Feb 16, 2010

Little Carpenter Apron tutorial

Grandad Guy is a Carpenter and Littlest Guy is his biggest fan. Grandad will often wear a Carpenter's Belt or Apron when working so I made this little one up for Guy.

About half a yard/ metre of material (you may be able to get away with a fat quarter if you squish it up a bit). I used a heavy Japanese cotton.
Small piece of bias binding or ribbon for the loop (the picture below shows a small piece of fabric but I used bias binding in the finished product).
Optional extras: d rings, batting or stabiliser.

Cut:two 20 x 30 cm rectangles for the body of the belt
one 20 x 30 cm of stabiliser/ batting if desired
one 71 x 7 cm piece for the straps (you cut it in half later) with stabiliser/ batting if desired
two 24 x 12 cm pieces for the pocket

To make the pocket:

Sew fabric right sides together leaving a space for turning. Turn right side out and topstitch along the top only.

To make the straps:
Fold the strap with stabiliser in half length ways, cut in half to make 2 straps, then sew each together with right sides together, leaving a space for turning.
Turn both right side out and topstitch to close the hole.

To make the body of the belt:
Sew fabrics right sides together with stabiliser on the outside, leaving a space for turning. Turn right side out and topstitch to close the hole.

Position your pocket on the body of the belt, putting the already topstitched side of the pocket at the top as the open side. Sew around to attach.

Attach the loop as shown, this will be where the hammer will hang from.
Position and attach the straps as shown and sew around in a square/ rectangle formation. I had about 2 cms overhang to give a nice strong attachment. You could attach d rings to the end of one strap if desired.

Insert tools and find nearest small carpenter to attach belt to. (Try to find one who will stand still if you want to take decent photos.) The belt or apron can also be used for garden tools.


Doreen said...

Well done Bree..very cute.

Cassandra said...

I needed this tutorial at xmas time for my nephew! Will have to wait for his birthday now.
Thanks for sharing Bree... I'm off to pin this on pinterest for future reference and then checkout the rest of your tutes.

Cass x

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