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Monday, May 11, 2009

Recycling an Old Vest Fabric Panel and An Old Pair of Jeans for a New Apron

I had such fun making my first apron from the leg of an old pair of jeans and some leftover fabric that I just had to try another one. I don't have a very large fabric stash to choose from, but I do have quite a few fabric panels that were meant to be made into vests. I purchased them for practically nothing years ago when they were just going out of style and have pondered what to do with them ever since.

Take a look and see how I re purposed a vest fabric panel and recycled an old pair of jeans...

Recycled Jeans and an old vest fabric panel make a great apronYou can't see it too well in this picture, but the bottom edge of the apron has a nice curve to it which you will see below. I just love the colors and design of this fabric and I think it makes such a cheerful apron.

I am trying out a new tutorial method here. Instead of having lots of photos with explanations in between, I put them all into a little slide show for a change. I'm not sure what I think about it, so I'd be interested in hearing your feedback on this form of show and tell. If it goes too fast for you to read the words and look at the pictures, just click the pause button for each frame and then click again to continue playing.


Please keep in mind that the point of showing how I used the vest panel to make an apron is not to say that you have to go out and find this exact panel. I just wanted to show how I used what I had on hand in a way that I found to be attractive. You can do the same sort of thing with whatever you have that could be used as trim, pockets or decoration. Perhaps you have an old bed sheet that you don't use anymore or an old skirt or shirt or tablecloth. Think about taking what you already have but don't use anymore and making it into something new and useful.

I found an old pair of black jeans in my collection and a fabric remnant that has ladybugs on it which I am in the process of turning into another apron. The possibilities are endless, and it makes me feel so good to be making useful things from something that is no longer usable for its original purpose. I'll be showing the ladybug apron to you when it's finished.

Happy Stitching!

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  • Wow!! another great idea!!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At May 11, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

  • A great way to do a tutorial, you Clever Girl!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

    By Blogger Lurline, At May 11, 2009 at 8:07 PM  

  • WOW!!! I don't sew at all, so , i am finding your blog very intiguing! I love love this apron!!!

    By Blogger ~RED~, At December 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

  • I can't get the video tutorial to load, which is a reference on how to cut fabric for the art smock. I'm left frustrated.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 31, 2015 at 9:22 PM  

  • So sorry, Anonymous, that you can't get the video to load. I tried it just now and it worked fine for me on my desktop computer. You might try using a different device, preferably a desktop instead of a mobile device and see if that works.

    Also sorry I could not respond directly to you, but you left no contact information!

    Hope this helps,

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At August 31, 2015 at 10:43 PM  

  • I'm back again. I tried it on my laptop and it didn't work there either. I originally tried on my android. I think I got the gist of how to cut the paint legs, but I'm trying to figure out the measurements of the sleeves on your art smock. Can you help with that?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 2, 2015 at 3:13 AM  

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