Making a Kid's Apron Out of 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?

Materials Needed

– Man's shirts – Longer strips of shirt – Sewing machine – Iron – Safety pin – Chopstick – Contrasting fabric

Step 1: Hem the body of the apron

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. Cut away the cuff and the central seam down the length of the sleeve.

Step 2: Sew your straps

Fold your strips right sides together and sew along the raw edge. Press your seams and then cut both strips in half. Next you need to turn your straps right side out.

Step 3: Attach your straps

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

Then attach the two shorter straps one at each corner with the right side of the strap facing the back side of the apron.

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.

Step 4: Attach the pocket