An organised apron can make cleaning a lot less dreaded chore. Everything is right there -- cleaning bottle, trash bags, cloths, toothbrush, etc. There is no going back and forth to get supplies that you have forgotten and nothing to carry, leaving your hands free. A bucket full of supplies does not need to be lugged around. Cleaning aprons are not only washable, but also protect your clothing. By following a few simple steps, an inexpensive cleaning apron can be made that organises all cleaning items and saves valuable time.
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Things you need
- Cleaning supplies
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
Purchase an extra long apron at a local craft supply store. These typically are made from canvas or a heavy-duty fabric, have no embellishments, come in various sizes and are inexpensive. An old apron with enough length to make compartments is also an option for creating the cleaning apron.
Determine the pocket widths needed by measuring the cleaning items intended for the apron compartments. For example, if you have decided you will carry two spray bottles, each 3 inches wide, and a couple of cloths in one pocket, use 6 inches as the width of that compartment to comfortably accommodate the items. Measure the width of the apron bottom to determine how many inches you have to work with. For example, if the width of the apron bottom is 24 inches, four pocket containers, each approximately 6 inches in width are possible to create. Or, an approximate 6--inch, 8-inch and two 5-inch pockets are possible. Choose the most effective pocket container layout for you.
Create the pocket containers for the cleaning supplies, using the measurements you determined. Turn the bottom of the apron up towards the apron front by 12 to 18-inches. Match the edges of the folded section to the existing apron edges. Divide the large compartment into several smaller departments based on the cleaning supply measurements. If the original apron flares out at the bottom, this will make your pocket containers more roomy, due to the extra fabric. Temporarily hold the pocket areas in place, using straight pins.
Sew a vertical seam up each side edge of the upturned apron flap, joining it to the original apron side edges. Stitch over the original existing seams, if possible. Sew a vertical seam dividing each intended compartment pocket, using the straight pins as guides. Make sure to leave the pocket tops unstitched. Remove all pins.
Tips and warnings
- All items needed for making the cleaning apron are available at craft and fabric stores.
- Additional storage pockets may be added to the apron by cutting unique shapes from various fun fabrics and machine stitching them to the apron, making sure to leave the top of the pocket open and accessible.
- Cleaning aprons make fun and very functional gifts. Consider dying the apron a bright colour and adding trims or unusual embellishments.
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