Thursday, October 13, 2011

Give the Guy an Apron

What do you give a tool-toting, spatula-wielding 24-year-old graduate student?  Why, an apron, of course. A dude apron.

When home from college for a short visit, our son, Sam, who likes to cook, said he needed an apron. Duly noted as a potential birthday surprise. Something I could have fun making for him.

Because he also likes to repurpose vintage furniture and other findings, I chose a style that would serve him equally well for both cooking and his creative projects.

I have a favorite full-front, mid-length apron that has the big handyman pockets across the bottom. It's good for gardening, projects and cooking. Perfect as a pattern. And, I selected some fun graphics from The Graphics Fairy to add to make it unique for him.

For my son's apron, I selected a medium-weight canvas painter's drop cloth, laid my premade apron out and traced around it with marking chalk, adding enough length to the bottom to fold up to make the pockets.

I folded up the bottom and stitched where I wanted the pockets to be. Then, I hemmed the sides. Because I hate making skinny ties that have to be turned (and I'm basically lazy), I used one-inch black twill tape to finish the edges of the upper portion and to create the waist tie and loop for the neck--all one piece. The basic apron's done. So easy!

Now for the fun part--adding the graphic images. Sam is a big fan of steampunk--as am I. He also loves riding his bike to campus every day. I found some wonderful early bicycle images in the steampunk category of Karen's great graphics blog and printed them on a vintage flour sack.

Using fabric fusing, I attached the images to the apron and trimmed with quarter-inch black twill tape that matches the tie twill.

There. Quick, easy and personal.

Got ya covered, Buddy.

Make it a great day!


  1. Every cook needs an apron! This is a good looking one - double entendre intended! ;)

    I appreciate you linking to Potpourri Friday and help to make the party a success!

  2. Dude apron--that is funny. Great apron, love the graphics! Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence.

  3. Great apron and you have a very handsome son!

  4. sweet apron!

    come visit anytime.


  5. Love the images you've chosen. Great aprong!

  6. Aprong? I mean apron, of course!

  7. That is so awesome Ann! I love a man in the kitchen, and a cute one is an added bonus. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  8. I really like how you used to twill tape to attach the image! I've also peeked at some of your other projects I may just have to try!

  9. Hi Ann... welcome to the party!

    Using a dropcloth to make the apron was a great idea! Real manly and then those steampunk images just finish it off so well!

    Thanks for joining the Bunny Hop!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  10. Very nice idea...what a thoughtful Mommy you are :)

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's BUNNY HOP linky party,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  11. How fun is this project! Love the graphics you chose and how you finished it off! Hope "dude" appreciates his apron! :)

  12. What a fun project! Don't you just love the Graphics Fairy? She always has just the perfect graphics to share. Love the finished apron! The black twill was a perfect detail. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party and would love it if you'd come and share something you made/did/bought sometime before blogging. Can't wait to see what you share at the party.

  13. Great apron! What a cute idea!! I'm visiting from Bunny Jean's bunny hop!

  14. Totally righteous dude apron!!

    Thank you for lending your creative spirit to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17


    P.S. I'm spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.

  15. I wanted to stop by, and let you know that I'm having to put my Soda Parlor on Private for awhile. I would love for you to still come and visit. Please email me at and so I get your email address to send you an invitation.




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