Sew a Simple Foraging Apron

Whether you’re in the bushes or up a tree, this easy-to-make smock will keep your tools handy, your plants secure, and your arms free for harvesting.

| Spring 2019


When I’m harvesting wild plants, I usually carry a couple of baskets with me. But sometimes it’s a lot easier with a big ol’ pouch to put things in, especially if I have to, say, climb a tree to get what I need. This is where the foraging apron comes in. It also has pockets for keeping your shears, notebook, or phone handy. This is a great project to work on during the winter months, so you can be prepared come spring equinox.

I used linen for my apron, but you can, of course, substitute a denim, canvas, or cotton fabric. Linen is one of my favorite natural fabrics; I love the way it crinkles and wears with washing. However, if you like to harvest woody plants, such as cedar or pine, which might get too heavy for linen, then I would suggest using a thicker material, such as canvas. Whatever material you choose, you’ll love wearing the apron on your next adventure!

Materials & Supplies

  • Linen fabric, or fabric of your choosing (2 yards)
  • Spool of thread in matching color
  • 1-inch-diameter buttons (2)
  • Metal sew-on snap button
  • Cotton cording (1 yard)
  • Plastic cord locks with toggle closure (2)
  • Measuring tape
  • Yardstick
  • Sewing chalk
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Buttonhole foot for your machine
  • Sewing needles

Cut and Sew the Body of the Apron

Measure around the widest part of your chest, and again from your shoulders down to your knees. Note the measurements on a pad of paper. We’ll call the shoulders-to-knees measurement “A.” This will make your apron about knee length when it’s complete. Because this apron is designed to be loose-fitting and is completely open in the back, you'll need to add 6 inches to the chest measurement. We’ll call this measurement “B.”

Using the measuring tape or ruler, mark your measurements on the fabric with chalk, and cut a rectangle “A” inches long by “B” inches wide. Fold the right and left sides in 1/2 inch, and press with the iron. Fold over another 1-1/2 inches to enclose the raw edges, and sew.

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