Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Carrhart Apron


I'm hoping to actually have what I'm writing match up to the photos I'm going to put on here. Here goes...our family decided to pick names for Christmas this year and chose to give handmade items only. I 'got' our son, Jonny's name, and thought...."Great, a guy gift!" Well, after much
thinking I decided to make him a BBQ Apron out of overalls, and a BBQ Recipe Book. I soon discovered that turning overalls into an apron is no easy feat. I looked online and then asked Jan to brainstorm with me, and also helped me make a practice apron with a pair of her old overalls. (They will become my own apron, although probably not much used 'cause I TRY to stay outta the kitchen). :oD

I cut up a pair Carrhart overalls by removing t
he legs. I then added a piece of leg horizontally below the crotch, which became the front of the apron. You realize all of this is AFTER I made several versions of the jeans overalls FIRST!!! I never really realized that the legs on your jeans aren't actually straight because the have to fit a pelvic area above them...therefore you can't just cut off the legs and add them. I wanted to put two legs together vertically, but they weren't wide enough. It took quite some time of cutting, stitching, tearing out, restitching, tearing out again, restitching and then tearing out AGAIN, before I realized that it was going to be much easier to just add a section horizontally!!!! Now I know how to make them (but hope I will never have to again!)

I took apart the hardware from the straps and added them to a section of Bob's old suspenders to become the neck strap. Only took me two tries!

My last step was to add the riveted buttons to the apron strings, so they would hang from the sides. Not all that hard, but sure took some time!

As I read back through this article it sounds like this was such an easy project, but I found it, in fact, to be quite challenging. But NOW that it's finished, I am pleased with it, and hope Jonny will be, as well.

Now, I'm starting on the recipe book. More later.....


  1. Well done April! That will be a great gift for Jon. Very manly!

  2. Homemade gifts, those are the best kind with all the love sewn in.

  3. April, this is a great apron. I think it's one of the most creative ones I've seen to date. I made an apron for my granddaughter using a men's shirt and found it to be a challenge but sewing on shirt fabric is much easier than on overalls. I think Jonny will be pleased. Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday. Hugs

  4. I love your idea, April! Very coooool man's apron! I know he will love it and what an excellent idea making your presents. I really think we need to get back to that...so much more meaningful. Merry Christmas!