Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Skirt to Apron Upcycle Tutorial

A few days ago I promised a tutorial. I think I was talking about fabric cuffs but what I actually have today are

Here is how I upcycle a skirt into an apron. It's so easy, you'll see! I begin with a cute skirt. Size doesn't matter as much as cuteness. I have used everything from a girls size 16 to a women's size 10. I also have a women's size 16 in the works.....
Begin by opening up the back. I used a seam ripper for this one. If you'd rather (or if there is no back seam), you can cut instead of rip the seam.

Cute skirt

Ripping the back seam

Seam ripped

Once you have opened up the back of the skirt, then sew the hem.

Sewing a hem

I like to use a zig zag stitch (of course, if you have an overlock machine, that would be appropriate here).

Zig zag stitch

Zig zag stitch

Next, choose some cute cloth for the ties. For this one I tore some strips of yellow sheet. As for length, just use strips that are long enough to tie apron in back and/or wrap and tie at the front. I don't have a specific measurement.

Apron ties upcycle 

I left the tattered edge because I think it's soooo cute. I folded the strip in half the long way and sewed the edges together, again using a zig zag stitch. I sewed it to the top edge of each side of the apron.

Sewing ties to upcycled apron

And, voila, here is what you end up with! See? Easy!

Upcycled apron

Upcycled apron

Upcycled apron


  1. Oh, adorable. Yes, you are right. cuteness matters most and this fabric is great, and your bow just finishes it off well!

  2. Hi Christine,

    This is a sweet skirt. Very nice.

    Your new follower via twitter, g+, gfc and added you to my feedly. I would like to invite you to our Linkin with my Ladies Blog Hop going on right now. I hope you could stop by and join the party.

    See you.


  3. Super cute and fun fabric! Who wouldn't be happy while wearing this apron?! :)

    1. Right? I love finding cute skirts for these :)
      thank you!