They are really easy to make especially if you can use one of the hemmed edges of drop cloth.
Here's what you'll need to make DIY Tool Aprons:
- Drop Cloth
- Sewing Machine
- Twine, hemp rope or some kind of string/yarn
Step 1: Lay out your drop cloth on the floor.
Step 2: Cut out rectangles in the size you desire -- mine range from 12"W x 8"H for the smallest (2 year olds) to 16" W x 8" H for the large size (4 year old +). If you can, have one of the long ends of the rectangle, be a hemmed edge.
Step 4: Fold the bottom of the rectangle up about 2/3rds of the way to the top. This will form the pockets.
Step 5: Fold the top edge of the pockets under about an inch so you hide the raw edge and avoid unraveling. Iron it flat, if you desire or do like me and just skip to step 6.
Step 6: If you are making a smaller apron visually divide your rectangle into thirds (for larger aprons divide into quarters). About 1/3 of the way across, sew a straight stitch from the pocket fold down to the bottom of the apron. Before you start sewing, be sure the folded edge (from step 5) stays turned under. Move over to the 2/3rds point and repeat. Now you've created a middle pocket.
Step 7: Using a zig zag stitch sew along the two open sides of the apron. Sew from corner to corner - this time, do not stop at the pocket fold. You want to sew completely along the edge for two reasons: to close the side pockets and to keep the edges from fraying. If you do not have a hemmed at the the top (as you can see, I do in this picture), you'll need to zig zag stitch across the top as well. Of you want it to be really neat, fold the raw edge under to the back and sew straight across.
You can stop here knowing the birthday boy and his guests will absolutely LOVE their Home Depot-like tool aprons... (Note: It's probably not a good idea to put kitchen scissors in the aprons when handing them over to 2 year olds....haha. Oh the things we do for props.)
OR...you can do one final detail to personalize the kids tool aprons. If you'd like to add the personalized ink to fabric transfer using wax paper and a standard printer, click here for the DIY tutorial.
As always, thanks for stopping by 2IY.
Posted by Melissa