April showers bring May flowers, but what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims! Haha??? Ok, I know I have the jokes of a middle schooler but that’s okay because spring is officially here and that makes me super excited because 1) I don’t like winter and 2) FLOWERS!

Although I tend to struggle with keeping plants alive, I’d really like to start a vegetable garden this year. I have big dreams of growing giant zucchini, fresh tomatoes, and lots of delicious greens. But, honestly, if I can grow one edible thing, I’m going to call it a success. Small goals, people.

To kick off gardening season, I partnered with the fun folks at Kollabora to create this Bloom Where You Are Planted Garden Apron using the Lumi Photo Printing Kit from Create and Craft USA. I think it might be kinda the perfect Mother’s Day gift too. 😉

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com Want to make one too? Let’s get started!

Materials

Instructions

One: Download and print the Bloom Where You Are Planted image on the photo paper provided in the Lumi kit according to the instructions.

Two: Cut the fabric for the apron as follows:

  • Cut one 22 inch x 15 inch rectangle for the pocket fabric
  • Cut one 27 inch x 18 inch rectangle for the main fabric

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Three: Create a stencil out of the vinyl and adhere it to the pocket fabric in the top left corner. I cut a 8 inch circle using my Cricut, but tracing a plate would work too! Make sure the vinyl stencil is on the fabric really good so the dye doesn’t bleed.

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Four: Follow the directions in the Lumi kit to apply the dye, expose in the sun, and wash the remaining dye out.

Five: Once the fabric is washed and dried, press out any wrinkles by ironing on the wrong side.

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Six: Taking the main fabric, fold the edges of the sides and bottom under by 1/4 inch, press, and then fold under by 1/4 inch again, pressing again. The top will be left raw since it will be encased in bias tape.

Note: I finished my edges with the serger first, but since the edges will be encased, it’s not necessary.

Seven: Pin and sew the sides and bottom of the main fabric so the sides and bottom are secure, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Eight: Taking the pocket fabric, fold all 4 edges to the wrong side by 1/4 inch, press, and then fold under by 1/4 inch again, pressing again.

Nine: Pin and sew all the way around the pocket fabric so the edges are secured, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Ten: Place the pocket fabric on top of the main fabric, centered and aligned at the bottom. Pin and stitch the pocket to the main fabric on the sides and bottom, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Eleven: Sew from the bottom middle to just above the pocket, backstitching at the beginning and end, to create 2 pockets from the pocket fabric.

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Twelve: Find the middle of the bias tape and open it up and pin it right sides together with the top middle of the apron front. Sew along the first fold crease.

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Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Thirteen: Fold the bias take over itself so the top edge is encased. Begin at one end of the tape and sew to the other end, creating the waist tie.

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Garden Apron DIY Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

And that’s it! Just put it on and plant something pretty!

Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography

Curious what else you can make using the Lumi Photo Printing Kit? Check out how to make a photo wall hanging in the video below or by going to this link!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kollabora but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.