Fat Quarter Project ~ Gardener’s Apron

on April 11 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 26 Comments

Kristie from OCD: obsessive crafting disorder shows you how to make this easy Gardener’s Apron from just two fat quarters. We think it’s a great idea for Mother’s Day, or for teacher appreciation gifts (tuck some flower seed packets in the pockets!). This style of apron is also perfect for craft sales, markets and garage sales, giving you easy proximity and access to cash and coins.

Kristie is a quilter through and through. Visit OCD: obsessive crafting disorder for tons of sewing fun, including a great selection of free tutorials and patterns (lots of ideas for Mother’s Day there too!).

The sun is out and spring is in the air! Time to get outside and start planting some flowers, herbs and vegetables!

What better gift for Mom this Mother’s Day then a little something practical, yet pretty, to help her out in the garden? This simple Gardener’s Apron is the perfect fast yet functional gift to make for Mom or the special gardener in your life. Why not make one for yourself?


  • 1 fat quarter (18″ by 22″) of fabric for the outer part of the apron. Home decor weight is advised. I used canvas.
  • 1 fat quarter of coordinating fabric for the accent and lining. This can be home decor weight or quilting cotton, such as the Denyse Schmidt print shown here.
  • 1 package (3 yards) of coordinating store bought or home-made extra wide double fold bias tape
  • Coordinating thread and sewing supplies (sewing machine, scissors, cutting mat, etc.)

Sewing Instructions:
1. Align outer and lining fabrics, right sides facing.

2. Stitch around edges using a 1/4 inch seam, leaving a 4 inch opening in one of the short (18″) sides.

3. Clip corners.

4. Invert right side facing through opening.

5. Use small blunt object, such as a chopstick, to press out clipped corners. Press, folding in raw edges at open area.

6. Remove bias tape from package (or make your own). Stitch along length, close to edge.

7. Knot ends. Cut bias tape in half to make 2 straps.

8. Lay out apron so lining side is facing up. The top of the apron will be the side that has the hole. Flip this top edge over on itself, as shown, by 1.5 inch. Pin in place along length. Tuck raw ends of bias straps in on either end.

9. Sew along length, close to the edge, and over ends to secure straps in place.

Note: Ensure raw edges of the hole are tucked inside as you sew. This will close up that opening!

10. Do some top stitching long other short (18″) edge. This will become the top of your pockets.

11. Fold bottom edge up over lining so that pockets measure 8 inches deep. Pin in place. Sew along right and left edges of apron to secure, close to edge. You may wish to insert a tag along this seam.

12. Last step! Measure two lines along the pocket, each 5 inches from the sides of the apron. These can be marked by folding and creasing with an iron, or using a ruler and dissolving marker. Sew along these markings from the bottom edge of the apron to the top pocket edge. This divides the pocket into sections.

Wear your apron by wrapping bias straps around your waist and tying with a bow in front. Fill pockets with seeds and tools and get outside and enjoy the fresh air!

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26 Responses to Fat Quarter Project ~ Gardener’s Apron

  1. Jodie says:

    This would be a great Mother’s Day pattern for my mother who loves to work in the yard.
    Thank you so much!

  2. What a perfect little apron to hold necessary supplies,even small projects, when sewing/quilting in your jammies! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. amy smart says:

    Well done, Kristie! I need to make one myself!

  4. Raphaele says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial: I was looking for something like to give to my mum who just bought a house with a huge garden!

  5. jane says:

    love this!definitely going to make it!

  6. Cherie says:

    Love this apron! Maybe it’s cuteness will distract others from noticing my messy, sweaty, frizzy hair while I am working in the yard 🙂

  7. MarciaW says:

    this is a cute apron

  8. Kerri says:

    I have a good stash of fat quarters to use for this project. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Johna Pelkey says:

    Great info as always. I’m always learning something new here

  10. Mary says:

    This is the best idea I have yet to see! The next rainy day, this is what I am doing!

    Thanks a million!

  11. I love this! Genius!

  12. Katie B says:

    Such a great idea!

  13. CheezyK says:

    – I hadn’t ever thought of using an apron to hold pegs while hanging washing, that’s brilliant! (and has given me a very good excuse to make one of these aprons too 🙂 )

  14. Linda F says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been wanting to make an apron like this but I’m too lazy to sit down and come up with the measurements by myself! This is fantastic!

  15. traceyjay says:

    Kristie — this is so cute! (and looks good on you too — always a bonus). 😉

  16. Debbie says:

    I love this. I’m always looking for great apron patterns. This would be a wonderful gift for a gardening friend.

  17. Christine B says:

    I love your website! Great tutorials. Everyone needs a new apron. Thanks!

  18. Angela says:

    Totally adorable! I definitely have some left over canvas fabric that I can put to good use. And I love that you use packaged bias tape. I’m a big fan.

    And how cute are your pins by the way?!

  19. kelly B. says:

    sooo cute!!!!!!! I especially love the yellow top stitching!

  20. Shell says:

    CUTENESS! Thank you!

  21. Anna says:

    I think I’ll need to make one for myself and one for my mother!

  22. love this, i think i’ll make a sewing apron! i’ve wanted one for a long while, this will be perfect for holding my box of pins, tape measure, and other small items that i’m always leaving on the ironing board when i’m at my sewing desk and vice versa.

  23. Annie says:

    I was gifted a stack of canvas scraps recently, what a perfect project to use them up!

  24. Oma says:

    I love the apron. I was needing an apron to put my clothes pins in when I hang my clothes outside and this looks like the perfect pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Tiara says:

    Very cute!

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