After purchasing quite a few new fabrics and letting them sit on a shelf for weeks, I came up with a novel approach to making aprons. I do not claim to be the first one to think of this but I have not come across this idea in all my DIY searching. I was in the thrift store the other day (go figure) and I saw a really pretty skirt. Of course it was an extra small and there was no way my tush was going to fit into it, but I had an epiphany... why don't I turn skirts into aprons? Genius, Right? You can credit me as the inventor of the skirt apron if you must :D
I have laid out my very simple instructions for turning an old/stained/ill-fitting skirt into stylish kitchen-wear! (Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas??)
|I found this XS Forever 21 Skirt at the Goodwill for $5.99|
|To Begin the Apron process, I Located the zipper on the inside of the skirt|
|I cut out the zipper, thus opening the skirt, creating the canvas for the apron|
|I Pinned each side of the skirt|
|I sewed a new hem on each side to keep the fabric from frying|
|Voilá! We're halfway done with the apron!|
|For the ties, I took some great green fabric I already had and cut strips long enough to wrap|
around my waist. Everyone is different so, do a rough measure of yourself before cutting.
|My green fabric is pretty thin so I wanted to fold it over to make it more sturdy. |
I find that by ironing it is easier to keep together.
|Pin both strips of fabric in half and sew a 1/4 inch seam|
|The part that makes me crazy, flipping the strips right-side out. I use a pencil to help me push the fabric through. Some fabrics are more stiff than others and can make this process very obnoxious.|
|After I have flipped the strips and ironed them smooth again, I pin them where I want to attach them. |
I make a quick stitch and then cut off the excess.
|For the ends of the ties, you can leave them square if you want, but I like mine to be in a triangle.|
I just fold over one corner and pin.
|I add a quick seam and I'm done with the ties!|