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The blog of designer-maker Laura Thompson who specializes in fibre art, including art dolls, bowls, art journals and artful clothing.  Creativity, kindness, understanding and patience. 



Upcycled Denim Apron

I cut and piece random shapes without following much of a predetermined pattern. Each apron is slightly different, but here are some general guidelines I follow:

1.  I cut a stitch pieces of denim in a haphazard manner.  I aim to make a sizeable piece that's slightly larger than the finished apron so I can cut out the final shape and finish the edges. Denim frays a lot, so I feel finished edges are a must.

2. I like to combine denim from different garments because I like to look of the different colours and weights of the various fabrics.

3. I remove most of the pockets with a stitch ripper. Yes it's a tedious, time-consuming job, but worth the effort in order to reuse the pockets where ever the mood strikes me. 

4. I use simple denim patches to cover worn areas and as a decorative element.

5. I often use the finished waistband of jeans as the upper part of the apron for a unique look.

Below are pictures of three aprons I've made. Upright on a dress form and open on the floor to give you a better idea f the overall look. Experiment, have fun and enjoy!

Denim is a staple is many wardrobes, including mine. That ubiquitous fabric we wear in jeans, skirts, dresses shirts and jackets has a timeless appeal today, just as it did over a century ago. But, thanks to the every-changing fashion whims of our modern society, massive amounts of clothing are now clogging our landfill sites. I've been making a concerted effort to reuse and repurpose clothing - and truly love working with denim. Funky, but hard-working aprons are a wonderful way to repurpose jeans into a useful, offbeat necessity that I use in the kitchen and studio.