Mens shirt and pillowcase to apron

I wish I could remember where I got the idea to turn a button-down and collared shirt into an apron, but, alas I can't. It was some crafty blog I read recently though. I was excited to find the idea since I had promised a friend an apron for her daughter who works in a greenhouse.

I went through my stash of shirts and immediately pulled out this pink one since pink was a suggested color. I then pulled out trims without a clear vision of where I was going with it.

First, I cut off the sleeves and collar and trimmed up the bottom. I then sewed wide bias tape around the sleeves and collar.

I quickly realized that even though the shirt was an XL, I needed something to lengthen the bottom.

This vintage pillowcase matched perfectly. It was also nice to bring flowers into the garment.

I cut down each side of the pillowcase to open it up into one long piece. Amazingly, it was exactly the width of the bottom of the shirt.

I pinned and sewed the two pieces together using the case's end detail to its full advantage by placing it at the front.

I cut off half of the length of the pillowcase as it now seemed too long for its 5'2" recipient. I added ric-rac between the check and floral and more blue bias tape at the hem.

Part of the leftover pillowcase made for a nice tie detail at the back.

And after I took most of the pictures, I decided the rest would make for a cute pocket.

I hope Angel likes it!


Christy said...

Very cute apron. Great repurposing!

southerngirlmusings said...

Way to go that is cute and I am sure she will appreciate the pocket and the flowers.

jbs said...

This is the cutest thing ever! So clever. Thanks for sharing. I would love to make some of these for myself and my girls. CUTE!

KibitzKnitz said...

That is Awesome! Good match on the fabrics, too. I'm totally insprired to dig out my bias tape and ric rac!