Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Re-purposed Skirt

Re-purposed skirt apron
I've always loved to make something new out of something old, I have a hard time bringing myself to get rid of anything made of natural fibres because I know that I could re-make it and give it a new life.  My friends and family know this about me and so I am sometimes the lucky recipient of things that others no longer use.  A friend of mine has been giving me all kinds of goodies lately and when she gave me a couple skirts I put them aside to  make into aprons - I knew they would be just right for this purpose. 
Re-purposed skirt apron
Unfortunately, I tend to have more creative ideas than I  have time so often these projects can pile up on my shelves.  I had some free time this past weekend so I decided I would re-make these skirts into aprons for gifts - making things for gifts always seems to motivate me to get going. 
Re-purposed skirt apron
I thought I'd share the process here because it really is a simple way to give a skirt a new life.  I seam-ripped the back seam and took out the zipper.  Then I used some scrap fabric I had on hand to make two long-ish ties.  I inserted the ends of the ties into the ends of the waistband (where I had seam-ripped it open).
Re-purposed skirt apron
Then I sewed the ties in as I sewed a new seam down each side joining the fabric and the lining into a finished seam (the old seam allowance from the middle seam became the turned under edges to make a nice finish).
Re-purposed skirt apron
And that was it!

5 comments:

donna!ee said...

gorgeous, excellent idea! thank you much, you are truly inspiring... ;)

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Adorable!! I want to get back to work on my scrappy quilt too. Great way to re-purpose also!

Homesteadgirl said...

Lovely! Gorgeous fabric, and now it will be used over and over again!

Katherine said...

Glad you found some time to put your idea into action, Heather. Looks great!

Jacqueline said...

yay! that skirt got a new life! it looks great!