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Gardener's Apron

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.


Keep your clothes dirt-free and your gardening tools close-at-hand with this bright and colorful apron. Three large pockets provide ample space for seed packets, hand tools, and more; fun fabric and stunning embroidery add fashionable flair.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- 1 yard light-weight print canvas
- 2/3 yard of solid color light-weight canvas
- Medium weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil
- 26" length of 1/2" wide (extra wide) double-fold bias tape
- 3 yards of 7/8 inch wide double-fold quilt binding bias tape

Designs used in this tutorial include:
- K9775, Spring Whitework Butterfly 1
- K9781, Spring Whitework Hummingbird
- K9784, Spring Whitework Dragonfly

Finished Size: 28" x 14 1/2"

This project was featured in the following:
Garden Party Lookbook

 

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Begin by drawing a 25" x 8 1/2" rectangle on the solid-colored canvas for the pocket panel.

Draw a line down the center of the length of the fabric.

Make the following marks along the center line:

- Measure in 4 3/8" from the center mark in both directions. This mark will become the seam separating the three pockets.

- Measure another 4 3/8" from the pocket seam mark towards the sides. This is the center mark for the designs on the outer pockets.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the designs from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Align the templates so that the center points are on the center points for each pocket, and the horizontal axis lines are aligned with the line you drew down the center of the fabric. Mark the vertical axis line of each design. Remove the templates.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Get ready to embroider the center pocket design.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point, and embroider the design.

Repeat the steps to embroider designs on the other two pockets.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

After embroidering, cut the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Cut another piece of canvas that is 25" x 7 1/2". This is for the interior of the pocket.

Align the embroidered and non-embroidered pieces of fabric, wrong sides together.

Add the 1/2" bias tape along the top edge of the fabric, leaving about 1/4" of excess tape at both ends.

Pin in place.
 


Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Sew the bias tape in place.

Sew the two pieces of fabric together along the sides and bottom, about 1/8" from the edge.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Cut a piece of the print canvas to
29" x 15" and lay it right side up.

Lay the pocket fabric on top and place it about 1 1/2" from the bottom and about 2" from each side. Pin in place.

Using the lines measured earlier for the pocket seams, mark 1/2" and 1" points in both directions from the pocket seam line.

These marks will become the pocket pleats.

Also draw a vertical line at the center points for each pocket.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Pleat the fabric by pinching and bringing the outer 1" mark to meet the vertical line.

Pin the pleats in place. Repeat.

Fold the sides and bottom of the pocket under 1/2".

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Sew a 1/8" seam around the sides and bottom of the pocket. Sew another seam about 3/8" in from the first seam. 

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Sew the vertical pocket seams from the top of the pocket towards the bottom pleat.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Cut another piece of print canvas to 29" x 15".

Lay the two pieces right sides together.

Pin in place along the sides and bottom.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the sides and bottom only. Leave the top open for turning.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Turn the apron right side out and press the seams flat.

Top-stitch around the sides and bottom with a 1/2" seam.

Also, top-stitch about 3/8" around the pocket panel. This binds the front and back layers together.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Cut an 108" length of the quilt binding bias tape.

Mark the center of the top of the apron panel.

Find the center of the bias tape (54") and line it up with the center mark of the apron panel.

Pin the bias tape over both layers of the main apron fabric

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Sew one end of the tape closed and then sew along the open edge, including the apron.

Continue to the other end of the bias tape, closing the other end.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Cut two 7" lengths of quilt binding bias tape.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Sew the open edges of the tape together. Create a double loop by sewing another seam down the center.

Add the loops to the apron by sewing them in place in-between the side edge of the pockets and the side edge of the apron.

These loops are handy for holding smaller gardening tools
.

Free project instructions on how to create a gardener's apron.

Work in your garden in style with this fashionable gardener's apron!

Customize it to fit your personality by choosing your own fabric and designs.

Gardeners Apron



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Products used in this Project:

Spring Whitework Butterfly 1 $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.85" x 9.34" | 5.74" x 7.83" | 4.88" x 6.65"

Spring Whitework Hummingbird $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.85" x 8.90" | 5.87" x 7.63" | 4.87" x 6.33"

Spring Whitework Dragonfly $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.85" x 8.87" | 5.88" x 7.61" | 4.88" x 6.31"

Whimsical Wild Rose $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.85" x 5.44" | 3.45" x 3.86" | 3.00" x 3.36"

Whimsical Bluebell Wildflower $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.84" x 6.03" | 3.11" x 3.87" | 2.71" x 3.36"

Whimsical Orchid Wildflower $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.86" x 6.36" | 2.98" x 3.87" | 2.59" x 3.36"