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Let's Dish Denim Apron

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.


Whip up a durable apron out of a pair of old denim with this helpful tutorial. Reusing the existing pockets adds a handy place to store your tools; a patterned fabric belt wound through the belt loops adds a charming touch.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- Jeans
- 5/8 yard cotton (such as good-quality quilter's cotton) for back
- 1/8 yard print canvas for belt
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold's KK100)
- Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil for marking
- 1 1/3 yards extra-wide double-fold bias tape for shoulder straps
- 3 yards double-fold bias tape quilt binding for top edge and waist straps
- Decorative metal ring for belt buckle (2" diameter is suggested)
- Seam ripper
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing

The designs used in this project include D6080, Chef Rooster and D6078, Chef Hen.


Finished Size:

About 18 1/2" x 26" (width is measured at bottom edge)

This project was featured in the following:
All About Denim Lookbook


Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

The bodice of this apron has a pocket, and the first step is to embroider it.

Use a seam ripper to remove one of the back pockets from the jeans.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Lay the pocket flat with the right side facing up. Position the printed template inside.

Center the template. Use an air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil to mark the center point of the design on the fabric, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

These marks are used to hoop the fabric straight.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than your hoop.

Spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive. 

Smooth the pocket on top of the stabilizer. Draw to extend the axis lines on the stabilizer.


Hoop the stabilizer, and as much of the pocket as you can, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

You may find that not all of the pocket can be hooped. The temporary spray adhesive will help hold the pocket in place while embroidering.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design. A size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle is a good choice when embroidering on denim.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Set the pocket aside.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Next, cut the legs of the jeans, about 1" below the inseam.

Part of one leg will be used to make the apron's bib later.

Trim off the backside of the jeans, cutting 1" out from each of the side seams. This leaves 1" of fabric extending from each side.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Fold the pockets out of the way and pin in place so they will not be sewn over.

Print a template of the design that you'll embroider in this area. Position it on the jeans.

In this example, the design is positioned in the bottom right hand corner, about 2" from the bottom and right side edges of the fabric.

Mark the center point on the fabric, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Hoop the denim with one piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Embroider the design. After embroidering, cut the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Trim away the excess fabric just under the rolled seam. This helps to lay the fabric flat.

Lay the seam flat.

Pin in place, and sew along the existing outer seam.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Lay one of the pant legs flat with the thigh end (wider end) towards you. This end will be the bottom edge of the top section.

Measure and mark up about 18" along each side starting at the bottom.

Draw a line across the leg and trim the leg at this line.

Cut the leg open along the inner rolled seam.

Lay the fabric flat and trim off the rolled seam.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Using a straight edge, even out the top and bottom edges.

Fold the fabric in half with the side edges aligned.

Measure and mark out 5" along the top edge, starting at the folded edge of the fabric.

Measure and mark out 9" along the bottom edge, starting at the folded edge of the fabric.

Trim the fabric along the outer raw edges (through both layers of fabric) from the bottom mark to the top mark to even out the sides of the shape.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Lay the fabric flat with the right side facing up.

Position the embroidered pocket on top with the top edge of the pocket about 3 1/2" from the top edge of the fabric.

Pin in place and sew along the original seam paths of the pocket.

The bottom edge of the fabric may not lay quite flat enough. If this is the case, fold the fabric at the center seam, pin in place, and sew a 1/8" seam along the folded edge.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Align the top edge of the bottom section with the bottom edge of the top section, overlapping about 1" at the center.

Pin in place and trim the fabric along the outer edges of the bottom section to match the side edges of the top section.

Sew a seam along the existing top seam of the bottom section (starting and stopping around the button).

Trim the excess fabric of the
top section along the backside leaving about 1/2" excess remaining.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

To prepare the decorative belt, cut a piece of print cotton fabric to 4" x 19".

Fold the long edges over 1/2" to the wrong side and press with an iron.

Fold the long folded edges together and press.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the long edges only.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Thread the belt through the decorative metal ring and center it end to end.

Use a needle and thread to sew the metal ring in place.

Insert the belt through the loops, and pin in place.

Sew it in place at each end and about 1" out from both sides of the buckle.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

To prepare the back, lay the back fabric flat with the right side facing up.

Lay the assembled front piece on top, right sides together.

Pin in place and cut around the shape of the front piece.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

To prepare the waist straps, cut two 45" lengths of the bias tape quilt binding.

Fold one end in to the inside about 1/2" and press.

Sew an 1/8" seam along the long open edge of both pieces.

Insert the straps in between the front and back fabric at the belt with the raw ends of the straps extending out past the outer edge of the fabric about 1/2".

Pin in place.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges only (leave the top edge open for turning).

Turn the apron right side out and press the seams.

Cut an 11" long piece of the quilt binding and turn the ends in 1/2" and press.

Wrap the binding around the top edge of the apron and pin in place.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

To prepare the neck straps, cut two 24" lengths of bias tape.

Fold in the ends and sew a 1/8" seam along the long open edges as you did for the waist straps.

Tuck the raw ends of the straps under the quilt binding at the top edge of the backside of the apron at each corner.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the inner edge of the quilt binding.

Free project instructions to create a let's dish denim apron.

Stylish and sturdy, this denim apron is ready to whip up something sweet in your kitchen. Or, give to the foodie in your life for an extra-tasty treat.

Let's Dish Denim Apron



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Products used in this Project:

A Made to Order Design Pack $10.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.87" x 6.87" | 3.87" x 3.87"