Wednesday, April 18, 2012

An Apron from a Man's Shirt

I saw a cute idea on a friend's Pinterest page. I haven't joined yet, because I'm afraid of the time I will want to spend there. I was peeking, not joining, and I found a cute apron. I went to a thrift shop with my sister and bought a shirt that C.S.Farmer could fit in with a few friends.I only saw a picture of the finished apron, so I had to guess how to make it. I was over halfway finished with it when one of the girls went crazy over it. I decided it was hers and put a horse on he pocket. She loves it.
This shirt was BIG! It was only $1.50 and looked brand new.

Chop-chop-chop! I cut a nice line from the sides of  the collar towards the underarms.


This is what was left on the back. I cut it in half and used it as sides and back for the apron.
All finished, and it dawned on me that bistro waiters' aprons and chef server aprons are
usually the only ones with backs. Hmm?

I put the sleeves together, sewed one side and trimmed into a neat rectangle for a pocket.

(Wow! The light changed for this photo. Someone turned on an overhead light!)
I sewed binding tape on the raw edges and gave it ties that were long enough to
go all of the way around and tie in the front.

I kept this small because it is a bit blurry, but I wanted you to see how big the utility
pocket is. I later sewed it so that it was divided into four pockets.

I ripped out enough of the stitches holding the existing pocket in place to put this edging on the pocket.

I ironed a heat bond - iron on fabric -to this cute horse picture and trimmed it.

I applied it to the pocket and top stitched it to stay in place and withstand multiple washings.


Like anything new, the next one was easier. Actually- I finished the next one and I will show it to you soon. They are so easy to make and they really come out nice. I found myself in a thrift shop, while waiting for a daughter's music lesson to end, and I made a bee-line to the mens' shirts. I didn't leave with anything, because it was one of those thrift stores that prices too high. I'll need to go back to my favorite secret shop. What are you working on lately?


  1. Now that's what I call a real apron. Beautiful.

  2. that is super cute! i've been trying to turn a mens shirt into a night gown for my 4 year old. the first one turned out okay but it not very comfortable for her to I have to do something (not sure what) = i've also been felting old sweaters and making it into a patchwork blanket for our bed.
    Happy Sewing.

  3. What a great idea...I love it.

  4. It looks great! Very creative!

  5. Well done! In my apron collection, there are several made from a beloved husband's shirts...they are so sweet and so years of work, probably, from both husband and wife.

  6. Love your apron, and thanks for the tutorial. I'm glad that you found this apron patern and I'm almost tempted to go check pinterest too although I have way too many other things to do.


  7. that is really nice, patrice. :)

  8. I love it. Fancier than the paint shirts in kindergarten and not as fancy as most women's aprons.

  9. Very nice there ma'am. Wondering what I could do with all of my old Polos.

  10. Excellent! What a great idea :)

  11. You are just too much girlfriend..What a great idea and what a great job you did.....I have never heard of this before but I bet I do now....

    What does Wendall think? and how is he doing?

  12. I like this a lot! It really turned out great!

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


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