Let’s Upcycle! A Shirt to An Apron!

Earth Day for me is all about upcycling! Finding cast-off clothing and using the fabric to create something new- what’s old is new again, vintage made modern! A trip to the closet or thrift shop can offer fabrics for a wide variety of projects. From aprons to flowers, I hope this post inspires you to make something unique this month to celebrate. Start your journey finding joy in upcycling.

Lincca and Amy

Last month I joined The Sewing Labs for their LIVE event with SINGER® Sewing! Linnca and I had a great time sharing not only an apron project tutorial but also ways to use every scrap from a man’s shirt! See ideas for masks and a no-sew pearl buckle fabric cuff. See great ideas to make and wear!  Watch the video below and see detailed photos of the projects we shared.

Upcycle A Shirt Into An Apron

The front and back of the Men’s Shirt Apron from the Facebook Live replay is featured above. This pattern is one of twelve Magic Patterns from my Vintage Notions book. I also shared some vintage bias packages from my collection and several additional apron patterns the book offers, as well as an idea for a flower to make from your bias tape scraps.

Men's Shirt Apron Front
Men's Shirt Apron Back

Vintage Bias Package Samples

Men's Shirt Apron Front

Project Pages From the Vintage Notions Book

Vintage Notions Magic Pattern
Men's Shirt Apron Back

The Sewing Labs and Singer

Singer has sponsored The Sewing Labs, a Kansas City-based non-profit. It is an inclusive and welcoming community teaching the legacy of sewing for employment, entrepreneurship, and enrichment.
The Sewing Labs
Singer Sewing Book
Check out the upcoming Sewing Labs event: Making HERstory.

Purchase the Pattern PDF

You can also purchase the Vintage Notions book which includes this pattern in the January chapter in my Amazon Shop.

Vintage Notions Men’s Shirt Apron

NOTE: This Pattern is a PDF Download.
This is an original Magic Pattern for making three different apron styles from upcycled men’s shirts. Instructions tell you how to disassemble the shirts for different patterns as well as offering finishing techniques such as bias tape or rick rack.


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