Upcycled Men’s Dress Shirt Apron

DIY Mens Dress Shirt Apron by sheholdsdearly.com

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Wait! Before you donate that extra men’s dress shirt, you might consider upcycling it into a farmhouse style apron.

Just a thought!

The back section works great for the actual apron, the front panels can be pockets and the sleeves repurposed into ties.  Piece of cake, right?!

Simple Apron Tutorial by sheholdsdearly.com

This project is especially sweet if your dress shirt holds a special meaning.  Years ago a friend of mine lost her husband when he was fighting over in Afghanistan.  She was pregnant with a little girl when he deployed.

One of the ways she honored his memory with their baby girl was to turn his dress shirts into little nightgowns.  Oh my heart!   I love this idea so much!!

My story isn’t nearly as sentimental or heroic.  I just found a shirt in the free box at a garage sale last summer and got the idea that it would be the perfect apron.

French Bistro Half Apron by sheholdsdearly.com

But, no matter your story, you can still turn your dress shirt into an apron in a few simple steps.

Shall we get started??

Upcycled Men’s Dress Shirt Apron

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  • Cut the sleeves off and set aside, then separate the front panels from the back.
  • Decide the length and hemline you like best.  Also, be thinking about pockets and the style of ties you want.

Here are a couple of inspiration pics. . .

Source: Red House Vermont


Source: Boxwood Avenue

  • Trim the bottom if you are having a straight hemline and stitch a wide hem.  Hem the sides and top edge. Fold down the top edge and stitch in place, leaving the sides open for the ties.
  • Cut rectangle(s) for pocket(s) from the front sections of the shirt, adding a inch to the height and width for seam allowance.  Hem all the way around and sew straight onto apron front.  Finish with a top stitch, see the video below if you need any clarification.
  • For the skinny ties, cut four 2″ wide strips from the sleeves, using the full length of the sleeves.  Stitch two pieces together end to end and do this twice so you have two long strips.
  • Iron the top edges down 1/4″  and the bottom edges 1/4″.  Then, fold both strips exactly in half and stitch closed. Finish with a top stitch.  Again, reference the video below if this doesn’t make sense.
  • Finally, tuck the ties into the openings at the waist band. Stitch into place.  Trim and hem the two raw ends of the ties.

And one more thing, if you keep buttons like we do, be sure to cut off the buttons from your left over pieces.   They can be used for another day. . . Until next time.

Repurposed Mens Dress Shirt Apron by sheholdsdearly.com

Watch this video to see how easy it is!

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click here for a printable copy of the directions



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  1. February 1, 2019 / 1:59 PM

    Sarah, I just finished watching your YouTube video and I am so inspired!!! You have come up with many creative ideas over the years but I have to say that I think this one is my favorite. Thank you so much for sharing:) Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 6, 2019 / 11:40 PM

      OH, I’m so pleased Marie-Helene! Thank you for the wonderful compliments, my friend.

  2. Brenda
    February 4, 2019 / 6:35 AM

    What a creative idea. I especially liked that you used the striped shirt, as I think it added a lot to the apron. And I loved that you kept the curved hem. It was so sweet on you.

    I use aprons and love them. They save clothes from food spatters, and am thinking this pattern you have devised could also sport a bib above the waistband, for added coverage.

    Also, smaller shirts would work well for a child’s apron.

    I am totally enthused with this project. You are SO creative!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 6, 2019 / 11:45 PM

      You are so sweet, Brenda. Thank you for your kind words. I love your thoughts are improving the design and agree wholeheartedly on the importance of apron wearing at home!!

  3. Susanna
    February 13, 2019 / 9:27 AM

    What a beautiful apron! Good job:)

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 26, 2019 / 11:29 PM

      Susanna, thank you for your kind words! You are such an encourager. xoxo

  4. Tena
    April 29, 2019 / 7:39 PM

    I like the idea because the material won’t be heavy in the summer when its warm. Love your blog.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2019 / 7:06 PM

      Thank you, my dear. And yes, you are right about a good summer apron have light weight fabric.

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