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DIY Tutorial: Retro 1950’s Soap Bottle Apron

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1950's bridal shower bottle apron tutorial

Are these DIY Mini Aprons for Soap Bottles the cutest thing or what?! Thanks to Kristen from Kio Events for the fabulous DIY tutorial on these adorable themed favors/gifts from the 1950’s Inspired Bridal Shower posted earlier today. She also demonstrated these on HGTV’s “That’s Clever!”.


by Kristen Janes


  • Fabric
  • Apron template (download the PDF here)
  • Rick Rack/Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons/Bows/Accents
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Optional: Paper & Safety Pins


1. Print and cut out the pattern for the apron.

2. Pin pattern to fabric and cut out 2 pieces

mini bottle apron tutorial

mini bottle apron tutorial

3. Pin pieces right-sides together and sew rounded skirt of apron, leaving top open

4. Pull fabric through the top turning it right-side out and iron it flat

5. Hot glue rick rack/lace around skirt part of apron

mini bottle apron tutorial

6. Glue ribbon around top of apron to make neck strap of apron and tuck unfinished part of fabric under and secure with glue.

mini bottle apron tutorial

7. Glue ribbon for waist of apron leaving 2 loose ends that can be tied around apron

mini bottle apron tutorial

8. Glue on final embellishments

mini bottle apron tutorial

9. (Optional if gifting your item) Make up a “clean name” paper tag for your apron and safety pin it to the apron. We’ve used names like “Soapy Sue”, “Clean Cathy”, “Donna Dishwasher”…

10. Put your apron on your dish soap bottle so she is a little lady that can be proudly displayed on your counter next to the sink.

1950's bridal shower bottle apron tutorial


  1. MonogrammedEverything.com! September 14, 2011 at 10:54 am

    How stinkin cute is this?! Love those water bottles!

  2. Girls Pamper Parties September 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    What a fantastic and creative idea.

  3. sandra@ribbonsandfavors.com September 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    What a great favor idea for a bridal shower or a fun little housewarming gift. This can even be taken one step further by slipping the cute bottle and apron in a cello bag and tie off with a complimentary ribbon or ric-rac.

  4. vintage engagement rings September 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

    I love the retro look!

    • Monica September 16, 2015 at 3:01 am

      Yes, I am also!!!

  5. Jasminea Shodow September 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    this is nice,,i really like it

  6. Eventish September 19, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Hey all! This is really a great idea for a retro party!

    For more tips on retro party preparations see this post

  7. rosa.kreattiva November 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    ciao !!! volevo farti sapere che ho condiviso su facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kreattiva/144623015570424 spero non ti dispiaccia
    ciao rosa

  8. Hollie February 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Could you use fabic glue instead of sewing the apron together? I want to make some but my machine is out right now.

    • cara May 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      i was wondering the same thing about the fabric glue…i don’t sew!

  9. Joan March 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Could not get the PDF to load to print the pattern.

  10. Karen Greer May 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    So cute!

  11. Migdalia Rodriguez May 23, 2012 at 2:28 am


  12. Phuk Siew May 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

    ( ผูกเสี่ยวขอขอบคุณข้่อมูลจ่ะ / Thanks 4 Sharing by PhukSiew ).


  13. CJ June 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Love these! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to make some. Seems easy enough!

  14. Donielle Stenson August 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I found a halloween print apron for my soap bottle at the goodwill thrift shop brand new! What if it falls into a soaking pan of pork chop grease?

  15. Hagar Yona September 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm


  16. Mary Ferguson October 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for great ideas.

  17. scrapmaya January 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    super mimi , original , tout ce que j’aime !!
    ils sont chouettes tes tabliers !!
    merci beaucoup pour le tuto !!

  18. scrapmaya March 13, 2013 at 4:02 am

    génial !! merci pour le tuto !!
    j’ai parlé de toi sur mon blog
    si tu passe , laisse un petit commentaire

  19. Chris April 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I used to have a pattern that had shoulders and a front pocket for you rings. I don’t know where it is now.

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