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How to Sew a Garden Apron

I needed an apron for gardening, so I had to figure out how to make a garden apron that would fill all my requirements. My garden apron had to be washable and have pockets to hold my seeds, twine, and garden tools. 

Since I enjoy gardening and will be using this apron a lot, it needed to be washable, functional, and comfortable. 

DIY Garden Apron

DIY Garden Apron

If you love to garden too, you might enjoy our DIY Trellis, Obelisk, Raised Garden Beds, Compost bins, floating deck, hanging planters, window flower boxes, and hose post.

**If you enjoy thrift store upcycling, then you will want to check out the other upcycle inspiration at the end of this post.  

How to Make a Garden Apron

Supplies and Tools 

Gather all your sewing supplies and fabrics.

Apron Sewing Supplies

Apron Sewing Supplies

For my inspiration, I used my husband’s old nail apron. It had a nice shape, but I wanted my apron longer and wider. 

Apron pattern inspiration

Apron pattern inspiration

Fabric Cuts

Main fabric:

  • Apron Body (25″ by 9″)
  • Pockets (25″ by 6″)
  • Waistband (25″ by 3.5′)
  • Apron ties cut 2 each (39″ by 3.5″)

Contrast fabric:

  • Bias tape cut on the bias of the fabric one at (26″ by 2″) and cut one (42″ by 2″)

The first step to any sewing project is to get your fabric thread perfect. I used a quilting mat and quilt ruler (this is the one I used) to straighten my fabric. 

Cut main fabric pieces

Cut main fabric pieces.

After I cut out my apron and apron pocket, I placed the pocket piece on the top of the apron with the bottom edges matched. 

I used a plastic lid as a guide to trace the bottom side curve. Then I cut along the traced lines. 

Using a Plastic Lid for corner curves

Using a Plastic Lid for corner curves

To find the center of the apron, I folded it in half. I marked the centers using a water-soluble maker (this is the fabric marker I used).

Fold the Apron in Half and Mark Centers

Fold the Apron in Half and Mark Centers

Make Apron Ties

To make my apron ties, I used the same fabric as the apron and pocket. I folded in one of the short sides 1/2″ and ironed it down. Then I folded it in half and ironed it. Next, I folded the long sides to meet in the center and pressed it (using a mini iron).

Ironing the three sides of the ties

Ironing the three sides of the ties

Fold the ties and iron

Fold the ties and iron

Fold the ties in half and press. 

Ironing tie in half

Ironing tie in half

Stitch Apron Ties

Stitch Apron Ties

Topstitch the ties on the three turned-down sides. 

How to Make Bias Tape

I adore plaid, and green is my favorite color, so this green plaid shirt was perfect as my trim (bias tape). When I purchased this shirt from the local Goodwill, I planned to use it to make Fabric Pumpkins, but it was too perfect not to use for this project.

Upcycle fabric DIY Garden Apron

Upcycle fabric DIY Garden Apron

It was impossible to get the backside of the shirt to lay flat, so I cut open the side seams. 

Goodwill Shirt Side Seams Cut Open

Goodwill Shirt Side Seams Cut Open

Then I cut it off the back yoke. Using a yardstick, I marked the bias strips with a chalk marker

Mark Contrast Bias Strips

Mark Contrast Bias Strips

For the long piece of bias tape, I had to sew together two pieces together. 

Sew bias strips together

Sew bias strips together

I used a bias tape maker (this is the one I used). It has a slot in the top where I use a pin to push the fabric through. 

Feed Bias strip into the bias tape maker

Feed Bias strip into the bias tape maker

While holding the metal handle of the bias tape maker, pull it back and iron the tape as the maker moves over it.

Iron bias tape

Iron bias tape

Checking the length of the bias tape

Checking the length of the bias tape

 

Sewing on the Bias Tape 

I unfolded the bias tape and pinned it to the wrong side of the top edge of the pocket. 

Pin the bias tape to the top pocket edge

Pin the bias tape to the top pocket edge

Then I sewed it along the first fold line. 

Sew the bias tape to the top edge of the pocket

Sew the bias tape to the top edge of the pocket

After I applied the bias tape on the apron, I folded it over to the front of the pocket and pinned it in place. Then I stitched it in place.

Pin the bias tape to the front side of the pocket

Pin the bias tape to the front side of the pocket

Sew the bias tape close to the edge

Sew the bias tape close to the edge

I placed the pocket on the top front side of the apron along the bottom. 

Place the pocket on the front of the apron

Place the pocket on the front of the apron.

Next, I sewed in a basting stitch line along the pocket sides and bottom. 

Basting stitch pocket in place

Basting stitch pocket in place

Then I opened the bias tape and pinned it along the sides and bottom of the backside of the apron. 

 

Pin bias tape around the sides and bottom of the apron

Pin bias tape around the sides and bottom

Clip the curves

Clip the curves

Pinned bias tape

Pinned bias tape

How to Make Pocket Sections 

Mark and sew the pocket sections.  

Mark the stitching lines for the pocket sections

Mark the stitching lines for the pocket sections

Stitch pocket sections

Stitch pocket sections

Apron Waistband

Fold over 1/2″ on one of the long sides of the waistband and press. Place waistband over the backside of the apron matching the center marks on the raw edges and pin in place. 

Pin waistband to apron top edge

Pin waistband to apron top edge

Stitch the waistband in place. Then press the seam towards the top. 

Iron the waistband towards the top of the apron

Iron the waistband towards the top of the apron

Attach Ties

Turn over the apron and pin the ties to the waistband. Stitch just outside the edge of the apron. 

Pin the ties to the waistband

Pin the ties to the waistband

Fold the waistband over the tie and stitch. Trim the seam and the corner. 

Fold the waistband over and stitch

Fold the waistband over and stitch

Turn right side out and press. 

Turn the waistband right side out

Turn the waistband right side out.

Top Stitch Apron Waistband

Press the waistband on the front.

Iron the waistband in place

Iron the waistband in place

Pin in place and stitch. 

Stitch down the waistband

Stitch down the waistband

DIY Garden Apron

DIY Garden Apron

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DIY Blog Hop

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Please join me (HERE) as we craft up some fun. You can look forward to receiving new inspiration every week. As well as special online crafting events, seasonal and holiday crafting too. 

See you soon,

Kippi

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Debra Oliver

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Adorable AND functional; this is just so cute! Great DIY, that little bias tape tool is magical! Thanks so much for coming by and linking up at All About Home. I'm featuring this post Monday evening.

Leanna

Tuesday 25th of May 2021

I have never considered making a gardening apron, summer is too short here, but it intrigued me how strong it is with all those lovely pockets. I could use it for cleaning and organizing as I seem to be the designated put it where it goes person. Beautiully done, especially all that DIY bias tape.

Maya Kuzman

Friday 14th of May 2021

What an easy and beautiful apron to make! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

Rachelle

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Kippi, you did a wonderful job making the apron sturdy and cute! You should make and sell these on Etsy. The post was one of the first to catch my eye and for a good reason - it's about gardening and looking good at the same time :)

Thanks for sharing it at the FWF link party

Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

I love the plaid accent on your cute garden apron and now I want to start sewing again. 😊 Look for your post to be featured this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party.

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