How to make a Custom Shop Apron | I Like To Make Stuff

How to make a Custom Shop Apron | I Like To Make Stuff

To avoid sawdust in my pockets, I made a custom shop apron!
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I work in the shop pretty much every day, and most of those days I leave with pockets full of sawdust. I decided to finally make a custom shop apron to try to get my pockets a little cleaner.
I’m also a complete sewing novice, so it was a great chance for me to practice my sewing. I learned a TON. I feel way more comfortable with basic stitching and the working of the sewing machine after this simple project. I used waxed cotton and some cotton webbing to make the apron.

(some are better than the versions I own) – Waxed Canvas – Canvas webbing – Slide buckles – Sewing Machine – Seam Ripper – Sewing Gauge – Rotary cutter – Fiskars cutting mat – First aid kit

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  1. Alisa Larsen on December 30, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    For future reference remove the pins as you sew. Sewing over pins can dull or snap your needle. A broken needle can affect your sewing machines tension or hurt you.

  2. barstad 9591 on December 30, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Doesn’t the canvas webbing irritate your neck?

    Kudos for your sewing. I doubt most men would even try.

  3. Priyanka Varde on December 30, 2021 at 8:01 pm


  4. Jared Steele on December 30, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    I cut off my finger with a rotary cutter

  5. seth_fto on December 30, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    even ik your supposed to remove the pins as you sew

  6. Lavatronn on December 30, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    What a great project! Thanks for this idea

  7. Benjamin Gunderson on December 30, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Hello! Where can I go to find the dimensions for the apron? Thanks!

  8. Collette Landwer on December 30, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Been binge watching, but can’t seem to find them in order.
    So GLAD to see there’s something you CANT do well, lol.
    You’ve done everything Lee I’ve seen so very well, even when you admit you’re not an expert at some things.

    As for sewing, NEVER sew over pins … you could end up breaking the needle on the machine, or jamming up the machine, costing to repair, or even worse, pin could shoot out and create bodily harm. Bet your wife gave you these instructions already.

  9. Nita Babcock on December 30, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Just don’t run over the pins. If the needle hits them u will probably have a broken needle. But u did great!

  10. RealRuler2112 on December 30, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    If you’re going to turn with it, you will want a flap to cover the top of that pocket… don’t ask how I know this…

    Also, one strap with a magnet on the end & some steel sewn into the other works awesome instead of a buckle or tying.

  11. Happybidr on December 30, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    For anyone who wants to sew and do a more professional job, do not normally leave the pins in and sew over them. You’re just as likely to break the needle. Go ahead and sew along the seam, coming up close to the pin then just stop and pull the pin out and start up sewing again. It’s not hard! If he would have just spent a little time figuring a few things out his apron would have been a lot better. Like using an iron to help keep down those seams and then using a pin to hold down the fabric I like having a larger pocket below the waist, that will hold specific items or be large enough to hold all kinds of stuff.

  12. Emily Bradley on December 30, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Me: “this is so cool! I want to make one”
    Goes out and buys an apron

  13. Bruce Calendrillo on December 30, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I am a tailor and would like to make a few suggestions. If you o not regularly use your machine then you should first oil the machine, replace the needle with a leather needle and buy new thread. Also when you fold the edges in it is called hemming. A seam is created when you join 2 pieces of fabric together. Hems should also be doubled over so as to enclose the raw edge and prevent fraying of the fabric.

  14. Yan Bousquet on December 30, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Pandemic times give me time to try different things (out of my comfort zone) and I am making one right now thanks to you.
    Just want to say that you really inspire me, gave Arduino a try when you did, not so successful at it.
    Thank you for everything!

  15. Joni Spalding on December 30, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Dude. You are so wrong. You make a Garden apron! It’s pretty cool. And your sewing is not bad.

  16. Rider Lee on December 30, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Don’t like when the apron hang on your neck need shoulder straps

  17. Lauren King on December 30, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Watching someone cut toward themselves with a rotary cutter makes my skin crawl. Cut away from yourself for safety (and more leverage!)

  18. Glen Everett on December 30, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    If you ever get sawdust in your pockets again, get a air gun (for your compressor) with a long nozzle (long enough to reach the bottom of your pocket), stick the nozzle in your picket while holding it open slightly and blow. Most of the sawdust will leave pritty quickly! Lol

  19. Reese Honadle on December 30, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    U sorta did it wrong and right kinda bc Ik how to sow

  20. Michael Zicopoulos on December 30, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Good job other than the strap around your neck – I’ve been wearing an apron in the wood shop for decades and know that a crossed over strap system that attaches at the waist corners is the most comfortable way to go – I just had my own design made and it’s the best – Give it a shot next time

  21. Matt Lewandowski on December 30, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    for those making a shop apron, I might suggest attaching the strap to the back side of the apron instead of the front. it will look nicer. for a wood turners apron, you might consider using a heavy weight material such as heavy duck canvas to add protection against fragmenting splinters (a risk in certain woods and hollow cutting) and skipping the chest pocket. (I made a single pocket for a flat pencil on the inside chest of mine so I could reach the pencil from the side on one made for wood turning years ago.

  22. Dumpster Marcus on December 30, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Great project!! I love sewing. My grandmother thought me when I was a teen. And actually the different sewing patterns do different things. Like that zig zag pattern will make the fabric stretch more then the straight stitch. Did a great job

  23. Señor DIY on December 30, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Awesome, where can I get a sewing machine like that? It is a skill I would like to learn…

  24. Mr. Frogman99 on December 30, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    I should really get onto makin meself an apron

  25. nuvoclassic on December 30, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Supplies: ‘first aid kit’ – ha, ha! 🙂 – great video by sewing novice!

  26. poor mans sewing on December 30, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Now you’re going down my alley sewing and I have the same sewing machine

  27. Bruce B on December 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Band saw and sewing machine in the same room. LOL

  28. SavedByGrace713 on December 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    What kind of fabric is this?

  29. Daniel Reza'e on December 30, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Gotta put a soft leather around the neck so it doesn’t become itchy

  30. Sandra Wallis on December 30, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Also, take the pins out as you sew! Makes things one heck of a lot easier.

  31. John Smith on December 30, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks Bob. I tip my hat to you. So many youtubers have how to videos. They make so many mistakes that they speed it up and show off the end result afters days and weeks of trying. I like how you explained your mistakes and what you would do better. Keep up the good work.

  32. Jaxon Drawing on December 30, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    I use to do sowing in highschool and when he was saying all the mistakes he made I just smile remembering all the times I made the same mistake. 😂😂

  33. NaomiDiaz2627 on December 30, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    How in the world did you not break the needle on the pins???

  34. andrea yuen on December 30, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Could you share dimensions of the apron? How wide was the fabric when you folded it in half? How wide is the waist? and how long are the straps.

  35. Gus Jackson on December 30, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    So – how does your apron solve the problem of reaching into your pockets with sawdust in your hands? You did not put a pocket in your apron nor a place for your phone. So…. you really didn’t solve anything accept show a rushed poorly made apron…

  36. James Mackey on December 30, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Now I gotta go make one….

  37. JetLag Aviation on December 30, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    When you sew the sig sag you don’t have to run it backwards in the ends as the stitch will lock itself in place

  38. Ted Hobgood on December 30, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    I want to applaud you for showing your mistakes. I think some people can sometimes be intimidated when somebody is showing how something is done, and it looks perfect the first time.

    I see this is several years old, and you’ve probably solved your cellphone-getting-sawdust-in-it problem by now, but just in case this helps, I’m putting my cellphone pocket on the back side of my apron, in the curved section. This way I can still feel it vibrate and can still reach it, but it keeps it out of harm’s way from glue (in my case).

  39. Francisco Quiñones Medina on December 30, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you was looking for this.

  40. Victor Hugo on December 30, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Why we never saw you using it anymore?

  41. Cameron Thomas on December 30, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Never sew over the pins!😬

  42. Ramil Mastiyev on December 30, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    The neck buckle should be on either side, close to the chest, otherwise, it will be uncomfortable on the back of your neck

  43. Ozzie Jim on December 30, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Nothing wrong with that mate👍

  44. Lenny on December 30, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Why was this video not sponsored by blue apron. You literally made a blue apron…

  45. raspberrycrusader on December 30, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Nice work dude, I love a man who can use a sewing machine (though don’t tell my wife I said that)!

  46. Stephen Landy on December 30, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    If you add shoulder straps instead of the neck strap it is way more comfortable than hanging on your neck then you can add pockets for turning tools and it wouldn’t strain your neck and you can quickly switch between turning tools

  47. Remus-Alexandru Simion on December 30, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    A pouch (like what hoodies sometimes have in the front) put on the inside (so the are away from sawdust) can help you keep sensitive electronic equipment that you may use in the shop (or even the phone). Alternatively, you can just put the magnets EvanAndKatelyn suggested, instead of sewing them in. You may find them annoying sometimes and would want them off.

    EDIT: Just read Malt & Make’s idea. 🙂 Great minds think alike, i guess? 😀

  48. randomletters on December 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Add an inside pocket for the phone at similar chest height.

  49. Florian on December 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    watching you sew over all those pins gave me anxiety

  50. Pietro Traldi on December 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I would have made single stitches on the neck and waist straps because if it’s yanked down you wouldn’t be dragged with it. Either way I love it