Sunday, October 02, 2011

Men's Dress Shirt Repurposed to Apron Tutorial

Tonight, I turned this men's dress shirt......


 into this apron!


 Here's the tutorial and some helpful tips -

My sister and brother-in-law are moving to NYC, and in an effort to downsize, I inherited a large amount of dress shirts.  Remember when I made a dress for my daughter?

Well, I saw this pin on Pinterest, and was so upset that the directions were in Russian!  So, I quickly googled "Man's Dress Shirt to Apron" and found nothing I liked so I just started cutting and sewing.

Here goes....

Obviously, start with a man's shirt.  Cut off the sleeves and the back.


Cut around the collar but leave it intact.  I cut very close to the seam so that I wouldn't have to hem anything or have any raw edges.


Your shirt should look like this -


Use your rotary cutter and ruler to make a diagonal cut from the armpit to the top of the shoulder.


Make sure both sides are even.  :)


On the raw edge that you just cut, turn a hem under, concealing all raw edges, and sew it down.  Do this on both sides.


The final step is to make the apron ties.  You could use ribbon if you wanted, but I chose to cut strips of fabric on the bias to make the apron interesting.


Close all raw edges in and sew your straps on to the bottom of your diagonal cut.  Be sure to backstitch several times for reinforcement.


And you're done!


A couple of final tips-

Flip the collar up until you are completely done with the apron.  This keeps you from accidentally stitching it down and it just puts it out of the way!

Second, button the shirt all the way down at the very beginning.  This will help your fabric stay straighter.

If you have a plaid shirt, that is a good starter since you can use the stripes as your guide for keeping it straight.


Now, the only question is..... what will I tell my husband when his shirts mysteriously go missing?
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90 comments:

  1. This is great. Simple, easy and certainly practical. Looks cute and could be blinged in a myriad ways. Could revamp a shirt DRESS like this, too.

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  2. That is SO cute!

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  3. So cute! I'll have to make one!
    :-)

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  4. Anonymous1:02 AM

    Awesome! I love this, it looks so simple.

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  5. I love this!!!! so very simple and so very stylish!!!!

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  6. I just absolutely LOVE THIS!!!! It is an awesome look and so easy! I can't wait to make one for, omgosh, everyone I know.... well the ladies anyway, for Christmas gifts!!! Thank you Thank you thankyou for a great original idea!!

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  7. What a great idea. I'd love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend, hope you can make it!

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  8. This is brilliant! I am going to do this for my girls for Christmas with their dad's shirts. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Very cute! I'm off to raid my husbands closet!

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  10. very clever idea love it

    http://momdaughterstyle.blogspot.com/

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  11. such a great idea.... thanks for sharing!

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  12. So cute! My mom made one of these recently & I just made a skirt out of a man's shirt myself. Love up cycling these shirts!

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  13. Anonymous9:58 PM

    So glad you figured out the instructions - purchase 3 shirts at the thrift shop today.

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  14. This is so smart! Thanks for the tutorial. I have a few of my husband's old shirts lying around - am going to try this!

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  15. Anonymous1:11 AM

    this is what I call corporate apron uniform. :)



    polo shirts

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  16. Arlene10:39 AM

    SOOO cute!! I saw this on Pinterest, too, and tried to get the site to translate . . . five minutes later it was still trying! Thanks for this tutorial! Good Will, here I come!!

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    1. I was also thinking Good Will a great source

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  17. Anonymous3:20 PM

    This was a great tutorial. I could hardly wait to make one up. I did, only to find out that I made it out of one of my husband's favorite shirts. Guess I'll have to make some outstanding meals while wearing this to make up for the favorite shirt.

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  18. Anonymous5:11 PM

    Love this apron, I bought an XL womens Dress shirt and made an apron and with the leftover fabric I made a baby bib for a matching momma and baby gift for a shower. It turned out very cute

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    1. Anonymous12:54 PM

      Great idea! How did you make the bib?

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  19. Anonymous3:21 PM

    Saw the Russian one and was looking at the pic to see what to do. Then this popped up. Thanks. If you left some of the back on, it could be a dress!

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  20. That is fantastic, love the idea! It's so unique and fun!

    xoxo!
    Jen

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  21. Thanks, I saw this on Pintrest but was unable to find directions. Yours was the last on a Google search and was perfect. Heading off to Good Will. Kathy

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    1. So glad you found me, kathy! Be sure to send pics of your apron-I'd love to see it!

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  22. Thanks--found your tutorial while looking for something more informative than the Russian one from Pinterest. Pretty much how I was going to do it, but with sewing it always helps me to have some validation that my ideas will work out okay, so thanks! I plan to make a flared apron, using a pattern for a half-apron for the bottom, and cutting a men's shirt for the bib portion. So it will have a buttondown collar, a cummerbund waist, and then a fun double-layer flared apron skirt.

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    1. ooohhhhh! That sounds awesome! Please send me photos when you are done. I can't wait to see!

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  23. Anonymous10:13 AM

    how my gosh i came onto this website for a school project and well, this apron is amazing ! i love how you can reuse household items and make something useful out of it

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  24. Anonymous9:15 AM

    im trying to make it in class it is hard...

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  25. Anonymous1:24 PM

    LOVE this! Made it for Father's Day....thanks for the idea!

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    1. Yeah! I'm so glad to hear that- thanks for sharing!

      XOXO,
      Amy

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  26. This is really cute. I might have to try it.

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  27. Very cute. With a little modification, this would make a neat halter.

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  28. Like this, but wonder how you keep spills off your clothes underneath if the fabrics so thin?

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  29. I am trying this for sure...thank you so much for sharing.

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  30. I saw the same thing written in Russian! You have way more get-up-and-go than me! (probably why you have a blog, and I'm still just thinking about it) This would be so fun to do with all kinds of mens shirts! From so many different decades, what about one with a huge collar, like from the 70's?! Great for gift ideas, and for stuff you'd find at a thrift store or yard sale! Okay, now I'm motivated!

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  31. Anonymous3:34 PM

    This is a great way to use the shirts of a loved that has passed away to preserve their memory. I plan to use my Dad's shirts in this very way.

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  32. So glad that I found this. This is exactly what I've been planning to do with some old men's shirts to make arts & crafts (painting) aprons for three of my granddaughters, ages 6, 5 and 4. I'm going to leave the sleeve attached and cut it to make a 3/4 length sleeve so that they don't get paint or glue on their clothes. Thanks for posting. Great idea.

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    1. Anonymous3:28 PM

      I would suggest elastic at the cuffs for craft/paint shirts. That's how my Grandma made them for my kids.

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  33. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Ladies, this is a FABULOUS idea, to make for someone who's recently lost a husband, brother or father! What a "HUG" they will feel, each time they put it on!!

    Cheryl D

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  34. Anonymous10:51 PM

    This is sew cute!! I'm making one for each of my sisters for preparing Christmas dinner!! Thanks!!

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  35. Anonymous3:04 PM

    I MADE 20 OF THESE APRONS FOR OUR CHURCH CRAFT FAIR, I ADDED IRON-ONS THEY LOOKED SO CUTE, THEY SOLD FOR $10.00 EACH, THE ONLY EXPENSE WE HAD WAS THE IRON-ONS, AS THE SHIRTS WERE ALL DONATED, I ALSO MADE SMALL APRONS FROM GIRLS SHIRTS, AND YOUNG BOYS SHIRTS. I AM ALREADY COLLECTING SHIRTS FOR OUR NEXT CRAFT FAIR.

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  36. Anonymous3:34 PM

    My friend and I volunteer at the local humane society in the surgery clinic. We take care of the dogs and cats after they have been spayed or neutered. To save our clothes we have make aprons to wear. This apron made from a man's shirt is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. I am going to the Goodwill store and find me a shirt that will match my "volunteer shirt". Thank you for the idea.

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  37. Anonymous12:17 PM

    I am on my way to the thrift shops or yard sales to get a few shirts that are not stained and we will have some cute aprons for our cleaning duties at the campground!!!!

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  38. Kathy 12:005:55 AM

    So cute, I am visiting my daughter in Hawaii and thought "GoodWill for Hawaiian shirts. I got 2 for adult sized and two for my grand daughter who loves to cook with grandma. This for posting this can't wait to get started.

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  39. Great idea for all those shirts my friend gave me - only...she removed the buttons first, bummer of bummers. I will just sew the front shut and 'pretend' there are buttons there. :-) I can't wait to try this, right after I finish that leather purse (made from leather pants that same friend gave me). Woo hoo, here I go!!! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  40. Anonymous8:51 PM

    Apron looks great! FYI: WHEN YOU NEED TO TRANSLATE FROM ANY LANGUAGE TO ENGLISH, GO TO GOOGLE TRANSLATE AND COPY AND PASTE THE OTHER LANGUAGE IN THE BOX AND IT WILL CONVERT IT TO ENGLISH. I have to do it on occasion when I am dealing with customers on ebay. Its actually fun!

    http://translate.google.com/?langpair=en%7Cfr#auto/fr/

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  41. I LOVE THIS! i see many MANY presents for the cooks in my life with this, and for two mommies too! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    Also, if people aren't up to really making a double roll hem, they can use matching/contrasting bias tape... that would seal it off... and give a clean line. :D

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  42. I love this....I haven't sewn in forever so I hope I can do this:O

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  43. Tammie3:36 PM

    Love this idea so much, thanks for sharing.

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  44. Think about doing this weekend

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  45. Wow! That was so easy & it looks so cute!!! If you have your sewing machine all set up to do the seams & ties, you can have this done in under an hour, more like 30 minutes! Thanks for the details on cutting it....

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  46. Very nice there ma'am. Wondering what I could do with all of my cheap mens shirts.

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  47. Anonymous4:33 AM

    thanks for this, will definitely be trying this withmy hubbys old ACU uniform tops!

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  48. This was a great idea and super easy. I did this today in under an hour and love it! Thanks for posting such easy guidelines.

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  49. I love this idea... so simple and practical, yet it looks great!!! I hope you don't mind, but I've pinned. I'd love to make one for my husband... he's the one that does all the cooking in our house. I would love for you to share this at our Ongoing link party that's just for Aprons and Art Smocks

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  50. I used your tutorial & it worked perfectly! Here's my post about it :)
    http://dkeveryday.blogspot.com/2013/05/with-needle-thread.html

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  51. Anonymous7:45 PM

    My Dad is in a nursing home where they have to wear bibs. Some of the men are quite with it and don't like it. How great would these be. They can still look like men not babies. Thanks

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      That is a great idea! I think I will also make one for my husband who isn't in a nursing home--he's just a messy eater!

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  52. I've just made an apron from a shirt. Thanks so much for sharing such a fabulous idea!!!

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  55. I never think about this creativity on shirts.. Looks really cool

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  57. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Perfect way to recycle. Thanks for the instructions.Now those "out of date" shirts have new life.

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  59. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Did you cut the bias strips for the ties from the back piece? What are the dimensions of the strips before hemming?

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    I will also share this on my website Sport Shirts Canada.

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  61. My youngest son just left for boot-camp this past Monday. My daughter and his girlfriend just made these with two of his dress shirts today. They came out SO cute! Yes, he knew of the plans ;)

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  63. Great Work to re-use unused/old dress shirts.

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  64. that looks cool experiment with men's formal shirts ,,,thanx for the post !!:)

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  66. Really very simple and so very stylish definitely i will try it out with my brother's shirt.
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  67. This is a GREAT tutorial. I'm new to stitching so I thought I'd definitely have some trouble making this. But your instructions are so clear, I was able to make two aprons (one for me and one for my daughter) using my old shirts in less than an hour! Oh and thanks for the tips at the end, they were very helpful. wholesale mens t-shirts

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  68. Anonymous10:29 PM

    Good idea, only I would use a heavier fabric shirt and use the back to make pockets, what is an apron without pockets!?

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  69. This is a really good idea! You could also sew bias tape on the raw edges. I like the idea of using the same fabric to make the ties on a diagonal cut. Thanks so much for posting this.

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  70. Anonymous4:06 PM

    I remember my mom re purposing my Dad's shirts into blouses for me by turning the front of the shirt upside down so that the buttons worked the correct way (right over left).

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  71. Anonymous11:48 AM

    I love this! I might try using the back of the shirt to make a utility pocket.

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  72. Anonymous7:54 PM

    Now, I'm on the prowl for FREE shirts at yard sales, etc! This is great. Thanks ~ Elise

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  73. Anonymous3:45 PM

    A bought several shirts at the Salvation Army store at 69¢ each.The larger the shirt the better.Use childrens shirts for children bibs,etc.If you cut them straight up at the slev an6-8 inches down the backand then across. Straight down from the. sleve top they could be used as (clothes protectors) for the elderly,etc.

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  74. Would actually be Cool to keep it a shirt but sleeve less

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  75. Anonymous4:23 AM

    Thanks for a great easy project. I don't normally sew. My daughter is going to get her Dads shirt/apron. The one he wore to her tropical themed wedding vowel renewal ceremony when he walked her down the path in the park. He passed the next year. She will love it. I am going to add a towel to the front with the left overs from the back & matching quilted pot holders from the sleeves.....

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  77. This is great design of shirt. This design is as same as I was thinking. And its color is also good.
    Mens Shirt Styles

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  78. Patsy Lamb4:11 PM

    what a wonderful idea Im am going to make some for our raffle for cancer Patsy Lamb

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  79. This is really good idea. I have few of my old woven shirts which are now useless. I will surely try this.

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  80. Anonymous2:12 PM

    I loved this. My father passed away a few years back and I made aprons from his old shirts for myself and the grand-daughters. It's like having a hug from dad/granddad every time we put it on!

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  81. Anonymous8:45 AM

    been making these for fall bazaars for about 3 or 4 years.... they are popular items!

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  82. Anonymous9:42 PM

    Wow this great I make my girls one and me out of there Daddys shirts because he is in Heaven now

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