Nov 5, 2010

10 Minute Place Mat Apron Tutorial

Now, immediate disclaimer, I said 10 minutes, but really I think it only took me 5 minutes. Seriously folks...5 easy breezy minutes. The secret: using a lovely already sewn $3 place mat. Woohoo! I walked past this lovely at "The Mart" and loved it, but I don't really do place mats so I just kind of lovingly stroked it...don't judge.

Then I had a brilliant idea, and I held it to my hips to see if it would fit with what I was thinking. Another woohoo, it did. I had just found myself a cute little half apron.

10 Minute Apron Tutorial 

here is ALL you need-

a place mat you adore
1 package of double fold quilters binding in a coordinating color

To make-

Pin the apron into the fold of the binding. I use the whole three yards, except I just trim with edges, because I like it to wrap around and tie in the front.

Starting at one edge, sew the edge closed and then sew along the entire length of the bottom of the binding.

Sewing completely over the apron and then down the rest of the binding until you get to the other end. Finish of that end.

And WHAT!!!! You are DONE!

I wasn't lying when I said this project took me not even 10 whole minutes. Seriously, the photo shoot took longer.

But now I have a lovely apron quite perfect for Thanksgiving...okay or for just looking marvelous in the kitchen.

Not going to lie, now I am on the hunt for the cutest place mats ever.

PS there are some beautiful ones from Target you might just seen in the near future.

linking too...

Pity Party at 30 days
Friday Fun Finds at Kojo Designs
Weekend Wrap Up at Tatertots and Jello
Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal
Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T


Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

these would make perfect hostess gifts or Christmas gifts for neighbors! I love it! I shop at the Mart too. ;)

Michele said...

Love it! I'm totally making these for my preschoolers. Our theme next week is cooking & food. This will be perfect and so quick to throw together.

Kari Sweeten said...

LOVE a simple fun craft! Great idea!!

Leslie said...

What a fabulous idea! I think it turned out darling!

Kim said...


Unknown said...

Very cute! Love it! Quick, easy and inexpensive. I will feature this at

Anonymous said...

I love it! What a brilliant idea - I love the look of placemats too but I don't use them as placemats either: ) Thanks for the idea!

Teri said...

What an awesome idea!! Love it! I'll have to check out the placemats the next time I'm out. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Courtney said...

This is genius! said...

Great idea and so cute! And you gotta love five minutes! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

ColleenandKendra said...

I think I might make these for VT sisters, coupled with a cookie mix or some such thing. Awesomeness!

Hanna said...

HI there! I am your newest follower! I found you on the crafty link up! I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely!! I'm at

I love this apron! thanks for sharing

Leah said...

Very cute! I'm thinking you could spend another 5 minutes and even add a little pocket too...hmmm...the possibilities!

Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block said...

What an adorable apron! And how festive for fall! I just love it -- thanks so much for sharing -- wonderful job!! :)

Anonymous said...

Great Idea
I could not help myself and made one for me. Thanks for sharing.
Hyderabad India

Anonymous said...

this is super cute and easy to make! If you have time next week come by and link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.

Ani said...

I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing a great idea!


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