I recently upcycled a pair of old blue jeans into a child sized apron.
I don’t have a pattern, I just drew half an apron shape onto some paper I’d taped together, pinned it to my denim and cut from there.
- Cut the leg(s) off a pair of jeans.
- Cut off one back-pocket, or one back-pocket shaped piece of denim (the fabric under the pocket works well for that). Decide if you want to stencil your pocket. If not, use the actual pocket as a pocket. If you do want to stencil, use the plain, pocket-shaped fabric. (Or if your pocket has no decorative stitching, then you can just use it either way).
- Cut off one of the seams, opening up the leg into a flat piece of fabric. I chose the seam that didn’t have top stitching, because I wanted the original top-stitching to show on the finish apron. Depending on the size of your jeans and/or child, you may need to trim the fabric of the legs into rectangles, and stitch together on the long edges to make a wider piece of fabric. Because Eli is so small, I only needed on jeans leg to make a nice toddler apron.
- Fold fabric in half and pin pattern into place.
- Cut out apron.
- Cut 3 1-inch wide strips for the ties and neck strap. Again length depends on size of child, but cut the neck strap 5-6 inches longer than you need right now. We’re going to make this adjustable.
- Double stitch* a straight-stitch seam (with contrasting thread if desired) around entire apron, leaving about a 1/2 inch between your outer seam and the fabric (This leaves a rough edge as shown in the pics. If you don’t want a rough edge, sew a hem instead).
- Double straight stitch across top of pocket.
- Stitch pocket to apron, double straight stitch.
- Stitch around all edges of ties and neck strap.
- Stitch 4-5 button holes along one end of neck strap.
- Stitch waist ties to apron at bottom of the curves on sides.
- Stitch the neck strap to left top of apron (when looking a the front).
- Stitch a button to top right of apron.
- If desired, add a freezer paper stencil to pocket.
*By “double straight stitch,” I mean two rows of straight stitching. I run one row and then line the edge of my sewing machine foot up on the existing row and run another one right next to it.