When I garden I always carry around a bucket with a handle for weeds or extra soil depending on what I am doing. Several years ago I made a tool belt or apron for the bucket, which is great for holding my pruners, twine and other garden necessities. Today, I’m upgrading it with some of the beautiful duck cloth fabric available in the stores.
Garden Bucket Tool Belt
Here’s what the original looked like:
It’s still pretty functional, but with all the pretty fabric on the market today I thought I’d treat myself to a new one and show you how it’s made.
3/4-1 yd sturdy fabric (duct or heavy twill, denim)
1.25 yds – 1 inch cotton twill
4 yds -1/2 inch double fold bias tape
2 D rings
Cut the fabric as shown below:
Sew the bias tape on the small pocket first.
Press 1/4 inch of the sides and bottom of pocket.
Place the pocket on long piece (Part A), face down with bottom edge 2 inches from the edge and sew.
Flip over and top stitch sides. Then sew another line of stitching about 1/3 of the way in to make 2 pockets within the pocket.
Sew bias tape on top of Part A.
Next pin Parts A and B together lining up the bottom edge with the right sides showing.
You need to have the larger fabric piece (Part A), the same bottom length as part B, while leave the top edge alone.
So match up the bottoms as shown above and fold the corner over to the spot where both fabrics meet at the bottom. Then cut away the excess fabric (the triangle). You now have part A shaped like a trapezoid, and the bottom the same length as part B. The top edge of part A remains untouched.
Next pin the bottoms together. Then match up the sides and pin them together. Sew the two together by starting at the top right side of part A, along the bottom, and up the other side. You will now have a large floppy pocket.
Then sew a line of stitching on both sides of the small pocket from the bottom, creating three large pockets instead of one.
Then sew the bias tape all along the sides and bottom for a finished look.
Repeat with the remaining pieces. (except for the small pocket)
Then attach the two sections together with the 1 inch cotton twill trim at the top leaving enough space between the two pieces to fit around the handles. I used two rows of stitching for stability.
Turn in 1 inch of the end of the trim and sew.
Sew D rings on the other end of the trim and you are finished.
Much prettier, right?
Now I just need to clean my bucket and tools.