Gardening can be tough on your knees, but as makers we can quickly stitch up a little attractive protection – a Garden Kneeling Pad! This is a fun, easy project that you’ll really enjoy putting together. Plan to make a stack of pads so you’ll have enough for the whole season.
Let’s start with fabric choice. Theresa suggests one yard of medium weight fabric or canvas in her tutorial on the Spoonflower blog. I have a few other options for you to consider, too.
- This is a pretty beginner-friendly project, so if you want to get the kids involved, help them make their own Garden Kneeling Pad in a print they love!
- Coated/Laminated Cotton isn’t made to be left outside, but the coating will make your knee pads water resistant. There are some really adorable prints available.
- Oilcloth is a good heavy to medium weight and will withstand a bit of moisture quite well. Again, fabulous prints and bright colors are available.
- Outdoor Fabric is water resistant/repellent, UV and mold resistant. You’ll find those properties in fabrics made for the outdoors from several manufacturers.
Although, Theresa doesn’t mention it, I would definitely use Outdoor Thread, too. You might as well make your Garden Kneeling Pad durable, right? Coats Outdoor Thread is UV and mold resistant, so it would be the perfect choice. Click here to learn more about this wonder-thread.
You’ll need your favorite see-thru’ ruler to help you mark the channel stitching lines on your Garden Kneeling Pad. Once marked and stitched, they’ll be filled with buckwheat hulls, flaxseed, small seeds or rice.
If you’re stitching with Coats Outdoor Thread, you’ll want to make a stitch sample after you’ve made a few adjustments.
- Lengthen your stitch to 3mm to 4mm to allow this heavier thread to have room to lay flat in the seam.
- Use a larger needle than usual – 90 to 110 depending on the weight of your fabric.
- To use Outdoor Thread in your bobbin and top thread, you may need to adjust your tension. Sampling will give you a good idea of what you’ll need to do.
Theresa attached elastic straps so that you can roll up your Garden Kneeling Pad for storage. So clever! You can see how quick these are and how easily you could stitch up a whole stack. Click here for her tutorial on the Spoonflower blog.
Before you start though, wouldn’t a Garden Kneeling Pad be a fabulous gift? Here’s a couple of gifting ideas:
- Package your handmade pads with a few packets of seeds, and a shiny new spade as a house-warming or wedding shower gift or to help encourage a gardener wanna-be. Be sure to include a few of your own gardening hints, too!
- Purchase a set of super-cute child’s gardening tools and include a “made just for you” kneeling pad for your favorite kid. It’s a great way to help them learn and keep those little hands busy while you do your own gardening.
Mary, Mary, quite sweet and crafty, how will your Garden Kneeling Pad grow? With careful thought, a little stitching and oh, so much handmade joy!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.