The ripstop nylon I use most often is light weight, water repellant, and is found in the utility fabric section of my local big box fabric store. It's generally available in big cheerful colors and some "camp style" colors.
So where did I get the idea to make a garden apron form this stuff?!? Let me start by saying that I consider myself somewhat of a mad scientist in the sewing room. I like to veer off the beaten path and try combining different elements for projects that would ordinarily be well, more ordinary! Such is the case of this apron.
I had a canvas garden apron laying around and thought it was nice basic style to use for gardening outdoors. However, it was totally lacking in style and had poorly made pockets. It was also prone to collecting dirt and did not wash well. Besides that, I'm famous for soaking myself whenever I switch the hose settings and it's no fun to be dirty and wet at the same time! Thus, the idea for a brightly colored apron made from water and dirt resistant fabric was born.
P.S. If you're looking for a mail order source for ripstop nylon check out FWD HERE.
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