Make a Durable DIY Half Apron from a $4 Placemat

Make a durable DIY half Apron from a $4 placemat in just a few minutes with this easy to follow tutorial. Great for cooking and crafts! #diy #sewing #easysewing #simplesewing #apron #diyapron #crafting #cooking

With all the paint, hot glue, and other random craft items I go through around here, I’m pretty tough on aprons. And my last one kicked the dust a while back during a pretty dramatic paint spill. Whoops! So, I started searching for more durable options and decided to DIY my own once again.

I found some heavy duty canvas placemats for $4 each locally (at Candlefish in PCM if you’re in Atlanta) and thought they’d make the perfect half-aprons. They’re super durable and already had a built in pocket. What more could I ask for!? All I really needed to complete the project was a sewing machine and a few yards of cotton twill. And now I’ve got 4 new aprons to use for craft projects…and cooking at home. Snuck one away from the studio because I’ve been cooking at home so much lately.

Here’s how to make your own durable half apron for less than $6!

Make a durable DIY half Apron from a $4 placemat in just a few minutes with this easy to follow tutorial. Great for cooking and crafts! #diy #sewing #easysewing #simplesewing #apron #diyapron #crafting #cooking

Materials / Tools

  • heavy canvas placemat – $4 each
  • cotton twill (1-1.5 yards per apron)* – less than $1 per yard
  • sewing machine

*If you want to wrap it all the way around as shown in photo you’ll want 1.5 yards (or somewhere in that range). You won’t need as much, if you plan to simply tie it in the back.

Instructions for DIY Half Apron

1. To create the tie, use cotton twill or similar in your desired width and cut to size. OR if you have a larger width of cotton, like the picture, fold it in half and press a seam, then sew a straight line running the length of the tie to secure open edges. Our tie is 72 inches, but you can go as long or short as you want. You’ll need more inches if you want to wrap the tie around multiple times, which is why we went with 72.

Then fold over each of the two ends of the tie to finish those edges with the sewing machine. A zigzag stitch is recommended for the ends to help prevent it from fraying.

2. Measure the halfway point of the cotton twill length from step 1 and the halfway point of the placemat and pin the two in place there as the first guide. Pin the cotton twill on top of the front of the placemat. Then pin the remaining cotton twill that touches the placemat as well.

3. Then sew across the existing stitch line on the cotton twill tie, in the same color thread, all the way across. Backstitch at beginning and end.

4. Then, to finish things, do a vertical zigzag stitch at the end of each side of the apron, on the tie, as shown. Backstitch at beginning and end.

Another option, would be to skip steps 2-4 and punch large holes into the placemat (one on each top corner) and attach grommets. Then, just weave the cotton twill tie though the grommets and tie. It’s a totally different look and just as easy, if you want to go that route instead.

Make a durable DIY half Apron from a $4 placemat in just a few minutes with this easy to follow tutorial. Great for cooking and crafts! #diy #sewing #easysewing #simplesewing #apron #diyapron #crafting #cooking

Make a durable DIY half Apron from a $4 placemat in just a few minutes with this easy to follow tutorial. Great for cooking and crafts! #diy #sewing #easysewing #simplesewing #apron #diyapron #crafting #cooking

Make a durable DIY half Apron from a $4 placemat in just a few minutes with this easy to follow tutorial. Great for cooking and crafts! #diy #sewing #easysewing #simplesewing #apron #diyapron #crafting #cooking

Sewing Emma Spear // Photography Brittni Mehlhoff

Have you ever made your own apron before? Which apron style do you like best? Half aprons, full pinafores, etc?

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12 comments | Click here to reply

It looks so cute. I love how it turned out.
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Courtney | February 21st, 2018 at 10:02 am

Thanks Courtney. Appreciate it!

Brittni | February 21st, 2018 at 10:15 am

I made a light blue, rhinestone-studded (pinks, blues and purples) apron in HomeEc in the 7th grade. I totally bedazzled it! I remember erupting into a pile of tears because I couldn’t thread the needle during our final exam. (So stressful!) Now, a more minimalist apron is more my speed. I LOVE the one you made here! I’ve only ever had full aprons, but I love the look of the half apron. After all, I really only need a place to wipe my hands.

Kimberly | February 21st, 2018 at 10:28 am

Aw what a bummer that you couldn’t thread the needle Kimberly. 😭

Brittni | February 21st, 2018 at 1:19 pm

This is so cute!! I love the idea (and I desperately miss PCM since we moved away from Atlanta) but I need a full apron for sure. It seems that most of my mess always ends up on my shirt. 🙁 Short girl problems I suppose.
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Ashley | Honey & Pine | February 21st, 2018 at 3:24 pm

I hear you on short aprons vs full ones, Ashley. And yep, PCM has some good stuff. 🙂

Brittni | February 21st, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Love this!

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Gemma | February 21st, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Thanks Gemma. 🙂

Brittni | February 21st, 2018 at 7:53 pm

Amazing that you can craft this from a placemat, love this idea!
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Michelle | February 22nd, 2018 at 4:04 am

Thanks Michelle. And it’s so quick and simple too. 🙂

Brittni | February 22nd, 2018 at 11:59 am

I love your top! Where did you get it from?

Phoebe | March 22nd, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Hi Phoebe. Emma is wearing one of my tops that I’ve had for a long time. I bought it locally in Atlanta, but the brand is MYNE Ashley Ann. Hope that helps.
-Britni

Brittni | March 23rd, 2018 at 11:06 am
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