Holiday Family Activity: DIY Kids Dish Towel Apron


Christmas is one of my very favorite seasons to be in the kitchen baking. My kids love to join me, and we create memories—and messes—as we make sweets to share with neighbors. I created this simple Kids Dish Towel Apron for each of my three littles with fun holiday-inspired linens to add to the festivity, and keep their clothes safe from the chocolate frosting!

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Of course, after I finished up the aprons we had to break them in with some cupcake decorating. I baked simple vanilla cupcakes and topped them with my favorite chocolate buttercream, then let the kids go wild with these awesome holiday sprinkles. The kids love helping out with mixing, decorating and eating.

These silicone kitchen tools make it easy and safe for them to get involved, and they hold up amazingly over time. I love the natural-wood tools with the fun festive colors, and the touch of copper in those darling measuring spoons adds some lovely shine to the kitchen.

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I chose a colorful, holiday print for my little girl and some more masculine colors and stripes for the boys. There is such a huge variety of towels to choose from, you could make them for every kid in the neighborhood, or a pile of nieces and nephews. (I’m hosting a gingerbread birthday party in a few weeks for my daughter, and I plan to make an apron for each party friend to wear and take home!)

Because the edges of the kitchen towels are already finished, sewing these aprons together takes just a few minutes and very basic sewing skills. So dust off that machine and make a few for your own family or friends!

How to Make The Aprons

You’ll need:

  • 1 kitchen towel
  • 1 yard of cotton twill tape
  • a sewing machine
  • an iron


  1. Get started by gathering your supplies.
  2. Take one kitchen towel and fold it in half widthwise.
  3. Fold the top back down, leaving an overlap of about 1/4 the towel length. This folded piece will form the pockets on the front of the apron.
  4. With a straight stitch, sew along both edges from the fold to the bottom of the towel, creating the pocket edges.
  5. Sew a straight stitch along the fold at two other intervals to make pockets. I chose the 1/3 folds of the towel.
  6. Flip the apron over and fold the two top corner edges to a 90-degree angle at the 1/3 fold lines.
  7. Staying 1 inch from the folded edge, sew a straight stitch along each of the diagonal folds.
  8. Thread either end of the twill tape from the top through the folded corners, creating an adjustable neck and waist straps all at once.
  9. Finish the edges of the twill tape by folding under 1/2 inch and stitching in place.
  10. Tie on and get baking! 

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