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Easy DIY Garden Apron: Upcycled Tea Towel & Scraps

Do you love to garden or craft? If so, you need a sturdy and stylish garden apron to protect your clothes from dirt and stains. But you don’t have to spend much money on an apron. In fact, you can make your own Garden or Craft Apron for just a few dollars using a tea towel and some scrap fabric.

Y’all, I have been wanting an apron to keep all my gardening and craft tools close at hand. However, I also wanted it to be cute, so I decided to make one, and here’s what happened.

I’m a spur-of-the-moment kind of girl, so I’m digging through my scrap fabrics to find something to make my apron with. Then I saw this tea towel that was left over from another project, and I decided it would be perfect. In addition, I have plenty of scrap ticking fabric.

Since the tea towel had a red stripe, I decided to use some red ticking fabric scraps to complete the project.

Tea Towel and Ticking Fabric To Make A DIY Apron

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How To Make A Tea Towel Gardening Craft Apron

First, determine how long you want your apron and fold the excess tea towel fabric. I decided 13″ would be a good length.

Cut Tea Towel to make a DIY Craft Apron

Then pin the folded fabric in place so that it doesn’t slip. The folded edge will be the top of your gardening/craft apron.

Pin tea towel together for DIY Garden Craft Apron

Next, cut the ticking fabric needed for your apron’s pocket and ties. I cut a piece 14 x 10 for the pocket and two pieces 50″ x 2 1/2″ for the ties.

Measure red and white ticking fabric for the apron pocket and ties.

How To Stitch the Apron Pocket

Next, you want to stitch all the raw edges of the ticking fabric.

For the front pocket, fold it under 3 sides, approx. 1/4 ” and approx. 1/2″ across the top edge. Then, stitch all edges using a straight stitch on a sewing machine.

Then, place the pocket in the center of the apron and stitch to the tea towel, leaving the top edge open. Then, run a stitch down the center of the pocket from top to bottom. This will form two pockets instead of one.

Add ticking fabric pocket to the tea towel DIY Garden Craft Apron Craft

How to Make the Apron Ties

Next, fold together the ends of each tie with right sides touching.

Make ties for apron

Stitch the ends together and turn the right side out. Then, fold under the raw edges along the length of the tie and stitch them together.

sew ties from red and white ticking fabric

Note: If you don’t feel comfortable making the ties from fabric, you can use heavy-duty ribbon or trim.

Once both ties are stitched, make a 2″ pleat at the top edge of the tea towel and place the end of the ties in the middle.

attach ties to the DIY Craft Apron

Finally, stitch together along the side and top edge to secure the ties.

Sew ties to the apron with sewing machine.

Budget-Friendly DIY Gardening Craft Apron

Wrap the ties around the back and tie the apron in the front with a cute bow.

This project only costs $2.00 to make, and it will hold all my tools for both gardening and craft projects.

DIY Garden Craft Apron on mannequin.

Plus, it’s super cute.

Cute DiY Garden Craft Apron made from recycled materials and tea towel


DIY garden apron made with upcycled scrap fabric and a tea towel.

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Easy Tutorial to make a DIY budget-friendly Garden and Craft Apron from a tea towel and scrap fabrics.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 2nd of April 2021

What a great idea Rachel. It looks so good on you too. I only wish I could sew.

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Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Kim, This could be made with fabric glue as well.


Friday 2nd of April 2021

I love your creative!!!😊❤️

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Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Sue, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 1st of April 2021

Great job! Its sooooo cute

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Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Debbie, Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you like it.


Thursday 1st of April 2021

Rachel, I'm so happy to have found your blog! And that you are closer to my age. Lol What you and your husband have built is so inspiring. I also enjoy seeing your ideas for decorating... we're pretty much on the same page there. You change things up as much as I do. I'm loving my adventures down the dirt at the ponds. 😉

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Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Bonnie, I'm so glad you stopped by to share. I think it's important to stay busy and interested at any age. I hope your continue to follow along.


Thursday 1st of April 2021

Oh I love this, pretty and so useful. This should keep me from leaving my tools all over my yard, lol!

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Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Marlene, That's why I made it. I spend half my time looking for something I left behind. LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.