Being that we enjoy our hobby farm so much, I have slowly been trying to make our home a little more country with decorations and the things that we bring into the house. I have also been doing a lot more home cooked meals since I have been home over the past year after working full time and many crazy hours. With the extra cooking, came the problem of I really needed an apron. I had one that just tied at the waist and I had one that was a fuller apron, but it had snowmen on it and my daughter said that I really needed to get a new one.
I went searching for patterns for one and although I do not sew a lot, I thought that I might try one if I could find I that I thought that I would like. Well, I seen several neat ideas using a pair of old blue jeans and I really liked aspects of both of them so I decided that I would just combine the two of them and attempt to make my own. Here is the pattern that I am going to attempt.
Blue Jean Bib Apron
1 pair of jeans
Red fabric paint
Navy Blue bias tape, ½ inch wide and 7/8 inch wide
Cut the top back of a pair of blue jeans about 1″ below the pockets. Cut away the side seams. In order to remove the fullness at the crotch seam so the bib can lie flat, open the flat seam and allow the two sides to overlap until they lay flat on the work surface and the piece on top curves over the bottom piece. Topstitch over the curved seam to secure it.
To make the bottom, cut 22 inches off of the upper thigh of the jeans and open each leg at the seam. Place the legs together- right side facing- and sew together at the center of the front with the flat seam. After sewing the sides together, sew the bib to this bottom and press the seam flat towards the top. Topstitch over the seam to secure it.
Cut curves at the waist that are about 2 inches deep and 4 inches wide and round the lower side corners of the apron. Cut the back pockets off of the jeans and sew onto the front of the apron using a topstitch.
Sew ½ inch bias tape to the bottom of the apron and turn tape back and press. Secure with a top stitch.
Cut two pieces of 7/8 inch bias tape to fit the apron from the top to the sides plus 1extra inch. Open the edges of the bias tape and turn under and cut ends ¼ inch. Press and turn another ¼ inch down and press again. Stitch to the hem at the ends of each piece. Sew 7/8 inch bias tape to the edges of the apron bib and waist curves. Turn the tape back and press. Top stitch the bias tape to the back to form a casing for the cord.
Thread the cording from one apron waist side to the neck and then thread down the other casing from the neck to the sides and tie knots in the end of the cording.
Get out the ingredients for your favorite recipe and enjoy your new apron and the goodies that you are willing to bake. Cook a family meal and expect the entire family to sit down to eat at the same time.