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Upcycled Denim Apron Tutorial

Updated on January 8, 2014
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Upcycled denim apron tutorial.  So cute and easy!
Upcycled denim apron tutorial. So cute and easy! | Source

I'm always looking for cute sewing projects for all of the old jeans that I have sitting around the house. For some reason the length of the jeans is never quite right on my husband, so the hems get ruined and I can't donate them.

I don't like throwing them away because it seems like such a waste.

So I try to come up with things to make. I've already made a cute denim throw pillow cover and now I've made this apron.

Aprons are always useful in my house. I use them while cooking and cleaning, and now that my daughter is old enough, she uses them too. That means I need more, and that is why I came up with this project.

I love that this apron has pockets in the front, and I think that the addition of the pink fabric really makes it shine. I included the fabric to brighten up the denim a little bit, and to add a whimsical touch. Luckily I'm a quilter so I have lots of fabric around to choose from.

This apron is easy and fun to make. With adult supervision, an older child could make one for themselves, or as a special gift for someone. I know that my mother would love to have something especially made for her by her granddaughter.

Below you'll find all of the instructions and photos that you'll need to make this project.

Just curious...

What do you do with your old jeans?

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Supplies you'll need

  • One pair of jeans - These were larger men's jeans
  • One yard of cotton fabric
  • Good scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Quilter's ruler
  • Strong rotary cutter
  • Strong sewing needles
  • Pins (you'll need a lot)

Measurements for cutting the jeans

Cut the jeans to the measurements indicated.
Cut the jeans to the measurements indicated. | Source

Upcycle the jeans

The measurements for the denim are in the photo above. The following instructions will show you how to disassemble the jeans. (As shown in the photos below. Click on the thumbnails to see each photo)

  1. Choose a used pair of jeans that is free of any noticeable tears or stains. (Photo 1)
  2. Cut off the legs just below the seam between the legs. (Photo 2)
  3. Cut out the front center seam and zipper. (Photo 3)
  4. Open up and lay out the jeans flat. (Photo 4)
  5. Using good scissors, cut off the front two panels of the jeans. Use the side seam as a guide. Before cutting, remember that you'll need 20 1/2" on top and 23 1/2" on the bottom, so you may need to keep part of the front of the jeans. Measure before you cut just to be sure. (Photo 5)
  6. Remove the belt loops. (Photo 6)
  7. Trim the denim to: Top waist = 20 1/2", Bottom hem 23 1/2", Sides will measure approximately 15 1/2". Before you cut, mark all 4 corners with a pen. These marks will serve as your cutting lines. Using your ruler, cut from mark to mark. (Photo 7)
  8. Fold under and pin down both sides, making a 1/4" finished edge. (Photo 8)
  9. Sew down the hem on both sides. (Photo 9)

Note: This apron fits a medium to extra large adult. To make it smaller, just adjust the length of the waist and hem accordingly.

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Choose a pair of jeans.Cut off the legs.Cut out the zipper.Lay the cut jeans out flat.Cut off the front of the jeans.Remove the belt loops.Mark the four corners and trim to size.Using a 1/4" seam, pin down each side for a finished look.Sew down the sides.
Choose a pair of jeans.
Choose a pair of jeans. | Source
Cut off the legs.
Cut off the legs. | Source
Cut out the zipper.
Cut out the zipper. | Source
Lay the cut jeans out flat.
Lay the cut jeans out flat. | Source
Cut off the front of the jeans.
Cut off the front of the jeans. | Source
Remove the belt loops.
Remove the belt loops. | Source
Mark the four corners and trim to size.
Mark the four corners and trim to size. | Source
Using a 1/4" seam, pin down each side for a finished look.
Using a 1/4" seam, pin down each side for a finished look. | Source
Sew down the sides.
Sew down the sides. | Source

Measurements for the sash

Sash measurements for this apron are shown in the photo.  The length can be adjusted as needed.
Sash measurements for this apron are shown in the photo. The length can be adjusted as needed. | Source

Suggested sash lengths for various waists

Waist
Sash Length
20" to 30"
60"
30" to 40"
65"
40" to 50"
70"
50" and larger
80"
These are only suggested lengths. I like long sashes that make nice big bows, but, some people don't. Use your own discretion when making your sash. If making the apron for a gift, make it on the longer side, just to be safe.

Making the sash for the apron

Making the sash is the most time consuming part of this project. Use the measurements noted in the photo above, or use the suggestions listed to the right. You can also follow the photo instructions provided below.

  1. Cut two strips, 5" by the width of the fabric. The standard width of fabric is about 42" from selvage to selvage. (Photo 1).
  2. With right sides facing each other, sew the two strips together on one of the short ends. This will give you a strip about 5" by 82". Trim to the desired length. (Photo 2)
  3. Hem the edges. Fold and press each end of the strip down approximately 1/4". Sew down to secure. (Photo 3)
  4. Fold and press the strip in half, lengthwise, right sides together. Sew down the entire length of the fabric using a 1/4" seam. This will form a long tube. (No photo available)
  5. Turn the sash inside out. This takes a while, and a lot of patience. I use my fingers and the eraser end of a pencil. Just keep working the fabric by pushing with the pencil and pulling at the top. Don't use anything sharp or the sash will tear. (Photo 4)
  6. Press the sash and attach to the top of the denim by pinning the center of the sash to the center of the top (waist side) of the denim. Match the raw edge of the denim to the seam of the sash and pin along the top. Sew the sash on using a 1/4" seam allowance. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end for security. (Photo 5)

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Cut the sash strips.Join the two strips together on one end.Hem both edges of the sash.Turn the sash inside out.Sew the sash on.
Cut the sash strips.
Cut the sash strips. | Source
Join the two strips together on one end.
Join the two strips together on one end. | Source
Hem both edges of the sash.
Hem both edges of the sash. | Source
Turn the sash inside out.
Turn the sash inside out. | Source
Sew the sash on.
Sew the sash on. | Source

Measurements for the ruffle

For the ruffle, cut a piece of fabric to the measurements noted.  This makes a subtle ruffle.  Cut the fabric longer and the ruffle will be fuller.
For the ruffle, cut a piece of fabric to the measurements noted. This makes a subtle ruffle. Cut the fabric longer and the ruffle will be fuller. | Source

Video showing how to pin a ruffle to fabric

Making the ruffle for the apron

You may not think so, but adding the ruffle is easy. Just get your pins ready. The measurements in the photo above are for a subtle ruffle. If you want a fuller ruffle, just add a few inches to the length of the fabric. If you'd like more information on how to pin a ruffle, see the video I made on the right.

  1. Cut a piece of fabric 10" by 27 1/2". (Photo 1)
  2. Hem both of the 10 inch sides by turning the fabric in about 1/4" and pressing. Then sew down. (Photo 2)
  3. Fold in half, wrong sides together, long edge to long edge. (No photo available)
  4. Lay the fabric on top of the denim, lining up the raw edges of the folded fabric and the raw edge of the bottom of the denim. The fabric will be longer, but that is ok. (No photo available)
  5. Start pinning the ruffle onto the bottom edge of the denim. Pin the center of the denim hem to the center of the fabric. Then pin the corners, matching up the corner of the fabric to the corner of the denim. Pin on both corners. (Photo 3)
  6. Find the center of the fabric on the smaller sections and pin. (Photo 4)
  7. Continue finding the centers of the sections and pin. (Photo 5)
  8. Pin like this along the entire edge until you are happy with how it looks. (Photo 6)
  9. Using a 1/4 seam allowance, sew along the edge, beginning and ending with backstitching. (Photo 7)

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Cut the fabric.Hem the short edges.Start pinning the fabric.Keep pinning, buy finding the center between the existing pins.Keep pinning.Pin all the way across, making sure the edges of the fabric and the denim are aligned.Sew the fabric to the denim to make this subtle ruffle.
Cut the fabric.
Cut the fabric. | Source
Hem the short edges.
Hem the short edges. | Source
Start pinning the fabric.
Start pinning the fabric. | Source
Keep pinning, buy finding the center between the existing pins.
Keep pinning, buy finding the center between the existing pins. | Source
Keep pinning.
Keep pinning. | Source
Pin all the way across, making sure the edges of the fabric and the denim are aligned.
Pin all the way across, making sure the edges of the fabric and the denim are aligned. | Source
Sew the fabric to the denim to make this subtle ruffle.
Sew the fabric to the denim to make this subtle ruffle. | Source
This apron, made out of recycled jeans, looks almost old-fashioned in this picture.
This apron, made out of recycled jeans, looks almost old-fashioned in this picture. | Source

Recycled jeans make a great apron

Anyone who cooks can use an apron, and most people don't go out and buy one for themselves. They usually have one in their kitchen drawer that has been washed one too many times or has lots of stains. Why not make someone, or yourself, a new one.

I've always liked to wear aprons. Not only are they functional, they look cute, especially this one. By making it with old jeans, you are also doing a small part to help the environment.

This apron only takes about an hour or two to make, and the results are awesome. Who wouldn't want an apron like this? Next time you have an old pair of jeans sitting around, why not try this project.

Ready to start cooking in a new apron!

Upcycle your old denim jeans to make this super cute apron.
Upcycle your old denim jeans to make this super cute apron. | Source

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    • purl3agony profile image

      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      This is such a great idea and I love the bright color accent of the additional fabric. I have a denim apron and I love it, but wish it had two pockets like your sample. Another great project! Voted up and pinned :)

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I still have to make the denim pillow and now I will have to add this project to my list, too. Great idea!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much purl3agony! The pockets really are handy and they come ready made. Thanks for commenting on the fabric. I was debating pink or red, but my daughter liked the pink better, so pink it became. I always appreciate all of your support. Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Deborah - Now you have a couple of projects to keep busy during these winter months. Have fun and thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever and very cute. I love your creativity my friend. Well done.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks Bill. I appreciate it. I always like making these kinds of projects and think I have definitely found my niche here at hubpages. Now on to the next project. Have a great day!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I love the apron. I would buy it in a heart beat!

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love this upcycle project. Voted up across the board and will share on my Decorate with found objects board on Pinterest. Well done.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Such a fun apron. Denim rules in my book and your up cycled apron is a great project. Neat hub with great photos will help anyone make their own apron from jeans.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a great idea and the Denim pockets are ideal to pocket big spoons etc. Well done and very creative. Voted up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks breakfastpop! I really should think about selling some of the things I make and it's nice to hear from people saying they would buy some of these things. Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for the support suzzycue. I appreciate it. Found items are awesome in my book. Glad you enjoyed the hub and Happy New Year.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Rtalloni - I love denim too. I live in it so I might as well reuse it if I can. Thanks for reading and commenting. This was a fun project and I'm glad you liked it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I like the pockets too ChitrangadaSharan. They give it that extra special look and they are handy for all sorts of things. Thanks for stopping by and your support.

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      Moon Daisy 3 years ago from London

      I'm not very crafty, but this is such a great idea!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have trouble throwing away jeans, so I know I have a couple I could use for these kinds of projects. I love the idea of upcycling, and this apron is a cute idea!

      Thanks for sharing this with us in such depth, and giving us so many photos, and so much information to make the project easier.

      Voted up, sharing and pinning. Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Moon Daisy. Have a great day!

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Super cute, fun project that would be great for a Girl Scout troop or slumber party activity.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love ANYTHING made out of old jeans. This is too cute! Shared and pinned.

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      Robin Edmondson 3 years ago from San Francisco

      What a fantastic tutorial! I love all of your images; they really show exactly how to make the apron so even a novice like myself could do it!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love it! Very nice result! I especially love your choice of bright colours to contrast with the rest.... and the pockets make it so neat to hold utensils. It's a great way to recycle old jeans!

      Thank you for sharing! Simply awesome, useful and beautiful!

      Happy New Year!

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      lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia

      Too cute. Love this. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this. This project may be next Christmas gifts.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Jeans are my favorite item to reuse in different ways and I love the way your apron turned out. The pink trim really does set off the denim beautifully. What a clever idea and your incredible instructions and photos were great.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Kathryn - Thank you so much for sharing, pinning and voting. I really appreciate it. Like you, I enjoy upcycling and have been trying to think of new projects to do. And jeans are so much fun to create things with! Have a great evening.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      How awesome! Just look at that photo - what a cool way to upcycle. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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      StricktlyDating 3 years ago from Australia

      That is one really cook idea! The apron will be so durable too!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your apron is super cute! Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So very cute! I love it and will make it! ^+

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      Chin chin 3 years ago from Philippines

      A really nice project. Now, I've got some idea so I don't have to throw out any old denim. Thanks.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Oh this is so cute! I'd never be without an apron and it must have pockets! This looks like a simple sewing project and a great way to upcycle old clothing. I have a pair of linen pants that do not fit and was wondering how I could make an apron out of them. Now I know, thank you very much! (shared and tweeted)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi SmartandFun - You are right, this would be a great idea for a girl scout group. Don't they earn sewing badges and things like that? They would love it. Thanks for the great suggestions and stopping by to read.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Rebecca - I love jeans projects too. I have a bunch of pairs sitting in my sewing room and my brain has been churning. Glad you liked this project! Hope you are well.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Robin! I really appreciate your comments. I figure the more info the easier a project will be for people.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks kidscrafts! I really appreciate all of your nice comments. I like that bright fabric too. Especially since where I live it has been gray and very cold for quite some time. Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi lcbenefield - I think anyone would love to get one of these as a Christmas gift. The nice thing is that they really don't take that long to make. Just save all those used pairs of jeans or pick some up at a thrift store. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I know the feeling of gray and very cold. In Ottawa we have had the same type of weather.... but I think today it's warming up and I can see some sun :-) Have a nice day!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I have a stash of aprons that I wear all the time. I love this tutorial. There are so many possibilities for these. This can even be made for a child. Great job!

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      Anan Celeste 3 years ago from California

      Love ,love it Love it!!!!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi cclitgirl! Nice to see you. Thanks so much and I'm glad you liked the hub and photo. I have been playing around with photos and effects so I'm glad you noticed. Also glad you liked the project. Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Stricktlydating - This should be very durable and useful. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much randomcreative. I seem to create a lot more in these cold winter months and this has been on my mind for a while. I'm glad you liked the project.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Jackie - You are always such a big supporter of my projects. Thanks so much and I'm happy you enjoyed this one. Hope you are well.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you Chin Chin - Definitely don't throw out your old jeans. There are so many things that can be done with them.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This would definitely work with linen Dolores. I think it would look really good too. It also would not be as heavy, not that this one is that heavy. I'm with you, pockets are a must on an apron. I'm always putting something in them when I'm wearing one. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi CraftytotheCore - I think these would be terrific for a child. They could choose the fabric, maybe something with a character on it, and help out in the kitchen. Maybe even make matching aprons. I appreciate your kind comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank yo so much ananceleste. Have a nice day.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a cute idea. I could especially see this used around messy things like BBQ. Definitely pinning this.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      This is such a cool idea! I'd love to try making one of these even though I don't sew.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      The denim apron is such a creative idea. Your instructions are easy to follow, and the pictures are a positive complement. Thank you, so much.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      This is super cute! My favorite pair of jeans is going to kick it soon and I don't have an apron right now. This is a very timely hub for me!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks FlourishAnyway. I could see something like this at a BBQ too. Paper towels in one pocket, and tongs in the other. And it's easily washable. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I appreciate your comments Melinda Longoria. It's not a super hard pattern, but you definitely need a sewing machine. Hope you give it a try sometime. Thanks.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much MsDora! This was a fun project to do and I like making things that are useful.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This does sound perfect for you Natashalh. You are so creative you can give it your own flair too. Have fun making this apron and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very clever. Great hub Glimmer. Voted up, shared, etc..

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      That is a very clever way to upcycle blue jeans. I am totally Pinning this one.

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      Purple Perl 3 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Excellent idea! And great tutorial! Thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks for all of the support Bill. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a cute idea! I have made purses from old jeans many years ago. I'm not crazy about sewing, but your instructions are easy to follow.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      This is really cute and a great way to recycle your old jeans.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Way cool! What a great way to update the apron while reusing those old jeans. This is brilliant.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This would make a great gift for anyone, but I can see how younger chefs would love the denim appeal. Very creative and love it!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks Sherry! I hope you make it and let me know how it turns out. I appreciate the support.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you Purple Perl - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and that you let me know.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I appreciate it suzettenaples! I'm glad you found the instructions easy to follow. I love denim purses so that my be on my list of projects here. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi WriterJanis - Lately I've really been into upcycling and it just seems like I have piles of jeans right now so it's a great combo. Glad you liked the project. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for all of the support tillsontitan! I'm so glad you liked the apron. I wore it earlier today when making dinner and my husband even said it was cute. That was nice. Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi teaches! Your comment reminded me that a friend said that old hippies would like this project so I guess I have all ages covered. I usually show my projects to my daughter's friends and they all seem to like them. This one was a big hit with them too. Glad you stopped by to read and thanks for the kind comments.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is a great idea that looks relatively easy to do. Good repurposing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks aviannovice! I'm starting to get into upcycling more and more. It must be a spring cleaning type of thing. Hope you are seeing lots of beautiful birds.

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      ESPeck1919 3 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      This is so adorable! I don't use aprons, but I do know quite a few people who might appreciate it. Sharing this hub. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks for the support ESPeck! Hope you are doing well and I'm glad you liked the apron.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Glim, trust you to make denim pretty!! Another creative project!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks Michelle! I'm liking denim more and more for sewing projects. Maybe because it's so much fun using them.

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      The idea is brilliant and absolutely inspiring.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much agusfanani! What a nice thing to say.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Holy. Cow. I am making one of these ASAP. My aprons don't have pockets and I would love those pockets to keep my iPhone handier when I'm taking pics of food preparation. Pinning and doing. Thanks for this great idea :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Heather - I'm glad you liked this tutorial. I love the pockets too and my daughter, who is the model in these photos, was the one who suggested putting the utensils in the pocket. I think this would be great for you, especially since you take photos with your iPhone. Have fun making this and thanks for your support. Have a good weekend.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      My little girl likes wearing aprons now since she loves to help me in the kitchen. She likes to craft and paint, too, so the pockets would be useful. I love projects that upcycle and we seem to have old denim lying around a lot. I'll be pinning and sharing this, very useful and creative. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      BNadyn - Thanks so much for all of the support. This would definitely be a fun project, maybe even matching aprons. Your daughter would love it and you could embellish them in fun ways too. Have a great day!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Glimmer,

      Thanks for publishing this very useful article. I donate my old jeans to charity, but I just might decide to keep a pair and make an apron. When I'm doing household chores, I never seem to hang on to the small items I'm carrying. The apron would be a big help.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      This apron from jeans is just adorable! Every time I see one of your projects, I know I'm going to love it! I always donate old jeans, too, but I'm now thinking I NEED one of these cute aprons! Thanks for the great instructions and for making this look like a project even I could do. Voted up and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you Daisy Mariposa! This is one of my favorite projects I've done on hubpages and I use the apron all of the time. Hope you make it. I'd love to know how yours turns out. I appreciate your support!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Stephanie - Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm working on a couple of projects right now and getting them together to write a hub. Keep your jeans. There are loads of fun things you can do with them. Thanks for the share and vote. Have a great day.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      The denim apron looks great!Thank you for sharing this. You have great ideas and very creative!!Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I would love to have your talent. There are so many creative projects I would like to do if I could only sew. I get lost just trying to thread a bobbin:) This apron is so adorable. Thanks for sharing and your instructions are so great! Up and more and sharing. - Audrey

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      Jennifer Kessner 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love, Love, LOVE this! I'm thinking it would also be a great activity to do with kids. I'll for sure be the cool aunt. Thanks! XD Voted up and awesome.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for your kind comments Vellur. This is still one of my favorite projects I've done on HubPages.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Audrey - I really appreciate it. I can't do a lot of fancy sewing, but I can do a straight stitch. Maybe you could take a beginning class. For this project, that is all you would need. Thanks for the votes and share. Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Wow - thanks so much Meisjunk! You would definitely be the cool aunt if you made this. It's a good rainy day activity or any day for that matter. Glad you stopped by.

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      Marie Giunta 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      In the past I've turned long jeans into shorts (and so has my daughter) but this is a cool idea too. I know my mum would love an apron like this. Thanks for sharing a great idea. Voted up, awesome and pinned.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed the hub. These aprons are fun to make. My husband had to chuckle because they were his jeans. Thanks for the votes and pin!

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      Rachael Tate 2 years ago from England

      This is so cute and great for kids as denim is so hard-wearing! I've just discovered your hubs and have seen several ideas for craft projects to do with my daughter! Can't wait!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I think it would be fun for kids to wear this. There are so many cute fabrics that would make a great accent. Thanks so much for enjoying my articles. My daughter likes to do most of my crafts with me so I like to write about things she likes too.

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      Ann 2 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      Great idea - I'm off to make one.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Hi annieangel1 - So sorry it took me so long to respond. I was away for a few days and am trying to catch up with computer things. Glad you liked this apron and I hope it turned out nicely. It is a fun and quick project which is useful too. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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      Lejla M.S. 2 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegovina

      I love it. It is a geat idea and you insired me to try making one for myself.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thanks so much anima knitts! Good luck making your apron. It really is a fun apron to make.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Neat idea; I have lots of old ratted-out jeans in my closet, and they aren't even any good to donate. But then again, maybe they are, given the current fashion trend of wearing pants that are all ripped up down the front of the legs! LOL

      I don't usually use or wear aprons. I get right into what I'm doing, and by the time I think of protecting my clothes, it's too late! No matter, I wear jeans all the time anyway; I'm not cooking in dressy clothes, so it's all good.

      This was a well-done tutorial and clever idea. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      An update to my last comment. Learned just enough about sewing to make this adorable apron. Thanks to you, now I can try a few more projects. I owe you my friend!

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Fantastic Idea.Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thanks so much DzyMsLizzy! I think people can get away with pretty torn jeans these days too, but I like mine a little nicer. That's probably why I have so many pairs to make things with. Thanks for your kind words and support. Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Hello again Audrey! How'd the apron turn out? What kind of coordinating fabric did you use. I think a red fabric would look cute with the denim. Glad I could help out with your sewing. You'll be a pro soon! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Hi Sanjay Lakhanpal - So glad you enjoyed the project. They are fun to make. Thanks for reading.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a clever idea! I have both the jeans and the fabric remnants to make this. I´ve marked it so I can come back and follow your clear instructions. I agree--who wouldn´t love this apron?!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Hi vespawoolf - I can't wait to hear how your apron turns out. You probably get a lot of use out of them too because of all of your cooking. Hope you are well. Thanks for reading!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i want to try making my own apron but no jeans, maybe skirt

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Good luck peachpurple. With a few alterations to the pattern I'm sure you could use a skirt instead of jeans to make this apron. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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