I LOVE a good refashioning project! In this post, I’ll show you how to sew an apron from a men’s dress shirt! I stole this one from my husband since it no longer fit him.

But if you go to the thrift store there are racks and racks of discarded dress shirts that need a new purpose! That’s where I got the dress shirt I used in this post where I show you how to make a girl’s dress from a men’s dress shirt!

This project is super simple and can be made by even the most beginner sewist! There are very few supplies needed so you won’t have to go out and buy any supplies either!

So, let’s get started!


  • men’s dress shirt
  • scissors
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • measuring tape
  • thread

That’s it!


Step One: Lay your shirt on a flat surface and cut off the arms of the shirt.

Like this!

Step Two: Starting at the bottom, cut open the sides of the shirt leaving the seam intact so that you don’t have to hem it later.

Step Three: Spread out the back of the shirt so that the shoulder and back of the shirt are flat on your surface.

Step Four: Cut in a diagonal line from the point of the former arm hole and cut all the way up to the collar but not through it! Then cut around the back of the collar leaving it intact.

Step Five: Fold over the edge of the line you just cut on a diagonal and iron flat. Then fold it over again and iron flat.

Step Six: Using a straight stitch on your machine sew the ironed hem edge. Don’t forget to back stitch at the start and the end.

Step Seven: Lay the back of the shirt that you cut off earlier on a flat surface and cut two 2″ strips at least 14” long.

Step Eight: Fold both strips in half and iron, then fold in the edges and fold them in and iron again. this will create a strap to tie at the back of the apron.

Step Nine: Sew a line along the length of each strip sewing close to the edge of the opening of the strip to catch all the layers and keep them closed. At the beginning fold in a 1/4” at the end to create a finished look.

Like this!

Step Ten: Taking the open end of the tie strap, pin it to the apron at the corner under where your armpit would be.

Step Eleven: Sew the strap to the apron. I like to sew a square pattern so that its stronger.

Voila! You have an apron! If you found a shirt in your husband’s closet then this was a free project for you! There are so many men’s dress shirts that can be rescued from the thrift store! You could learn how to sew an apron and make them for all of your friends!