This is Amy + Michelle

This is Amy + Michelle

This A.M.

Amy and Michelle became instant friends because of the common interests they share in their love of fashion, food, music and traveling. In This A.M. Amy and Michelle will share recipes, thoughts on eats, their unique fashion style and lifestyles from Toronto to Tampa...... 1,098 miles apart!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

DIY: Denim Project

This A.M. I have a denim project for you.  

Since we are starting a new year, it is the perfect time to go through your closet and get rid of anything you haven't worn, or don't intend on wearing. 

Usually, I donate my clothes to make room for new ones I have acquired, but I have a hard time giving up my jeans.  Some of my jeans I have become very attached to but they just don't fit, the zipper has busted or they are out of style.

So instead of parting with them, I thought why not make them into something that I can still love and use?  As you know, I spend a good amount of time in the kitchen. Converting my well loved and worn jeans into an apron was a no brainer for me.  Here's how you can do-it yourself too!

Pre-loved Denim

Style Details

Grey Club Monaco Splattered Denim Circa 2008, American Eagle Bootcut Converted into 2 Aprons
What You Need:
One or Two old pairs of Jeans
Sewing machine with heavy needle
(Stitch Ripper)

(see diagram below)

1) Cut both pant legs off your jeans.  I measured mine first so that I could save the top for a pair of cut off shorts, (so don't cut them too short!)
2) Open the inseam of right pant leg using a stitch ripper. This panel will be the front of the apron. (see (#1) diagram below)
3) Cut other pant (Left) leg into two pieces.  The out seam or outer edge of the pant will be used as your neck strap #7 (cut the width to match the width of your buckle. 
4) Cut the pocket(s) from each panel  #2 
5) Cut Apron Strings from sides of each panel #5 and #6
6) Once you have cut all your pieces, you can start to assemble them. Sew panels #1, #3 and #4 together rights sides together making sure the hems match at the bottom.
7) Finish any raw edges by turning over in a rolled hem with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
8) Take panels #5 and #6 and finish raw edges by folding in 1/4 inch seam allowances
9) Stitch finished panels #5&#6 to to panels #3 & #4. I stitched them in by 1 and 1/2 inches overlap and stitched a 1 by 1/2  inch square.
10) Cut a 2 inch piece off  the neck trap and fasten the Buckle to the left side of the apron. This is done by treading the strap through and over the centre of the buckle and stitching both ends to the corner.
Then stitch the other side of the strap to the right side.
11) Sew #2 to front of apron; all three sides except for top edge. Put pocket placement based on your preference.

Questions?  Leave a comment in the comments section below!
And don't forget to check back for more DIY Denim Projects!

Amy XO


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