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DIY Father’s Day Gift // Stenciled Grilling Apron

This DIY Father’s Day gift is so easy to make! An easy DIY apron with a fun stencil pattern that you can download is something that dad will love. Read on for the tutorial.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Father’s Day’s a-comin’, so let’s make something for dads and dudes! This DIY Father’s Day gift of an apron is perfect for your husband or dad, especially if he loves grilling. It’s kind of an homage to a carnivore, if you will. It’s also an awesome sewing project because all you need is a flour sack towel and some black trim. Let’s do this.

Make a DIY Father’s DAy Gift Apron

Materials

  • Printable Apron Design File
  • flour sack towel, 33″x38″ (like these)
  • black woven trim, about 1″ wide
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • freezer paper
  • iron
  • pencil
  • fabric paint
  • sponge brush

Make Time: 2 hours

Arrange the towel so that a 33″ edge is at the top and the hems are wrong-side-down. Fold in the top corners 11″ from either side, and so that they fold at an angle down about 15″ on the outsides. Pin at the corners.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Cut in horizontally on both 38″ sides to meet the fold. It should be a 5″ cut, 15″ down the side.

DIY Manly Man Apron

On the wrong side, sew a straight stitch hem where you cut in on the sides. Then sew down the diagonal folds. Trim away the excess. This will form the top portion of the apron.

DIY Manly Man Apron

For the neck strap and waist ties, your measurements may vary. I cut three pieces of black trim, each about 20″. Pin the first behind the outer edges of the top of the apron and sew both sides down with a straight stitch.

DIY Manly Man Apron
DIY Manly Man Apron

With the remaining two, sew one on each side of the waist (the area where you cut in horizontally and hemmed). Pin one end behind the apron and sew with a straight stitch. Make a quick fold-over hem on the loose end so that it doesn’t unravel.

DIY Manly Man Apron
DIY Manly Man Apron

Download our template below! Cut it out of freezer paper. Iron the freezer paper, shiny side down, onto the chest of the apron.

Download the Apron Printable

Click the button below to download the animal design to add to the front of your DIY apron for Father’s Day.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Using a sponge brush, liberally but carefully paint over the stencil with fabric paint. Be careful to put something down underneath the apron in case paint seeps through.

DIY Manly Man Apron
DIY Manly Man Apron

Gently peel away the freezer paper.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Be careful to let the paint fully dry before you wrap up your apron. Since we’re using fabric paint, you may want to wash the apron once before you give it as a gift. Be sure your dude knows how much love went into this bad boy! And then let him grill away to his heart’s content.

I love this DIY Father’s Day gift! As an update, this DIY was made in 2013 and now, in 2020, it’s still going strong! A perfect gift for dad if you want to make something useful with a handmade vibe. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Manly Man Apron
DIY Manly Man Apron
DIY Manly Man Apron

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