the gathering apron
For gathering eggs, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and on occasion, collecting wildflowers:
1 yard fabric for apron skirt
1 yard muslin for apron skirt lining
1/2-1 yard contrast fabric for waist band, ties and pockets
1/4 yard complimentary fabric for pocket lining
1/2-3/4 yard sturdy ribbon
1. Measure and cut contrast fabric for waistband. This should be 10 inches wide by approximately 21 inches long. Adjust the length according to your waist–each end should reach each side of your waist plus a little extra for seam allowance.
2. Iron waistband in half, lengthwise. Open it up and fold each long end toward the middle and press. Fold the whole length in half again and press. It should look like a really big piece of bias tape.
3. Measure two more 10 inch strips the width of your contrast fabric. These will be your ties. Repeat the folding and ironing process as you did with the waistband. Open out folds and sew ties to each end of waistband. Press seams.
4. Determine the length of your apron and trim or mark hem accordingly. The width of the fabric will be gathered and should need no trimming. Once you have determined the length of the apron, mark placement of rick rack, pin and stitch.
5. Measure and cut pockets from contrast fabric. They should be 7 inches wide by 9 inches tall. Pin and stitch rick rack across pocket, approximately 1-2 inches above bottom seam line.
6. Measure and cut pocket lining from complimentary fabric. These should also be 7 inches by 9 inches.
7. Stitch pocket and pocket lining together, right sides facing, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning. Trim corners, turn and press.
8. Fold down top edge of pocket and press. Affix button to center of pocket flap, sewing through flap and front of pocket to hold flap in place. Repeat with other pocket.
9. Pin pocket to apron front, 5 inches from outer edge of apron and up to 12″ from top edge. (Move it closer to top of apron for easier access.)
10. Topstitch pocket to apron front, being careful to not catch front flap of pocket.
11. Cut length of muslin to match size of apron front. Pin muslin to apron front, right sides facing. Stitch on three sides, leaving top open. Trim seam allowance and corners, leaving 1 1/2-2 inch seam allowance on bottom hem–this will help reinforce your buttonholes.
12. Turn and press. Topstitch the sides and bottom.
13. Gather top edge of apron. Pin raw edge of waistband to apron top, matching side edges of apron and waistband seams. Baste together. Stitch along foldline of waistband. Fold waistband over gathered edge of apron and press.
14. Open out edges of ties. Fold each corner into a triangle and press. Fold length in half again and press. Repeat with other tie end.
15. Beginning at the tip of one tie, topstitch all the way along tie, across folded over waistband and along second tie to the end.
16. Fold waistband in half to find center and mark with pin. Make a vertical buttonhole on each side of the center.
17. Using a straight pen to protect your buttonhole seams, rip open the buttonhole with a seam ripper. You will be ripping through a lot of layers of fabric, so be careful!
18. Feed your ribbon through the buttonholes until an even length is coming through both sides. Hand sew a simple “X” to hold the ribbon in place.
19. Make a horizontal buttonhole at each bottom corner or your apron, being careful again to protect your seams with a straight pin before ripping open the hole.
20. Find the center at the bottom of your apron and mark. Make one vertical buttonhole on each side of the center.
The full length of this apron makes it perfect for kneeling on in the garden. To gather it up for harvesting, simply feed the ribbon through the button holes along the bottom and tie a bow.
Please remember that this tutorial is offered for your personal enjoyment. Please do not sell any products made or inspired by this tutorial.
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