Gardening is one of those tasks that need a variety of tools and an easy way to carry them all. This handy bucket apron will let you consolidate everything and pick it up with one hand as you move from place to place within your garden. Even better – if you need the bucket for a more mundane use (to carry water for instance), you can easily remove the apron with all of your tools still organized and tucked inside.
- 1 yard of drapery fabric 36″ X 54″
- 5 gal bucket (my bucket measured 12″ in diameter)
- 8 yards of bias tape double fold (2 packages)
- thread to match
- fabric marking tool
Suggested Tools (beyond standard sewing supplies)
Project Level: Beginner
Cut drapery as follows:
- 1 piece – 37″ x 10″
- 1 piece – 37 x 6″
- 2 pieces – 18″ x 10″
- 2 pieces – 18″ x 6″
Trim the top edge of all three 6″ pieces with bias tape to finish the edge. These pieces will become the pockets.
Lay the 37″ x 6″ piece on top of the 37″ x 10″ piece. Both pieces should be right side facing up, with the bottom edges matched.
Stitch a line every 6″ through both layers of fabric to create pockets. Sew the two sides together to create a tube, then stitch the bias tape to the bottom (where the edges match up) to finish the pockets for the inside of the bucket.
Lay one 18″ x 6″ piece on top of one of the 18″ x 10″ pieces. Both pieces should be right side facing up, with the bottom edges matched.
Stitch a line every 6″ through both layers of fabric to create pockets. Stitch bias tape to the bottom and both sides of this section. Repeat this step. You now have the front and back sections of the outside of the bucket.
Sew the two 18″ panels completed in the last step to the 36″ panel. Match the unfinished edges of all three pieces. This seam will lay on the top of the bucket.
Use the remaining bias tape to cut eight 12″ strips (creating 4 sets of ties). Stitch the ties 2″ and 4″ down from the top of the bucket, tying together the sides of the two 18″ panels on each side of the bucket.
Note – if you have any particularly narrow or wide tools – you may want to make various sized pockets to accommodate your needs.
Pattern designed by Sheila Reinke. Pattern can be reproduced for personal (not for sale) use.
For more patterns by Sheila, see her blog at http://sheilareinke.wordpress.com/