Got an old pair of jeans that you don’t wear anymore? Recycle them into an awesome gardening apron (or a tool belt apron if you’re not the gardening type)! I finally wore out my favorite pair of jeans, and they had giant holes in them. I couldn’t wear them anymore, but I couldn’t donate them either. So I decided to repurpose them; I made a super simple DIY gardening apron out of the old jeans, and now all of my gardening tools are within easy reach all the time while I’m gardening!
You’re not limited to using this apron for gardening though! If you’re not a gardener, you can use it as a tool belt to hold a hammer, screwdrivers, etc. while you’re working on a home improvement project. With so many pockets and belt loops, you can use this apron for pretty much anything you want!
It’s incredibly easy to make too! I used my sewing machine to add a bias tape border around the edge of the apron just to make it look neater, and I sewed on a few belt loops for extra storage. But if you don’t want to sew the apron, you don’t have to; you can always just cut up the old pair of jeans and use them as-is for a super easy no-sew gardening apron or tool belt!
DIY Gardening Apron From Old Jeans
- 30 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
- 0 minutes (time spent waiting around)
- 30 minutes (total project time)
- an old pair of jeans
- bias tape or ribbon for a border, optional
I made a quick video to show you just how easy this project is, even if you decide to bind the edges with bias tape! If you prefer written instructions, you can find them below the video.
Start by cutting the legs off of your jeans.
Then cut the entire “front” of the jeans off. Start by cutting up one side seam. When you reach the waistband, don’t cut it! Make a 90 degree turn with your scissors and cut along the waistband, right underneath it, to keep the waistband intact. Keep cutting along the waistband until you reach the other side seam. Yes, you will cut right past the zipper and button and everything! Then cut down the other side seam to completely remove the “front” of the jeans.
If there are belt loops in the way as you are cutting, cut around them; you don’t want to cut them! You can use a seam ripper to detach the belt loop later, then just clean up the cut edge with your scissors. Now you should just have the back two pockets of the jeans, and the waistband that goes all the way around, like an apron!
Remove all of the belt loops from the jeans using a seam ripper, then pin the belt loops back onto the apron in various locations. Remember to pin them on horizontally so that you can hang tools from them!
Sew the belt loops onto the apron using a strong straight stitch at both ends of the belt loop.
If you want to neaten up the edges of your apron, pin bias tape around the edges and sew it on to form a binding. There are tons of great tutorials out there on binding with bias tape, just Google it if you need a little guidance!
Once you’ve attached the belt loops and bias tape, you’re done!
Put it on, and go garden!
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