A cheap curtain at a dollar-theme store is a buck or so; an apron is several bucks. Do you know why that matters? Because you can easily sew your own aprons made from a shower coupon. The plastic aprons are perfect for protecting your clothing while cleaning and doing dirty jobs. Prevent bleach stains, grease and other things that ruin clothing from ever touching your garments by making the plastic aprons that can be wiped clean or throw away after using.
You can make a waist-type apron by simply cutting a piece of the shower curtain to go halfway around the waist and a little bit above the waist. Cut a length of the plastic to use for the tie. Fold the curtain piece in half to find the center, at the top area of the apron. Fold the plastic strip in half and align it with the center mark on the apron. Stitch from one end of the apron to the other, attaching the tie along the top edge, then leave the excess hanging off each end to tie it.
Make a full apron by starting with a square that goes across the chest and down to the waist. Cut another piece of the curtain that goes halfway around the waist and a few inches above the knee. Fold each piece in half. On the small piece of plastic mark the center bottom. On the larger piece, mark the center top.
Position the two plastic pieces so that the marks align. Sew across the two pieces, with their right sides together, from one end to the other. Cut a long strip of plastic to make the waistband. Lay the apron out flat and position the center of the plastic strip with the center of the two plastic pieces. Stitch the strip on, from one end to the other, across the seam of the other two pieces. Leave the excess hanging off of each side to tie it.
Cut another strip to go around the back of the neck to hold the front of the apron up. Cut a strip that’s long enough to go from one corner of the top of the apron, around the back of the neck, then back down to the opposite corner. It’s a good idea to try on the apron before attaching the end of the plastic strip to the final corner of the apron to make sure it fits well. With either of the aprons you can cut them way longer than you need, fold it upwards, and make a pouch that runs along the bottom edge of the apron. The pouch can hold cleaning rags and other items.
The aprons can be worn while doing all sorts of dirty jobs. In some cases, you can simply wash off the apron and use it again. For other jobs, go ahead and ruin the apron, just throw it away when you’re done. They’re handy and easy to make whether you’re a beginner at sewing or an old pro.