How To Easily Make A Leather Shop Apron For Beginners
Ruining your clothes while mastering your leatherworking craft isn’t the way to go…
But what choice do you have? Fear not!
Today we’re going to show you how to make your very own leather work apron that will not only protect your clothes but also make you look like a pro in the workshop. This DIY leather apron boasts a front chest pocket and two side pockets to store all your tools and gadgets. It’s also made from high-quality Pines Milled Leather but feel free to explore some other options that we’ll discuss below to select the just right leather for you. Plus, it’s easy to make - even for beginners!
Start by grabbing some shipping paper from your last leather order from Weaver Leather Supply. This paper gets a great second life as pattern paper. Here’s a quick note that should get you excited for your next project. Using the 24" x 45" shipping paper, you can create a paper leather apron pattern that can easily be transferred to high-quality plastic sheeting for a pattern you can use again and again. How convenient is that?
Enough with the lead-up, let’s get started on making the ultimate leather apron!
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With Leather… You’ve Got Options!
The Brass Hardware Is A Cinch
Adding brass hardware to your leather shop apron is a game-changer! Not only does it make your apron look more professional, but it also adds a touch of sophistication to your work. But wait, before we jump into the brass hardware world, let’s make sure we have all the supplies we need. You will need solid brass 3/4" D’s, a billet, a D-ring, double cap rivets (our favorite solid brass rivet), and a 1/4" double cap rivet for the strap.
Now that we have all the supplies, it’s time to dive into the process!
- First, turn your billet over and place the male ends of the two 5/16" brass rivets up through the leather. Then, push the male ends through the bottom of your apron. But wait, there’s more! Slide the D-ring on, seat the top of the billet down, and put a cap on each rivet. Easy-peasy!
- Let’s move on to the straps. Run the long strap through the D-ring and seat the two 1/4" solid brass double cap rivets into the strap. After that, place the top of the strap over those male ends. Then, drop in the two caps and set them to create your secure closure. Follow these same steps on the other side of your waist and the two at your neck.
And just like that, you have added some serious class to your leather work apron! But don’t forget to double-check your work and make sure all the hardware is secure. After all, you want to be confident this DIY leather apron can withstand the daily grind of your work in style!
Ready, Set, Sew: Your New, DIY Leather Apron Awaits!
Now you can see, making a leather work apron is indeed simple, clean, and easy, and there are unlimited possibilities to make it your own. The best part is you can put the pockets wherever you want to ensure all of your preferred tools are safe and secure!
Using a lighter 3-4 ounce leather will keep you comfortable and is perfect for leather crafters who are only trying to protect against dye, antiques, or topcoat. However, if you’re forging or welding, you may want to jump up to a 4-5 ounce leather for that extra layer of protection.
Just remember to keep it comfortable, and you’ll be happy with your choice. With a little patience and creativity, you’ll have a polished and functional leather shop apron in no time!