Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Jeans Apron

Last year, a friend shared a project she had undertaken for some of her great nieces and nephews and I thought they were so cute.  All year, I thought about trying to make some myself and have finished my first attempt.  Here's the first one and I wanted to share it on Our Second Hand House's "March Craft Challenge Link Up - Jeans/Clothing" blog crawl. 

I started with a child's denim overall (12 mo.) I bought at a thrift store and cut off the legs near the crotch. 

I then cut it apart at the side seams.  The front of the overalls would make one apron and the back a different one.
To the bottom of one apron I added a little "skirt" made by gathering some fabric and sewing it on.  The fabric was leftover material I had used to made some pillow covers. 
The fabric was sturdy, outdoor fabric and thought it would be a good match as it was about the same weight as the denim.  I'm sure if lighter weight material was used, it would work.  This particular fabric matched pretty well and I had enough to work with.
The strap was an experiment and I'm still not sure I like the end result.  I sewed two strips together, right sides facing and turned it right side out.  On one end, I sewed a button hole.  The other side, I added a buckle.  You can see the result.  The fabric choice didn't lend itself well for a tie at the neck and I thought the buckle would allow for adjustments.

The tie around the middle was stitched to the front of the apron. Embellishments can be added as desired. 

I'm still working on the second apron and am trying to give it a more 'masculine' flair.  I'll post it when I get it finished.  These are really fun to make as you can use whatever material and embellishments you have on hand.  If you're an embroiderer, you could add your child's name.  How special would that be?!

Thanks for stopping by!
Zenda


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14 comments:

My Garden Diaries said...

Zenda! That is the coolest and cutest apron I have ever seen!!! I love it!!! And the fact that you repurposed it makes it that much sweeter! Brilliant job on this one friend! Nicole xoxo

Kim said...

I love your overalls' transformation. It looks wonderful. The fabric you chose is the perfect choice....it is so pretty!

Charla said...

You are quite the talented lady! The apron is perfect!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness! How adorable! Love it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Colleen said...

Super cute apron. I think the neck strap is what made it for me. Love the reuse of the overall fastener (don't know what that is called).

Crochet Hooks said...

Awesome upcycle! love the way you used the overall pieces to refashion into the apron. The material you used (scraps!) looks great too! I am thinking a grown up one might be nice too! I think I have an adult overall here to upcycle already! Thanks for linking to the creative craft challenge!

Sylvia said...

Very nice! I think the buckle goes good with it!

Linda Nelson said...

That is absolutely darling. Fantastic idea.

trishie said...

What a clever project! I love this frilly 'girly' apron. Can't wait to see the more masculine version

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

How CUTE is that apron!? I love it and would like to feature this post at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Karen @ karensuponthehill said...

Just adorable! It would make such a sweet little gift for a special little girl!
Thanks so much for sharing :)

Jann Olson said...

I love jeans aprons! My cousin gave me one she made for my birthday a couple years ago. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Super cute!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my goodness, this is a great idea, I truly love it! I have old jeans I can just do this with a pretty fabric like yours.
Thanks for sharing lovely lady.
Happy and blessed Easter.
FABBY