My family does its holiday gift-giving on Thanksgiving, so I got a chance to sew up a garden apron idea that I saw in Gayla Trail’s You Grow Girl. I gave one to my sister, who not only hosted Thanksgiving for 28 but willingly modeled the apron (thanks, Elly!). I also gave one to my mom, who got a subscription to (of course!) Northern Gardener, as well.
The apron is a very easy project. A 10-year-old with a parental unit who knows how to sew could execute it successfully. To make the apron you take two 16-by-20 inch rectangles, sew them together to make a lined rectangle, then fold one end up, sew in little pockets, and attach a tie. The pockets give you a place to carry seed packets, ties to tie up plants, your hand pruners, and all the other things that I tend to forget in the garage or leave in the garden accidentally. Complete instructions with illustrations are in the book, which is available at most bookstores and through interlibrary loan if you live in Northfield.
What attracted me to the project were the interesting fabrics shown on the apron in the book. I’ve been looking for a project that was fairly easy and would give me an excuse to buy some fabric at digs in downtown Northfield. I love looking at the fabrics in the basement, even though I do not sew much. They are so bright and fun–almost retro looking. The store also carries furniture, yarn, cool buttons, and lots of other crafty stuff. I found a heavy striped fabric for the outside of the apron and a lighter apricot-colored fabric with a subtle print for the lining. It cost less than $20 to make both aprons, and I have plenty fabric left over to make one for myself, too. If you are looking for a simple, homemade gift for a gardener, try this one.