These little waist aprons are so easy to make and so economical. A few years ago, I made longer aprons out of the pants legs, but couldn't stand wasting any of the leftover material. Thus the half apron was born. I think they're great for working in the yard. I have two hanging in my garage near the back door and use them for all kinds of things. Let me show you how I did it.
I went to my local thrift store and bought women's jeans in an average 8-10 size. I cut off both legs and used those for full length aprons. Then I took off the back seat of the pants, cutting up the side seams. I wanted the full waist band so I carefully cut that out, leaving it attached to the back of the pants.
Then I cut all the way around the waist band. I liked the way the belt loops looked so I cut around them to reattach later. I measured a piece of material to the width of the pants and as deep as I wanted my pocket. I gave the bottom edge of the material a finished look before attaching it to the V of the pants. Then I reattached the waist band to the top, sewing down the belt loops as I went as well. Finally I sewed up the sides of the pocket.
I opened up the ends of the waist band and tucked in finished ties of material before sewing it back shut. Lastly I finished of the front of the apron with binding and some pretty stitching.
You could easily pretty these up with some yo-yo's, small embellishments, buttons, etc. I use this one for keeping my clothespins in. When I don't have clothes on the line, they are tucked away in the pocket and the apron hangs near the door. I have a second one that I use when working in the yard, sometimes to keep the portable phone with me, other times to carry gardening tools.
I love them. And how much more frugal can you get? A pair of jeans at my local thrift store runs $1 and I got 2 full length aprons and a half apron out of it. Add some leftover material from my box and some matching binding and you've got a great gift. Perfect for crafters, gardeners, bakers, and chefs.
What will you craft up for the holidays?
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