Monday, 8 February 2016

Oxfam Fashion DIY: Upcycled Apron

Spring is just around the corner, and one of my favourite customs around this time of year is Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday), which traditionally is all about using up leftover ingredients in preparation for Lent. But why not extend this philosophy to your wardrobe and see what can be re-used, repaired or up cycled into other items, like these brilliant DIY aprons made from old shirts and tea towels? Check out the Oxfam Fashion blog or read on for more details of how to make your own, and search the online shop for more second hand bargains.

Easy DIY Adult's Apron
You will need:

1. Cut around the back of your shirt, removing the sleeves but leaving the collar intact.
2. You should be left with the front piece of the shirt, with the collar still attached - this is what will fit over your head. 
3. Lay the shirt flat, and cut a straight line from the collar to the bottom of the armpit to form the side of the apron.
4. Sew or glue down the raw edges, then attach two strips of leftover fabric to the sides of the apron to form ties.
5. There you have it - one upcycled apron made from an old shirt! Check out these examples from Pinterest, or read the original tutorial here on Love Grows Wild.


No Sew DIY Kids' Apron
You will need:
  • A tea towel
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue

This one is even easier than the adult version and especially good for upcyclers with no sewing experience. Simply cut off the top corners of your tea towel, fold over and glue flat. Then cut three bits of ribbon, fix two to each side of the tea towel for straps and glue the third to the top. Remember to leave enough space so that the apron fits over your little helper's head.

Happy Baking!  

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