I need some creative outlets. While I am very fortunate to have my own company and work from home, when we are really busy I find myself craving a creative endeavor. Sometimes I will bake, or cook and sometimes I will sew. This season I started upcycling cowboy shirts into aprons.
In October I went to a Holiday/craft fair and met a woman selling aprons made from men’s shirts. I thought it brilliant. She got the idea she said from Pinterest and YouTube. She wasn’t big on sewing so her aprons were cut along the seams so very little sewing and pressing was done. I seized on the idea!
I went to the local charity shop and bought an inexpensive shirt. After watching the videos and I made it. Not quite right because I know when I wear an apron I like to wipe my hands down my sides. I added side panels, finished off the raw edges and I concluded it pretty darn cute.
I went back to the charity shop for another shirt. Reviewing Hawaiian shirts and plaids I found a cowboy shirt and it was love! Pearl buttons on the breast pockets, pearl button snaps down the front and the same on the sleeves all add up to a really cute apron!
For me, it is a win win in creativity. I get the retail therapy to shop for old cowboy shirts. A chance to repurpose, upcycle, them into something new. I get hours of focused, away from business pleasure in sewing. The end result is I have a fun, functional and different gift for members of my family and friends.
Not only are the adults getting aprons but the kids too. Doing an art project with the little ones, an apron is perfect coverage. The aprons all have at least one pocket made from the shirt’s sleeves.
I have cowboy shirts in children and adult sizes. The colors range from sedate to rodeo snazzy. Some of the shirts are thin and some of the cuffs a bit worn. It shows me these were well worn and loved. I am happy I can give these favorite pieces of clothing a new life!
Have you upcycled or repurposed any thing? Please share.