Does your sewing pile include old, unusable jeans just waiting for a project to call them back into service?
Don’t throw them out and don’t despair. With a little effort and a few tools, you can make your own custom fitting durable apron.
You will need:
• Old jeans
• Sewing machine
• Sharp scissors
• Denim or heavy thread
• Embellishments, buttons, laces, appliqués, etc.
• Tape measure
• Ribbon or ties
Using the tape measure, measure across your chest where you want the top of the apron to be. Record this on paper. Measure from this top to your waist. Measure across your waist where you want the apron to wrap to your sides (all the way around is ok). Measure the length of the apron you want from your waist to the bottom. (Some like it mid-thigh, others at the knee). Measure across your hips where you want the apron to cover and add 6 inches. This will be the skirt of the apron.
Using the first two measurements, cut a rectangle that will fit across your chest and will end at your waist. This will be the top of the apron. Using the waist-to-bottom and the hip measurement, cut a second rectangle.
Gather the second rectangle using a needle and a running stitch make the larger rectangle match the width of the rectangle at the waist. Stitch in place with the sewing machine using a 5/8″ seam. Remove the gathering thread and zigzag or overcast the raw edge of the seam.
For the edges, either fold over and stitch down or use binding tape to create a colorful edge to your apron. Reuse old jeans pockets by attaching them to the apron. Embellish with appliqués, embroidery or anything your imagination leads you to.
Take the ribbon or ties and attach to both sides of the top and tie behind your neck, and attach ties to the waist to tie behind your back. A long loop can serve for the neck, and instead of tying the apron behind your back, you can also use short ties and attach the ends with snaps or buttons.
Some additional ideas to try:
• Use up denim scraps to make a patchwork of squares or strips for your apron.
• Perhaps use small squares or strips to make your own unique binding tape for the edges or waistband.
• Follow all safety procedures involved with scissors or rotating cutting blades and sewing machines.
• Make aprons for the children for artwork, gardening, housework and more. While looking “grown-up,” it helps keep their clothes cleaner.