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Good Intentions and a Tutorial

June 13th, 2011

Remember when I said the first two weeks of June were going to be dedicated to tutorials for items used when gardening?  Yeah, I got lazy.  I’ve got the garden apron tutorial here for you, but it’s probably the only one that I will do of the four.  I did end up making gardening gloves and a garden pad, but I wasn’t very pleased with the end result, and couldn’t muster up the energy to redo them.  So therefore, I’ll only be sharing the one tutorial this week.  And if I get to the headband by the end of the week, I’ll share that too.  Good intentions, just no enthusiasm.

Garden Apron Tutorial


  • 1.4 yards of canvas or outdoor decorating fabric at least 45″ wide
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing supplies


  • Cut 1 – 21″ x 10.5″ (body)
  • Cut 1 – 21″ x 7.5″ (pocket)
  • Cut 2 – 5″ straps the width of your fabric (mine is 45″ x 5″)
  • Cut 1 – 21″ x 5″ (center strap)


First we want to hem the upper edges of the Body and Pocket pieces.  To do so, fold over the top edges 1/4″, press, and repeat. Sew in place.

Lay your Body piece on top of your Pocket piece so that they are aligned at the bottom and right sides facing up for both.  Sew together.

At your ironing board, take your three straps and press in half.

Open and press the right side in so that the edge meets the center fold.

Repeat with the left side.

Press in half again.

Now, open your three pieces, and with right sides together, sew the side straps to either end of the center strap.

At your ironing board, flip the pocket piece over so that it is in front of the body piece.  Press.

Then we want to hem the sides of the body/pocket piece, folding over the side edges 1/4″, pressing, and repeating. Sew in place.

Next we want to sew 2 vertical lines to make the pockets.  I did mine so that all three pockets were the same width.  To make sure they come out straight you can use a soluble marking pen, or if your fabric is like mine, just follow the lines.

Now we want to attach the binding straps.  Start by pinning the binding to your body piece, centered and right sides together.  Edge stitch in place.

Then fold your binding up and over the back side of your body piece, pinning in place.

Edge stitch your binding shut.  *Note – depending on how thick your fabric is, you may want to loosen your sewing machine’s tension so that the stitches are pulled so tight.

And voila!  A perfect apron for your gardening needs.

You can also add extra loops and clips to store pruning sheers or keys!

Remember when I said I had good intentions?  Well I certainly pulled through with this one – and I’ve even got 3 of these aprons to go up in this week’s Blueprint Blowout!  One like from the tutorial above, and 2 with utility loops!  Click here to get to the Blueprint Blowout!

Bidding starts at $5, and shipping is $2.50 flat rate in the United States (no out of country bids, please).  The Blowout will run through Friday at 5 pm, so get to bidding!

See you all on Friday!