The design of this apron is a result of what I had on hand. After completing a memory quilt, from my mother-in-laws denim shirts, I still had a pair of “almost new” jeans that I felt could be made into something usable. After cutting them down, opening up the inside leg seams, I was toying around trying to decide what to do with them. I did not take to the seam down the center for making a pillow, and although there were many ideas floating in my head, I eventually noticed the bottom of the leg was about chest width and flaired as I went up the piece that was cut. So, I put the piece up to myself and realized how perfect it would be for an apron. Something that I was sure one of my daughters, my niece would enjoy. NOTE: The more I worked with this, the more I was thinking that this could potentially be perfect for what I wanted in an apron.
I looked through my patterns, and not finding one that utilized what I actually had, I decided to “wing it” and create from what I would use. With the first leg I made the basic apron shape, and the second leg provided enough fabric for the neck strap and side ties, along with just enough to add a pocket at hip level.
The center seam of the jean leg did not distract from the look I was looking to achieve, yet also allowing for a line to center the pocket on. As seen below, I added a nice size pocket just below the hip area, and stitched it exactly in the center, which also matched the center seam of the apron.
I had thought about adding an embroidered picture on the bodice and/or pockets, but really liked the idea of reinforcing the seams with a decorative floral stitch. Now, I would have done a different stitch, to make the apron more unisex, but with the flair of the skirt, my husband informed me that it was too “girly” for a guy to wear, so I smiled knowing exactly what I stitch I would use. I choose the floral stitch, using the pink in memory of my mother-in-law who passed quickly from the breast cancer she encountered.
The picture below shows how nicely the side straps line up nicely at the corner of the skirt side and curve of the bodice section.
Below show a close-up of the embroidered stitches.
Something one needs to do when working with any item they are making, regardless of fabric type, is being sure that you iron after every step. It insures a clean, crisp look, but also allows your garment seams (or other items you are making) to line up correctly. In addition, when creating ties or making bows, it gives them a nice look when tied as seen below.
Here I am modeling the finished apron. The jeans were a larger size, which created what I would consider a size medium apron. So, if you decide you would like to attempt this upcycling project, understand that you will need a large pair of jeans to make either a small or medium size, very simple apron.
A denim apron is a great gift idea for anyone who enjoys cooking, crafting, woodworking or any other type hobby that might ruin ones clothing. The fabric is durable and less likely to loosly get caught (such as in the case of working in the woodshop), while doing a great job of keeping things from soiling your clothing. Another idea for this apron, is that it is great for those who do craft fairs 🙂
~ Putting Thread to Fabric ~
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