While aprons have long been used to protect the clothing worn under them, aprons have been used for so much more down through the years. They have been used for drying children’s tears, cleaning out dirty ears, a potholder hiding places for shy kids, waving men in from the field and wiping away sweat along with carrying wood, eggs and fruit. Today, a personalized apron makes a great gift or make one for yourself. You can create a personalized apron in many different ways.

Dish Towel Apron

One of the easiest aprons to make is a dish towel apron as it simply requires two dish towels, wide ribbon and your sewing kit. Start by laying one dish towel vertically. Now, drop down about 13 inches, and lay the second dish towel horizontally on top of the vertical one. Sew around the sides and bottom where the two dish towels meet. Leave the top open providing a cute pocket for storage. Cut a piece of ribbon 36 inches long. Attach it to one side of the top of the apron and then the other side creating a loop to go around the neck.

Blue Jean Apron

Choose to turn old jeans into aprons instead of throwing them away. Start by carefully cutting up the side seams of the jeans. Determine how long you want the bottom of the apron and cut a curve line so that the bottom lays nicely. From the discarded blue jean parts, cut two strips 4 inches wide by 18 inches long. Fold these strips in half lengthwise so that you have two long strips measuring 2 inches by 18 inches. Tuck the open edge to the middle and sew around each one leaving one end open. Attach the open end to the back of the first piece creating your blue jean apron with ties.

Pillowcase Apron

Turning a whimsical pillowcase into an apron is incredibly easy and fun. Start by sewing up the end of the pillowcase where it is open. Now, cut two pieces of extra-wide ribbon 18 inches long. Attach one on each side of the pillowcase to make waist ties. Add ribbon and fabric trimmings to your pillowcase if desired using iron-on adhesive.

There are so many different ways that you can make an apron. The great news about each of these patterns is that there is no need to go buy costly supplies. Once you get started, you will be having so much fun that you will want to make many personalized aprons.