You can still make this apron without a stitch—well, you will need Stitch Witchery.
Just 4 easy steps!
1— cut the sides open,
& cut off the sleeves
2— shape the front
3— make ties
4— create your pockets!
*A quick TIP as you begin—iron your shirt—it’s so much easier cutting crisp, smooth fabric and your cut lines will be better too!
Cut UP the side seams to the under arms to separate the front and back of the shirt.
I like to approach this in one of 2 ways-
◊ I cut SUPER CLOSE to the manufactured seam. Cutting from the “bottom” side of that manufactured seam—it becomes the “finished” edge and I’m done!
◊ Leave ¼” to ½” salvage from the manufactured seam to turn under. The manufactured seam will still be the front-side finished edge.
Cutting off the sleeves.
◊ RESIST THE TEMPTATION to just lay your shirt down and cut it in this quick/random way—you’ll lose material you may need or want for other parts! Be patient—cut up the sides, cut off the sleeves, then shape your “halter.”
◊ It doesn’t really matter which side of the seam you cut, but do stay close to it so you don’t lose extra material.
Shape the front into a Halter.
*TIP- if you fold the front sides together your “halter” cuts will be “matching” —but it’s better to open it back up and cut freehand around the collar. I tend to freehand all my cuts, but I drew a chalk line for you to see this better below.
◊ As you’re cutting, leave ¼” to ½” extra around the collar to turn under.
Now that you have the main cuts made, you can start to turn under the raw edges to “hem.”
◊ Start from the lower sides, folding over-turning and ironing, working upward to the collar.
◊ Using the Stitch Witchery tape, you’ll essentially tuck the tape between (wrong side of fabric) the inside of the apron and the turned/ironed edge AND THEN IRON OVER IT TO MELT THE TAPE fusing the fabric with NO sewing!
Stitch Witchery tape is -glue- when it’s melted by the heat of an iron. The product instructions say to use a dry iron, but having used this product in lots of ways over many years time, I’ve found—the tape melts easier and better with a steam iron!
*I keep a small roll in my luggage when I travel for any quick fixes!
*I’m told fabric glue would work well too—although I’ve never tried it.
◊ As you work your way around to the collar, you’ll see it has multiple layers and you’ll need to cut some away. Then continue to iron the area together with the Stitch Witchery tape.
Cutting the ties from the back of the shirt -it keeps a simple continuity to the apron.
◊ I typically cut off the yolk just to free up the part I am using, especially —when there’s a pleat at the yolk.
◊ Fold the back of the shirt in half.
◊ Below, a couple examples for making your tie cuts.
- Use a measuring guide, or
- as you’re cutting–fold that cut upward creating a continuing accurate size guide as you cut.
- Or just freehand it like I do—it’s all part of that “bespoke” look!
◊ A 2″ wide tie works well for me, so I cut a 4″ wide piece from the folded over area.
◊ When you unfold the piece you have 2 sides—cut it in 2.
◊ Fold over and iron ¼” edge on each side, then fold the whole piece in half. Put the Stitch Witchery between the two sides and iron till the tape is melted.
◊ Attach the ties! Iron really good, and iron from both sides to be sure the tape is fully melted!
Making the pockets. I like to use the sleeves for this, and I like to be creative and playful doing it!
◊ Cut open the sleeve by it’s seam and cut through the cuff. Turn under and iron a ¼” to ½” edge on the “raw” side—the other should have the manufactured edge (right?).
◊ Once again, you’ll find multiple layers around the cuff to cut out.
◊ Play around with the sleeves to find the placement and look YOU like!
◊ Then secure it in place with the tape. BUT don’t “glue” down that bottom inch or so—I’ll explain in a minute.
◊ Stretching the excess downward, iron the pleats and gathers flat, then cut it off with the bottom of the shirt as your guide.
◊ Tuck the gathers and pleats under and secure with the Stitch Witchery tape. *Now you see the outer ends are easier to turn under because you didn’t secure the sides the whole way down.
Your Shirt Apron
with NO SEWING!
When making this project, be sure you really melt the tape into glue!
If you don’t—your project will come apart.
Here’s another NO SEW APRON from a fun lady’s blouse!
Another pocket style
—I sewed the two sleeves together to make one BIG pocket!
Below- some of the girls at the antique mall modeling for me!