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How to Make an Apron out of Old Jeans

by on Jun 23, 2008

Threadbanger has been flooded with questions of what to do with old jeans, here is one concoction that won’t leave you messy in the kitchen!  On this episode of Decor it Yourself, Meg shows us how to make an
apron out of an old pair of jeans. For more information and details, check out the video!  For more ideas and tutorials like this, subscribe to Threadheads on iTunes!!


Old Jeans
Sewing Machine/Hand Sewing Supplies
Scrap pieces of fabric

1. Lay the jeans on a flat surface and cut a straight line from the crotch to one leg.


A woman knelt down on the floor cutting the legs off a pair of jeans.

2. Cut along the side seam and open the leg up. You now have your piece to work with.

A person in black is sitting on the floor to work on material.

Hold the jean piece up to yourself to set what length you would like
it. Cut off the excess from the top, leaving about 1 inch extra.

" A woman  checks and tries to match an Apron out of old jeans "


Blue denim fabric being cut with orange scissors on top of other fabric.

4. Pin a 1/2 inch seam around the 2 sides of your fabric.

5. Pick out a fun color of thread and sew 2 topstitches around the edges just pinned.

Blue denim material is spread out of the area.

For the top seam, allow for a 1-2 inch gap for the apron ties. Sew it
down to form a casing that you will thread the tie through later.

A girl holding a pair of old jeans


"Old Jeans is ready to get converted into an Apron"

Now we add pockets! Just cut out the size you want, and put right sides
together. We used the denim and a bright orange fabric. Pin a half inch
around the edges, and sew 3 sides together

A girl at a sewing machine holding up a piece of jean cloth.

Turn the pocket right side out, and fold the top to the inside to get a
clean edge. Pin and sew these edges down. Repeat for as many pockets
that you’d like.

Person sitting behind a white sewing machine and holding up a square of orange fabric.


An orange woven piece of fabric makes up one side of a sewn object, and there are two of these.

9. Pin the pockets in place, and sew along the sides and bottom.

Someone is sewing an orange square of fabric to a grey piece of fabric.


Let’s add an applique! We made bacon and eggs out of leftover felt and
fabrics. Cut out your design. Place the applique onto your apron, pin
it down, and sew it down with a topstitch around each shape.


Fried eggs and bacon have been made out of felt.

11. Take a piece of twine and cut it long enough to tie around your waist.

A girl is pulling the shirt she is wearing tight with a pair of strings.

Place a pin on the end of the twine and thread it through the top
casing of your apron. Once it is pulled all the way through, tie bigger
knots on each side so the twine won’t slip through.

13. To
secure the ties a bit more, stitch the holes closed leaving a little
space for the twine (don’t sew the twine down!). Tie it around your
waist and you are ready to get dirty in the kitchen!

Kneeting old Jeans



A woman in a denim skirt in the middle of the living room.

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