DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron

DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron @themerrythoughtI got my sewing machine out for the first time in a while this week and put the waxed canvas that I made last week to good use! Since I’m out in my dad’s garage making things for the blog all the time, I thought it’d be a good idea to make myself a tool apron to add a bit of style out there 😉 – and so I have a pencil and hammer within reach at all times instead of having to search everywhere to find one.
DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Waxed Canvas (Make your own here.)
-Straight Pins
-Sewing Machine (With a heavy duty needle.)

How to make it:
-Measure and cut a rectangular piece of waxed canvas that goes almost all the way around your waist.
-Take the top of the canvas and fold down 1/2″, fold again 1/2″ (so the raw edge is hidden) and pin in place. Repeat the same steps with the bottom of the large piece of canvas. Straight stitch about 1/4″ in along both seams to hold in place.
-Repeat these steps with the sides of the canvas.
-Cut a smaller piece of waxed canvas. (Mine was 17″ x 9″ – change this based on the size of your apron.)
-Fold down 1/2″, fold again 1/2″ (so the raw edge is hidden) and pin in place.Straight stitch along top seam.
-Fold each of the other three sides the same way but pin to the larger piece of canvas before sewing.
-Stitch 1/4″ in along these three sides to attach it to the larger piece of canvas – make sure you do not stitch the top closed!
-You can add separate pockets by stitching from the bottom seam up to the top of the canvas pocket.
-Add a small strip of leather to the side large enough to slide a hammer handle into. Make sure you stitch over the leather several times to secure it.
-I used leftover cotton rope as the ties. I cut two 18″ pieces and laid each one across the backside of the top of the apron. I stitched over the rope several times in three places to secure it.

***Make sure you give your sewing machine a thorough cleaning after sewing with waxed canvas.
DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron @themerrythoughtDIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron @themerrythoughtDIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

  • MaizeSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:20 pm

    Cute! I’m also interested in where you found your boots!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, February 8, 2016 - 4:38 pm

      Thank you! They are from UO!ReplyCancel

  • AnneliseMonday, February 8, 2016 - 11:24 am

    Wow, I love this! I have a lot of DIY projects planned for the next year (thanks in part to you guys, 2016 is the year of ‘make your apartment somewhere you like living’) so it’ll definitely come in handy!

    (Also, I love your outfit. Those boots are great.)ReplyCancel

  • LindaMonday, February 22, 2016 - 10:46 am

    What a lovely idea. Thanks for the great inspiration – I need this apron!!!!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Linda from POTTZBLITZReplyCancel

  • Jess BSunday, November 27, 2016 - 3:07 pm

    Where are your cute tools from? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, November 28, 2016 - 11:25 am

      A couple are just vintage tools and the hammer is from an old DIY that we shared!ReplyCancel

  • Susan HalloranSaturday, December 3, 2016 - 11:21 pm

    So so cute! I love your website! I ihave to ask, where did you get your boots??ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, December 6, 2016 - 11:21 am

      Thank you!! They were from Urban Outfitters last year.ReplyCancel

      • Susan HalloranTuesday, December 6, 2016 - 4:02 pm

        Thanks so much for your reply! I went on a hunt and found a similar style at Target of all places. Timberland had a similar model but were out of that color in my size, everywhere! Love your website it has so much charm and heart! Oh, and I am making a couple of these as presents for next year! Too cute!ReplyCancel

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