A New Workshop Apron

With so many house projects lurking, it’s been awhile since I’ve delved into a chair or other woodworking endeavor. Besides….it’s really cold outside and my machinery workshop is currently without heat. The temperatures confine me to working inside in my handtool shop in our basement. 

I’ve been looking for excuses to use my “new” upholstery sewing machine. It’s a Consew 206RB. I recently picked up a doctor’s saddle chair to use which is terrific. 

The other day I found some automotive upholstery leather pieces on craigslist. I had originally planned on using them for an upcoming chair with a tight back and seat, but unfortunately none were large enough. 

My thoughts then turned to what other projects I might use the leather for. I’ve wanted an apron for my shop for awhile and I figured one made completely of leather would be great. All I had to do was pick up a few supplies from Tandy Leather and I was all set. I could have sewn all the straps on, but I rather like the look of the copper rivets. 

As with any project of this nature, I like to make templates out of brown kraft paper to avoid a miscut. 

I selected a light grey thread rather than black - I think it looks nice. I also double stitched the bottom of the main pockets for strength. 

Here is the completed apron. Note the rivets and hardware.