Skirt refashion: sewing process

Make apron straps

Stack 2 apron strap pieces right sides together (1 cut from the skirt, the other from lining).

apron strap pieces stacked right sides together with line showing where to sew to make the strap

Stitch around the strap with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Leave the narrower end unstitched.

Repeat for the second strap.

Turn the apron straps

Trim the corners at an angle.

apron strap sewn with corners clipped before turning

Iron on a piece of fusible interfacing on the lining side on both straps.

apron strap with piece of fusible interfacing added to it before turning

At this point you can turn the straps by hand, but you’ll do much better with using some sort of tube turner. My favorite are these Turn-it-All Tubes (*affiliate link*). The Turn-it-All tubes make the top of my 11 helpful sewing tools list, and I’m proving it’s worth now!

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Topstitch the straps

Stitch all the way around the straps 1/8″ from the pressed edge.

apron strap topstitched on the edges

Make the bib

Pin the straps to the outer bib right sides together. The top of the straps should be 3/4″ from the bib’s top edge.

apron straps pinned to an apron bib piece

Next, roll up the straps so that they’re out of the way.

apron bib pieces right sides together with a line showing where to sew

Match the right side of the outer bib to right side of the bib lining. The straps will be sandwiched in between the bib pieces.

Then, stitch around the bib with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Make sure to leave a hole at the wider side of the bib for turning.

Turn the bib

Trim the corners of the bib.

Now, reach inside the hole you left at the bottom of the bib.

turning an apron bib right side out in the process of sewing
pulling apron strap pieces through bib

Turn the bib by pulling on the straps . Use a dowel to poke around the contours of the inside of the bib.

finished apron bib

Press the bib, making sure that the seam allowance is turned towards the inside in the hole in the bottom of the bib.

Attach bib to skirt

apron bib and apron skirt before they are sewn together

Grab your skirt and the bib assembly. First, mark the center front of the skirt with a pin.

Overlap the skirt waistband on top of the bib by 1/2″, matching center front to center front. Pin in place.

pinning an apron bib and apron skirt together

To finish the bib, stitch around the top and bottom of the waistband and the sides of the bib where it’s attached to the skirt.

apron on a dress form, with a line showing where to sew the apron bib and the skirt together

Add velcro to the straps

pinned velcro to apron straps

Cut your strips of velcro in half. Pin the wrong side of two hook pieces (the scratchy side) to the right side of the right strap.

Pin the wrong side of the two loop pieces (the soft side) to the lining side of the left strap.

Topstitch around both pieces of velcro on both straps.

topstitched velcro on apron straps with a hand showing them
velcro on apron straps with hands opening the closure

Tada! Adjustable neck!

Make the apron ties

apron tie folded right sides together showing where to sew to make the tie

Take one of your tie pieces, and fold the right sides together the long ways.

Stitch around the short ends and the long side, leaving a hole for turning near the middle of the long side. Clip the corners.

Turn the tie with the tube turner just like you did for the straps earlier.

Press the tie, making sure that the seam allowance is turned towards the inside in the hole in the tie’s side.

Topstitch all around the outside of the tie 1/8″ from all edges.

finished apron ties

Repeat for the second apron tie.

Hem the skirt sides

side of apron skirt showing where to press the hem

Press the raw edge of the skirt outside 5/8″ towards the wrong side.

Match the side seams of the lining to the side seams of the skirt.

Fold the pressed edge towards the inside until the lining’s edge is covered by the pressed hem. For me that was an extra 1 1/2″. The idea is to make sure any snaggly edges of the lining are covered over by the side hem.

side of apron skirt showing where to press the hem

Press the hem in place after this second turn to cover the lining.

Stitch from the top of the skirt down to the bottom close to the pressed edge to finish the side.

Repeat for the second side of the skirt.

Stitch the ties to the skirt

Your skirt refashion is almost done and your new apron is nearly finished.

All that’s left is to stitch the ties to the skirt.

pinning an apron tie in place on an apron skirt

Take one of the ties and pin it to the top edge of the skirt on the wrong side. The tie should just cover the width of the hem.

apron tie sewn to apron skirt sewn with a box with an x inside

Stitch the tie to the skirt. You can stitch around the tie with a plain rectangle or add an X in the center of the rectangle for added strength.

Repeat for tie #2.

And you’re done!

Finding new life for old clothes

So in the process of this skirt refashion, the skirt is no more, but now you’ve made something totally new. And that’s what refashioning is at it’s heart–finding something old and re-imagining it so that it becomes something that will be used again.

For more refashioning inspiration, check out 6 steps to a great thrift store refashion and this colorblocked baseball fan dress.

Let me know if you sew this one up. I can’t wait to see what skirt aprons you come up with!

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5 Comments

  1. Paula Parnell Reply

    I would really appreciate the pattern for the Apron Refashioned from a skirt please. I have already subscribed to your newsletter but didn’t receive the pattern I requested. Many thanks. Paula.

  2. Hello!
    I haven’t received the apron pattern despite signing up for newsletter. I have the perfect skirt to repurpose!
    Cindi

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