April 21, 2010

Double Apron Day: Easy T-shirt Aprons!

Welcome to the second half of "Double Apron Day"!
This is something I thought up (probably along with countless others!) the other day, and I had so much fun making them!
A t-shirt apron!

No matter what you're style (or your mom's!)-there is a t-shirt for it. Which means there can be an apron for it, too!
And for some of us.....we need all the help we can get making dinner preparation a little more exciting! :o)


These aprons are really quick and easy to make!
As a rule, the larger the shirt, the better. But-if you find the perfect shirt in a smaller size-no problem! Just use coordinating knits from your stash, or another shirt, for the straps or ruffle. You can also make the apron larger by using a coordinating knit to make a larger rectangle for the "background" of the skirt image.

So, let's get started!

1. Cut the front design out in a large rectangle from sleeve inseam to sleeve inseam, and from under the neck to the bottom of the shirt:
2. Fold the bottom of the shirt up until it's right under the design, then fold the hem down for a more finished look. Sew into four even sections, with the end section sewn into two for spoon slots.
3. Using the back of your shirt, cut 6 strips, 2.5" x 24":

4. Then sew three strips together into one, and repeat for the other three.
You should have two long snakes like this:
5. Put them on top of each other with wrong sides facing and seams matched, pin, and stitch allllll the way around to make your apron waistband/ties.

6. Then pin your apron skirt to the back in the center, and sew on!
All done!

To add ruffles, like this one, cut a 3" strip that is 1.5 times the length of your apron skirt's hemline. Sew with a straight stitch on the longest length, and pull one thread to gather. Then sew the front of the apron's hemline!


The thing that makes this Mother's Day present special/sentimental/funny/sweet is the t-shirt you use!
You could go with atraditional, "mom" theme:

sources:
1, 2, 3, 4


Or pick a shirt that represents one of mom's interests or hobbies:
(I totally want that Perry Mason shirt!)
sources:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Or go with the obvious-a cooking theme!
sources:
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16


I think it would also be neat to use a t-shirt from a family reunion, or a vacation spot that you've been with mom. And you can even go to places like Zazzle and design your own t-shirt to buy, so you can personalize it however you want! (which is really addicting, by the way....)

(P.S. On a totally un-Mother's Day note: these would be adorable kid's aprons, too!)


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56 comments:

  1. This is such a cute project.

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  2. I've been looking for something to do with some inherited tshirts that my sister gave me that won't fit! These are perfect! I'm going to make them into aprons and gift them back to her when she leaves for college!

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  3. You are a genius! How cute are these? I'm loving the yellow one with the ruffle, especially. You are too cute, Disney. And smart:). Great combination!

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  4. Sooooo cute!! I'll be sending my customers your way...again :)!

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  5. That is so cute! SO CUTE! I can think of a million shirts I would want as an apron!

    I will be featuring this on my blog as well (even though Kari beat me to it!) :D

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  6. Thank you SO MUCH Disney for posting this! My son's class needs items for a cooking themed gift basket, this would be cheap AND quick to make for it! You rock.

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  7. Disney you're so talented! Thanks for always taking the time to show us all your creative ideas!

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  8. this is brilliant! I love it!

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  9. Disney,
    These are darling! What a GREAT idea!
    fun pics too :)

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  10. i LOVE aprons! im so going to try this one!

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  11. I Love this idea!! I'm for sure going to make one, and maybe one for my daughter as well. She loves to help in the kitchen.
    How cute would it be to bake with her on Mother's Day wearing matching aprons :0
    Thanks so much for a great re-purpose idea!
    Sirena
    P.S. Love the pics! I had a good laugh!!!!

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  12. These are so cute! I love the pictures too! :)

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  13. I love this! can't wait to make one for my first Mothers Day! (ok, and Mom too!)

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  14. I'm liking this apron better than the first simply because of the simplicity of making it! :) Fast and easy are right up my alley. Thanks!

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  15. Wow, extra easy! I love the spoon slots especially. Hey, mom upside down is wow!

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  16. Your blog posts are always so great and you have the cutest craft! I love these aprons and your photos are always so fantastic!

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  17. This is GREAT!! I've added it to my "Inspirational Projects" list on my sidebar! It's one of those projects I don't want to lose sight of and will surely make!

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  18. so very very very cute! i just love this and your funny pics:)

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  19. This is a great project! I have a friend who is a great cook, and she wears aprons. I'm going to make one of these for her asap. Thanks for the clear tutorial.

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  20. How fabulous!
    BeDifferentActNormal.blogspot.com highlighted your fabulous idea - And I cannot wait to make one, too. Thank you for sharing - I look forward to checking out your other projects.
    Yours truly,
    Athalia

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  21. Way cute! I love your ideas. I have needed an apron and wanted to make one of my own. This is perfect. Thanks for the step by step tutorial.

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  22. Cute! Great idea for Earth Day and Mother's Day!

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  23. This is so cute and playful Disney. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  24. What a creative and adorable way to reuse something. Upcycling at its best!

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  25. cute idea.... although I have no t-shirts to cut up at the moment.... ;0

    its great seeing what you come up with.

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  26. LOVE them! I am already making dresses and shirts for toddlers/girls from t-shirts. This is a perfect addition to my "line" lol.
    Can't wait to make one!

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  27. Hi, I linked this tutorial on my blog! Kisses from Italy!

    http://pensatoperloro.blogspot.com

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  28. I love this idea! Before he died I made my dad a quilt out of his old Tshirts and have been wondering what to do with the leftovers!

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  29. Very cute! I made a pin cushion a couple of years ago that looks just like yours!

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  30. I attempted this... yours clearly turned out WAY better than mine, but I am still learning! you are super talented and have an adorable site! Thanks for sharing! :)


    http://thischaoticlife.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-can-sewwww.html

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  31. This is the cutest idea! I shared it with my readers on my blog!

    http://www.themilitarybrat.com/2010/04/thrifty-mothers-day-gift-idea-by.html

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  32. I had to share these on my blog!
    http://donnas-dayz.blogspot.com/2010/04/making-my-way-around-blogosphere.html

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  33. Love this! Can't wait to try. Have PLENTY of t-shirts to choose from!

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  34. This is so cute and simple! I love it!

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  35. Thank you for this very neat idea for T-shirt recycling.
    Just a question, are the sides of the apron left raw-cut?

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  36. Love, love these! You are sooo talented! Why not use these for Father's Day too! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Wonderful....How about a set of them with a boy scout theme for the vamp cooks? Or a church theme for all of the ladies that volunteer to fix lunch.

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  38. beyond cute. thanks for sharing.. I see lots of x mas presents being made :)

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  39. Thank you... you have lovely projects. I just made my sister in law an apron from one of our business tshirts. Very very cute!

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  40. My older daughters & I have made many things over the years out of old t-shirts & own several books of project ideas... but none of them have this WONDERFUL APRON idea!
    And it's so easy!!!!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

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  41. I finally made one of your aprons and don't know why it took me so long. I love it.

    I blogged about it here:
    http://jbeedelightful.blogspot.com/2010/12/aprons.html

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Jess

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  42. Did you know that this pattern is in this e-book? Since they didn't give you credit I was suspicious that maybe they didn't have permission to use it: http://www.allfreesewing.com/Refashioning-and-Upcycling/9-Ways-to-Transform-Old-T-Shirts-eBook#

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  43. So fun.....hmm which t shirt should I use AC/DC or skulls?

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  44. You must have posted this on April 21st. That was my mother's birthday -- she would have loved to have one of these aprons (especially made with the Perry Mason tee shirt). She lived to 88!

    My sister collects aprons now. I plan to make her one for Christmas.

    Peggy

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  45. Found you via Pinterest and LOVE the look of these aprons -- as well as the rest of your blog; I'm going to stay a while and look around.

    My first, lazy reaction to your perfect tutorial is: couldn't I just cut the straps of the apron above the design and around the back (therefore much less sewing)? If I used an XXL men's shirt, perhaps.

    Well done on a super-clear and inspiring tutorial.

    Shannon @ JoziKaroo.com

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  46. Very cute aprons, when I first saw the picture I couldn't believe they were made out of Tshirts.

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  47. Featured it here:
    http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2012/05/aprons-from-tshirts.html

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  48. Cute! Great gift for friend and self!

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  49. What a GREAT idea! Super, super! Love it!

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  50. Yay! Now I know what I can do with all those tshirts my husband has!! He may not be as excited as me though, but that means he can buy more!

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