I love aprons. They’re both fun and functional. Here are a dozen apron tutorials showing you how to make aprons from recycled clothes, towels, pillowcases, and bandanas. Some of them are even no-sew options.

Cutie Pinwheel provides instructions for turning a man’s shirt into an apron. I love the coverage of the full-size apron because it would really protect your clothing.

On eHow, learn how to make a half-apron from a large button-down shirt. Check out the adorable waistband and coordinating pockets.

Here’s another half-apron, this time made from a pretty dish towel. Fynes Designs says that if you can sew a straight seam, you can make this apron in 10 minutes!

Carissa from Creative Green Living shows you how to make a farm girl apron from a pair of jeans. Since jeans are so durable, a denim apron will also stand up to gardening and BBQing.

Speaking of farm girls, how about an egg gathering apron? Gardens And Chickens and Worms, Oh My! shows you how to make this functional apron from a pillowcase. I think I’ll make one of these for my son and daughter-in-law since they’re raising chickens now.

Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods used a vintage pillowcase to make vendor apron. It has pockets and a flap to keep your money safe.

Kids like aprons too, especially when they’re in the kitchen with mom. How about match aprons? Brass Apple shows you how to make a little girl’s no-sew apron using a fancy napkin.

What kid wouldn’t like this art apron made from a dishtowel? Even though it looks complicated, Obsessively Stitching shows how easy and quick this project can be. Don’t forgot the crayons!

Each of these denim aprons from Happy Hooligans is made from a pant leg. They’d be great for busy pre-schoolers who like getting messy when they’re cooking and crafting.

There are always great ideas on Martha Stewart’s blog. This tutorial shows how to make an adorable child’s apron from a bandana. You can get bandanas in so many colors now. If you made the aprons in tradition blue and red bandanas, they’d be great for a farm-themed birthday party.

Simply Real Moms has a great tutorial for a kid’s apron made from a kitchen towel. Just a little sewing and you have an apron with great coverage and deep pockets.

Next time I’m invited to a baby shower, I am going to make one of these awesome baby bath drying aprons. Notions in Motions has great instructions for turning a large bath towel into a bath apron that will keep mom dry. I may make one addition though – a washcloth on one of the corners would make a nice hood for baby’s head.

Repurpose your blue jeans, button-down shirts, towels, and bandanas to make full aprons, half aprons, gathering aprons, crafting aprons, and bath aprons. Each one is inexpensive to make, practical to use, and adorable to look at.