How to Make An Apron

Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps is here to show how to make a large t-shirt and make it an apron.  The best part it all it takes is some scissors and a ruler!  This literally could cost you nothing if you have a t-shirt on hand already.  I have an oversized Gorilla Glue t-shirt that is begging to become an apron.

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Hi-ya Infarrantly friends! I’m Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps and I am happy to spend some time with ya’ll today. I can’t believe Christmas is almost here. I’m SO not ready… it’s a good thing THIS cute little gift idea takes about 5 minutes to make.


I love t shirt aprons — because they are soft and movable. Stiff aprons make me feel like I’m wearing an extra starched jacket that is two sizes too small! But, I always need to wear an apron in the kitchen because I have a bad habit of wiping my hands on my pants. I build and paint custom built-ins and don’t have time to keep track of rags. Anyway… This one cost me $0.00 because I raided my husbands t-shirt drawer for an old shirt but you could buy a super inexpensive one from Ross or a thrift store and it would still be cheap cheap cheap a thrifty gift. I started out with a 2x men’s t-shirt. (This totally does not look like a 2x but it is! It must have SHRUNK which is why my 6’5" hubby never wears it.)
   There is absolutely no sewing with this tutorial. Just a couple cuts here and there and you’re done. Bam! You can use either scissors or a rotary cutter. I used both. One here –the other there.

   1. First thing to do is cut along the side seams of the t-shirt but STOP before you get to the armpit. I left about 2 1/2".

   2. Now, with the t-shirt laying front down, pull the front section up out of the way and cut two strips up the back on both sides as demonstrated in the following picture. Again, I stopped the cut 2 1/2" under the armpit.

   3. Now cut straight across the back so that bottom "flap" is removed.

   4. Now flip the tshirt over so it’s front side up and cut off the sleeves. Start at the armpit and curve right up to the ribbing on the neckline. Follow my yellow dotted lines. I first attempted to create a different pattern — which didn’t work out so I came back and cut where the yellow lines are.

   5. Now cut around the back of the neck and that will create a flap on the top of the shirt, much like the one we started out with on the bottom of the shirt back. Cut above Leave a 2 1/2" strip and cut the rest off. It will look like this in the back.

And this in the front.

So now you’ve got two tails hanging down the back and one strip right across the back.

   6. You’re going to cut that strip in half lengthwise. Start by cutting halfway up the "strip" on one side and then keep cutting right down the center.

7. Cut until you come to the other side of the strip and then cut up so the top section of the strip separates from the shirt on that side but the bottom half is still attached.

   8. And that gives you two tails one each side of the apron. No worries if your cuts were less than stellar, mine certainly weren’t great. When you stretch strips of knit, it curls inward so just give each tail a gentle tug. That will hide most of the imperfections. Snip off the ends that have the original hem because that will prevent the end from curling and make it look silly. Clean up any odd angles by eyeballing it. Just don’t cut too close to your ties. You don’t want to leave them so thin that they tear off.

So that’s it, you’re done! I did say 5 minutes. :-) I tie one set of ties in front just for looks. It gives the wearer a waist. The other ties actually TIE the apron on. I love the look. Though this t shirt could have used a de-wrinkling first. HA! You can really have fun with designed t shirts or add your own design after the fact. Fun times– fun times.   Well, that’s it for this Sawdust Girl.
Stop by and visit me at Sawdust and Paper Scraps any time. I always have something creative going on. We just moved though so lately it’s been more Sawdust than paper scraps or fabric or thread… that’s been littering my floors. I’m feeling ready to trade in my pneumatic nailer for my glue gun.. at least for a few weeks. Cheers!
Sandra is not kidding when she says that she hasn’t seen a glue gun in a long time.  It is because she is building this amazingness!

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  • http://piglogsandtaterberries.blogspot.com Peggy

    THis is completely and totally awesome! I have a stack of old t-shirts with little holes all over the front that would be perfect for this especially if I layer the back behind the front to “fill-in” the holes! Once again thank you for sharing such wonderful tutorials and featuring others!

    • Ruth James

      Peggy, I loved this and I had a thought for your comment about the little holes—I know what you mean about them since this happens to hubs’ tees. How about turning the whole process over and using the back, less holey side for the front and proceed. Seems to me the ick will be mostly cut away!

  • Dawn

    Love this and would especially love a pic of the finished apron as seen from the back?

  • Daniela

    I can see the pictures. I tried different browsers but still no luck. Could you send me the pictures? Or is there anything else I can do? Thanks

  • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

    Of course you can.

  • http://theheavydutysewingmachine.blogspot.com/ Opik Sew

    Great, I don’t know a miss-sized shirt can become a pretty apron.
    Nice idea.

  • http://www.genpink.com/ elysa

    looks like the images aren’t loading. Is it just my computer?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Nope, mine too. Sorry about that. I’ll look into it and see what’s going on.

  • Charley Baltimore

    No pics to see;-(