I am always losing my rotary cutter (and other sewing tools) under fabric, so I decided it was time to make an apron with pockets. This way I can keep my tools on me at all times. I wanted to keep it simple, so I figured the quickest easiest way would be to use some old jeans as they already have pockets. This is how I made my new apron.
Next I cut off the front panel leaving 1/2inch from the seams on both the left and right, then
trimmed the bottom to straighten.
As you can see, there is a space between the two pockets. I like pockets and I wanted to fill this space with another. Now I am going to show you my super proffesional pattern making skills (not really), so that you can make the centre pocket. Slide a piece of paper under the pieces and draw lines around the empty space. Use a ruler to add 1/2inch (seam allowance) to the left and right sides of the lines. Measure an inch down from the top and rule a line across the width. This is now the pattern for the centre pocket, so go ahead and cut out along the outer lines.
After ironing all three pocket pieces, I folded the top edge of the centre outer pocket down twice and top stitched it with two rows for strength. Then I placed this piece on top of the slightly longer piece, both with right sides up, and used a narrow seam to sew along three edges (not the top as this will be the opening).
Next up I sewed all three pockets together using a 1/2inch seam, and ironed seams to one side. Top stitching to hold seams down finished that part off nicely.
At this stage I decide to cut the band off so I could add my own waistband using a different fabric. Then my second thought was to line the apron with the same fabric, so I decided to make it reversable.
I visited my fabric stash (down the hall, around the corner, further down the hall and into my sewing room), because I use the dining table for cutting, and picked out a beautiful piece by Westminster. Isn't it gorgeous? I used my sewn together denim piece as a pattern to cut a lining piece the same size and shape.