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In-jean-ious Crafty Apron

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.


Turn an old pair of jeans into a crafty and creative denim apron! Perfect for holding your crafty supplies or kitchen tools, this stylish and practical apron is a fabulous project for any embroiderer.
 


Project Needs & Notes

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Old pair of jeans
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1/2 yard print cotton fabric (lightweight canvas) for back and top trim
- Medium weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking
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1 1/3 yards decorative trim, 3/8" wide
- 80" length of 1 1/2" wide grosgrain ribbon
- Heavy duty sewing thread (match thread color to original stitching on jeans)
- Seam ripper

Designs featured in this project are J8565, Make Do and Mend, and J8442, Sing Song Stitches 6.


Finished Size: 24" x 15" (may vary depending on the size of the jeans)
 

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Begin by cutting the legs off the jeans. Fold the jeans, front sides together, with the legs lined up.

Lie the jeans flat. Measure and mark 2" down along the back of the leg, beginning at the crotch.

Draw a horizontal line across the leg at that mark. This is where to cut the jeans.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Trim along the line, cutting through both legs.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Turn the jeans over so the front side is facing up.

Measure and mark 1/2" in from each side edge, making one mark near the top of the jeans and one near the bottom.

Draw a line connecting the marks.

Cut the jeans along the line, trimming away the side seams.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Next, separate the front of the jeans from the back. To do this, use a seam ripper to remove the seams at the crotch.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Next, prepare the pockets for the embroidery designs.

Use a seam ripper to remove the seams along one side of each pocket, and the bottoms.

Leave the seams along one side intact so the pockets are easy to reattach later on.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print templates of the designs from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.


Place the template for one design on the pocket. Mark the center point as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines. These marks will be used for hooping.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, and smooth the pocket on top.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, lining up the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point, and embroider the design.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

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

Repeat the above steps to embroider the second pocket.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

After embroidering both pockets, reattach them. To do this, pin the pockets back in place and use heavy-duty sewing thread to sew along the original seams.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

To flatten out the center bottom of the jeans, fold the raw edges in 1/2". Lay the fabric flat to one side or the other.

Pin in place. Use heavy-duty sewing thread to sew seams along the original seams about 3" up starting at the bottom.

Also, sew a 1/4" seam along the folded fabric edge.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Trim the excess fabric at the bottom edge.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

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

Place the jeans on top, right sides together. Pin in place.

Trim around the outer edges of the jeans along the side and bottom edges. Also, trim along the top edge of the jeans, leaving  1/2" excess of the back fabric above the top edge of the jeans.

Sew the two fabric pieces together. Use a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges only, starting and stopping 1/2" from the top edges. Leave the top edge open for turning.
Turn the fabric right side out and press the seams with an iron. Fold the top edge of the back fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Line up the folded edge of the back fabric with the top edge of the jeans. Pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the entire top edge, starting and stopping at each belt loop.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

To add the decorative trim, pin the trim in place along the side and bottom edges, just below the belt loops.

Sew a seam along the center of the trim.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

For the top trim and ribbon ties, cut a piece of 1 1/2" wide grosgrain ribbon to 80" long.

Measure the width of the top edge of the jeans and add 1"  for seam allowance. In this example, the width is 20 1/2", so I've added 1" to equal 21 1/2".

Cut a piece of the print fabric to the width measurement and 2 1/2" high.

Fold
the short ends of the fabric 1/2" into the wrong side and press. Fold the long side edges in 1/2" and press.

Measure and mark the center of the ribbon. Line up the center marks and pin in place.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

To add the top trim to the apron through the belt loops, pass the fabric trim through the loops. Center it side to side with the top edge of the jeans. Pin in place.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the top, bottom, and side edges of the fabric trim, starting and stopping at the belt loops.

Free project instructions to create an in-jean-ious apron.

Not only is this apron a thrifty choice, as it reuses an old pair of jeans, but it's stylish and trendy, too. Large pockets hold all your supplies, while bright embroidery and trim shows off your style.

In-jean-ious Crafty Apron



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