It’s here! It’s finally here!! Spring has arrived and I am one happy girl. Hi! It’s me, Kathleen, from Fearlessly Creative Mammas here to share with you a Gardening Apron Tutorial. Do you like to garden? I seriously hate it. Probably because I am really, really bad at making things grow. Seriously. So, so bad.
This beautiful girl is my daughter-in-law, Kelsey. She agreed to be my model today. She will also be the one doing the bulk of the gardening for our family. You see, she likes it and she is good at it, thanks to her wonderful mom, I’m sure. I also have a wonderful mom who can grow anything, but sadly, that didn’t translate to me.
Lest you think this will be a relationship like the Little Red Hen, we have a deal. My husband and I are supplying the yard for the garden and the materials for the raised beds. My husband and son are putting the raised beds together. Kelsey and Nicholas are growing the garden. When it is all done, I’m going to do the canning and teaching Kelsey anything she doesn’t know. I have loads of jars too. So you see, we are all doing our part. It’s best for the plants if I don’t touch them while they are trying to grow.
This is a fairly simple apron to make and it only took me about an hour to do. You will need two coordinating fabrics. For someone my size I bought one yard of each fabric. You don’t know me, so I will tell you I wear a size 8 pants and a medium or large top, depending on the type. I’m also 5’5″. Hopefully that helps.
Cut the main fabric to fit you. I cut mine 14 inches by 26 inches.
To make the tie, I cut mine one and a half inches wide by 60 inches long. Now, you’re probably thinking that’s longer than a yard. It is, so you will have to have a seam in the middle. Cut your two pieces and then attach them with a seam, having a 1/2″ seam. Then you will cut half of the excess off each end. Before you cut it, tie it around yourself so you make sure to have it the right length. Everyone is different.
After you have your tie the correct length, using an iron to help you, fold the sides in as shown in the photo above. Iron them down. Then fold the tie in half and iron it again. It should look like the photo below when you’re finished.
Now you repeat the same thing for each side of the apron, only just using it as a border, not long as a tie.
Now you need to cut the pocket. I cut mine 9 inches by 20 inches. Fold in each side a quarter inch and iron the sides in place.
Use the smaller pieces of the accent fabric and attach them to the edges of the main fabric. Be sure when you are attaching and sewing you get all of the layers.
Before you attach the tie, iron under the ends, so you create a nice end of the tie.
Then attach the tie across the top of the main fabric, ensuring the seam you made hits the middle of the main fabric. Continue sewing to the ends of the tie.
Now for the pocket. First, sew a seam across one of the long sides. Next, we attach the pocket.
Find the exact middle of your fabric and mark it using a disappearing marking pencil, going vertically the short ways.
Next, find the exact middle of your main fabric and pin the pocket in place, matching middles and having the sewn seam side up.
Next, sew around three sides of the apron to attach it, not the top side though. Finally, sew along the middle line to create two pockets in the apron.
When you’re working in the yard, you can put your gloves, small tools or seeds in your pockets so you don’t lose them.
This young lady is working hard already, planting sunflowers. She is a hard worker for sure.
Are you a gardener? Maybe you can use one of these gardening aprons to keep track of all of the small things. Be sure to come over and visit us at Fearlessly Creative Mammas.