Free Basket Apron Pattern to Sew for use in your Home and Garden

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Vegetable and Fruit Basket Apron - Vintage Crafts and More


This apron is designed for double duty. It would be great for use around the house and outside in the garden.


Touted as “clothing suited to your job”, the easy to sew basket apron is from a 1944 US Department of Agriculture Farmer’s Bulletin ~ Dresses and Aprons for work in the home.






They go on to write, “A dress that restricts when you reach or bend, that twists or gets in your way when you stoop or climb may be as fatiguing as a poorly planned kitchen.”

Even in 2015 I think this apron would be a great help. More than once I’ve gone out to my garden, started picking veggies, and without a basket tried to balance everything in two hands, dropping many along the way back to the house.

They suggest using a sturdy cotton. I thought maybe even denim would work. You sew a casing for the drawstrings, they recommend shoe laces, and by gathering them on either side, you form a basket.


Basket Apron - Vintage Crafts and More


There isn’t a pattern with it, but from the illustrations you can see the basics of what you’d need. A large circle of material squared on either end, a waistband that ties in the back and a casing for the drawstring on the rounded edge of the apron.



How to Sew a Basket Apron - Vintage Crafts and More

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You can find a similar Harvest Apron Tutorial on The 104 Homestead site and another vintage garden apron in an earlier post on this site.

Here’s a link for a short and informative article about aprons from The Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio – Aprons are the fabric of history and home.

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  1. Kristin says:

    Brings back memories. I’d use a similar apron to bring in the apricots off of our trees years ago. When an apron was lacking, you took your blouse or top and folded it up, making a “basket” to hold the fruit you picked. Sometimes I would be wearing a t shirt as I was in my teens then, and it would be so loaded down in the “pocket” made by upturning the bottom edge and holding it with one hand. It was a common way for us to carry items when we did not have a bag handy was to use our shirt. Aprons are much better to use though!

    • Debra says:

      Can’t count the number of times I’ve rolled up the bottom of my tee and filled it with figs or veggies. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Jennifer Essad says:

    this is so cool. I’m from Ohio, we lived in Toledo for a few years when our dad worked for Gross Electric. My mom is from Defiance and Dad is from Holgate! I’m going to make this for mom for her 81st birthday on August 2nd. She’ll be tickled pink, she taught my brothers and I to sew on a Singer back in the 60’s.

  3. Rutha christianson says:

    Reminds me of aprons we used for clothes pins while hanging clothes out to dry. Before electric dryers. Diapers dryer real fast on the line. Before paper diaper. Rutha Christianson

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