make it yourself: springy garden apron

I am still dreaming of spring as the sleet and snow blow outside here in Michigan.  I figure I can help things along by at least doing a little preparation for my garden work.  I stitched up a darling garden apron to wear out to the garden.  It has lots of pockets to hold my seeds, labels and a marker…even a few garden tools to keep them handy.  It features lots of green fabric and I am sharing a free tutorial of how to make it with you.

what you will need:

  • 1/3 yard of natural canvas or duck cloth
  • 1/4 yard of a printed canvas or duck cloth
  • 1/2 yard of a coordinating cotton print fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Size 16 jeans or denim needle (easier to sew through the heavy fabric)

what you will need to do:


Cut out the pieces

  • Cut 1 — 12″ x 25″ of natural canvas or duck cloth
  • Cut 1 — 8″ x 25″ of printed canvas or duck cloth for large pocket
  • Cut 2 — 3 1/2″ x 40″ strips of cotton print fabric for ties
  • Cut 1 — 3 1/2″ x 25″  strip of cotton print fabric for waist band
  • Cut 1 — 6″ x 7″ pocket

Stitch the apron


  1. Take the small pocket.  On the longer side, fold down 1/4″ wrong sides together.  Then fold 1″ right sides together and stitch 1/4″ seam down each side.    Turn right side out and stitch down the top hem of the pocket.  Iron 1/4″ on each side of pocket.  Set aside.SONY DSC
  2. Take the large pocket piece and hem the top of it.  Fold over about an inch and tuck under 1/2″ and stitch it down.  Top stitch again close to the top of the pocket.SONY DSC
  3. On the front side of the pocket, measure the middle and 6″ to either side.SONY DSC
  4. Position the small pocket in the area to the left of the center large pocket.  Center between your markings with the bottom raw edges even.  Stitch down each side of the pocket close to the edge.
  6. Take the small pocket and place it right side down on the large piece of canvas or duck cloth with the bottom of the pocket aligned with the raw edge of the large canvas square.SONY DSC
  7. Stitch 1/2″ seam across the bottom of the pocket and apron.SONY DSC
  8. Flip the pocket over hiding the seam and top stitch close to the seam edge.SONY DSC
  9. Using the pin measurements, mark straight lines for the pocket seams.  Stitch down the 3 seams to form 4 pockets.  Stay stitch at the top of the pockets.SONY DSC
  10. Hem the sides of the apron with a double fold hem as small as you can do it, about 1/2″ wide.  Stitch down the hem.SONY DSC
  11. Topstitch down the outer edge of the apron.SONY DSC
  12. Take the apron tails and stitch them to either side of the waist band.  Centering the waistband to the wrong side of the apron with the wrong side down, pin the waistband to the top of the apron.  Stitch it on with a 1/2″ seam starting and stopping at the edge of the apron.SONY DSC
  13. Fold the seam down at the top of the apron.SONY DSC
  14. Now fold the rest of the ties over, with right sides together.SONY DSC
  15. Stitch them starting at the edge of the apron with 1/2″ seam.  When you get to the end of the tie, sew a 45 degree angle to finish. Then sew the other side the same way.SONY DSC
  16. Turn the ties right side out.  Pull the waist band over the front of the apron and tuck under the raw edge.  Pin in place.SONY DSCSONY DSC
  17. Stitch the waist band onto the apron and continue to topstitch all the way around the ties.  You are finished!  The ties are long enough to wrap around the back and tie in the front.



What are you doing to get ready for planting season?