$1 Placemat to Apron Easy Sewing Project Upcycle
This easy apron sewing project takes five minutes to make and costs about $2. It is made from two woven placemats from the dollar store, and it’s reversible! There are pockets on both sides, so you can secure your money and phone in the interior pockets. The apron is perfect for craft fairs, servers, farmer’s markets, and flea markets.
Supplies for an Easy Apron Sewing Project
First, head to your local dollar store and buy two woven, fabric placemats. They are available in black, red and tan at store. You can buy two of the same color or mix it up to give your apron a unique look. There are really fun color combinations available on Amazon, like these, if you are willing to pay a bit more. Other supplies needed are linked below:
- Sewing Machine (I have this one and love it!)
- Nylon Webbing (This stuff has come in handy for a variety of projects.)
Lay the placemats horizontally one above the other. Then fold the bottom placemat in half.
Slide the top placemat into the center of the folded placemat until the bottom edge reaches the fold.
Clip the edge of the placemats together where they meet.
Sew along the edges where the placemats come together. I made two rows of stitching to make it extra secure. This project moves quickly because all of the edges are already finished. That means limited sewing time!
Decide how many pockets you would like and their sizes. I made two skinny pockets to hold a pen and pencil and split the remaining pocket in two that are perfectly sized for a phone and money. Sew a straight line up the placemats from the bottom to the top of the folded placemat to form pockets.
Note: The same sized pockets will be formed on both sides of the apron.
Cut a length of nylon webbing for your apron strap. When I ordered this 10-foot roll of nylon webbing, I had no idea how many ways this stuff would come in handy. I use it all the time, especially when upcycling feed sacks into tote bags. I didn’t measure the nylon webbing for the apron. Instead I wrapped the nylon webbing around my waist, tied it, then cut it at the desired length. Fold the strap in half to find the center. Clip the center to the top center of the apron, and add additional clips to hold it in place.
Sew along the top and bottom of the nylon webbing strap. It will show on one side.
The strap is hidden when you flip it over. I like to wear this side facing out for a more finished look. That’s all there is to it!