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Once again my cousin comes through with a neat idea. I think it is. I wish I could sew. I have said this a million times. Maybe something to think about for the winter? I'll look into it. Anyway, here are the instructions for it and a picture. I think some of you could whip these up in a heart beat. Enjoy
Penny
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Need an apron ... make 1 from an old shirt!

Start with a man's shirt. Cut off the sleeves and the back.

Cut around the collar but leave it intact. I cut very close to the seam so that I wouldn't have to hem anything or have any raw edges....

Use your rotary cutter and ruler to make a diagonal cut from the armpit to the top of the shoulder.

Make sure both sides are even.

On the raw edge that you just cut, turn a hem under, concealing all raw edges, and sew it down. Do this on both sides.

The final step is to make the apron ties. You could use ribbon if you wanted, but I chose to cut strips of fabric on the bias to make the apron interesting.

Close all raw edges in and sew your straps on to the bottom of your diagonal cut. Be sure to backstitch several times for reinforcement.

And you're done!

A couple of final tips-

Flip the collar up until you are completely done with the apron. This keeps you from accidentally stitching it down and it just puts it out of the way!

Second, button the shirt all the way down at the very beginning. This will help your fabric stay straighter.

If you have a plaid shirt, that is a good starter since you can use the stripes as your guide for keeping it straight.


Today, Tomorrow and always!

If you see someone without a smile...give them one of yours!


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Posts: 4573 | Location: Ontario | Registered: Oct 30, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I just wanted to add I'm heading to the sally ann just to see if I can pick up some of the shirts just encase! LOL
Penny


Today, Tomorrow and always!

If you see someone without a smile...give them one of yours!
 
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That apron is so cute. Thanks for showing. It would make a great seller at a craft show.
 
Posts: 287 | Location: Davie Fl | Registered: May 28, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Now THAT is really clever! TFS!!

If I liked to cook, I would definitely want to make one of these! I think these would make good projects to work on in a basic beginner's sewing class.

In addition to buttoning the buttons down the front, I think I would go ahead and stitch the front closed . . .

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I have suggested to make quilts or these aprons out of the shirts when one has lost a husband or dad.
 
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I have seen pictures of the aprons many times and have some saved for later reference. They are really neat and I "plan" to make some -- at least try one.
 
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I saw these at a show couple of weeks ago ! They are really neat .
 
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just julez, did you happen to notice what they were priced at? just wondering, I may want to add them to my craft booth---thanks!
 
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These are really easy to make. They are selling here for $25 each.
 
Posts: 174 | Registered: Jun 17, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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What a cute idea! I love the idea of having collars on the apron.
 
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Another advantage is if you are careful how you cut the apron from the front you can get a second apron from the back. I used a 'only worn twice' long sleeve shirt destined for the thrift shop. I used the sleeves to cut the ties. I still had scrap left over.
 
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Posts: 249 | Location: Southern Michigan | Registered: Nov 26, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Last week, I went to my nearest SA store, in a town of over 100,000, and the men's shirts were $4 and $5 dollars! I thought that was pricy, and will just use some shirts my DH no longer wears. Maybe yard sales would be a good source for these shirts. Such a cute idea!
 
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