Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kids Art Smock Tutorial


I have been wanting to make my kids art smocks or aprons for months. 
Now that my boys are into the art supplies and painting, it's best for easy clean ups.  

So, before the Easter weekend, I quickly whipped some up.  
In fact, the project was SO easy, that I wish I'd done it sooner.  The fact that I had 3 of them to make, I think, intimidated me a little.  
I'm always such a big fan of a quick and easy project, and I was able to make all 3 in less than an hour!


And I have the tutorial for you to make one too!

What you need:
vinyl tablecloth (mine were cheap dollar store ones)
velcro
rotary cutter and mat (scissors work fine if you don't have one)


First off, fold your vinyl tablecloth in half, using the fold on top.
Use your child's shirt as an indicator and add 1 to 1.5 inches on each side and about 2-3 inches on the bottom.
Cut around the perimeter of the shirt, leaving the folded top alone.



Round the bottom edges with your cutter.


Get a marker to mark out a neckline.



Cut it out with your rotary cutter.  


Open up your apron and cut a slit in the back of the neck hole that's about 2-3 inches long.


Serge all your edges or use a zigzag stitch.  You can leave the edges raw if you like too, the serging/stitching will prolong the life a little longer.

If you are uncomfortable using a sewing machine, you can always take online classes to learn more about
it.



Cut two pieces of velcro about 2 1/2 inches in length.


Mark out where you'll want your velcro, I put mine in the middle of each of the sides.  You can use paper clips to hold them in place (as to not have pin holes in your vinyl).


Sew on your velcro.


And that's all there is to it.  How easy was that?!



New art smocks for the kiddies!!


Here are the backs of the aprons.


I was probably more excited about them than they were... nothing like fake smiles..


But I thought they were pretty cute!




And they worked perfectly for Easter weekend when we dyed our eggs.





The little guys loved rolling the eggs around in the dye with their spoons.




The boys loved their colored eggs!!


Even eating them..


And my princess was pretty proud of her 'mixing colors' to make purple.


How was your Easter?



Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!!

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51 comments:

craftingthingsnew said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute idea!

Stacey said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute idea and a great way to repurpose! Kudos!!!
I would love if you stopped by to link this and perhaps other projects up to my linky party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change
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I'm Allison. said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad I stumbled onto your website! As a new stay at home mom, this is a great inspriration! Thank you...I think I'll grab a button on my way out today-).
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Kara @ Mine for the Making said... Best Blogger Tips

GENIUS!!!! Oh my goodness... You come up with the greatest projects but this one is def a favorite. WOW... just awesome!

folkhaven said... Best Blogger Tips

these are great! Pinning, and hopefully making some soon. :-)

King of $aving said... Best Blogger Tips

Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky! http://kingofsaving.com

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a great idea!! I need to make some for my kids! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great way to make smocks! I love it! I'm pinning it too!

Michelle @ Michelles Tasty Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness this is such a clever idea! These would be great for helping in the kitchen too. I followed you over from Sundae Scoop and I would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts, on my link party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Michelle

Jacki O. said... Best Blogger Tips

This is brilliant! I am grabbing a tablecloth when I go to the store tomorrow :) and, I pinned it! Please stop by: http://www.redheadedmommy.com
I am your newest follower!

Rose Jesky said... Best Blogger Tips

That is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

Michelle @ Michelles Tasty Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for linking up. I just LOVE these smocks! I hope you'll join me again next week for another link party.

Michelle

Tina said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic project! I would love to make these for my 6yr olds Sunday School class!

eleven-o-one said... Best Blogger Tips

Very smart! Cute, too.
Fran

Taylor-Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

This is to stinking cute. What a great job. I would love it if you showed it off at my new linky party @ Kampenlane.com.

I can't wait to see what else you create.

~Taylor

Becolorful said... Best Blogger Tips

With all the painting I do and as messy as I am I think I need one of these bad boys for me too. :D What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing your project on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful
pam

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@craftingthingsnew Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Stacey Thank you for the invite, Stacey!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@I'm Allison. That's awesome! Welcome!! And thanks.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kara @ Mine for the Making You are so sweet. Thanks, Kara!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@folkhaven Yay! Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor Thanks for dropping by!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carla at Preschool Powol Packets Thanks, Carla!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Michelle @ Michelles Tasty Creations Thanks, Michelle!! And thanks for the invite!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jacki O. That's great! Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rose Jesky Thank you!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tina Yay! Thanks. And have fun!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@eleven-o-one Thanks, Fran!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Taylor-Ann Thanks so much for the invite, Taylor!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becolorful I agree. I'm so messy, I would benefit and save a lot of my clothes!! Thanks.

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fabulous idea Vixen! So simple and just perfect for art smocks!



Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
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Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

These are really cute, what a great idea to make them out of table cloths.

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said... Best Blogger Tips

What an awesome idea! I need to make that pronto- my son loves to make a mess with paint. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea!! I will definitely have to try this. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having an amazing week!

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so happy to have found your blog. This is a great idea. I am going to pin it now so I can share it with my friends. So happy to be your newest follower. If you are looking for some easy, fun family recipes come check me out at www.questfordelish.blogspot.com

Tutus & Tea Parties said... Best Blogger Tips

Love that this is made using a table cloth! Awesome! Thanks for linking up to A Pinteresting Party!

Heather Kaluf said... Best Blogger Tips

I love how you used table cloths. I dont have kids of my own yet... But the day I do, this will come in handy.
xoxo
Heather

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

This is an AMAZING idea! I love love love that you used tablecloths!!! They wipe off so easily and come in so many awesome prints! Thanks so much for sharing @ Two Sasters!!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Just wanted to let you know I featured you this week at Sharing Saturday. I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured button. Have a great weekend!!

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

Now, this makes me badly want my own serger! so cute!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachel Thanks!! They're great for easy clean ups!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating Thanks, Rachelle!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Thanks for dropping by!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Andrea Thanks, Andrea!! And welcome!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Heather Kaluf Thanks, Heather!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters Thanks! They work great!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@ToSewWith Love It's only a basic serger, but it works well for simple things like this! Thanks.

Becolorful said... Best Blogger Tips

I was late getting my post up this week at BeColorful but I wanted you to know that I featured you on this week's Motivated Monday
pam

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becolorful Thanks again!

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