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« on: February 07, 2014 02:27:21 PM »

One of my very first sewing projects was an apron refashioned from a pair of jeans inspired by this tutorial.  Of course, I had no idea what I was doing, didn't finish my seams properly, and it eventually fell apart.  That was a few years ago and I've come a long way.  Aprons are now among my favorite things to sew.  I have quite a collection of pretty, frilly aprons I made, but I needed something more rugged for heavy work, like scrubbing tile and gardening.  When this challenge came around, I had the perfect opportunity to revisit an old project.



The main body of the apron is made from an old pair of my husband's jeans that have been in the top of our closet for years.  The trim, straps, pocket, and cherry appliqué is made from a red fabric with white polka dots that was given to me by a friend from a project she had done.  I really wanted to get the polka dots in there.  Cherries and polka dots reminds me of 1940's photos, but I can't quite put my finger on why.

I cut off the leg, and cut it open along the back (as opposed to along a seam), and adjusted it to a basic apron shape.

The before:


The basic shape with a rough placement of where I want to put the pocket and cherry appliqué:


I placed the binding and straps, then the pocket and appliqué.

Pocket:


Appliqué:


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I really didn't love this project the first time I did it years ago, but this time around I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014 04:57:34 PM »

It's a very sweet apron. I love the boldness of the cherry motif. You also inspire me to get my own denim apron out of the heap of unfinished items….
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014 05:03:14 PM »

Very wonderful repurpose project. I also work with old jeans for lots of projects.
I like your polka dots. And the cherries. Very retro.
And I like how you split the jeans and left the flat felled seams to define the shape of it. I am glad you kept trying and had a better go around this time. It looks very pretty. And I am sure it will be useful, too. Now, would you come scrub my tile? I will make you another apron Grin Just kidding. I think you did wonderful. I love red with denim.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014 09:16:42 AM »

This is a great project! I like the complimentary trim & that you made it of durable denim! It's both pretty & functional.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014 11:22:35 AM »

Cool project!
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