Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Black & White Apron Tutorial

In my post, Aprons for Art Camp, I shared a couple of the aprons I made using thrift store bargains. Since then, I've finished a third one. Now I will have one to wear for each day of camp! I also promised a tutorial for each one.

Today's tutorial is for this black & white apron.

I found a white blouse embellished with black embroidered detail
and a black and white skirt at a thrift store for $2.50 each.

Step 1 - Cut the back away from the blouse being careful to keep the sleeves and the top area around the neck in tact. (At this point I could have cut the sleeves away but not being sure how I was going to use them, I left them in place.)

Step 2 - Cut the bottom portion of the blouse away. Clean finish or zigzag stitch the bodice edge several times to prevent fraying.

Step 3 - Cut the back of the skirt away making sure to leave the waistband in tact. Cut the zipper from the waist band.

Step 4 - Clean finish the sides.

 Step 5 - Pin the skirt waistband to the bodice and stitch to secure.

Step 6 - Trim away the sleeves and extra fabric on the bodice to create the apron bib/neck collar. Stitch a seam at the back of the neck collar for a better fit. Clean finish the raw edge.

Step 7 - Sew two rows of gathering stitches across the straps just above the bib. Gather and stitch to secure.

 Step 8 - Cut the fabric of the sleeves close to the seam.

Step 9 - Iron the raw edges under.

Step 10 - Pin the sleeves into place on the skirt and stitch to secure.

Step 11 - Cut a strip of fabric from the remaining blouse front (from step 2). This strip needs to be a little wider than the pockets made from sleeves.

Step 12 - Clean finish the raw edges.

Step 13 - Sew two rows of gathering stitches along the bottom edge of the strip. Gather the strip so that it is the same width as the pockets. Pin the strip to the skirt on top of the pockets. Stitch along the sides and bottom to secure.

Step 14 - Pin the center of the strip at the center of the pockets and then again between the center and sides.

 Step 15 - Stitch from the top of the strip to the bottom at each pinned spot to create four pocket sections along the strip.

Step 16 - Sew velcro to the belt for an easy on and off.

 Pretty cute apron for $5.00!!

In a few days I will be posting the tutorial for this apron.

I hope you will stop by and check it out.



  1. You should send these in to Sew or Belle Armoire...just sayin!! I love them!!

  2. I really like this black and white one! Great find on the skirt and blouse and great job on meshing them together into such a cute apron! I like the third apron, also. All three are unique, but they all look so cute on you!

  3. They are so cute! I would love to do full aprons like this, right now I am doing half aprons. I love doing the upcycles :)

  4. Beautifully done! You have a great eye for clothes that will work for your designs. Gotta love that. Your aprons rock.

  5. So very lovely! Like your creative approach to jewelry, the elements that you bring together and the way you bring it together makes me smile every time!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  6. What a GREAT refashion.. I <3 it!
    I'm following you on GFC ;)


  7. Great job! The finished apron is adorable! I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

  8. Love your aprons Kathy. I've been buying skirts and such to do something like this but didn't know where to start. Thank your the inspiration and tutorials. They are adorable. Have fun at Art Camp. Oh, and thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I added you on my side bar so I can visit more often.
    xoxo joanna

  9. Oh My gosh, Its just adorable. Are you going to send these in to Apronology? You should ,they probably would make the cover.
    Hugs Lynn

  10. that is wonderful! i love the tie in the front with the white casing, and the hankie ends...wonderful! great idea to upcycle some clothes that need a new life.

  11. A very, very clever refashion and such a pretty apron!!!

  12. Hallo, was für bezaubernde Sachen du machst.
    Sehr extravagant und schön.
    Ich bin begeistert, ich liebe Schürzen, hatte schon als kleines Kind immer welche an.

    Nun bin ich auch dein Fan :-)

    Liebe Grüße von Sophie

  13. Very beautifully done! I didn't realise before today that aprons could look so good! :)

    ChrisW Designs


I look forward to reading what you have to say. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

Have a great day!