I love the patterns on boxer shorts. They're so cute, I can't bear to throw them out. I'm pretty glad I came up with something to do with them...make a boxer shorts apron! This is really fun and easy to do, and the result just sort of makes you want to bounce up and down with happiness. Supplies are a pair of boxers and two lengths of ribbon. For the sewing you need a sewing machine, some pins, and an iron. That's it! It's cute!...and useful!
- Lay the boxers out, fly side down. Cut along the back seam until you reach the center
- Cut along the center seam, perpendicular to the cut you just made.
- Lay them out completely flat, wrong-side up. Iron the boxers. Fold the waistband over about an inch on both the left and right sides, pin and iron again, and sew a quarter-inch seam on the outside edge. A quick thought here: check and see if your shorts are too big in the waist for an apron. When you wrap them around your wasit there should be some open space in the back. If they are too big, no problem -- just fold over more than an inch in this step, and trim some of the excess.
- On the bottom, fold the excess up and under (the photo shows it on top so you can see what gets folded). Sew a quarter inch from the edge on the bottom, and all the way up the unsewn side to the top.
- Fold the shorts in half, wrong side out. Pin and sew a straght line from the bottom of the fly to the bottom edge. Trim the excess.
- Choose a ribbon, about 2 feet or more for each side, depending how long how want your apron strings to be, fold one end under and sew to the waistband
- Fold the other end over and sew to finish.
You're done! They are so fun!
The shorts in this tutorial are about a boys size 8. So, this apron might be a little more generous on a girl of about the same age. What a fun gift this would make! There are so many cute boxers out during every season and holiday (and after for great sale prices); buy an adult-size pair and make a really cute one for yourself; buy a kid's size pair and make a matching set! The whole project absolutely took less than an hour. Yay!