How to Make a Work Apron

Item # X-HT-300582

Every DIYer needs a workshop apron when patterning, cutting, sewing and working on a new project. A work apron with plenty of pockets keeps all your notions within easy reach and keeps your clothes protected from spray adhesive, fabric fuzz and other project remnants. So, why not make your own? Join us as we show you how easy it is to make a workshop apron using tools and supplies from Sailrite®.

Learn how to make waxed canvas work apron.

You can customize this apron and add as many pockets as you need.

For our work apron, we chose DuraWax™ Light Waxed Canvas. DuraWax is a heavy-duty cotton duck fabric with a wax coating. It’s a great alternative to leather and the wax coating gives the fabric a rugged, aged look as the fabric is folded, scratched and creased. To add a decorative element and introduce a complementary color, we added a pocket and some accent pieces using EverSoft™ vinyl fabric. If you’d rather use DuraWax or leather for your work apron pockets and embellishments, we give you alternative measurements and instructions on that as well.

The video includes a patterning diagram showing you all the measurements for the apron shape as well as the various pockets and accent pieces. In this apron DIY video, you’ll learn how to pattern the waxed canvas, how to create pockets and tool loops, how to add accent pieces, how to reinforce the corners, and how to make webbing straps.

The best part is this apron is completely customizable. The video gives you a baseline approach to making a work apron, but you can make as many modifications as you like to fit your needs and style. Whether you want more pockets, larger pockets, or a longer or shorter apron, you’ll be able to use the skills learned in this video to make your workshop apron exactly how you want it. Watch the video below to get started on this fun DIY project.

What did you think of this DIY? How will you use your work apron in your sewing room or workshop? We’d love to see your DIY workshop aprons and how you customized them to your exact specifications and needs. Share photos of your work aprons on social media using #Sailrite so we can see your creativity!

Video Chapters:

  • Intro — 0:00 min.
  • Cutting Fabric to Size — 2:34 min.
  • Measuring & Cutting Curves — 2:53 min.
  • Making Bottom Pockets — 6:45 min.
  • Creating the Top Pocket — 13:43 min.
  • Sewing Top Pockets on Apron — 19:38 min.
  • Sewing Bottom Pockets on Apron — 23:15 min.
  • Hemming Sides of Apron — 25:31 min.
  • Accent Pieces on Pocket Corners — 31:29 min.
  • Adding Tool Loop — 33:43 min.
  • Attaching Webbing Straps — 37:25 min.
  • Installing Rivets at Stress Points — 43:35 min.
  • Materials & Tools List — 46:17 min.

Materials List:

  • DuraWax™ Light Waxed Canvas Cotton Duck 12 oz. (we used Brown 57" #122413)
  • EverSoft™ Indoor/Outdoor Vinyl Fabric (we used Peanut 54" #122225)
  • V-92 Polyester Thread from Sailrite
  • Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery (36 yds.) #122065
  • 1" Nylon Webbing (we used Brown #100NYLWBR-FT)
  • YKK® Side Release Heavy Duty Buckle Black 1" #104322
  • Double-Cap Rivets Nickel (24 sets) #122575

Tools List:

  • Scratch Awl Yellow #2354
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" #102400
  • Gingher® 8" Scissors Right Handed #19104
  • Flexible Curve 18" #122445
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ Walking Foot Sewing Machine (100-230V) #300600
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® Industrial Sewing Table #120934
  • Wonder Clips Assorted Colors (10 pack) #121876
  • Chalk Pen White #123131
  • Fabric Edge Match Pliers #123498
  • Sailrite® Edge Cordless Hotknife 18V Package #122177
  • Tempered Cutting Glass #121915
  • Basic Thread Snips #123222
  • Sailrite® Cutting Block & Die Holder #121597
  • Sailrite® Drill Hole Cutter 1/8" #121817
  • Barry King Mallet Hammer Style 3# #68563
  • Pencil, Drill, Heat Gun