Child's Art Smock from Make It and Love It

    Posted by  ·  June 2, 2010

    Today we have the talented Ashley from Make It and Love It getting us prepared to do some fun painting with kids. This adorable art smock would also make a great gift wrapped up with a set of paints.

    Ashley writes…

    My little girl really loves to paint. Okay, and make a big fat mess. But it’s one of those times that if her clothes are covered…….I don’t mind. Have at it sista!!

    But she hasn’t had clothing protection until now.

    Her own little art smock.
    And just the perfect size.

    Keep in mind that you can create whatever size you’d like. Even one for you. However, the dimensions given were created for an almost 3 year old.

    You’ll need:

    • a piece of fabric that is 15 x 40 inches (I used cotton)
    • a piece of fabric that is 8 x 15 inches
    • a piece of fabric that is 3 x 35 inches
    • 2 packages of double folded bias tape. (I bought the narrow but I think next time I’d buy one package of narrow and one package of wide. Attaching the bias tape over the riffles turned out hard with the narrow tape.)
    • Several feet of narrow ribbon
    • 5 inches of wide ribbon
    • velcro

    Begin by cutting out your large piece of fabric.

    Find the center of the fabric by measuring and then trace a large circle right into the center. I used the mouth of a large cup and then added about 1/4 inch to that all the way around.

    Cut the circle out and then cut a line down one end of the fabric…..starting at the center of the circle and then cutting down the center of the fabric all the way to the end.

    Then, sew that opening closed again, starting at the bottom…….and then stopping about 8 inches from the circle. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

    Then roll under those raw edges a 1/4 inch fold and then another 1/4 inch fold. Then sew into place.

    Then make another seam along that first seam towards the bottom, just to reinforce it.

    Now, turn over the fabric and make a few stitches and back-stitches right under the end of the opening. Just to keep it strong and from ripping open from being pulled on by a toddler.

    Now cut your 8 x 15 inch rectangle……

    …….and your 3 x 35 inch strip. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron flat. (If you’re making this for a boy, or prefer to leave off the ruffle……go ahead and do so.)

    Then sew a basting stitch (really long stitch) along the raw edges, really close to the edge….making sure to never go off the edge of the fabric. And make sure to leave long thread tails.

    Then pull one of the top threads and start gathering your fabric.

    Then pin it along one of the 15 inch sides of your rectangle.

    And then place the fold of the bias tap over both layers and sew into place. (This is where I should have used the wider bias tape to make it easier to fit around all of that bulk.)

    Then lay it on top of the front side of the art smock, matching up the bottom corners and sides.

    Then sew the bias tape along the bottom front and back….and then along the sides.

    Now, attach some bias tape around the neck, sewing slowly as you curve it around the circle. Then sew a seam right down the center of the pocket…..turning that one big pocket into two. Make sure to back-stitch several times at the top and the bottom of that seam.

    Now, using your wide piece of ribbon and your Velcro…..attach it to the back of the neck to create a closure.

    And finally, attach your thin ribbon pieces (about 13 inches each) to the waist area of the smock. I placed mine about 9 inches down from the center of the neck hole.

    And that’s it. You’re ready to give your little one freedom to express their creativity.

    For more projects visit Make It and Love It!

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    1. Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
      I just started getting garments for my kids online about a year ago and it
      really has saved us a lot money, my personal most
      significant worry was about clothes fitting right but if
      you locate a online shop with a decent returns policy then you certainly should
      have no issues
    2. Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
      Right here is the right site for anyone who
      hopes to understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually would want to_HaHa).
      You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that's been discussed for years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!
    3. Friday, June 4th, 2010
      Nice! I love your simple construction -- great project! Love the little ruffles, too.
    4. Della Ann
      Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
      This is adoreable, I can hardly wait to make it for my grandaughter. Please help me with the neck opening. How big should that be? I am not sure how big a cup you used. give me some idea in inches please.
    5. Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      That's super cute!
    6. Pam Pike
      Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      Very cute. Perfect for all the little artist
    7. Kelli Ingram
      Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      So cute! Can anyone help me out with yardage. I am horrible at figuring it out. How much material would I need?
    8. Lauralee Hensley
      Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      Just a hint for the thrifty material person. Waterproof or water resistant windbreakers in an adult size at a thrift shop or Salvation army could have the material from the back and the two front pieces, pieced together via sewing to make enough material for a small child. You could use the sleeves cut open to make a crayon holder section across the bottom, or to make a stitched on pocket or two. Of course you'd have to use the bias tape or binding. You could save the zipper from the windbreaker for another sew project in the future. That is if you found a windbreaker that didn't have a broken zipper in it at a thrift store.
    9. Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      So SO cute I LOVE it.
    10. Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      I've pasted the picture onto my OneNote for "must do sewing projects." I LOVE IT! Thank you so much for the idea. I've linked to it on my site. Way cute!
    11. Sheila
      Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      That is VERY cute! I wonder how it would work if you added the iron on plastic coating - cannot remember what it's called, but you can iron it on to any fabric and then it would be waterprood and you could just wipe it off. I haven't used it yet, but have been interested in trying it, if you can't tell. :) My 'baby' is now 10, so I don't have as much need for things like this, but I miss it.
    12. Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      Completely adorable!
    13. Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
      Too bad paint smocks for adults will not be the next latest fashion statement. I miss getting to wear a paint smock. And it has been years since I have been in kindergarden. And yups that was the last time I wore one. ;-)