Canvas Shop Apron

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Project by ChesapeakeBob posted 11-04-2009 12:40 AM 8289 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, while not made of wood, how about a canvas apron I sewed for myself for my shop? I have been home recovering from some minor heart by-pass surgery, and I had time to sew this much needed apron for myself on the sewing machine. I used heavy cotton duck material, I hemmed all the edges with a webbing material, and sewed in the large bottom pockets plus the pencil pocket. I used grommets and cowhide to complete the neck band and waist ties. For some of you astute woodworkers who appreciate a good adult beverage on occaision, I am sure you will recognize the material I used for the upper pocket for my eye glasses.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#1 posted 11-04-2009 12:49 AM

I like the pocket in the center for your glasses, great idea!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 12:50 AM

...and yes I do believe we are talking about RC for the material…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 12:59 AM

“minor” bypass surgery? Oxymoron if I ever heard one. Is the pocket from a blue felt bag? May you use that apron for many years.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#4 posted 11-04-2009 01:10 AM

That’s a great idea. Always wanted to learn to sew also. The patch looks brown but I was thinking its the gorgeous purple color of a nice Crown bag. Well done sir.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 11-04-2009 01:30 AM

Very cool, I spent today trying to hem 9 pairs of pants, It has been 25 years since I sewed. It took 30 minutes and some online help to thread the machine, but then it was off to the races. There are some interesting skills and coordinations that go along with sewing. I guess what I am saying is very nice. I can really appreciate the work you did. Another addition to the list of MANSKILLS.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 11-04-2009 01:41 AM

Great job…..I can use almost any woodworking tool out there (and figure out the rest)...but a sewing machine confounds me…we had to take one “homemaking” class when I was in high school (ages ago) but they knew we “guys” weren’t in to it…so we just had a bs session. It would be nice to be able to sew up a nice smock or apron….maybe then I would like going to the fabric store with the better half (but thats on another post).

After all that…let me just say…what a great way to recouperate….and glad to hear you are well on your road to recovery….now just pour me a couple fingers of that “beverage” in celebration…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 11-04-2009 04:26 AM

I’ve got the material to do the same thing. I hate when sawdust gets into big pockets down by the waist. All I need is a pocket for a pencil. Nicely done. I may have to post mine when I make mine. I’m recently recovering from making a pirate wench costume for my girlfriend. I’m the seamstress in the family…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 11-04-2009 04:45 AM

SWMBO’s the sewing wiz in OUR family. May have to pass this one along to her.

I wish you a speedy and full recovery, giving you many more decades to enjoy your craft.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 11-04-2009 05:26 AM

Good Job Bob

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 11-04-2009 05:37 AM

Very Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 11-04-2009 06:03 AM

I sure could use an apron like that. But—- the only apron I get to wear is the one in the kitchen when I have to do the dishes. My wife don’t want me to splash soapy water on the floor—she don’t are about me. lol lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#12 posted 11-04-2009 06:59 AM

Nice job …where did you get the grommets and did the tool come with them for installation ? thanks

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 11-04-2009 08:39 AM

I like your going out of the way from wood working to sewing an apron which is a very useful article for a wood worker. You have stiched a simple design including very useful pockets for specks or pencil. You have shown your expertise on sewing machine also.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 11-04-2009 01:09 PM

REGGIEK—- fabric store!!!! Just look at what you can do with treasures from a fabric store! And where’s Kent—he needs to see this. :)

Bob—great creation! You did fantastic job. And best wishes for a speedy recovery on that “minor” surgery.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 11-04-2009 02:09 PM


Like everything, you can buy cheap or you can buy quality! These are quality grommets. You purchase the two-part grommets, the punch, and the anvil separately. I am a sailor and I also sew projects for the boat as well.

The parts and tools mentioned above all came from a family owned business named Sailrite.
This is quality company with great customer service! The are located in Indiana, USA!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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