How to make aprons from shirts

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How to make aprons from shirts
You can turn an old men's long-sleeved shirt into an apron. (shirt and tie image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)

Aprons protect clothing from getting dirty or damaged while you're cooking or doing crafts. Shirt aprons turn unused or worn-out men's long-sleeved shirts into usable aprons. You'll only need a few alterations to make them usable for women and children alike. Men's shirts are roomy enough to fit over normal clothing, and allow for a good range of motion while cooking or crafting.

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Things you need

  • Men's long-sleeved shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the sleeves off the shirt.

  2. 2

    Cut a scoop neck down the front of the shirt, if desired, or leave the collar intact.

  3. 3

    Fold over any cut edges of the shirt, such as around the armpit area or collar, and hem them closed with a sewing machine.

  4. 4

    Cut two squares from the sleeve fabric. Fold the edges down by about 6.35mm / ¼ inch, and hem them closed with the sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Sew the left, bottom and right sides of the two squares near the bottom of the shirt to form two pockets.

  1. 1

    Place the long-sleeved shirt backwards on the child, with the buttons running along his back. Mark a good length for the sleeves, either with a pin or by folding the fabric into place.

  2. 2

    Cut about 25mm / 1 inch below the appropriate sleeve length, fold the fabric over, and hem the fabric to seal the edge.

  3. 3

    Remove the entire collar from the shirt by cutting it off.

  4. 4

    Fold over any cut edges of the shirt, such as around the collar, and hem them closed with the sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Add pockets to the new front of the shirt, by using fabric remnants from the shortened sleeves. Cut two squares from the sleeve fabric. Fold the edges down by about 6.35mm / ¼ inch, and hem them closed with the sewing machine. Sew the left, bottom and right sides of the two squares near the bottom of the shirt to form two pockets.

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