My Dad's birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and I got told to 'make something unique'. We've always had a joke about the kitchen becoming a no kids zone on a Saturday night so Dad can cook Mum a nice romantic meal, and even now I'm moved out if I stay over the weekend the rule is upheld.
Hence, the manly apron. You can add whatever design you like, this tutorial gives you the basic apron and the rest is up to you.
Firstly, cut your fabric into a rectangle where the width is your/ your intended man gift receiver's chest width; and the length is from breast bone to knee (don't worry if this sounds long - it gets made shorter). Remember to include a 2cm seam allowance.
Hem the bottom edge of your rectangle. Make sure to work from here with the BACK of the seam facing you (so you can see the fold). This will make sense in step 4.
Fold your fabric in half length ways. measure four inches from the fold and make a mark, and measure down the outward (non-fold) edge the distance between your breast bone and bottom of your armpit (approx six to eight inches) and make a mark.
Cut down three or four inches from the first mark, then make a smooth curve as shown to the second mark. Unfold and you'll have your apron shape, symmetrical on both sides.
Fold the bottom four or five inches of your apron upwards (or however much needs folding up to make it the length you want - mid thigh).
The hem you made earlier should now be smooth, right side out. Pin your folded section along the top to gold it in place.
Hem all around the edges as shown in red. Your fold will now stay in place and form a pocket. You can leave it as one big pocket, but it will gape slightly, so I suggest sewing up the middle (again, indicated in red) to make two pockets.
Make straps with the grosgrain ribbon. Make the neck strap first as it uses less length, then take what you have left and chop it in half. Sew where shown, then tie a knot in the free ends of the waist straps to prevent fraying.
Add your design (I used 3D paint for the text and two figures, then felt to create the red crossed circle). Voila - man apron! (Or easily adapted to lady apron).