To complete this project, simply gather some men's dress shirts and pull out your scissors and sewing machine. (Of course you could sew everything by hand as well, but the machine makes this project super easy.) Each apron requires the front plackets of two men's dress shirts, but because my mom plans to make a few of these as gifts, she just picked up several old shirts on half-price day at Goodwill. After washing the shirts, she simply followed the detailed-but-simple directions in the magazine and had a ball making aprons!
Next, not to leave the sleeves out of the fun, my mom borrowed another idea that she saw in Flea Market Style magazine and made wine sleeves, which took her almost no time at all to make. (By the way, old shirt sleeves also make great car armrest covers if you're worried about dirty dog paws and puppy drool like I am.)
Sew the sleeve together (tailor it however you think it looks best), slip in a bottle of your favorite wine, tie a ribbon around the collar, and you've got yourself a darling gift.
Now that we've discovered cute ways to use the plackets and sleeves of button-down shirts, one question remains: what to do with the collars? Maybe sew them around the necks of baby onesies? Or around the necks of dog t-shirts? (Because we all know that babies and dogs like collared shirts, right?) Have you got any other ideas? If so, please share them in the comments section below. (If you leave me a really good idea, who knows, maybe we'll make a sample and send it to you.)