Do you ever wish there was something fun you could do with all those empty feed bags? In the tutorial below, courtesy of Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily, you’ll learn make this fun and easy care apron from one or two of those empty feed sacks!
Nutrena feed bags are not only attractive and use vibrant colors, they are also made of waterproof material. I thought the pattern on this particular Nutrena Layer feed bag would be a natural for a garden apron that will not only keep you clean, but be a cinch to hose off when you’re done. This apron would also be perfect for washing the car, mucking stalls, tending to a sick or injured hen, or any other messy chores. If you’re the least bit crafty you can whip up an apron in just minutes!
Here’s what you’ll need:
One Nutrena feed bag, rinsed off and dried (you’ll need a second one if you choose to add the optional pocket along the bottom)
Two 30″ long pieces of webbing or wide ribbon for the waist ties
Coordinating spool of thread and bobbin
Sewing machine fitted with a 90/14 medium-weight needle
Here’s what you do:
Cut off the bottom of the bag and then cut straight up the back of the bag so it lies flat.
Centering your cut depending on the design on the bag you choose, cut out your apron using the measurements below.
From one of the discarded side panels, cut your neck strap to measure 26″ long and 2 1/2″ wide. If you choose to add the optional pockets, cut a piece from a second bag the same width and 10″ high to match the design of lower portion of your apron.
To assemble your apron, fold each long edge of your neck strap over so it ends up being about 3/4″ wide and then sew using a zig zag stitch up one side and down the other to secure.
Sew along the top edge of your pocket then align where it will go on your apron and pin it in place.
Turn the curved edges along the sides of the apron under about 1/4″ and pin, then turn all the straight edges over 1/2″ and then 1/2″ again and also pin in place, positioning your neck strap and two side ties in place and securing them also with pins.
Tuck your neck strap and side ties under the seam allowance and then flip them over into place.
Starting at the bottom edge, sew all the way around along the seam, removing the pins as you go.
To make your pocket compartments, sew straight up from the bottom edge to the top of the pocket – one or two times depending on how many sections you want.
And you’re done!
(apron without the optional row of pockets along the bottom)
(apron with the pockets)
Your apron can be hosed off, sponged off, or even tossed in the washing machine. I wouldn’t put it in the dryer though. And don’t try to iron it unless you use a cloth in between the iron and the apron. Same goes for using this as a bbq apron….while not flammable, the apron WILL melt if touched with an open flame or hot bbq utensil, so use caution and common sense.
Tutorial courtesy of Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily
7 Replies to “Upcycle your empty feed bags: garden/chore apron tutorial”
thanks for the suggestion; never thought of it but it is a great idea. any other ones????
I have a number of feed sacks and the feed depot doesn’t take the feeds sacks back for reusing like they used to.
Hi Deborah! Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily has graciously set us up with tutorials for several feed bag upcycling projects! Stay tuned to the blog for more to come in the near future – and hang on to those empties!
I have seen people make market totes out of the bags.
We will share a tutorial on how to make a market tote in the near future! Stay tuned!
I make shopping bags from the feed bags. Tried to make corn hole bag linings, but that did not work so well.
Great tutorial! I would have never thought to upcycle today’s feed bags like this. Back in the day feed came in beautiful printed fabric bags. Farm wives would make curtains, dish towels, pillocases, clothing, etc. from the bags. For interesting information see http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/feed-sacks-a-sustainable-fabric-history/
I make tote/shopping bags out of empty bags. A friend recently told me she’d seen place mats, napkin rings, aprons and wallets. I’ve been looking for instructions, thank you!
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