Make a soft and pretty garden kneeler in just a few simple steps with our easy guide. Make one for yourself or give it as a gift!

If you’re green fingered then you’ll know the trials of kneeling by the flower beds in your garden for hour upon hour, and how sore it is on the knees! This craft project is practical as well as pretty, saving your knees from the hard ground while you see to your lovely garden!

If you’re green fingered then you’ll know the trials of kneeling by the flower beds in your garden for hour upon hour, and how sore it is on the knees! This craft project is practical as well as pretty, saving your knees from the hard ground while you see to your lovely garden!

Using a waterproof material ensures your garden kneeler will last for years, protecting the stuffing inside it, just make sure you pack plenty in to ensure it’s as soft and cushioned as possible.

Choose a bright and colourful material to make your garden kneeler as cheerful as possible, it might even help you to get out in the garden on grey days.

If you’re not too much of a gardener yourself then you could always make one and give it as a gift to your partner or friend if they’re more likely to put it to good use.

Materials

  • Your choice of PVC fabric
  • Polyester toy filling
  • Strong needle and thread
  • Scissors

Instructions

1. Take a 50 x 70cm piece of PVC fabric and fold in half with right sides facing and short edges together.
2. Using a strong needle (suitable for leather or suede) in your sewing machine and taking 1cm seam allowance, stitch along the long edge and one short edge.
3. Turn right side and stuff with wadding, straw or foam piece.
4. Cut a 7 x 40cm length of  PVC for the handle. Fold in a 2cm turning down each long edge so edges overlap and glue/stitch to secure.
5. Pin ends centrally to the open edge of the kneeler, about 14cm apart.
6. Turn the open edges of the kneeler in by 1cm and pin together, enclosing the handle.
7. Top-stitch in place across the edge.

How to make a boxed garden kneeler

How to make a garden kneeler

Finished size: 45 x 35cm,  excluding handle

You will need

  • 50cm of 140cm-wide patterned oilcloth
  • 45 x 35cm rectangle of 5cm-thick foam pad
  • Ruler
  • Paper clips
  • Masking tape
  • Matching sewing thread

Prestigious maxi matt oilcloth in cobalt, £6 for 50cm, from Norfolk Textiles

Cutting out

  • Cut two 48 x 38cm rectangles for the top and base
  • Cut one 25 x 7cm rectangle for the handle
  • Cut two 48 x 8cm rectangles for the front and back bands
  • Cut two 38 x 8cm rectangles for the side bands from oilcloth.

Note: Care must be taken when stitching – using dressmaking pins on oilcloth will leave visible holes, so use paper clips to temporarily join the layers. To define folds, run a ruler along the folded edge.

When stitching on the right side of oilcloth, a regular sewing machine foot will grip the synthetic surface and make it difficult to sew, so use a Teflon foot instead, it is non-stick and will glide easily over the surface.

Alternatively, place a strip of tissue paper between a regular sewing machine foot and the oilcloth. Then tear away the tissue paper after stitching.

Making the garden kneeler

Take a 1.5cm seam allowance. Join pieces with right sides together and edges level.

  1. Fold under 2.5cm on one long edge of the handle, then fold under 2cm on the other long edge. Secure the folds with paper clips. Topstitch 6mm from the folds. Fold under 1cm at each end of the handle, secure with paper clips.
  2. With right sides facing up, use  masking tape to tape the handle centrally to one side band with the folded handle ends 8.5cm in from the short edges of the band. Topstitch close to the folded ends, then 6mm inside the first topstitching. Remove the masking tape.
  3. Stitch the front band between the side bands along the short edges, starting and finishing 1.5cm inside the long edges. Repeat to stitch the back band to the side bands along the short edges. Open the seams and run a ruler along them to keep the seam allowances open.
  4. Fix the front and back band to the long edges and the side bands to the short edges of the top with paper clips. Stitch the outer edge, lifting the presser foot and pivoting the stitching at the corners.Garden kneeler sewing pattern
  5. Open the seam allowances and run a ruler along them to keep the seam allowances open. Repeat to stitch the bands to the base, leaving a 38cm gap along the back edge. Clip the corners.
  6. Turn the kneeler right side out and insert the foam pad. If necessary, adjust the seam allowances to keep them open. Slip stitch the gap closed using a double length of sewing thread.