Look Cooking-Show Chic in This Apron Made From a Shirt

Pretty sure my future is much more likely to include my own sewing show and not my own cooking show. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a few dishes that my sweet, ruggedly handsome husband is sure could make us millions, like my Ham and Cheese Chowder or my Wild Rice Meatballs. But my repertoire of edible meals is definitely much smaller than my sewing portfolio.

But even if you’re like me and have limited cooking skills, there’s no reason not to at least look cooking-show chic while you cook. Refashioned from an old button-down shirt, this apron features coordinating pockets and a colorful waistband for a fashionable twist.




You can see the complete tutorial here. I’d love to know what you think of it, so if you leave a comment and pin it on one of your Pinterest boards, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of The Refashion Handbook

The Refashion Handbook

Thanks to everyone who pinned and commented on last week’s refashioned shirt tutorial.

The winner of the Refashion Handbook is:


Tami Geiken Lee!

Send your address to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

For more refashion inspiration:


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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34 Responses to Look Cooking-Show Chic in This Apron Made From a Shirt

  1. Peggy says:

    This is so cute! I made some little bibs out of some shirts, last week, so I have huge chunks of the shirts left….perfect for a cute apron. You are just so creative. Thank you

  2. Beth Kalbach says:

    This is such a great and stylish idea. I’ll be trying this for sure!

  3. Mother Deer says:

    Really cute finished product, Beth. Love the colors and the fabric print combination 🙂

  4. Janet Carpenter says:

    Another “I love it”! I love aprons, but I’m such a messy cook I need full aprons. Lol I’ve also come to the conclusion your thrift store is better than any around me.

  5. karen atlas says:

    You must have the best thrift store! None of the ones near me have such great finds, but I will keep looking. Another winning design!

  6. lalybelle says:

    I LOVE this! I pinned it to my Sew Fun! board since I think it would be ( fun, that is! =)) What a perfect way to use his favorite shirt, a too boxy, too big, or too small shirt! GREAT idea- as usual, Beth!!!!

  7. Tami Lee says:

    Oh my goodness-really?! Thank you so much!

    When I saw the apron in my feed, I said to myself “hey, I have a shirt that would work for this” 🙂

  8. smenzmer says:

    LOVE the colors you used!!!! Tried to leave a comment at eHow, but it wouldn’t let me. 😦 Maybe because I am on an iPad? I did pin it though, so please enter me in your drawing–I really NEED to win your book!!!!! 😃

  9. Elizabeth Gregory says:

    I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but you are the cutest!

  10. Becky says:

    I like this and will try it! Pinned to my sewing board.

  11. Logan Mack says:

    I love you apron and I spend so much time in the kitchen I need a couple of new aprons. I also happen to have a pile of shirts and a pile of fat quarters and scraps. Maybe this will even happen today. Thanks for the great apron.

  12. Jana says:

    Who thought it is going to look that cute! I love how the orange and blue work together! Well done! Wonderful inspirations.

    Best wishes from Toronto,


  13. Debbie White says:

    Such a cute idea and I love your coordinating colors!

  14. Linda Davis Siess says:

    Chic and smart – as always!

  15. Ruth Lutz says:

    Once again you have a huge hit on your hands! Your ideas for refashioning are ingenious! I love aprons and this one is definitely going on my “must make asap” list! I pinned this to 2 of my boards and would absolutely love to win a copy of your book!
    Warm regards,
    Ruth Lutz

  16. Peggy James says:

    I love aprons and I love sewing! Aprons are my “go to” gift for bridal showers! I like to pair it with something on their registry. I love having new ideas to play with and use to create aprons I know will match their kitchen style!
    Thanks for the fun idea!
    I’m already pondering what to do with the rest of the shirt!

  17. debbielynne says:

    I’m definitely making this one. Pinned it. 🙂

  18. Margie says:

    Very creative! I like the combination of fabrics you used. I pinned it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. I love it love it! Pinned it to my sewing board. I think I might be able to pull this one off…….now to raid my husband’s closet! 🙂

  20. seawulfsews says:

    Great and refreshing idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  21. patsquared2 says:

    Loved the look of the apron and the colors you put together. I’m going to give this a try but…I moved the pockets up a bit in the tutorial so I could pin and sew them on while the apron front fabric was flat. Just makes it easier for me to work on flat than gathered.

  22. vjcollins says:

    Such a pretty colour combination! I’ve used my husband’s shirts to make tissue pouches, bags and curtains for the kids’ playhouse, but not an apron…yet! Xx

  23. Ruthie says:

    Oooooooooooh! So cute.

  24. Kate says:

    Love that apron!!

  25. Linda says:

    Love this! I have seen some other ones made from shirts but this is by far my favorite! Nice job!!!!!!!! (and I pinned it!) 🙂

  26. Lucy Laiche says:

    Great idea and great choice of colors. Aprons SHOULD be fun. I have several of my grandmother’s handmade aprons and they’re definitely heirlooms. Your grandchildren will love these one day.

  27. Denice says:

    love the apron so so cute

  28. You has such an eye for color and putting things together. I wish I could see things like that when I stare dumbfounded at a pile of fabric and a shirt I want to change. I hope by following you I will find my own inspiration!! thank you

  29. amy says:

    Oh, cute! I love the pattern and colors together!!

  30. I adore the apron!!!! (Actually I think it is developing into rather a fetish with me lol. I use them all the time, specially when I spin fibre)

  31. I love this apron and pinned it to my refashions board. I love the retro look and the big pockets. The fun challenge will be to find a pleasing combo of colors and patterns like yours has.

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  33. Susan Luke says:

    This is so cute and I LOVE the color combination…so cheerful! In fact, I just recently painted my kitchen cabinets teal and cream and decorated with orange accents!

  34. Reblogged this on CoffewithCreamer DIY'er , Crunchy Mom and commented:
    Pin-test !!!!!!!

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