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.
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.
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).
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).