Upcycled Denim Apron – DIY Gift

November 3, 2016

Welcome to Day 2 of #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The video for today’s challenge stars yours truly, be kind, I’m not a natural!!

The challenge – Take an old pair of jeans and turn them into a Christmas Gift

It is no secret I love reusing denim, it is such a versatile hardwearing fabric. Plus it is so easy to source, a quick plea on Facebook usually results in five more pairs to play with!!

These are some of my favourite denim upcycled makes –


Sashiko Bag


Large Denim Tote

Denim Tablet Case

Denim Toddler Bag

Denim Foot Pouf

Today I’m going to share with you a quick gift – whip up an apron in less than an hour. Pair the apron with DIY tools or cooking accessories and there you have it one thrifty homemade gift:)


Upcycled Denim Apron

You will need:

wide legged jeans

Complimentary fabric for pocket

bias binding

webbing for straps


5yr old-

Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece

58cm along the bottom
58cm high
18cm along the top
38cm along the sides

9 yr old –

Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece


60cm along bottom
65 cm high
19cm  along the top
38cm for side


Straps   Neck strap

Pocket Piece

62cm along bottom
89cm high
21cm along top
61cm along sides


To Make:

Start by cutting along the inside seam of the trouser leg, cut off the leg near the pocket.


lay out your denim – alter the trouser leg seam so the fabric lays flat if need be.


Cut out your apron – if you find it easier make a paper template with measurements.



Fold over twice the top of the pocket and press.


Stitch in place. Fold in once the side and base of the pocket. Pin centrally onto the apron.


Stitch round the pocket twice, encasing the raw folded edge between the two lines of stitching.


Fold and press your bias binding. Pin the side straps and the neck strap in place. Work your way around the apron pinning the bias binding in place to finish the raw edge of the apron.


Stitch round, when you reach the strapping fold over so it lies in the right direction for use.


Hurray – your done:) One quick and easy DIY denim gift:)


If you would love to see more Apron ideas why not visit All Free Sewing for some great free tutorials.

Stay tuned for more #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

Please do link up, I would love to see what you ave been making.


4 comments so far.

4 responses to “Upcycled Denim Apron – DIY Gift”

  1. Jill says:

    Love it Vicky!! Would be an awesome gift!!
    Jill recently posted…Challenge 2 – 12 Days of Christmas DIY ChallengesMy Profile

  2. Looks great with the red striped pocket, Vicky. A great gift!
    Pam @Threading My Way recently posted…12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges ~ Gifts from Denim JeansMy Profile

  3. Marsha says:

    I’ve been into denim upcycle a lot lately and this just joined my list of stuff to try.
    Marsha recently posted…Maple Skirt — Jacked & Hacked, but Still GraciousMy Profile

  4. Sara says:

    Great idea for a link-up! I linked up an older post that would make a great gift. Thanks!

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