Recycling Efforts

In my last post, I mentioned some treasures found in our new guest cabin.  What I didn’t mention were the TONS of blue jeans left behind!  Why?  No clue.  But, my beady little eyes lit up and my tiny brain starting whirling with ideas about jean aprons.

After a busy summer and some Pinterest research about possibilities for using my treasures (plus running them all through the washer, of course) – I came up with a few variations that are kind of fun.  Putting my own little twist on some fun ideas I found, here’s what I came up with.

First is my “Egg Wrangler” apron, which combines the strength of a blue jean butt with no less that 12 pockets for gathering eggs!

Urban chicken farming seems to be the new favorite hipster hobby – and, of course, it’s always been a standard for farmers and country folk who value fresh eggs.  These aprons use the rear of the jeans, with the denim pockets removed and double strength cotton pleated pockets added.  A fabric tie run through the existing belt loops and that’s it!!!

Next, I tweaked one of my most popular aprons – the utility.  Teachers, vendors, gardeners, waitresses – they all LOVE this handy short style with plenty of pockets, so this one also uses the rear – plus part of the front as well.  I had room to add a third pocket in between the two existing denim pockets so, with the narrow side pockets (which used to be the front), the apron now has 5 pockets – all double stitched, all denim strong.  I found that binding the edges worked best.  Sewing through multiple layers of denim on my little sewing machine is a bit of a challenge.  Besides, it gives it a nice, finished look.  Again, I made a fabric tie, but then realized I needed 2 more belt loops so it didn’t sag.  I got out my trusty seam ripper (never far from my heart or my hands) and found a couple on a piece of jeans I wasn’t using.  So, that finished that one.

Last (at least for now), I used one of the jean fronts, which were building up in the scrap pile since I’d been using all backs.  By holding the front pocket linings out of the way, I was able to take 2 recycled back pockets and sew them on the front.  That way, both the existing front pockets AND the attached back pockets were usable – it even had the coin/key pocket!  I edged it in binding and this time added a little eyelet lace – who doesn’t like a little added femininity?

Again, I needed more loops and I was out, so I had to make my own.  I could’ve just sewed the belt to the waistband, I guess, but I like the idea of being able to remove or change out the belt if you want to.  #3 design finished!

*If you’d rather just buy one instead of trying this yourself, visit my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusiesTieOneOnAprons?

Good to the Last Scrap

When I love a fabric, I love it to the last scrap! I just can’t stand to throw away anything (which does present some storage problems, but anyhoo . . .)!
A while back, I started utilizing some of the smaller pieces in utility aprons 987-Rooster Waitress Apron on Red Dot SOLD– pieces that were not big enough for a full apron, or even a half apron in most patterns. That worked great, EXCEPT that some of the pieces were vertical patterns and weren’t useable on a horizontal apron. Hmmmmmm
I don’t know where it came from but, about a year ago, I dreamed up a “petal” apron using those vertical strips. (see the banner on my blog). I’d seen things like it in the vintage shops and on Pinterest, I suppose, so I figured I could wing it on the pattern.
Voila! Those petals started turning themselves into (I think) adorable little retro-looking half aprons. Combining the different prints and colors was fun. I had a new style that was unique PLUS I was using up even more of those favorite fabrics!

Latest in the lineup is a Valentine apron I’ve got listed in my ETSY shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/173948026/adult-valentine-half-apron-heart-apron?ref=shop_home_active