Monday, February 16, 2009

Floral garden apron with pockets

I am always losing my pruning shears and other gardening tools so I started looking for a cheap apron I could use while gardening. The only ones I found were ugly and expensive so I decided to make one. It was fairly easy and inexpensive to make and I haven’t lost anything since I started using it.

Materials Needed:
1 yard of fabric
seam binding

Step 1. To determine how big to make your belt measure the distance between your hip bones and add two inches on each side. The width will be determined by how deep you want your pockets to be. I made mine about 12 inches wide.
Then lay out all the things you want to carry in your apron so you can determine how many pockets you will need.

Step 2. Cut a second piece of fabric two inches shorter and twice as long as your bottom piece. The extra length will give you enough fabric to make the pleats you will need to give your pockets enough room to hold your tools. You will need to make pleats by making a fold on both sides as shown in pictures. Pin the pleat in place and repeat for each pocket.
I added a contrasting pocket to the outside of center pocket as shown in last picture.

Step 3. Pin seam binding to top of pocket piece of fabric and then stitch into place.

Step 4. Fold bias tape over to cover seam and stitch into place as shown.

Step 5. Place pocket piece on top of bottom piece and stitch along bottom edge securing each pleat as you go.

Step 6. Stitch the inside of each pleat to secure the pockets to the back piece.

Step 7. Stitch seam binding to both sides of apron. Fold it over and stitch into place.

Step 8. Pin seam binding to bottom of apron as shown. Stitch. Fold over and stitch into place.

Step 9. Stitch seam binding to top of apron leaving extra seam binding on each end to use as ties. Fold over and stitch as shown in picture.
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Leanne ~ Book Lover said...

loved looking at your latest pics, how clever you are :)

I spread your doggy message on my blog too (the pic on the right of your blog) the one on the right reminds me of my shih tzu and I volunteered for the RSPCA for 8 yrs and know too much about unwanted pets.

ittybittyandpretty said...

you totally rock!! love the apron but more importantly love the drop dolls!! how sweet you are... the dolls would be loved loved loved by anyone and yes tehy look suitable for little people. i might just have to join that club, could i drop off one of my birds? or does it have to be a toy toy?

AwtemNymf said...

Yeah! You will be styling in the Garden missy! That garden tool belt ROCKS! Woohoo!!!

Tulsi said...

What a great idea. I'm always wandering the yard wondering where I was last and with what tool. I forget aprons can be used for a multitude of things. I'm thinking of making one specifically for Brie to use when she gives the baby a bath. So I guess I have been thinking.