Thursday, October 27, 2011

$3 Thursday – Dress Shirt Apron

I know I haven’t shared much lately but I’m back with another $3 craft item for this Thursday.  Thanks to my Wisconsin sisters I have my one and only apron to share.  Well to be fair, I do have a couple vintage aprons I bought to go in my Etsy store.  So far I haven’t taken pictures of them to list so I’m saying this is my one and only apron.

At first glance it may look like an embellished button up shirt…


but it actually is two shirts made into an apron.


I was asked to bring a plaid shirt to our weekend getaway last week and I didn’t have any but knew there would be extra shirts for me to pick from so I wasn’t too worried.  I think if I knew what we were making I might have went searching for a shirt but I’m pretty happy with the shirts I was able to use.

Thanks go to one of my BIL’s for cleaning out his closet.


I was probably the tallest person making aprons and somehow I picked out what was probably the shortest shirt and it was just too short for an apron so I added a ruffle section to the bottom to make it a better length.

100_9088I decided to add pockets and some flowers to the pockets to make it a bit more ‘girly’ since it is after all two men's shirts.


After I added the yellow flowers to the pockets I added some yellow on the shirt pocket and tacked down the collar with some large yellow buttons.


To think, all of this was relatively free to me.  Two old shirts, some scrap fabric and some buttons.  100_9089

It took me a while and I worked on my apron most of the day but in the end, I love it and am so glad that I kept adding to my apron.


Thanks to my sisters for letting me use their supplies to make my first ever shirt to apron transformation.


Button up shirts - I used two

Fabric scraps – optional*

Buttons – optional*

Sewing machine and thread


Total cost:   Free!  

If you had to purchase a shirt at the thrift store you should be able to find one for $3 or less.

* I used for flowers but would be great for pockets if you are using one shirt


What I learned:

I would look for long or men's tall shirts.  Everyone else made their apron with one shirt and they looked great, a bit more tailored looking than mine with the ruffle bottom.

A crisp white shirt would look great.

I sewed my flowers directly on to the apron but if you made them into pins you could change them out with the seasons or to match your outfit.

It’s ok to take a bit longer than my sisters, almost everyone added a pocket after seeing me work to add them to my apron.

It might be best to ask before you take a shirt out of the closet or you might have someone saying ‘Hey, is that my shirt?’ or something to that effect after the shirt is already cut up. :)

Thanks to a few of my sisters for a great weekend and a great apron.


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  1. Too funny!!! The look on Dan's face when he realized Gail's apron was once his dress shirt!!

    Haven't put the pockets on mine YET....but I'll get to it!!

    We really should get together more than twice a year, don't you think?

  2. This is so cute! Now I will have to rethink some of our old clothes! Thank you for sharing it with us at TTF and have a happy November 1st!


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