An Easy No-Sew Teaching Apron


Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

How many times do you walk backwards and forwards to your desk, or the whiteboard, or around in circles looking for that stash of Post-It Notes?

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Imagine a cute little apron that could hold all of those important items you need at the tip of your fingers.

Here is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create this gorgeous teaching accessory!


No-Sew Apron Instructions

Materials you’ll need to make this DIY teacher apron:

  • colourful tea towel
  • double sided sewing tape
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon (avoid slippery satin ribbons – I used grosgrain ribbon)
  • cute buttons or accessories.

Step One

Depending on the size of your tea towel, work out how big you want the pockets of your apron.

Then, fold the top bit of the apron down and the bottom bit up as much as you want. Once you are happy with the size of each section, iron the creases in.

DIY teacher apron

Decide where you want the two creases to go.

How to make a teacher apron

Fold-down the first fold and use an iron to crease it.

How to make a teacher apron

Fold up to create the second crease – this determines the size of your pockets.

Step Two

Use double-sided sewing tape to stick the top bit of the apron down.

Now for the pockets. With the bit that folds up from the bottom, use the hot glue gun along the left-hand side and fold it up to sit exactly along the edge of the part you just folded down.

Press firmly to stick this edge together. Next, squeeze a line of the hot glue out along the next line and stick that up firmly to create the first pocket.

Continue along until you have three pockets.

How to make a teacher apron

Step Three

Finally, use the hot glue gun to glue some ribbon along the top of your apron. This will be used to tie the apron on around your waist!

You can then decorate your apron as you wish. I glued some more ribbon along the edge of the pockets also!

How to make a teacher apron

And that’s it! So simple and easy.

I created three of these aprons in just under an hour.

How to make a teacher apron

We would love to see your creations!

If you decide to make one, don’t forget to tag us in your photos on social media (#teachstarter).

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I sewed mine and folded tp make an extra row of smaller pockets. Thanks for the inspiration.

Naomi Thomson · Apr 13th, 2019

Hi Naomi,
What a great idea! Thanks for taking the time to share.

Kristian · Apr 15th, 2019

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