Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vintage Tablecloth to Awesome Apron

I am all about reusing old things to make new things.    Call it my little movement towards earth friendliness.  Or maybe, I just like the challenge.

Take this tablecloth, for example.  It came from a friend's grandma's house that is currently being organized and cleaned out.

Isn't it pretty?  It is nice heavy cotton, and I love the two tone blue look.  However, if you can't tell, there are quite a few stains right in the middle, making it difficult to actually use it as a table cloth.
Cue creative challenge: Turn said table cloth into not one, but two aprons, successfully hiding the stains and not using any additional fabric.

After some planning and re-planning, I started cutting and laying out the pieces to see if there would be enough.

Here is one apron laid out:
And the second:
This one had some major stains covered up by the extra dark blue band added to the middle.
I used the small chunks left, most of which where stained, to make the straps and ties.
This was the most time consuming part, because I had to piece and turn all of the long ties and straps.  My right index finger took quite a beating and I broke a seam ripper.  (oops)
This is all of the tablecloth that was wasted:
And here is one finished apron:

And the other:

A success I think!  I look forward to finding more upcycled vintage treasures locked in stained tablecloths in the future! :)


  1. Very beautiful print and aprons! Love the front hemline. Will have to keep my eye out for tablecloth...

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!!!!! So pretty! Miss you sweet friend!!

  3. those turned out fantastic! I recently turned a vintage kitchen curtain panel into an apron

    1. thanks, Helen! I have a stack of old tablecloths given to me by a friend just waiting to be turned into new aprons!

  4. Yay! I can't wait to see how the rest turn out! :)