How to make a Custom Shop Apron | I Like To Make Stuff

Hey! I'm Bob at I Like to Make Stuff. Today I'm going to make: A shop apron [Intro Music] A couple of weeks ago, I made this Yo-Yo on the lathe and after turning for quite a while, I found that my pockets were just full of sawdust So I decided to make a shop apron, so I've something to wipe off my dirty hands and keep sawdust out of my pockets Let me show you how I did it Spoiler alert! I'm pretty bad at sewing But, here we go For this project, I used a waxed cotton It's pretty cool, cause when you crinkle it up, the wrinkles stay there because of the wax I figured this would make it look broken in and probably hide some of the dirt in the long run I got two yards of this, but you can definitely get away with one yard because I had a lot left over I used a rotary cutter to cut this on my cutting mat.


It's the best way to cut a long straight line very easily with material I cut it down to the general size that I wanted Based on some measurements that I found online Then I folded it in half, and trimmed off the outside edges to make sure that they were pretty close to square I was working in profile at this point, so I did half of the width of the section right below my chin and then made a mark down where I thought the armpit would go I connected those two with a couple of curves and just tried to find one that I thought would look good I used the rotary cutter to cut along that curve, which was also very easy to do I did a test fit, and it actually worked pretty well I just barely know what I'm doing when it comes to sewing So, I started folding over the rough edges onto the backside and putting in some straight pins to hold them in place I used the sewing gauge to help try to get an even fold-over on all these so the seams were about the same sizes I started by pinning up one side and sewing it I figured if I had pins then all the sides they would start catching on each other Then I just used the basic straight stitch on my wife's sewing machine to start going over these seams I made several mistakes when doing this, and I actually went back with a seam ripper and re-did some of these because they were just not straight and they just looked bad I also forgot, several times, to run it backwards at the end of the seams to kind of double up on the thread right at a corner Eventually I got all of the different sides and I had the basic shape in place Then I wanted to make a pocket that went on the chest and to figure out the size here, I just laid some things in place that I thought I would probably put in those pockets and measured their length I measured out another rectangle of material adding a half and inch to each side, so that I could fold it over and get the same final size that I wanted I did this one by hand because I had a pretty good handle on folding them over evenly Once I got all four sides folded over again I added pins to just hold the pieces in place so that I could add seams While doing this, I realized there was a bunch of different stitches on the sewing machine that I hadn't tried So I switched it and tried one of them I ended up not really liking it I ran a single stitch across the top of the pocket, because it wasn't going to be sewn to the apron The other three sides were I added a seam up both of the outside edges And when I was doing the second one I accidentally bunched it up a little bit and so the pocket wasn't laying flat It only took a couple of minutes to use a seam ripper and rip out this thread and do it flat It was totally worth while because it looked a lot better in the end The second time I was just more cautious to hold the pieces just flat together so that they didn't bunch up I ran a seam across the bottom and then ran two seams from top to bottom to make small pencil pockets on the sides To make the straps for the apron, I got some orange canvas webbing This also cuts really well with a rotary cutter I always use a lighter to melt the ends of this so that it doesn't fray after you cut it This works best on nylon webbing, but it actually worked on this canvas as well I got these strap adjusters to act as the buckles and just folded over the webbing through one side of it I ran over two seams forward and backward to hold this all the way at the end of this piece of webbing Only one of the two straps for the neck need to have a buckle The other one just runs through the buckle I pinned these on, and tried to keep them straight relative to the top and then sewed them on just in the same way Again, I doubled up the seams on these because the webbing is thick and if the apron got yanked down at all, I wanted these to hold in place I pinned the other one on the other side and did the exact same thing I really had no idea about the length of these straps, I just cut them extra long I figured I could close up the loop Put it on, and then cut it down to length It turned out to be pretty close Next I had to add two more straps in the exact same way around the waist I knew the side with the buckle here was way to long So I just wrapped it over longer and just added more seams Big thanks to Graphics Stock for sponsoring this video If you ever need any illustrations or photos or designs Graphics Stock has 350,000 unlimited downloads that you can get with your subscription Like, for instance, if you hosted a podcast called Making It with Jimmy Diresta and David Picciuto every week and you were the one responsible for coming up with unique images for every episode Graphics Stock is a great way to get access to a huge library of royalty free images that you could use for that But, you know, that may just be me and if you want to check them out, you can get a free 7-day trial and you have unlimited access to everything in their library during that period There's a link down 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I was hoping to add an I Like to Make Stuff patch to this But they didn't come in in time If you want one, they'll be on my website soon As you can tell, I don't have a great comfort level with the sewing machine yet But I learned a lot making this thing I got a much better feel of how to control the material as it's going through and I learned a lot of lessons by doing things wrong Case in point: I kept forgetting, over and over and over, to put the foot down and when you do that, it just does not sew well I did that enough times, and I had to undo those stitches that I started to remember every single time to put the foot down Making a mistake over and over like that is a really good way to reinforce something that you know you need to do So even though the stitches on this are not perfectly straight And they're really not that great to look at, they are functional and they do seem to work and I think this thing is going to work out pretty well in the shop It looks pretty nice right now, but pretty soon it will be covered in glue and paint and all sorts of other stuff But that's what it's for! I would rather it be covered than all of my clothes And having my clothes clean is really not that big of a deal to me The bigger thing was reaching into my pocket to get my phone and getting a whole bunch of sawdust instead That is something that I would like to avoid, if possible Anyway, I hope you liked this one and I hope it challenged you to take a skill that you're not very good at and practice it I know that I am definitely going to keep practicing at sewing But if you're a pro at sewing, I've got lots of other projects that you might be interested in So be sure to check all those out And don't forget to subscribe That's it for this one guys, thanks for watching! I'll see ya next time

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