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.
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.
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.
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.
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.