Upcycle button down shirts to aprons or Smocks
July 11, 2013 by Crystal Rayne
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A friend of mine asked me today if I had ever recycled or upcycled a button down shirt into an apron/smock. Yes I have and you can get some really pretty & functional ones for any size you need. I made one of our daughters one a while ago and hadn’t gotten around to posting the pictures of just how easy it is to make a shirt apron. All you need is a button down shirt. It can be a mens or women’s, plain or frilly. The shirt is totally up to you. I have younger smallish children, so for them I use a heavy weight t-shirt. Kids get into painting and these apron/smocks are awesome for that!
Here is the shirt Isabelle picked out. It is a light weight corduroy with flowers embroidered on it, in a silver green.
Start at the bottom hem on the side seam and cut up to the arm. Follow the arm seam, cutting away to the neckline. Repeat on the other side seam of the shirt. Next you trim from one side of the neckline to the other, right up against the seam to leave a nice finish. You should now have 2 sleeves and the entire back of the shirt cut off. Cut 2 strips from the back panel and use those as your ties. Run a new seam up both sides to the neckline. I attached my ties to the shirt at the armpit of the old seam.
See how easy it was and you have a form fitting, stylish new apron or smock.