Get Crafty: Make a Gardening Apron
Yes, I admit it.
I am constantly misplacing my gardening tools around the yard.
I seem to misplace my hand pruners, scissors, and gardening trowel every time I am out in the gardens. For years, I have been tinkering with the idea of purchasing a gardening apron to wear around my waist to keep track of everything. Yet, I never could quite find the perfect design. I wanted an apron that tied only around my waist. It had to have deep pockets to prevent tools from spilling out as I bent over. It would be great to have a place for my cell phone or the cordless house phone. I also wanted a place to keep a roll of twine handy. Lastly, it had to be pretty!
This weekend, I decided to head to the fabric store and make one myself. I could design and make it exactly to my specifications. While designing this apron, I kept beginning sewers in mind. If you can sew a straight line, you can make this apron. You can also adjust the measurements to your exact specification. You can even make a wee one for a child. You are never too young to garden.
- 1 yard of outdoor fabric- It's heavy duty and washable!
- Heavy duty thread
- Pinking shears
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
For all the step by step directions, follow along with the photos in the gallery below:
Cut Out the Fabric and Ribbon
Lay the fabric out on the floor and cut out the following pieces: One 20 inch x 26 inch piece (apron body). One 4 inch x desired length piece to form an apron tie, to go all the way around your waist (mine was 46 inches long). One 20 inch x 18 inch piece (pocket body). Two 12 inch pieces of ribbon.
Shear the Edges
Trim around the sewn edges of the apron body with pinking shears. This prevents the edges from fraying. Repeat all these same steps for the apron body on the pocket body. Start by folding the pocket body into an 18 inch by 10 inch square. Once sewn and trimmed with the pinking shears, set it aside.
Attach the Pocket
Center the pocket body on the apron body below the apron tie. Pin it in place. Sew the pocket on three sides leaving the top of the pocket open. Next, equally divide the apron pocket into three pockets. Sew two evenly spaced straight lines down the large apron pocket to form a total of three pockets.