Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Plastic Potato Bag Apron!

Some of my jobs involve doing quite a few dishes. Industrial amounts of dishes.

And being a bit shorter than the average person means that I have to lean practically into the sink in order to wash all these dishes. This leads to getting a wet waistband that ends up rubbing on my tummy and being uncomfortable.

I thought about this and decided that what I needed a plastic apron.

I went to the shops to look for a $2 Apron and discovered that they didn't exist. I could find kid size ones for $10-15, but they don't make plastic aprons in my size.

So I decided to make one. I looked at those $2 plastic table cloths to make myself an apron out of but thought they may be a bit flimsy. Then I remembered I had some really cool plastic potato sacks from another job...

And so decided to have a go at making a very basic apron from them! 


Here's what I did...


Found a selection of plastic potato and chook food sacks...

I cut one bag open to make it as wide as it would go and on a low iron, ironed out the creases

Then I layed out a an apron that was almost big enough and arranged the potato sacks to make an apron that was bigger - and then pinned it all in place.
One sack is opened right up and the other is still a tube - giving me three layers on my waist area... That should keep me dry!


I sewed the whole sack to the opened up sack with a double zig zag stitch across the waist/bust area.


I pinned a ribbon on for a neck and and pinned in a couple of darts for fitting around my bust...

Sewed it all on.


Sewed on a couple of waist ties...


And voila! One cheap and easy plastic apron!


And there it is - being modelled by yours truly!


Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 Very green to re purpose something that would have gone into landfill!
Frugal-ness: 5/5 Was free as I used left over bits and bobs that were lying around.
Time cost: About 1/2 an hour
Skill level: Fairly basic sewing skills
Fun -ness: Great fun and I get lots of comments every time I wear it!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

whow! looks great - Laurian

Kathryn Ray said...

This is a great idea! Looks great too.

Practical Frog said...

Thank you ladies! Easy to make and it keeps me dry - all good things in an plastic apron! - K xx

Kathryn Ray said...

Thanks for the insight to the Practical Frog. :-)

The Tour de Fleece is run in conjunction with the Tour de France. We spin when they race. It's headquartered on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/tour-de-fleece

The spinning wheels have treadles which are like pedals, so it's sort of the same thing. ;-)

Practical Frog said...

Ahhh - That makes sense! I will go and have a look at Ravelry now! - K xx

Alisha Lucky said...

Oh I love this! Well done.

Pearlie Mcilvaine said...

Two thumbs up for your creative recycling solution! The idea is ingenious! And the apron looks very stylish. For sure, you will have more fun creating some delicious dishes in the kitchen with your fabulous potato sack-made apron!

Practical Frog said...

Thank you Ma'am!Its mainly for staying dry for when I do bulk dishes at work but its just fine to cook in also! - k xx

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