Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Craft Project: Green Thumb Half-Apron

Photograph © Julie Toy

Depending on the end use you have in mind for this apron, it can be made of almost any material — leather, canvas, pack cloth, vinyl, or even calico for light duty. Canvas is great for gardeners. To customize for a carpenter, try making the apron and flat pocket out of canvas, and the outer pocket, which will hold heavier tools, out of leather.

  • ²⁄3 yard fabric, at least 45" wide (1 yard, if narrower)
  • 3 yards double-fold bias binding, ½" wide (wider, if using very thick material)
  • 44" (or more) cotton or nylon webbing, 1" wide
  • One snap buckle
  • Sewing thread

Following the measurements and layout shown, draw the pieces on the fabric, mark, and cut out.
Download jpeg file to view a larger rendering of fabric layout.

The pieces in this project are:
A: Inner pocket strip, 21" wide x 8" long
B: Outer pocket strip, 26" wide x 7" long
C: Apron back, 12" wide, 18" long at top, 21" long at bottom
To make the apron back pattern, draw a 12" wide x 18" long rectangle. Make a mark 2" down from both top corners. On the bottom edge, extend the length of the rectangle out 1½" on either side. Connect these extensions to the bottom of the 2" marks with diagonal lines, to form the angled sides of the apron back. To angle the pocket tops, make a mark 1" down the side of each pattern piece. For the inner pocket, make marks 7" in from each side along the top edge. Connect the marks along the top and side of the pattern piece. Repeat for the outer pocket, making the marks along the top edge 8" in from both side edges.

Excerpted from  Sew & Stow by Betty Oppenheimer. © 2008 Storey Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.


More Craft Projects All Month!
March is National Craft Month. To celebrate, we’ll be posting a new craft project each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month. Join the fun! Like us on Facebook, follow the InsideStorey blog, or check in to InsideStorey on the dates below to get the projects as they go live.
Tuesday, March 5: Keep your crafting ideas organized on this great Memo Board from Sew Up a Home Makeover by Lexie Barnes.

Thursday, March 7: Have some fun with the kids by creating candy race cars — make a candy track, and take your car for a sweet ride! The Formula One Car is from Candy Construction by Sharon Bowers.

Tuesday, March 12: Two projects in one — Motif and Connection #62 from Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman. Learn the motif, then make a bunch, and connect them to create a bigger project.

Thursday, March 14: Cutting and Using Stamps from Fabric Surface Design by Cheryl Rezendes.

Tuesday, March 19: Spark your children’s creativity and make storytelling fun with Story Dice from Show Me a Story by Emily K. Neuburger.

Thursday March 21: Mudroom Organizer (Designed by Sascha Ayad) — Make spring cleaning simpler with this easy-to-make shelf from PlyDesign by Philip Schmidt.
Tuesday, March 26: Get ready for your spring gardening with the Green Thumb Half-Apron from Sew & Stow by Betty Oppenheimer.

Thursday, March 28: Enjoy a springtime picnic with these Picnic-tastic Lunch Mats that hold a napkin and utensils from One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins.

The projects will be posted on the InsideStorey blog on the dates indicated above.

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