For the past few years (since I turned 80), I’ve had some back problems which make it difficult to do any gardening. I can get down on my knees but have trouble getting back up. Then, I found the Rumford Gardener’s Kneeler/Seat on Amazon and that solved the problem.
The unit can be used as a seat or, more importantly to me, a kneeler. It folds for easy storing, is shipped fully assembled and has been such a great help to me that I ordered another one to keep near the back yard. I’m sure there are other brands that are just as good, but I haven’t used them and I know this one is a good value at around $25.
I noticed that there are also pouches for tools available but they cost about half as much as the kneeler and I thought it wouldn’t be hard to make a set. These pouches are simple, easy-to-sew and work great for me. I put four hand tools that I use the most in the pockets and can carry the kneeler from place to place in the yard without difficulty.
Here is how I made the pouches:
Choose medium weight fabric – heavy canvas would be difficult to sew and turn. I found a remnant of medium weight outdoor fabric that worked perfectly.
TOOL POUCHES FOR GARDEN KNEELER – two pouches
2 pieces 8 inches wide x 30 inches long of fabric for base
2 pieces 8 inches wide x 8-½ inches long of fabric for pocket
2 sets of Velcro fasteners 6-½ inches long
On top edge of pocket, turn down ¼ inch and another ¼ inch and stitch to form a ½ inch hem.
Place base right side up on surface. Pin pocket fabric right side up on base, matching pocket with bottom and sides of base fabric. Baste close to bottom and side edges to secure pocket. Stitch down the center of the pocket fabric to make two sections.
Bring top edge of base down to line up with bottom edge of base, right sides together (pocket will be on the inside). Using ½ inch seam, stitch along the sides and bottom, LEAVING OPENING ON ONE SIDE OF ABOUT 3 INCHES TO TURN.
Trim corners, turn and top stitch ¼ inch from the edges all around the base, tucking in the opening seams and securing.
Working with the back of the piece, measure from the top edge down 6-½ inches and draw a line.
Stitch one piece of Velcro with the bottom edge of the Velcro slightly covering the drawn line. Stitch the other piece of Velcro to the back top edge. Top edge will fold down to secure pouch.
Fold edge down over bars on stool with pockets on the outside.
Repeat with the other pieces of fabric and Velcro to complete two pockets with a total of 4 sections for small hand tools.
*I’m not being paid for my endorsement of this product – I just like it a lot and want to share.