Man’s Shirt to Apron Tutorial
Today is the last Man’s button up Shirt Up-Cycle: the Man’s Shirt to Apron Tutorial. I had a lot of fun with this tutorial. I would love to see any of your up-cycle Aprons. You can post them in comments or via any of my social media. I was in a bit of a Mimi Mouse mood when I made this one but you can change the mood of the apron by using a different shirt design or by changing up the rick rack and ribbon ties. These make great Father’s Day Gifts.
Here are the other projects I made with the same shirt.
Man’s Button down shirt – Apron
Rick Rack – Decoration
Ribbon – Apron Ties
Measure and mark the shirt starting at the collar to a few inches below the arm seam. Your best bet is to try the shirt on and find your waist line. Mark that as the bottom of the angle. I like to give exact measurements when I can, but this all depends on the size of shirt you are working with. It is a good idea to start about an inch below the arm seam to be safe.
Try to make your lines evenly on both sides. Remember that the collar of the shirt is going to be the collar of the apron. Be sure to not cut it off.
Cut along the side seams on both sides and then along your lines. You will also follow the seam along the collar removing the back of the shirt and sleeves completely.
I used 1 package of Ric Rac Medium.
Pin the ric rac all the way around the outer edge of the front of the apron.
Sew down the center of the ric rac while keeping the ric rac on the edge of the fabric.
Now to create a decorative and clean edge, fold the ric rac to the back side along the sewn line. Pin in place.
This leaves such a nice hem all the way around the apron and creates a scalloped edge.
Sew in place. Be sure to match your thread to the materials.
Take your time and stay close to the edge being sure to catch the ric rac as you go.
Front and back of edges.
Cut your ribbon the length you want for your ties. Seal the edges of the ribbon with a lighter or fold under and stitch.
Stitch the ties in place at the waist. Fold the edge under and stitch in place with a zig zag stitch. Do not forget to Back stitch. You may want to zig zag a few times because the ties will get a lot of use and you will need the strength.
Apron is ready
I added a line of Ric Rac to the front pocket for added detail. It is much easier to add the pocket detail by hand stitching.
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