Easy, DIY Thanksgiving Hostess Gift: Towel Apron

For Thanksgiving, my family tends to personally focus on the meal at home, because we usually cook ourselves. But there are a lot of people who spend Thanksgiving with family members and friends, heading to their homes for the holiday meal. No polite guest wants to arrive empty handed, right? When Walmart challenged me to come up with another Thanksgiving project, rather than do something for myself, I wanted to come up with a great, handmade gift. So here’s a super simple idea you can give to your Thanksgiving hostess.

DIY Kitchen Towel Apron


I love projects like this that have an awesome homemade quality, but require very little effort on the part of the crafter.

You’ll Need:


  • One pretty, patterned kitchen towel (Walmart has TONS of gorgeous options)
  • One kitchen towel in a solid, coordinating color
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Coordinating thread

A kitchen towel happens to be just about the perfect size to make a half-apron. Put two of them together, and you can get a gorgeous full apron.

Lay your pretty, patterned towel horizontally on your work surface, wrong side up.  Lay the solid colored towel on top of it vertically, also wrong side up. You want about half the length of the solid colored towel overlapping the patterned towel, and be sure to center the two horizontally. It should look like this:


Cut off the excess length of the solid towel. Fold up the raw edge and pin the hem.


Topstitch from one end of the patterned towel to the other, being sure to backstitch your ends.

Cut two 42″ lengths of ribbon, and two 24″ lengths of ribbon. These will become your ties. Grosgrain ribbon is best for this project, as it is least likely to fray when you cut it. Cut one end of each piece square, and the other end diagonally.


Start with one of the 42″ ribbons. Flip the apron over, with wrong side facing up. Fold the flat end of the ribbon back about an inch, and pin it to the top corner of the patterned towel. It will take two strong stitches to secure it. Do the same on the other side.


Now, with the 24″ ribbons, fold the flat end of the ribbon back about an inch, and pin it to the top corner of the solid towel, with the ribbons oriented vertically. Stitch twice to secure the ties.

The last thing you’ll want to do is sew a couple of darts or pleats at the very top of the apron. Because you’re making it for a person — not Spongebob Squarepants. And presumably, that person is not box shaped.  Pin and sew two 5″ darts about 5 inches from the edge of the apron.


Of course, you could taper the top towel to make it fit around the bust even better, but the point is to keep this easy. Or, you could leave the top off the apron altogether and just make a half apron with the bottom towel and ribbon. It’s up to you.

Either way, you’re done!

Unless of course, you’re like me and want a little something extra. I found a gorgeous flower clip at Walmart with the sewing notions.


It technically could be sewn or glued on, but I preferred to clip it right at the hip, so the recipient of the gift would be able to take it off and use it for something else, if they wanted.



This entire project should take you about 20-30 minutes max, but it will look like you put in a whole lot more effort when you present it to the recipient. Don’t you think?

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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