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Apr 03

How to Make a Garden Apron

I’ve fancied owning a garden apron for a year or so now and with the Spring gardening season well and truly here, I’ve found myself needing one more and more. As I move around the garden pruning and weeding, I often spend ages searching for my trowel.

So, earlier this week, I decided that I would finally make myself an apron. I had a root around in my sewing room for suitable material and chose a plain, cream, heavy-weight cotton canvas for the base-layer and mid-layer, and a floral cotton canvas for the top-layer.

Garden Apron - sewing tutorial | Hellie's CornerHere’s how to make the apron:

The first thing to do is to draw up a pattern – I used my cooking apron as a guide for the width and folded it over to work out a suitable length for the new apron.

Draw the pattern onto a piece of paper using the measurements below and use the pattern to cut out the material.

Garden apron pattern - sewing tutorial| Hellie's Corner

Once you have cut out the three pieces (layers) of material, hem the top edge of all three pieces with a 1.5cm hem and then, to reduce the bulk, mitre the hem edges at both ends with a pair of scissors (see below).

Fold the new edges of each piece over for another 1.5cm and sew them down to create an enclosed hem.

how to make a garden apron - sewing tutorial | Hellie's Corner

With the right side facing up, lay the base-layer flat on a table and then lay the mid-layer and then the top-layer on top. Make sure that all three layers are aligned at points C and D and pin the three layers together at all four points. When you are happy that the edges of all three pieces are aligned, sew along the three sides: A to B, B to C, C to D, as shown below.

how to make a garden apron - sewing tutorial | Hellie's CornerTo make the pocket channels, sew a straight line from point e to f, then a second straight line from point g to h and a final straight line from point i to j, as shown below.

how to make a garden apron - sewing tutorial | Hellie's Corner

Then pin and sew a contrasting green 2cm flat cotton binding around the outer edge from point A to B, B to C and C to D. In total I used 1.5m of the 2cm binding.

To make the waist tie, attach two lengths of 3cm wide flat cotton binding, one at point A and one at point D, turning the cut edge in so the binding can’t fray in the future. The ties are 25cm each in length and to stop them from fraying, sew a double hem at the open ends.

To finish off the apron, I choose one of the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine and sewed a row along the top edge.

how to make a garden apron - embroidery detail adds the finishing touch! | Hellie's Corner #sewingtutorial

The problem is, now that my apron is ready to use, I’m not sure that I want to get it dirty with a muddy trowel!! ;-D

How to make a garden apron - sewing tutorial | Hellie's Corner

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  1. vicky myers

    Great idea:) I love the tiny row of printed flowers at the top:)

  2. Charly Dove

    Gosh that’s a wonderful apron, I love the print and the design for that matter! You’re so very clever doing that. I’ve not sewed since I was at school, should give it another go really!

  3. Hannah

    How adorable! I’ve never made anything before that requires sewing so would love to try!xx

  4. Debbie

    Definitely fitting for your garden! But yep, definitely wouldn’t want to risk it getting muddy!

  5. Actually Mummy...

    Oh my you are clever! And practical! I could never in a million years do this. It’s lovely too!

  6. Michelle Twin Mum

    Ohh well done, it looks fabulous! mich x

  7. Sonia

    Very clever! It looks lovely and very handy :O)

  8. agatapokutycka

    So pretty.
    My Mum would love one of these!

  9. Shell Louise

    It looks lovely and the instructions are great. I might try giving this a go when I finally find my sewing machine power cord after our recent house move!

  10. Lucy Blossom

    A beautiful apron, I really love your floral fabric. Thanks for sharing how to make it.

    1. Hellies Corner

      Thank you.

  11. Gude @HodgePodgeCraft

    This looks gorgeous! Would make a fantastic gift for a gardener too :)
    Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials

    1. Hellies Corner

      Thank you.

  12. Kate Williams

    I can not tell a lie, I LOVE this :D makes me want to get out in the garden now #pintorials

    1. Hellies Corner

      Thanks Kate, at least if you do the sun is out :-)

  13. Julie

    Don’t you love aprons? I like to make a pocket my phone fits into since I’m not always wearing pockets while out gardening.

  14. katie

    Lovely idea and fantastic print! I really should make myself oen!

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