It was two years ago that I made my first Shabby Chic Apron from discarded blue jeans.
The apron was a hit then. . .and remains so to this day. . .
I've lost count of how many I've made and sold. . .and given away as gifts. . .
The inspiration I had with that first one seems to be timeless. . .
If you missed the 'how-to' tutorial before, here's a link: Shabby Chic Denim Apron
While I was putting together the latest one, I documented a few more tips for you:
1. Choose your laces carefully, graduating from the widest at the bottom, becoming more narrow at the top. . .A different color tucked into the mix adds interest. . .The faded moss green layer is actually a vintage curtain. . .Remember when heavy lace curtains were popular?
2. There's no need to finish the bottom of the cut jeans. . .You may if you like but it can add bulk if the edge is turned under. . .A serged edge is best. . .I often hand tack the lace on first in order to make sure the gathers come out just right. . .Then sew with a machine.
3. A little more tacking--with the lace edges unfinished on the top. . .Sew flat onto the denim with a straight stitch . . .Then zig-zag the edges down if you like. . .Sometimes I do. . .Sometimes I don't. . .
4. A better shot of how I graduated the width of the laces. . .Cover the last raw edge with a flat lace. . .Now it's time to embellish. . .
5. Buttons and lace on the pocket. . .Also notice the waistband becomes the ties. . .If you need longer ties, add more denim fabric on the ends. . .I let them fray. . .It's a shabby apron, afterall. . .
6. There's more interest if you embellish each side differently. . .Makes the apron go from blah to WOW!
And Here You Have It. . .
The latest creation is much like the first apron I shared with you. . .yet different, too. . .
Isn't it adorable? . .One day I'm gonna keep one for myself!
With Christmas coming soon. . .(Can you believe it?). .
.these Shabby Chic Aprons would make nice gifts. . .
You can stitch one up in no time. . .for very little expense.
This one is now on it's way to it's new owner. . .
and I'm on my way back to the sewing machine. . .
Just wanted to pop in and maybe inspire you a little while taking a break.
Our tours are winding down.
Maybe we can get back to the house renovation soon.
A new living room floor is next. . .Of course, I'll be sharing that with you, too.
Have a wonderful weekend, My Friends!