Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Recycle a Man's Shirt into a Fabu Apron

This is my latest apron design.  I made them using two of my husband's old work shirts, girl'ing them up a bit with some lace, trim and ric rac.
In just a few steps and for a few dollars, you too can upcycle Dad's, hubby's or any man's discarded dress shirt into a fun apron for you or a friend.  With a sewing machine, thread, trim and an iron, a man's shirt (or two if you want coordinating waist/neck ties and pocket) can easily be transformed; here's how...
Begin by buttoning the shirt and cutting the front of the shirt away from the back, up the side seams, around the front of the arms, and just under the collar.
Sew alongside the buttons to permanently sew the buttons shut, all the way down to the hem of the shirt.
Next, sew trim (ric rac or some other pretty lace or embelishment) onto the front of the apron, on top of where you sewed shut the buttons or along each side:
Sew coordinating double bias tape all around your apron like this (alternatively, you can just sew a hem all the way around the apron):
Cut three 4-inch strips from the back of the shirt. These will be your ties so make sure they are long enough to fit around the waist and neck; I cut from the top to the bottom of the shirt to create these. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, and sew each closed about 1/4 inch from the edge. Turn the strips inside out and press with a hot iron, then turn the end into itself, press and sew to create a finished edge.
Sew the waist ties onto each side of the apron.
Sew one end of the neck tie to the top of the apron and attach the other end to a suspender clasp (I bought one at Joann for about a buck) so that it looks like this:
I left the orginal breast pocket in place and embellished it by adding some lace and ric rack.
Finally, cut the sleeve from the shirt (I used a coordinating shirt) for your pocket.  Hem the sides of the pocket, attach coordinating trim and then sew to the apron (or, like I did, skip the hemming and attach the pocket using coordinating double bias tape):
There you go -- pretty easy!  I gave one of them to my daughter and she donned it while making "baked potato potato salad." 
Here's her recipe:
Baked Potato Salad Serves 6-8
4 large russet potatoes
1/2 cup mayonnaise (Dukes is preferred)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar
1/4 cup chopped chives, divided
8 strips thick cut bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
Salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Boil potatos until cooked then cut into bite sized pieces.
In a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise and sour cream until well mixed.  Add 3/4 of the chopped chives, salt, and pepper.  Whisk to mix and add to potatos.
Fold in the cheese and bacon.  Cover and chill for thirty minutes.  Garnish with remaining chives and enjoy!
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Anonymous said...

your daughter is SO pretty! ~ Georgia

Paula said...

Very creative...and your daughter is a beauty.

Suzanne Coyle said...

So talented and creative you are!