Cook up a storm with this shirt-fronted apron. This is a great way to create a masculine version of a feminine garment, but if you still find pink too pretty for the boys, then make it in a more masculine blue check as I have done on the following page. Use as large a shirt as possible for the greatest coverage and the most practical benefit.
Start with several shirts that nobody plans to wear any more, add some imagination, and the resulting product can be anything from a good-looking checked chair cover or a brightly patterned beach bag to a set of table napkins or a soft stuffed toy that will delight a lucky toddler. The principle guiding this fascinating crafts book is that recycling isn't merely virtuous--it's also fun, and a good way to add colorful new items to the household. Author Juliet Bawden presents ideas for transforming all kinds of shirts--classic white or blue dress shirts, Hawaiian shirts, lumberjack shirts, polo shirts, corduroy shirts, or any other kind that happens to be available. She then presents detailed directions and templates for creating-- Chair covers Book covers Baby booti...© 2013 Juliet Bawden / Aurum Press · Reproduced with permission.
Lay the shirt on a flat surface and measure 8 in (20 cm) down the shirt front from the neck and 43?4 in (12 cm) away from the central placket. Mark this point with tailors’ chalk. Mark a similar point 43?4 in (12 cm) from the placket on the
other side of the shirt. These points indicate the bib front of the apron. Draw curved lines from the neck, through the
marked points and out to the sides. Cut through both the front and back and along the lines to remove the sleeves (see pic. 1).
Turn the shirt over and draw 2 lines, the first 3?4 in (2 cm) below the collar and the second 17 in (43 cm) below
the collar. Cut away the top of the shirt between the lines. Cut a line up the center back of the shirt and then open up the shirt. At the collar, turn under the raw
edge by 1?2 in (1 cm) twice and pin, baste, and machine stitch, so all you see at the top of the apron is a collar. Turn under the raw edges on the apron by 1?2 in (1 cm)
twice and pin, baste, and machine stitch. Top stitch over this seam to stop the curved edges from curling in (see pic. 2).
Cut 2 lengths of 30 in (76 cm) of white tape. Turn under one end, pin, and then sew them on as apron ties to the top corners of each side of the apron back (see pic. 3).
Aprons will, of course, get dirty, so choose shirts that can withstand frequent washing, such as cotton.