This is a homemade apron. I didn't like any of the designs in the stores, so I created this one with patterns I did like. It's easy to make and you can reuse a pair of old pajamas or just a soft t-shirt and pants. Make sure that the t-shirt and pants are the size that the person who's apron it is for. Please note that this craft doesn't just have to be for kids. This craft takes about 1-2 hours, depending on how fast of a sewer you are. These are a lot of directions, but believe me, it's actually not that difficult. You can also examine the picture and make stuff up as you go along.STEPS TO CREATE THIS APRON:
1. Find a soft t-shirt and pants. Try to find pants with a decorative pattern and solid colored shirt. Old pajamas are perfect for this project. Also, v-neck t's are perfect.
2. Cut up the shirt from one of the sides, until you reach the sleeve hole. Then cut up even farther until you reach the neck part of the shirt. There should be a rind type thing, where the cloth is thicker. DO NOT CUT THAT PART! Keep it as one piece, because you'll find that at the end you won't have to make a neck strap. Do the same thing to the other side of the shirt, making sure you don't cut the neck rind.
3. Cut along the neck rind so you get a neck strap. It should look like a bandeau top. Now you should have
two separate pieces. Don't throw away any scraps, because you'll need them to decorate later. Get the piece with the neck strap and lay it out on the floor/table. Smooth it down and flatten it.
4. Get the other piece and cut it straight across, so the entire piece is a rectangle. Lay that piece on top of the the neck strap piece. Let them overlap by 5-6 inches.
5. Sew the two pieces together on the bottom part in which they overlap. We are overlapping and sewing at the bottom, because these are going to become pockets.
If your stick your hand in the little pocket, you should find that your hand cannot go out the other end.
6. Sew lines through the apron above the sewed line you just sewed. Make these lines vertical. These lines are to make smaller pockets, for pens, napkins, forks, spoons, etc.
7. Get the pants and cut off the pant cuffs. They should be double layered, making them extra thick. Sew this piece at the very bottom for a decorative touch. You can also decorate with ribbon and lace.
8. Use the pants again to cut out right triangles to make the apron wider. You can look at the picture to help. Just find the right triangles. Sew those on.
9. Make ties to go around to pull the apron back. Cut 2 long 1 inch wide pieces of fabric. Use scissors and POKE a hole through the apron below the chest and above the stomach. Stick one end of the piece of fabric through and knot it. Do the same to the other side using the other piece of fabric.
10. Put the apron on the person who will be using it. If the neck strap is too long, simply sew it and make it smaller. This apron should fit rather well, because after all, it is made from the user's own clothes.
11. Decorate further if wanted. You can sew in your name or something like that.
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