Repurposed Apron

Repurposed Apron
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Step 1: Getting Started


From upcycling sweaters into mittens and hat to turning pillow cases into toddler dresses, repurposing older items into wonderful new fashions and functional objects is so very in! Do the trendy thing and repurpose those skirts you’ll never wear again into adorable aprons to give as gifts or keep in your kitchen. I love the creative freedom about this craft idea. Literally the sky is the limit when it comes to mixing and matching skirts, patterns and embellishments to create some quick and easy (not to mention darling) aprons for friends, family and for you!

Next time I’m at the thrift store I am definitely going to paw through all the skirts that are way too short for my legs but bright and cheery enough to become an upcycle apron!

Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

Material for waist- I used a ribbon
Embellishments (optional)
Sewing Machine & Thread



Step 2: Instructions



Step 1. First you will want to find a dress you don't wear or will never wear but would make a cute apron. This one I happened to find at a Thrift store for roughly $3 - it was a cute pattern but the front of the dress was just too gathered for a flattering fit. I loved the pattern on it though and looking at it I knew I wouldn't have to add much to turn it into a cute apron. So first things first: Start this project by cutting the back of the dress off from the front, following the side seams and just above the waist line -just as outlined-


Step 2. Once you have the back and front separated from each other, trim the bulky side seams off of the edges and toss. You can save the back of the dress for another project or apron- if you find a larger size dress you can easily get two skirt aprons from one dress or you can use the fabric for another project.

Step 3. Next you will hem the sides of the apron by folding over the side seam once, pressing with a warm iron, and then folding it over again and pressing to create a nice, clean side hem all the way up the side of the apron front. Sew up each side of the finished hem with a straight line.

Step 4. Now it’s time to add the waist tie. I sewed ribbon right along the waist line to make the sewing process a little quicker but you can also use fabric if you prefer that instead. Measure and pin the waist band where it seems appropriate- making sure it isn't wonky or crooked. Sew the ribbon straps to the apron using this method or to the sides of the apron if you prefer. At this point you can add more embellishments like lace or ruffles or pockets- the ideas are endless! I had a busy pattern so I kept my apron pretty simple but it can be as simple or as intricate as you want- enjoy!


About The Author

Jenny Newman is a devoted wife and mother who enjoys creating new projects, patterns, and activities and crafting meaningful home-made treasures.  Her signature crafting style is simple, affordable and fun!  We hope you enjoy Jenny's crafts and patterns as much as we do.