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Upcycled Denim Apron – DIY Gift

Learn how to make an apron from old jeans – it is no secret I love reusing denim, it is such a versatile hardwearing fabric, perfect for a protective apron. This apron is great project for your old jeans.

Today I’m going to share with you a quick gift – whip up an apron in less than an hour. Pair the apron with DIY tools or cooking accessories and there you have it one thrifty homemade gift:)


If you love upcycled aprons I have an alternative denim half apron pattern, or alternatively an upcycled t towel apron tutorial, or even a crisp packet apron! Most importantly I have a free self-draft full apron pattern also from jeans.

Are looking for ideas for what to do with your old jeans? Check out my 25+ craft ideas for old jeans

How to make a denim apron

You will need:-

  • Wide-legged jeans
  • Complimentary fabric for pocket
  • Bias binding
  • Webbing for straps


5yr old-

Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece

58cm along the bottom
58cm high
18cm along the top
38cm along the sides

9 yr old –

Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece


60cm along bottom
65 cm high
19cm  along the top
38cm for side


Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece

62cm along bottom
89cm high
21cm along top
61cm along sides


To Make:

Start by cutting along the inside seam of the trouser leg, cut off the leg near the pocket.


Lay out your denim. Let’s check to see if it lies flat – as you can see mone does not. Alter the trouser leg seam so the fabric lays flat, I have folded the fabric right sides together and continued the seam so it is straight.


Cut out your apron – if you find it easier make a paper template with measurements.


Fold over twice the top of the pocket and press.


Stitch in place. Fold in once the side and base of the pocket. Pin centrally onto the apron.


Stitch around the pocket twice, encasing the raw folded edge between the two lines of stitching.


Fold and press your bias binding. Pin the side straps and the neck strap in place. Work your way around the apron pinning the bias binding in place to finish the raw edge of the apron.


Stitch round, when you reach the strapping fold over so it lies in the right direction for use.


Hurray – you are done:) One quick and easy DIY denim gift:)


If you would love to see more Apron ideas why not visit All Free Sewing for some great free tutorials.



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Monday 14th of November 2016

Great idea for a link-up! I linked up an older post that would make a great gift. Thanks!


Saturday 5th of November 2016

I've been into denim upcycle a lot lately and this just joined my list of stuff to try.

Pam @Threading My Way

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

Looks great with the red striped pocket, Vicky. A great gift!


Thursday 3rd of November 2016

Love it Vicky!! Would be an awesome gift!!

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