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{tutorial} gingerbread aprons

There’s always a lot of hustle and bustle around the Piggy Bank Parties office during the Christmas season. Somehow though, I always find time to create handmade gifts for our family and friends to show them how special they are. Creating gifts also allows me keep a few more pennies in my piggy bank for those unexpected holiday expenses!


Gather the following supplies:

  • 5 feet of May Arts Ribbon: Item # 351-33
  • 4 feet of May Arts Ribbon: Item #330-01
  • Brown Dishtowel
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine, Needle & Thread


Ready? Here we go…

1.  Fold the 2.5” brown ribbon in half lengthwise and iron.

2.  Fold the ribbon ends down ¼” and iron.

3.  Find the center of the ribbon. Pin the ribbon to the long edge of the dishtowel making sure the towel in centered on the ribbon. The excess ribbon on both sides of the towel will create the ties.

4.  Sew the ribbon edges together and onto the dishtowel to create the waistband and ties.

5.  Pin 2 feet of the white ric rac to the bottom edge of the dishtowel and 2 feet of ric rac along the waistband.

6.  Sew the ribbon on and embellish with the striped ribbon.

7.  Attach buttons down the center of the dishtowel. I used a red button stacked on a white button which reminded me of red hots and white frosting.


I created another apron by attaching the second length of ric rac near the bottom of the apron and adding multi-colored buttons.


To make an apron for a little kitchen helper, I used a $.49 napkin from the clearance section. I added turquoise ric rac (Item #330-94) and candy-colored buttons. The waistband and ties were created using chocolate satin ribbon (Item #HA33).


The Gingerbread Aprons were so much fun to create! I hope you’re inspired to create one for yourself or someone special. Speaking of being inspired, I love reading comments from YOU, our faithful May Arts blog followers. Here’s a little thank you for all of your inspiring comments…

{Free Download} Snowman Recipe Cards

Wrap up a Gingerbread Apron, add your favorite recipe and you have a great gift!

The crew at Piggy Bank Parties wishes you a warm and wonderful holiday season!


"Snowman Recipe Cards" by Piggy Bank Parties

Blog Posted By: Doris Driver

  1. ~Tammy~

    How cute is this???

  2. Karen K

    Those aprons are so darn cute!!!

  3. ellen s

    ooooh! ho cuute and i think i can do this! i love the waist aprons and have been wanting one really badly, very cute and functional. i like that!

  4. Amy Serbaroli

    Great idea, so cute and definately works with my piggt bank!!

  5. Charlene

    Oh my gosh…how cute! Adore that apron!!

  6. Shelly

    Adorable. What a great gift idea.

  7. Kelley

    Cute apron. I’m trying to think when I can squeeze it in before Christmas!

  8. jen shears

    super fun, Do!!! 😀

  9. Pam Loris

    Cute ideas! Thanks for sharing today!

  10. Edna

    The aprons are precious!
    Thanks for tutorial..

  11. Pam Spradlin

    Thank you for the download. I will use it. the aprons are really cute.

  12. Carol B

    Adorable aprons! Thanks for all the inspiration on this blog.

    Carol B

  13. Margaret K.

    What cute projects. Well done!

  14. samantha sibbet

    Wow Do!!!! These are very cute and you know how to make it all look so easy! Another great tutorial, thank you!

  15. Lexi

    oh my—so very cute! Well done Doris!

  16. {vicki}


  17. Donna Przybylowski

    Just love the Apron, so cute, going to make a few but unfortunately not till after the Holidays, much too busy right now, but may make them for gifts next year for the bakers in our famly!! Or may do something a bit different and make them for the GRillers in our family, just a great idea! Thanks much.
    And thanks to for the free Recipe card download another very useable freebee.
    Your the best May Arts, great Ideas along with Great Product!!


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