These aprons are just the right size for a kid...for an adult you could use the entire towel. I purchased these hand towels at K-Mart and found the ribbon at Michaels; 4 dish towels made 8 aprons with a yard of ribbon per apron.
I got back in town late Tuesday night and the girls came at 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon - so I needed something super easy and quick to make - and these were perfect - plus they were useful! Fold the dish towel in half, with both sides even, cut down the middle. My dish towels were 15-inches wide by 30-inches long, so when cut in half the towels were 15-inches by 15-inches. Fold over the cut edge and zig-zag stitch it down. Sew ribbon, using a zig-zag stitch, on top of the first line of stitching, gathering the towel just a bit in the center if you want. (I used a yard of ribbon per towel which was plenty for an 8 year old girl...if making for an older/larger person you'll need to use more ribbon.)
If I'd had more time I would have sewn on a pocket but alas, the clock was ticking, the cupboard was bare and I had more than enough to do to get ready for the Pilgrims!
It's so great when something so simple makes someone smile! Totally worth the 30 minutes of time that ALL EIGHT OF THEM took to make and the .50 cents each apron cost! That's right...FIFTY CENTS EACH! Okay, so maybe they look like they cost that much but the kids loved them, so there! A nicer/cuter towel with a nicer/cuter/bigger ribbon would make an excellent gift for your T-Day cook this year!
The aprons were on the backs of their chairs and I loved hearing the oohs and aahs as the girls walked in...they loved their turkey pins and their chocolate turkeys (found them at Pirate O's in SLC, but I know Sees carries them this time of year and you can probably find them at Bartells in Seattle, too).