergy robe.  The macaron measuring tape idea that was floating in my head for a while was just the simple project that I needed.  I cracked open a craft book I had purchased while in France on vacation which had a cross stitch pattern for a macaron measuring tape.  After translating it, it turns out the instructions were pretty sketchy and lacking many details.  So I set off to figure it out myself.

Macaron Measuring Tape

 

Selecting the Measuring Tape

I ruled out measuring tapes that were too expensive, cheaply made or weren’t the circular shape I was looking for.  Beware of cheapy ones, many of them are nylon and don’t have the fiberglass to help prevent stretching.  After a bit of searching I found a German company, Haechstmass, which specialized in measuring tapes.  Sold!  I bought a few a small quantity.

Measuring TapesMaterials

  • 4” x 7” fabric
  • 6” of 3/8” grosgrain ribbon
  • Peel n Stick
  • 5” x 7” batting
  • Round measuring tape
  • Seed beads (optional)

Supplies

Making the Macaron Filling

The filling only took a couple of tries to figure out.  I ended up settling on 3/8” grosgrain ribbon because it was the perfect width without too much effort, unlike the attempts with the fabric.  Grosgrain also comes in a large number of color and prints.

To make the filling:

  • Cut 5 7/8”  of 3/8” wide grosgrain ribbon.  Seal ends with liquid stitch.
  • Cut a strip of Peel n Stick ¼” wide by 5 7/8” long.  Attached the Peel n Stick strip along the middle of back side of ribbon.  Leaving the edges sticky-free allows you to sew into the ribbon a lot easier. I learned this the hard way.
  • Remove Peel n Stick backing and attached to side of measuring tape

Filling Steps

 

Making The Meringue

What gives the macaron’s visible cues is a flat, cylinder-like shape.  Macaron coin purses use a button form to create this shape.  Since I need the meringue to be soft in order to retract the tape measure, I couldn’t use this same technique.

To make the meringue:

  • Cut two 3” circles of meringue fabric
  • Cut six 2” circles of batting
  • Sew gathering stitch at a ¼” seam allowance by machine or by hand.
  • Gather using the measuring tape as a guide.  Pull threads to the inside.

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  • Stuff fabric circle with batting.
  • Ladder stitch fabric circle to edge of ribbon. Repeat for other half.

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Making the Meringue Feets (optional)

Though I like the macaron measuring tape at this stage, it was missing something.  It was also looking hamburger like.  (Note to self:  Future idea.. hamburger measuring tape)  One issues was that the cookie wasn’t the right 2:1 ratio to the filling.  I tried several different attempts to make the meringue part taller but couldn’t make it taller and retain the right shape.  What was also missing was that airy bottom edge of the meringue cookie called the feet.  Adding the beaded meringue feets killed two birds with one stone.

To make the meringue feet:

  • Slow method:  hand sew on Miyuki seed beads along the bottom edge of the meringue/top edge of filling.
  • Fast method:  glue on seed beads using hot glue or Jewel –It glue.  I haven’t tried this myself so test first on scraps before you ruin all your hard work.

Meringue Feet

Feet or No Feet?

So which version do you like, feet or no feet?  I love them both.  They’re so colorful and fun, I can image myself having a nice box full of these in different “flavor” combinations.

Finished macaron

Happy measuring,

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