T-shirt Apron Tutorial #freefromtrash

Tshirt Apron Tutorial #freefromtrash

Today is the first day of July and the first day of my Upcycled Crafting Challenge.  The first day is to create something using t-shirts.  Many of you may wonder where I get my patterns from.  I usually make them up by looking at pictures or by looking at items I see in the stores.

Today I started with a quick Pinterest search for ‘Aprons‘ and decided I wanted a full apron and not just the one that goes around the waist.

Here is a list of materials you’ll need to complete this project:

  • 3+ large t-shirts (I used 3 of my husbands old shirts)
  • scissors (invest in some good sewing scissors, mine are lost at the moment)
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine
  • thread (I used only 1 color but you may want to change it up to coordinate with your fabric)
  • iron and ironing board
  • Optional: an extra needle in case you break one like I did!

I started by sketching a pattern on some old newspaper.  I used my own measurements to decide how wide and long I wanted it.  

Tshirt Apron Part 1 #freefromtrash

After I cut my pattern out on newspaper I “tried it on” to make sure the sizes would fit.  Then I began to cut out my fabric.  Don’t forget to leave some margin around the edge to fold over and sew.  I ironed the seams to make it easier to sew since t-shirt material tends to roll when it’s been cut.  Then I began to pin my pieces together.  Once I got all of the pieces together I began to sew the top of the apron first.  I only sewed the edging on the sides and the top at this time.

Tshirt Apron Part 2 #freefromtrash

Before I attached the top and bottom I finished the edges of the sides and bottom, leaving the top raw.  Next I attached the top and bottom together using the waist band.  The waist band is 2 pieces of t-shirt that measure twice around your body, leaving enough for a flowing tie in the back.  Once I had the top and bottom attached I decided I wanted to add ruffles.  Using a white t-shirt I created strips (similar to the ones I showed with the grey above) and attached them using a gathered approach.  I simply tucked and folded pieces of the white and pinned it to the bottom.  Once I had the desired look I sewed the ruffle on the bottom part.  I used 3 pieces of white and needed a little extra.  Remember that when you gather like this the strips that were once too long are now much shorter.  Finally I sewed a black seam around the outer edge of the white for some decoration.  

I added the strap at the top using the same grey fabric that I used on the waist.  After looking at the finished piece I think I want to add a small pocket and a bow (or two) to make it a little more girlie (not like the ruffles aren’t girlie).  I realized that I can’t sew a straight line to save my life.  I also realized that when your fabric is really thick that you shouldn’t force it…I ended up breaking the needle and can’t figure out where I placed the spare ones.

Want to learn more about crafting with t-shirts?  Here is a past post I did that shows some more of my t-shirt creations and gives you some suggestions for t-shirt crafting books.

How many t-shirts do you own?  How many of those do you actually wear?  And what do you do with them when you don’t want them anymore?

#Freefromtrash Upcycled Crafting Challenge

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