How to Make an Apron
From Old Jeans

Make an Apron from Old Jeans

Make an apron using an old pair of jeans. This is an easy and fast recycling project. You can make it for yourself or give it as a gift to a special girl. I added two rows of ruffles and a large bow to make it extra flirty!


  • An old pair of jeans
  • Pretty fabric

How to Make It

  1. Cut the jeans to make an apron base:

    • Measure how long you want the apron to be. Lay the jeans flat and mark this measurement from the waistline down to the legs. Cut off the legs at the appropriate size. You just made a pair of shorts!
    • Cut along the inner seam of the jeans to open them. You should have something that looks like a skirt.
    • Cut along the outer seams of the jeans. Leave an extra 1.5" to finish off the edges.
    Make an Apron from Old Jeans

  2. Lay the piece flat. See the little piece of fabric sticking out in the middle? Pin it towards one of the legs. Make sure that the fabric is perfectly flat, if it isn't, smooth it out and move the pin until it is. Sew a straight stitch to hold in place.
    Make an Apron from Old Jeans

  3. Now you have to finish the edges. Create a small hem by folding each edge 1/4" towards the wrong side of fabric. Sew a zig zag stitch on top of the edges to hold in place and prevent fraying. We only folded once because it's hard to sew many layers of denim!
    Make an Apron from Old Jeans

  4. Measure how wide your apron is right above where the legs start (Measurement 1).
    Make an Apron from Old Jeans

  5. Cut a fabric strip twice as long as measurement 1 and 6" wide. Make a 3/8" hem on the two small edges and on one of the long ones.
  6. Gather the strip to half it's size along the unfinished edge to create a ruffle!
  7. Place the gathered edge of the ruffle where you took measurement 1. The right side of fabric should be facing the right side of denim. Pin and sew with a straight stitch leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
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  9. Fold the ruffle so that the right side of fabric is showing. Pin and sew with a straight line very close to the edge. Pass a second line 1/2" apart from the first one. Remove the stitches used to hold the ruffles in place.
    Make an Apron from Old Jeans

  10. Repeat steps 6 to 10 to create a second ruffle. This time measure the width of your apron 3" down from where you took the first measurement.
    Make an Apron from Old Jeans

  11. Make a sash that fits through the belt loops of the apron. Make it really long so you can tie it in a big bow.

You're done!

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