Dish towels are inexpensive and washable. They're also hemmed -- a handy shortcut when sewing this dishy apron.
Martha Stewart Living, May 1995
Lay down one towel vertically, (this will serve as the bib of the apron and the backside of its pockets). Lay the other towel horizontally across the bottom half of the first towel (this will wrap around the wearer's hips and provide the front of the pockets).
The towel that serves as the bib should be folded and hemmed along its long edges so that it is not too wide for the chest of the wearer. Next, hem the bottom of this towel (the vertical one) to the desired pocket depth.
Lay the second towel horizontally across the first, leaving 4 inches of overhang at the bottom; then sew the towels together along the bottom and side edges of the vertical towel. Stitch a line vertically up the center to make the pockets. The basic shape of the apron -- an upside-down T with two long pockets -- should now be complete.
To create neck ties, cut two 12-inch lengths of 3/4-inch twill tape, available at sewing shops, and stitch one end of each to the top of the bib. Do the same for the waist ties, but cut them longer: Fourteen inches apiece will be long enough for the average waist.