Thursday, April 30, 2015

Re-purposed Jean Apron

This is the time of year I am always wearing aprons, so I decided to make more use of a pair of old jeans. This is the first of a two parts in my jean re-purpose. I have done a jean apron before using only the front or back of jeans, in this lesson I use the whole upper part of the jeans above the crotch. Save the legs for next months lesson.
*Specific amounts of fabric cannot be given since all jeans are different sizes.

Materials List
~1 pair of old jeans
~Printed denim or cotton fabric~it's best to keep the pattern simple if you want to mimic a design in paint on the front
~Jean needle
~Hand needle
~Fabric paint
~optional sponge applicator 
~optional purchased appliques 

Lay jeans flat front facing you and pull up pockets.

Fold in half like so, aligning top and bottom edges of legs, and cut straight across just below crotch seam. Set legs of jeans aside for next project.

Lay front facing you and cut just below thick seam of crotch.

Trim off excess fabric from crotch to make front and back even.

Place jean front facing down.

Cut up along back on one side of the flat seam all the way through the top. If you wish you can cut one of the side seams instead and the opening will be at the side instead if the back.

Cut all the way up other side as well, all the way up through the back. Cutting out that thick seam and in this case a belt loop eliminates bulk.

Pin up pocket, so it won't get caught in seams when sewing. 

Open up and zip up zipper or button up buttons. Lay flat right side down onto right side up fabric as shown. Pin in place leaving a 6 inch opening on one of the sides for turning.

Cut out all the way around outer edge of jean apron.

Make sure you load you machine with a jean needle to handle the thickness and sew all the way around 3/8" seam leaving open the 6" seam for turning.

Turn right side out through opening. Press if necessary. 

Hand stitch opening closed.

Grab your paint and start painting a design of your choice or mimic the fabric pattern. Doesn't have to be perfect...just have fun with it!

I used a sponge applicator and stamped out the design with pink, black and white paint. Just fun...not perfect.

For apron ties measure inner belt loop. Double that measure and add a 1/4"for width. For length of ties cut fabric strips double the size of top of jean apron. I usually have to piece fabric together to get double the length. After pieced together, fold apron tie in half right sides together. Pin and sew 1/4" seam on ends and length of tie leaving a 5" opening for turning somewhere in the middle of tie. Turn through opening and press. Hand stitch opening closed. Thread ties through belt loops and machine stitch ties to both back edges to hold in place.

Apron tied in place!

I added butterfly purchased appliques to add extra fun!

I had so much fun just painting this apron with no rules or lines. 
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