How to Make a Simple Harvest Apron
Summer is not that far away so it is time to gear up and what better way than to plant flowers and vegetables? There will come a time when you will have to harvest what you have grown so there is no reason not to take a little bit if time to learn how to make a simple harvest Apron. This charming harvest apron is simple to make and can be made to any size you like. It is also perfect for harvesting what you have grown in your garden. Only basic sewing skills are needed for this project so definitely give this a try.
I chose a garden themed cotton fabric for my double-sided harvest apron. Though white may not have been the best choice it is what I had on hand. I have had this fabric in my stash for ages and thought it would be cute for this project. I purchased this fabric at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores If you do not have enough fabric in your stash or if you don’t have a stash head over to Amazon Fabrics or Fabric.com to get exactly what you need. Basic quilting cotton is perfect for this project. It is durable and washable. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
What you Will Need:
- 1 yd of main outer fabric
- 1/2 yd of accent fabric
- 2 54″ shoe laces
Step 1: Measure and Cut
Measure just above your hips all the way around and write down that measurement. I won’t tell you what mine was, haha. Then measure the length that you would like your apron. I measured mine to just above the knee. Cut 2 rectangles of your main fabric to match these measurements. I found the best way is to refold the fabric width wise and cut your rectangles. Round the bottom corners. Cut a piece of accent fabric the same width as the apron and whatever length you like. I made mine 9″ wide because it will be folded in half in a later step.
Step 2: Stitch the Main Body Apron
Stitch the two main body pieces right sides together around the bottom and sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Start at the top and stitch down 1″. Skip 3/4″ and begin sewing around the rest of the piece. Stop stitching 1 3/4″ from the end. Leave a 3/4″ opening and finish sewing the last 1″. Turn right sides out and press. Top stitch 1/2″ from the seam that you just sewed from the bottom of one opening to the bottom of the other. This will create a channel for your shoelaces. The laces will be used to gather the apron for harvesting.
Step 3: Cut the Shoe Laces
Cut the tips off one end of each of the laces and sew the two laces together using a zig zag stitch and feed them through the channel you created.
Step 4: Hem the Short Ends of the Accent Piece
Fold the short ends of the accent piece wrong sides together about 1/4″ and again 1/4″ and stitch.
Step 5: Stitch the Accent Piece to the Body
With right sides together stitch a long raw edge of the accent piece to the main body piece through all layers. Fold the other raw edge under 1/2″ and press. Fold the accent piece in half so that the folded edge covers the seam you created when you sewed the accent piece to the main body but does not cover the opening for the laces. Slip stitch or machine stitch the folded accent piece to the right side of the body.
Step 6: Create the Ties
Create the apron ties. My apron ties are 1″ wide. To create them I cut two strips of accent fabric 1 1/2″ x 21″. You can make yours larger or smaller depending on your size. Sew each strip lengthwise and along one short side right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn the tube you have created right sides out and press. Pin the tie to the top of the waistband accent piece in between the two layers. Stitch along both sides following your previous stitching.
Step 7: Finish your Simple Harvest Apron
Tie your apron around your waist. Pull the shoelaces to gather the bottom of the apron and tie them in front of your waist. Gather your freshly grown flowers and produce.
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This pattern was modeled after one found on http://waters-edge.blogspot.com/2015/05/garden-harvesting-apron.html