For my recent sewing class, the students made aprons from used linens. You can find lots of vintage or used placemats, napkins, dishtowels and other great linens in thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops.
If you use a napkin or placemat, the size and edging is already done for you. All you need to do is sew ties and pockets and sew them in place. This is why it’s a great project for beginners and they are just so cute and useful! I found this great teacup print at a flea market which was perfect for ties and pockets. We also used part of a curtain which only needed one edge sewn after cutting it to size.
Ties: measure one piece at least 42 inches of fabric length by 2 ½” width. Make the ties longer depending on who you are sewing for, or wider if you like making sure to leave a seam allowance. With right sides together, stitch one end and the entire length of the tie.
Leave one end open for inverting it. This is the fun part! We used a chopstick to invert the tie to the right side out and the students thought this was magic! Sew the open end together. Place the ties in place and sew on.
Pocket: measure and cut a piece 5” x 6”, or whichever size you want. Iron the edges to the back. Stitch across the top side. Pin the pocket in place and stitch along the 2 sides and bottom only. Voila! JOY!!