Introduction: Modular Apron
Since the advent of computers, the real world strikes me as so highly inefficient anymore. Holding up a book to read it!? Turning pages with my fingers and keeping on the right page when I set it down with a bookmark?! How archaic!
Why can't my shelves be self organizing? Why can't I click a button in a corner and hide the things I'm not working on right now. And so on.
In my humble attempt to get reality to get in line, I give you ....
OpenApron: An apron with easy to configure customizable pocket modules. Use the Apron Plugin Interface to add and remove pocket modules. It's Open Source! Free to all developers! Nothing to download! No data plan required! Access it from the Cloud*
*j/k not really
Step 1: Warnings and Disclaimers
Aprons can be Hazardous!
Please use all due caution when doing anything.
Don't keep pointy things in your apron if there is a risk of falling, tripping, slipping or otherwise poking yourself inadvertently.
Your mother would be sad if you hurt yourself and so would we.
Step 2: Materials
a lot of velcro
remnants (Goodwill is a great source for awesome and cheap remnants)
Step 3: Motivation
Okay what is it? It's just an apron with velcro stripes that lets you create customizable pockets that you can put on and remove at will.
Why do you need that? Well, a lot of times I'm running around wondering where I put the scissors or the screwdriver or the phillips bit or tape measure or pen or whatever it was I was using last. And what I'm looking for tends to vary depending on what I'm working on. But there are definite trends. Some tools I use for almost all projects, and other projects require specialized tools.
So, why not have an apron with pockets dedicated to just a particular tool(s) that you can paste on or remove at will. And you can paste and remove it from any surface that has the fluffy side of velcro on it.
Relish my moment of OCD joy with me.
Step 4: Attach Velcro Stripes to an Apron
Sew strips of the soft plushy side of the velcro in horizontal stripes across the front of an apron of your choosing. Initially I made them approximately three inches apart but felt it needed more, so now they are 1.5 inches apart.
Use the plushy side of the velcro on the front of the apron as it is the lesser of two rough things. I don't want to ever have to touch the rough prickly side as a rule. The rough side will go on the back of the pocket appliques. But the plushy side is fine, I don't mind brushing my hands against it.
For economic reasons, I am only going partway round this apron as velcro is expensive. Practically it doesn't need to go way around in back either. For that reason, it might have been better to choose a more subdued color for the velcro, like black. But I could not resist the sportiness of alternating horizontal colored stripes.
Step 5: Pocketses, Pocketses, Lots of Pocketses
And you can make them out of any fabric you want and fit them to any tool you want. so there!
You can make a bunch of different sized square pockets or a custom shaped pocket that just holds a particular thing just so and position it just so. A scissor holster, for instance.
As you are designing the pockets, you may want to consider things like: which hand do you want it to be local to.
Step 6: Simple Example: Making a Square Pocket
Choose a fabric that has a nice feel to it to be both the lining and the exterior.
Cut two squares of your chosen fabric to the size square you want.
Hem the top edge of both pieces. For the piece that will be the front, top stitch it twice to keep the hem laying flat.
Attach strips of the pokey side of the velcro to back of the piece that will be the back, leaving room for your chosen seam allowance.
Add additional strips to the back piece along top, sides, bottom, and a few in the middle if it's a big pocket.
Sew the front and back squares together into an envelope so that the front side is right side in and the back side is velcro side in.
Turn it right side out.
Top stitch through all that around the envelope. This is where the thread breaks a lot for me and I've broken the needle as well.
Step 7: Pocket Variations
You can get as carried away with this as you want, making custom pockets for all your favorite tools.
Note: If you ever want to pick up threads, use the pokey side of velcro.
Also, I am thinking it might make an awesome pot scrubber material.
Now you have another fine use for all your beloved remnants that are a little too small, but a little too precious to toss out.