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Apron from a shirt and a sheet

apron from a shirt and a sheet

My sister C came to visit us a couple months ago, and (knowing of my love of making things out of old clothing) she brought me a few old clothes to repurpose. This apron (which is currently making its way across the US to her home) is the product of this shirt:

the shirt that started it all

And part of a vintage sheet. Here are the pieces, all cut out:

pieces of the apron I hemmed the cut edges of the top and the sides of the sheet (the bottom didn’t need hemming because it was originally the top of the sheet, and therefore already hemmed). Then I sewed the two parts together, wrong sides together. I stitched some ribbon over the seam, so there are no raw edges visible in the final product. I folded up part of the sheet to make a shallow pocket that runs all the way across the apron, stitching a couple of times across so that there are technically three pockets – two side ones, and a larger middle one. The apron has an empire waistline because C is expecting her first baby, and I wanted something she’d be able to wear throughout her pregnancy – and because I thought it looked cutest that way. =)

make it wear it

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

12 thoughts on “Apron from a shirt and a sheet”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    It is cute! You’re so clever!!

    Love the colours and the clever pockets. The empire waistline is an especially thoughtful touch.
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..simul-poo =-.

  2. That is way cute! I like it better than the ones you see in etsy shops for $30 on up! Thanks for the idea!

  3. I wish I knew how to sew. Sewing is not a skill that was emphasized in school or at home when I was young. But I’m slowing learning now…have to..tailors charge ridiculous money for simple alterations. Love your shirt and sheet apron idea. It’s really cute.

  4. You are seriously talented seamstress. I am sure your sister will love this special gift, and the pockets are a nice touch.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Tiny Talk Tuesday – Anna Quotes =-.

  5. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    You are way more talented then me! I can’t sew but my sister Jennifer is an amazing seamstress. She makes us wonderful gifts like your apron. Wish I could pull this off.
    .-= jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa´s last blog ..Catch and Release Adventures =-.

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