Men's Shirt Apron


Men's Shirt Apron


Mens Shirt Apron
Mens Shirt Apron

Transform an old men's dress shirt into a collared apron in this apron sewing tutorial. The Men's Shirt Apron is a wardrobe refashioning project that will look good on men or women. It's a great upcyling sewing project that's easy to make.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


History of Aprons

This DIY apron may be one of the simplest apron patterns ever since the shirt collar acts as the neck loop. Since aprons are pretty straightforward, they are often one of the first projects that are made by someone learning to sew. Aprons also date back to ancient times where they have roots in practical, ritualistic, and decorative purposes. In the Middle Ages, men were actually the ones sporting aprons, and different patterns distinguished their profession. In the 1940s, aprons became the symbol of the quintessential American housewife. Popular television faces that traditionally wore aprons were Donna Reed and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. 

Now, aprons are still used but mainly for practical purposes. They are great for protecting clothes when baking or cooking messy foods. My grandmother loves making aprons, so each member of my family received one with their initial embroidered on it. I actually have another pinafore style apron (also from my grandmother), but the matching set is still my favorite! 

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This is really cool and cute.

These make great bibs for men in nursing homes or group homes. A bit more dignified than a bib

Love your idea.

My father passed away in 2012 and for some reason, I kept quite a few of his shirts. After making teddy bears (32) for the family from the shirts, I still had a few left over. I have made 4 shirts aprons so far. The last one I made, I used the short sleeves to make large pockets on the bottom of the apron, on both sides. It worked great, and I didn't have to hem the top of the pockets. I love these aprons, and have made one for myself using the shirt of my brother who passed away in 2005. Thank you so much for the idea!!!

I made this & it turned out beautiful! Very pleased and very easy. I agree with sewing along the buttons to keep the seam closed.

Would sew the opening where the buttons are; leaving the top three free for slipping the apron over the head. I agree adding pockets would complete this apron. Using a boys shirt for a child's apron is a must.

I have used this idea to make memorable aprons from family's special dresses as well as Granddad's favorite fishing shirt.


it is something I want to make

I think this was awesome and good instructions. I would put big pockets on it in a bright green color to match the plead in the fabric. Good Job.

I absolutely love this!!!! Can't wait to get started making this one.

Absolutely ingenious. I made 30 for Christmas gifts and everyone loves them.

I think this is great!! but, will use the sleeves to make pockets... !


Love this idea!


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