I don’t do a lot of sewing, but I was raised in a home where my mom made sure I knew how to do it. I used patterns, sewing machines, and learned to hand stitch too.
As an artist, I have specific clothes I work in and they are crusted in paint. Trouble is, I may just want to dive into the studio and bang something out at any time, not only when I’m conveniently wearing appropriate work clothes… I need aprons. My best friend is slimming down and gave me his old jeans and t-shirts to repurpose as studio rags. I knew I could do more with the fabric, and so I present to you:
How to make a simple denim apron from old jeans.
No pattern, minimal sewing. These are quick, easy, and you’ll have two complete studio aprons from the legs of one pair of jeans.
Step 1: cut off the legs and split them by cutting out the inner leg seam. You’ll use the scrap as the neck straps.
Step 2: lay the split leg flat and now the ankle edge is the top of your apron. Using a pencil and a straightedge, draw two angled lines (I’m using my prototype apron in the photo as a guide) for cutting. The leftover material will be your waist ties.
Step 3 and 4: iron the bottom edge up and sew. Fold and iron each side and sew.
Step 5: look at photo 2 and sew your scraps on as neck straps and for around the waist.
You have an apron.
You’ll have leftover shorts out of the jeans…
Bonus project: Make a sketch kit bag or handbag! Pete’s old jeans are big, so I was able to cut the shorts down to make a perfect purse size shoulder bag. I even sewed a fabric insert to the inside of the fly to make a secure pocket for my phone or wallet. It’s pretty good for a first effort and was fun to make. Snaps have been added to keep the bag closed.
As for the recycled jeans aprons, I kept them simple- no pockets, no frills, no ugly girly trim. My aprons are built well but ultimately are made to be trashed with paint in my studio. No waste, recycled, and only cost a few minutes of my time. Mom would be proud.