Monday 3 October 2011

Dress to Apron Tutorial

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The photo above shows a project of a dress I turned into an apron.  It was an excellent design to make into an apron for a family friend of mine. Aprons are one of my easiest and most preferable projects for upcycling clothes.

Here is my quick tutorial:

Step 1: Unpick the front of the dress from the back of the dress.

Step 2: Sew up all the hems around the apron.(the front part of the dress is the apron)

Step 3: The neck straps of the dress were sewn together to make one strap to go over the neck.

Step 4: Make waist straps from the spare fabric (back of dress) and sew the straps to the apron.

Step 5: Make a pocket from the spare fabric and sew to the apron skirt.

That was it, very easy, very quick and totally unique!

The style of the dress makes a difference when making aprons. I look at dresses that normally have a wide waistband and that have shoulder straps (not sleeves). Also if a dress already has long straps at the waist for tying in a bow at the back this saves making your own waist straps. I normally sew my own straps if I have enough matching fabric, however straps can be bought in many fabric shops by the metre.The photo I have used for this blog was of one of the dresses that makes this task so quick and easy.

The graphic photo below highlights the areas that I altered.

The photograph below shows an apron I made for my sister using the same technique. Her husband in the photograph is also wearing one of my creations, a simple black apron which I added a funky pocket to and also personalised for him.

Why not give it a go, with the right kind of dress it can be so easy! Other dresses can also be transformed, it just takes a lot longer to do.

This week you might find me linking this post with some or all of the following link parties / blog hops:
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  1. wow, what a cool blog with so many goodies!

    Blog hopping, hope you can follow me back!
    -your new follower

  2. Fantastic-- loved it

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  3. Such a cute transform!! Love the colors! well your sister is so lucky to have you :)

  4. so simple I love it. I have done a skirt to an apron, but not a dress. I will have to try this out

  5. ths s amazing and more fashionable...hats off

  6. Oh I just love this project! I did the same thing to make myself an apron over the summer and I just adore the results! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!
    Hope you will also stop by and enter my newest giveaway @

  7. That was a good work. Thanks for following me, I'm following you too. Hope we meet again, in the virtual world.

  8. Very pretty new use for a sundress! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  9. Karima, following you now, thanks for following ME!! How do you get all of your link party/blog hop buttons above so TINY???
    FYI: Hippos have always been my favorite animal!! I went to Africa on my honeymoon, just to see them in the wild!!

  10. Normies - Thanks and I am following you back
    Dr Sonia and Creative - Thank you so much for your lovely comments you leave for me every week
    Danielle - I too have made aprons from skirts.
    Nisha, Amie Ann, About Aisha thank you for your lovely comments
    HandyMan Crafty Woman - I look forward to your linky parties thanks for commenting.
    Bonie - thanks for being one of my newest followers, much appreciated.

  11. Sorry Bonnie I spelt your name wrong - typo error!

  12. This is EXACTLY the tut that I needed, thanks!

  13. Too cute! Linking up from the Weekend Blog Hop!

    Come link up your posts about FALL traditions, crafts, recipes, etc at the Count Your Blessings Blog Hop @ Every Fri-Sun - See ya there! ~ Tina

  14. I was looking at your sewing projects. Your daughters are adorable! I was eyeing the 10 minute headband and I might try that for my 4 year old niece as a Christmas or Birthday gift. Do you have problems with your daughter complaining about tightness with the headband or it hurting her head?

    Tina "the book lady"

  15. KIM - I am glad you found this post useful.
    Tina - My eldest daughter loves wearing headbands, if my daughter is beside me I make sure that they fit before I do the finishing stitches so they are not too tight! It may help to copy the size from a headband you already know that fits.

  16. I love this idea, Karima. I love making aprons but I have NEVER done this and now I can't wait to make one from an old dress. I'll let you know how it goes! ~Lori

  17. Lori - I am glad you like the post! If you do make an apron I would love to see it. If you blog about it please forward me the link I would love to see someone elses work. Karima

  18. cute transformation, thankyou for the lovely comment, im now following you xxx

  19. Sparkling - Chelsea - Aimee
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments and thanks to those now following my blog. Karima

  20. Hi Karima! I just stumbled onto you blog. What a great site you have!! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow back! Blessings to you!

  21. What a great idea for upcycling dresses. This one is very pretty!

  22. I REALLY like this idea, what a great upcycle!


  23. Coley, Shenita, Annette and Trisha thanks for your lovely comments, hope to see again soon, Karima

  24. What a terrific upcycle! It's adorable!

    Thank you for participation in Potpourri Friday. You have certainly made it more fun!


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