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t-shirt apron

Tee Shirt Apron Pattern

from old t-shirt to beautiful apron

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Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.


2 old and very large t-shirts that are the same size (larger than your own t-shirt size)

17" x 19" rectangle of pretty fabric

2.5 yards of 1.5" wide ribbon (prevent frayed edges by cutting on diagonal)

download the apron pattern

Sewing Supplies:
Large ruler
Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors to cut fabric


1. Cut the sleeves off of one t-shirt. Cut the back along the pink dotted lines.
(DO NOT cut the front).
cut sleeves
2. Fold your t-shirt in half along the middle and cut cut it into this shape. Use the free apron pattern I made to guide you. Place the pattern with the long side that has the arrows along the fold and the top side just below the neck line. fold shirt

3. From the lower edge of your second T- shirt cut:

1 strip 8” wide (cut this one first, we want it to have the hem on one edge)

2 strips 2” wide (It's ok of you don't cut them perfectly straight)

4. Ruffle your 2" strips along the center line. Each one should be about half of the apron's width when finished. create ruffle

5. Gather the non-hemmed side of your 8" strip until its length equals your apron's width. Now you have a little skirt!

6. Pin your skirt to the lower edge of your apron. Make sure it is about 1/2" above your apron's hem.

7. Pin your 2" ruffles on top of your little skirt. The skirt's edge should be slightly showing below these little ruffles. create ruffle
8. Sew with a straight line over the middle of the ruffles. It looks so pretty! stitch ruffle

Create A Pocket

1. Make a 1” machine hem on one of the 17” sides of your pretty fabric rectangle. Fold and press 1/4” towards the wrong side of your fabric on all your rectangle's edges
pocket hem

2. Pin your rectangle to the apron where you want the pocket to be

3. Sew along the edges of the rectangle with a straight stitch. You can add a second decorative stitch.

4. Sew 2 straight lines parallel to the short sides of your rectangle to divide it in 3 and create 3 pockets.

How To Attach The Ties

1. Measure how long you want your apron's neck strap to be. Mark this measurement with two pins. This part should be right at the middle of your ribbon.
make apron ties
2. Cut the shoulders from the t-shirt in a triangle shape. cut shoulders
3.Make a knot with the ribbon below the shoulder seams. Use the part that is marked with a pin. Do this for both sides. make knot
4. Take what's left over from the ribbon and knot it around the corner of your apron. Do it on both sides.

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knot the ribbon

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