Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

I love a simple sewing project. Something whereby the results belie the limited skill and knowledge that I actually possess. The desire to create is there but the time to practise, often not. Sitting down at a sewing machine makes me feel all creative but straight lines don’t come naturally to me and my dream of knocking up a chic little shift dress is potentially an unobtainable one. Time will tell.

If your skills mirror mine (i.e. lacking), I have just the project for you. One to make you appear way more advanced that you actually are. And one that will make your children super happy, too. While also reducing the amount of washing that you have to deal with after a day spent planting or foraging (mostly for dirt in the case of my two, I’m not going to lie) in the garden. Sound good?

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

Besides a sewing machine, all that you’ll need is:

  • a cute tea towel

  • a length of thick ribbon

  • a tape measure

  • a pair of scissors

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

It really doesn’t require much of a tutorial. At first glance, I’m sure you’re wise enough to realise exactly how the tea towel has been transformed in to an outdoor children’s apron. I simply made two folds to create two pockets perfectly-sized for seeds, scissors, and stones … and whatever else little children like to collect when they’re out and about. I used the tape measure to quickly check the folds were even across the tea towel, but you can do this on sight, to be honest.

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

I then stitched up the sides with garden-green thread - a chance to use something other than the white which most of my other simple sewing projects have required as of late. Although, I did use the green on these personalised napkins recently.

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

I then cut the length of ribbon in half and attached a piece to either side of the tea towel/apron to act as a tie.

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

Stitching straighter than I’ve ever managed before in my entire life. Yes, it was a very proud moment.

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

And that’s it. Apron done. No more, no less. You’d never guess it was a tea towel, would you? Now to crack on with the tomatoes. We’re a little late sowing them this year.

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids