My ten year old daughter had an idea to reuse a dress that she outgrew. She wanted to make it into an apron for cooking, messy art projects, or whatever. She cut up the center back and then used a sewing machine to finish the raw edges. Ideally you would choose an old dress that already had some sort of tie in the back. Otherwise, you could be creative and cut something from another dress or use a ribbon. This would make an excellent beginner sewing project with unlimited variations.
To see my vintage inspired apron made from a second-hand dress, click here.