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Two-Minute T-Shirt Apron Tutorial

by Kayla K on August 12, 2010

It is Salsa and Fireman Food day at the Kramer house!  Mom is busy catering the county fire meeting and my siblings brought home 5 crates of tomatoes from their visit to my aunt and uncle’s house.  Makes for a very messy kitchen and busy day!

When you know you will be getting very messy (like we do when we make salsa) and you have a very long to-do-list (like today) a Two-Minute T-Shirt apron is just what you need.  Here’s a quick tutorial:


Lay a t-shirt flat on a cutting surface.  A size or two too big is best.


Cut through both thicknesses from armpit to edge of collar, creating a halter-top shape.


Turn the shirt over.


Cutting through the back of the shirt only cut from armpit to armpit.


Trim around the collar of the t-shirt.


Leave a 3″ strip under the arms.  I have this marked with pins.  Starting at the lower corner, cut up to the 3″ strip, across the t-shirt, and down to the other lower corner. You have cut a big rectangle from the bottom of the shirt.


Cut to halfway through the 3″ strip, across the middle of the strip, and up the top of the strip so that two separate straps strings have been made.


Pull the strings tight to make long ties.


Here is my mom…

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…all ready for salsa!

If you are working through canning season, Jo’s Country Junction is a great source for recipes.

Sometimes it can be hard to put words to the pictures in tutorials, so if you need clarification please ask them in the comment section below.  I love to hear from you!

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1 Jackie August 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

really amazing…and fast!!!!!
very clever & creative

2 Jody Sloan August 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

love it…Thanks for sharing! I have a few t-shirts I can cut up too – WOO HOO!!!

3 Cyndee August 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

Are you near the floods? Hope Iowa dries out soon. Send some our way; we are having a drought here.

4 Kayla K August 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I was near the floods. My college town of Ames, Iowa was badly flooded and there is still a boil order in effect. I made it home to my parent’s home where there is no flooding yet, but it is such a crazy summer for weather! It is nice of you to think of us here in Iowa! We would love to share some of our rain!

5 Chris February 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

Loved the tutorial. It saved me a lot of frustration. Seriously, thank you.

6 Cole March 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm

This is GREAT! I just made one out of my husbands shirts (he will never know). I have been wanting an apron but am tight on money. Thank you!!

7 Gold Party April 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Looks nice and easy to do! And very useful to protect your clothes too.

8 Ann July 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have been looking for exactly this type of apron! It will be perfect for all our Sunday schoolers and vacation bible school this year. We have lots of fun but also lots of mess and this solution for a few old T’s is absolutely the best. Thank you so much and God bless you for sharing.

9 Megan November 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Stumbled upon this tutorial as I’m thinking of making aprons to go with a Christmas present. I am 99% sure I understand it…but I am wondering what happens with the big rectangle from the back of the shirt that you cut out, to free the straps. It doesn’t seem that it is used for anything–I was wondering if it could be sewn on to the bottom of the front, to add some extra length? (Trying to make his-and-hers aprons with college t-shirts, but HE is taller than the shirt is meant for!)

10 Kayla K November 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

That sounds like a great idea!

11 Eric December 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

That is awesome, my wife is going through my drawers right now to pick out a good tshirt! That saves me the trouble of sewing one out of some left over fabric. (Probably still sew on a couple of pockets on the front though).

12 Francy March 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

THANK you for this idea? I am almost don with school to become a teacher and I will definitely do these for my paint smocks!

13 Debi June 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

This is fabulous!!! I went to a flower pot painting party and luncheon today and our hostess had made all of us an apron from t-shirts to protect our clothes. We all got to take ours home with us and she even showed us how to make it.
I am hosting a BBQ this weekend and I have made aprons for my guests using our organization’s T-shirts we had left over from organization day.
Thank you, I know it’ll be a hit!!!

14 Elena Lai Etcheverry August 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Thank you so much for this! It was the best! I used the sleeves to make pockets and now I have aprons for our charity to use at events. We had left over xxxls to use up so this was perfect! I posted it on facebook and linked to your blog to give you credit for the awesome idea!

15 heather September 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing this! I just made 4 for my daughter’s art class:-)

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