How To Make A DIY Garden Apron Tutorial.

DIY Summer Blooms Garden Apron

This cheery garden apron combines the functionality to keep your tools and supplies close at hand while adding a bright lift to early spring days.  The vibrant bright pattern will be right at home in the summer but for now–as spring arrives–it provides inspiration for a summer filled with gorgeous blooms.

This apron has large, deep pockets so you can fill them with seed packets, plant labels, and various tools.  It is quite wide, so that you can fill the side pockets with all sorts of stuff, and still bend over to dig without getting stabbed in the belly by a weeding fork (!).  I also made a loop to hold my pruners off to the side so I can draw them quickly when encountering a showdown with unruly branches.  I like my ties to be extra long so they tie in the front with lots room to make a pretty bow.

Here’s how to make your own.

Materials:

Sturdy weight fabric – plain for apron back, pattern for pockets, waistband, and sash cut as follows:

  • 1 – 20” x 14  plain colour fabric for apron back
  • 1 – 23” x  10” patterned fabric for apron pockets
  • 1 – 20” x 4” patterned fabric for waist band
  • 2 – 42” x 4” patterned fabric for long, wraparound sashes

 

Directions:

1.  Cut all fabric to the dimensions listed to make a ladies’ large apron.  Adjust size up or down to fit.  Hem the two short sides of the back fabric, the top and bottom won’t matter, and hem the top edge of the pocket.  Using a glass, cut rounded corner on the bottom corners of both the back fabric and the pocket fabric.

2.  Lay the larger pocket cut of fabric on the back fabric, and pin 3 pleats along the bottom edge so that the pocket fabric now is the same width as the back.  Sew pleats with a double stitch about 1 ½” up from the bottom.

3.  Place the back fabric with hem facing upward, and then lay the pocket fabric facing downward on top.  Pin and sew along the side and bottom edges.  Turn right side out and make a decorative stitch along the sides and bottom of the apron.  Sew two straight lines to create the pocket dividers.

4. To make the sashes, fold the fabric strips in half lengthwise and inside out.  Sew the two long ends together making a long tube.  Turn tube right side out with a chopstick and some patience.  Fold the ends of the sashes inward and stitch to finish the ends.

5.  Sew each sash to the top sides of the waistband.  Iron the waistband in half, and then fold over each end by ¼”.  Fold waist band over the top edge of the back fabric and covering the two sides where the sashes are attached. Sew along the bottom and sides to secure and along the top edge for continuity.

6.  Make a loop to hold pruners or other tools by folding a 2” x 5” long cut of fabric lengthwise and folding the edges in.  Sew top bottom and sides to secure the “ribbon”.  Attach to apron back by sewing the right end to the apron back, then sewing the same end 1” to the right.  Loop the ribbon around to the other side, sew the left end near the right end, and then again sew 1” to the left of the third line.

 

Thanks for visiting for the weekend project!

About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Shelley@2jacs
    Shelley@2jacsMarch 18,12

    That is so adorable Stevie! So handy, and of course you thought of the “poking” dilemma as well! Love this!! Are you selling them on Etsy as well?

  2. Heather
    HeatherMarch 18,12

    Your apron looks great, my mom needs an apron like this. She loves her gardens. :)
    Would love to have you come link up at Sunday Round Up…. 3 blogs = 1 party.
    xx,
    Heather
    http://www.heatherlyloves.com/2012/03/sunday-round-up-1_8663.html

  3. Leena K
    Leena KMarch 18,12

    I made a bag for my yoga mat from exactly same fabric.

  4. Shannon
    ShannonMarch 18,12

    This is sew cute, Great tutorial too!

    Shannon
    @SewSweetCottage

  5. lissa
    lissaMarch 18,12

    What a cute idea. I have a million aprons from years of being a waitress. I could totally pretty one up!

  6. Jennifer
    JenniferMarch 19,12

    very cute and i need one of these soooo badly! yours turned out great.

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  7. Aisling Beatha
    Aisling BeathaMarch 19,12

    I love that fabric, is it IKEA?

  8. Stevie
    StevieMarch 19,12

    Aisling – yep! I picked it up in the AS IS bin there for $0.50 and I have enough to make another apron. A steal, really.

  9. Amy @ Permanent Kisses
    Amy @ Permanent KissesMarch 21,12

    Love the apron – maybe then I would not lose my tools every time I turn around.

  10. Karla
    KarlaMarch 21,12

    So cute!

  11. Heather
    HeatherMarch 24,12

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  12. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives
    Caitlin @ Hardly HousewivesApril 11,12

    This is so awesome! I have to try it! I have the perfect fabric leftover from making a dog bed.

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