Easy DIY Harvest Apron

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Learn how to make an easy DIY harvest apron for the garden. It works as an apron, and it can turn into a bag for carrying all your produce.

I love having fresh vegetables, and I plant a garden every year. I’m only a beginner gardener and am only successful with a few vegetables, but I love going out and harvesting what does grow.

When I pick vegetables I’m usually weeding and watering at the same time, and I like to protect what I’m wearing and have something to wipe my hands on. I made a DIY harvest apron that works as an apron and can turn into a large pocket to hold the fresh produce.

diy harvest apron

I usually only successful with zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. I love planting those plants because I know I’ll always get something. They must do well where I live.

These vegetables would work well in this harvest apron because they are a little firmer. I have to be careful of tomatoes though. I wouldn’t use this apron with soft fruit or vegetables.

The way this apron works is there’s a large button at the top in the center. There’s also a loop at the bottom of each corner of the apron.

You grab one of the loops and bring it up over the button. Then grab the other loop and bring it up over the button. It’s not a fully enclosed pocket, but it will hold lots of veggies.

easy diy harvest apron

What is a harvest apron?

A harvest apron is a kind of apron that is designed for harvesting produce from a garden or small orchard. It usually has a large pocket or pouch on the front that is big enough to hold a lot of produce.

This allows you to keep your hands free while you are picking, and it also helps to prevent the produce from getting dirty or bruised. It’s also great for wiping your hands while you work.

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easy diy harvest apron

Easy DIY Harvest Apron


diy harvest apron supplies

First cut out two squares, 30 inches by 30 inches, from the quilting cotton.

cut out two pieces

Cut two pieces of ribbon 6 inches long. Fold it in half and sew down the open side to enclose it.

Fold it in half and baste it to the bottom corner of one of the squares. Leave 1/2 inch seam allowance on the side where the seam will be.

baste to loops to hem corners

With right sides together pin the squares together matching up all the corners.

Sew all the way around with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 6 inch hole for turning.

sew rectangles right sides together leave hole

Trim each corner to reduce bulk.

clip corners

Turn the apron right side out. Poke out the corners.

turn right side out

Press all the edges flat.

Topstitch around all the edges 1/8 inch from the edge. This is how you’ll close the hole.

press and topstitch

At the top center of the apron create pleats. I created two pleats on each side that were 1 inch wide. This pulled the top of the apron in 8 inches.

Baste the pleats in place.

pin pleats along top

With the rest of the ribbon fold it in half to find the center. Fold the top of the apron in half to find the center.

Match up the center of the ribbon to the center of the apron. Clip in place.

center of ribbon to center of pleates

Sew the ribbon onto the top of the apron creating the waistband and ties. I overlapped my 1 inch ribbon 1/2 over the top of the apron.

sew ribbon to top for waist

Hand sew the button at the top center of the apron. I sewed it once and tied it off, and then I sewed it again and tied it off. I didn’t want the button to be coming off while I was carrying vegetables.

sew on button

Tie the ends of the ribbons into knots to finish the edges.

easy diy harvest apron

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

easy diy harvest apron
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I am new to sewing and this looks like the perfect project. Any info for settings on my machine would be helpful. (Singer heavy duty model #4411). Also, a straight stitch? Thanks!

Thank you! Glad I found your blog! Can’t wait to try more of your sewing projects!

Thanks for this – perfect timing with the garden full to the brim.

Love this and nice and easy. Thank You for sharing