Last year my husband bought me a clothesline. It is one of those umbrella versions, that we can take down when we mow the lawn and during winter. I love it. Hanging clothes on the line gives me a chance to slow down for a moment. The simple task allows my mind to work out problems, ponder solutions, and I can keep an eye on my children playing outside. Bonus, it saves on utility expenses too.
|Not so flattering photo of me courtesy of the Idaho winds and my 9 year old.|
You'll need the following materials:
- BIG jeans to cut up
- Fat quarter of a favorite fabric
- 2 yards bias tape
- 90 inches of 3" wide strip fabric for tie
- Your sewing tools, including your iron and ironing board.
Step one. Cut out your pieces.
For the main body of the apron, cut along one of the seams to open up a leg of your worn-out jeans. Lay it out, and then trim so you have a square about 15" by 16".
It should look like this when it is cut out:
Next, cut your tie fabric. If you don't have a 90" long piece of fabric, cut as long a strip as you can, and join them together like this:
Step two. Prepare the pocket.
Carefully pin two pieces of bias tape to cover the curved edges of the pocket openings. Sew into place.
To make sure I'm sewing everything in place where I want it, I like to sew the bias tape as shown, then fold over and topstitch. The final product looks like this:
Step three. Attach pocket to denim. The nice thing about using jeans is you can use the original hem. To attach the pocket, I sewed and zigzag stitched the bottom of the pocket to the jean square right sides together. It's hard to tell with this picture (sorry!) but the hem is covered by the fabric here.
Now fold the fabric back up, and topstitch over the seam you just sewed.
Pin the sides of the apron together, and baste in place. Next, use the bias tape to finish the sides of the apron. I started the tape 0.5" below the edge of the apron, and fold over as shown to cover the bottom edge.
Sew just you did the pocket edges.
Step 4. Attach the tie.
To make the tie, I followed the same basic method as I did for my teacher's apron. First, iron the long strip in half, and then iron the edges in towards the center. If you want to add a nice touch to the ends, you can do so using this method:
Identify the center of your tie. I do this by folding in half, and ironing in a little mark. Open up the tie, and place the apron in the middle of the tie, matching the center marks. Zigzag stitch to keep in place.
Finally fold over the tie, and sew along all edges with a topstitch about 1/8" from the edge.
Congratulations, you've made a great apron that will help you enjoy the simple task of drying clothes on the line that much more!
Sew Can Do, Tea Rose Home, and House of Hepworths, and Craftiness is Not Optional's Tie One On.