Use old jeans to make a denim apron for a child…
I’ve had these repurposed denim aprons on my to-do list for a couple of months, so I finally went right at it this weekend, and got 8 of them done. Now, each of the Hooligans will be getting one for Christmas.
Repurposed denim is the perfect fabric for making a craft apron for a child. Denim is soft but sturdy, it doesn’t stain easily, and it washes up really well. One of my daycare parents brings me her family’s jeans when they’ve outgrown or out-worn them. I use the legs of the old jeans to make kids’ craft aprons and repurposed denim bibs.
These aprons require only basic sewing skills. If you’re new to sewing, or if you’ve just purchased your first Sewing Machine , and you’re looking for a simple project to do, this is a good one to start with.
A couple of tips before we get started:
I like to use a Denim Sewing Needle when I’m sewing with old jeans. It’s a sturdy needle, and is less likely to break when you go over seams. If you don’t have a “denim” needle, use the largest needle you have, slowing down when you go over the thick parts, so it doesn’t snap.
Repurposed Denim Apron supplies:
- The leg of an old pair of jeans
- sewing scissors
- Rotary Cutter and self-healing cutting mat (optional – they make the job even easier)
- trim or bias tape
- fleece scraps for decorative heart
How to make a repurposed denim apron:
Cutting along the in-seam, open up a leg of a pair of jeans.
Center your template on the open leg (right side up or down – it doesn’t matter), lining up the bottom of your template with the bottom of the pant-leg – this makes a nice finished hemmed bottom for you. Pin in place and cut out your apron. *If you have bias tape to trim your edges, super. If you don’t, then you’re going to have to turn a little 1/4 inch hem to prevent fraying, so cut 1/4 inch larger than your template.
Finish your edges: if you have to hem, folding denim under 1/4 inch, and stitch all the way around, OR trim your side and top edges with bias tape.
I had a couple of old scarves that were destined for the charity shop. I used the trim to finish the edges of some of my aprons, and the fleece to make the hearts.
At this point, I stitched the fleece heart the upper part of the apron. I used a zig-zag to top-stitch the heart to the apron.
Your straps are going to come from the inseams and the outer, side-seam of your jeans. See the picture right above? See the seam on the left and the seam in the center of the pic? They’re nice and thick, and easy to snip out. Just cut right along side the seam all the way up the leg, and then trim it to the right size. You won’t be turning under any unfinished edges of these seams. Just leave the as they are.
Attach some velcro and sew those straps in place, and you’re done!
Aren’t they sweet? These repurposed denim aprons make an awesome gift for a toddler or preschooler who gets messy when they’re creating, or for any child likes to cover up when they’re crafting.
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