Friday, April 12, 2013

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial from Recycled Jeans



I am so glad you are here!

You're here to learn how to make a cute apron from recycled jeans, right?

I made it as a gift for my stepmom's birthday a few years ago. Not only did she love it - but thousands of Pinterest and Facebook users loved it, too! 

This apron pattern has taken off like wild fire. I can't wait to teach you how to make it! If you consider yourself at least an "adventurous beginner" with a sewing machine and can follow instructions, you can make this apron!

If you have any questions or need clarification on any of the steps, leave me a comment and I will get back to you!


Want to see more versions of this apron? Be sure to read all the way to end where I show you five different ways I have made this same apron pattern - including two for kids! You can really personalize this apron to fit your personality or the personality of the person you are giving it to.

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47 comments:

  1. The apron is adorable!! It is too cute!! Love it!!

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  2. Am excited about making your jean apron. We all have jeans in our closet that are in need of recycling. What a great idea!

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  3. A fabulous refashion and a great way to reuse pre-loved jeans. Such a comprehensive tutorial. I would love for you to share this at our Ongoing link party that's just for Refashioning with Denim

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  4. This is a wonderful apron for summer!

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  5. This is a wonderful apron for summer!

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  6. Love this! My kids just outgrew some jeans, so I will give this a try!

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  7. love your idea! I am about to make some right now! :D

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  8. Something fun to help my niece learn to sew.

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  9. Love it!!!! I want to rush out and buy old jeans and make an apron NOW!!
    Presumably, you could also use the back (with both pockets still attached) to make a second apron - perhaps more masculine looking for DIY jobs??

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    1. I made a more masculine boy version off the apron here:http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/11/farm-kid-aprons-from-recycled-jeans.html

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  10. Do you have a picture of the back? I'm wondering how finished it looks? VERY cute too!

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    1. I don't have a picture of the back. How finished it looks will depend on the skills of the seamstress. You can always add bias tape to cover raw seams if they bother you

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  11. I think this is one of the cutest projects I have ever seen!! Would you ever consider doing a Youtube video on making one? I'm somewhat stunned when it comes to reading patterns, lol Thanks so much for showing this, I love it!!! Wendy

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Due to how long making YouTube videos takes, I probably won't. I hope the pictures I show of the process help you, though. Maybe you have a friend who wants to make one with you and you can help each other?

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  12. So cute, I'm going to make one, thanks for posting it! I was wondering why you didn't use a seam ripper to remove the pocket. It would be SOOO much easier. I had to use those little embroidery scissors the other day to remove a seam, because I couldn't find my seam ripper. I almost went crazy. I went out and bought two more seam rippers the first chance I got, LOL.

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  13. My hubby found this for me and just in time too! He has jeans that he doesn't want and I was already planning on making an apron out of them. This saves me the trouble of figuring it out myself! Thanks

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  14. This is so cute & I really want to make this but step 4 is confusing me. Do u mind elaborating? I'm visual and just not picking up what you're throwing down in that step. Thank u!! :)

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    1. In step 4 you make the ruffle. You have cut 2 pieces of fabric and you will sew them together to make a really long strip. Then you find it in half - so that it is still really long but now there will be a folded edge on the bottom and two raw edges on the top.

      Does that help?

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  15. I love this apron. I've already made 3, 2 kid sizes, which i just subtracted fabric. I know you posted about being able to sell them at farmers markets and craft fairs, are they allowed to be sold at a local mom n pop store?

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    1. I'm so glad you love my pattern. Feel free to sell them at local mom and pop stores. I maintain exclusive rights for online sales, though.

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  16. I made an apron that kooks much like yours (including the ruffle) when I was just a teenager. That was way back in the early 70s, when I was making quilts and adding ruffles to them!

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  17. Uncanny, I made an apron much the same (including the ruffle) when I was a teenager, back in the early 70s. That was at a time I was putting ruffles on my home made quilts as well!

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  18. I've made these since the late 60s, early 70s, only I used premade ruffle to sew around the apron and used a piece of ruffle for the neck strap (when I put a bib) and for the waist ties. My Sewing teacher showed us this in class in 1967.

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  19. what a lovely idea to recycle old jeans! i am going to make one, love your site! thank you very much!!!

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  20. Es una excelente idea, gracias por compartirla

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  21. My sister made me one of these, and I love it - with one exception. So here's a note for anyone making this in the future - the seam down the middle of the top will tend to fold when you wear it and stick out in front. It tends to get in the way if you're moving around a lot. Two ways to fix this - make it narrower toward the top (taper), or instead of tying the neck ties together at the back of your neck, make them longer, and attach them straight back and down to the waist ties (like overalls) so they pull straight back instead of inward toward your neck.

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  22. I am going to make all my grand daughters aprons from my Daddy's jeans and trim with his old shirts So grateful for the idea and the great directions.

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  23. Made 3 for Christmas gifts..thanks for great tutorial!

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  24. I love these and can't wait to try my hand at making them!! I do have a question though, do you us a special gauge of needle to sew with the jean fabric? I have never attempted to sew anything this thick before. Thanks!

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    1. That's a great question! Yes, I would use a heavier gauge needle. Your local fabric or sewing shop should be able to help you choose the right one based on the thickness of your denim and your machine.

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  25. I am going to make one for me and my sister out of our late father's bibs and old shirts. Thank you for the idea.

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    1. What a wonderful way to feel close to your dad.

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  26. Cute! It will go with the tote bags I make.

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing this idea! I loved it so much I made a video tutorial! http://youtu.be/PyXmpq9o4BM

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    1. Thanks for the link, Heather. I would really love it if you could you please credit Creative Green Living in your video description along with linking to my tutorial.

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    2. Thanks for the link, Heather. I would really love it if you could you please credit Creative Green Living in your video description along with linking to my tutorial.

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  28. Thank you for the tutorial! I love the finished result!
    http://bonnieblogyou.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-pinterest-apron-project.html

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  29. I have to say this is one of the first Jean aprons that I really like and want to try and make!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. Do you know anyone that makes these that I could purchase one?

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    1. I know a seamstress who can make these. If you email me at carissa@creativegreenliving.com telling me the size, color, etc that you are looking for, I will put you in touch.

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  31. Great idea thanks for sharing! This is a awesome apron for summer! thanks once again!!!

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