DIY Kid’s Apron from a Man’s Shirt

I came up with the apron idea when I was holding up one of the sleeves of the shirt that had already had the cuff removed and the seam opened up and thinking to myself, what could it be?


– Man’s shirt – Safety pin & chopstick – Sewing Machine – Iron

Step 1: Hem the body of the apron

If you haven’t already done it, the first thing to do is to cut the sleeve off of the man’s shirt you are upcycling by cutting outside of the shoulder seam.

Step 2: Sew your straps

Cut 2 strips about 6.5cm/2.5? wide. One strip should be roughly 90cm/35? long (for the waist ties) and the other roughly 70cm/27.5? long (for the neckties).

Head to your sewing machine and tidy up the edges of the straps by folding them over twice at each end and sewing shut.

Step 3: Attach your straps

Step 4: Attach the pocket

You can make the pocket as large or small as you like. I would have ideally made a slightly bigger one but I didn’t have a lot of large pieces of shirt left.

Whatever size you choose you to want to fold the raw edges under on the sides and bottom and press them shut. Sew around these three edges.