Sunday, February 20, 2011

Children's Art Smock

Hey everyone! I am really excited about this project. I did it without a pattern, it was VERY simple. I hope that the tutorial will make it easy for you to do the same!

Supplies you'll need for this project: Keep in mind that the fabric measurements are just a guesstimate, you may need more if your kid is bigger than mine.

  • About a yard of cute fabric
  • Vinyl (I got mine at Walmart. It is really cheap. Less than $2 a yard) I bought a yard, it was too much, but I'll have plenty for another project.
  • Bias tape one package (One package was exactly perfect for my son's size)
  • Of course you'll need a sewing machine, tape measure, scissors, and pins.

Measure your child, I wanted to make it a bit bigger so
that he could wear it for a while. I did 23" long by 14"
wide. But, You can adapt it anyway you want.

  The neck hole. I first did a rounded one, but changed it 
  to a squared neck. I am posting the rounded because it 
  would be way easier to put the bias tape on.

    The line for where the arms go,
  again adjust it to fit your child's needs.

The cut arm hole.

These are the straps that will be sewn onto the top to 
hold up the smock around his neck, and to tie around
his waist. I made mine 14" long and about 1 1/2" wide.

The steps I took for the straps are (from left to right): 
 1: Iron one side down, about 1/4" seams.
 2: Iron down the next side. 
 3: Iron down the ends, you can also trim the corners so
     it would lay down more flat, according to your fabric.
 4: Fold the fabric in half and pin.

 The pocket: I made mine 11" x 5" remember to add for
                            seam allowance.

 For the pocket's seam allowance, I did the same as the
straps, 1/4", the bottom I did do a bit bigger, though.

Place the vinyl over the fabric, I 
placed mine so I would only have
to cut on two sides, instead of 4.

I traced the shape of the smock with a Sharpie.

Cut along the line. 

Pin the vinyl over the fabric with the bias tape. This was
my first time using bias tape, it was really easy to use, and made my job a LOT easier (I don't like HATE hemming.)

The end of the tape. I just folded it under, and
made it look pretty.

I try to do all of the sewing for the project around the
same time, for me it just works that way. I sewed on
the bias tape and did the straps at the same time.

Sew the strap onto the shoulder.

Pin and sew on the pocket. I also sewed a line down the
center of the pocket so that there was a divider to hold
his various art supplies.

The finished project!

I have the next DaVinci on my hands!

The best part? Since there is vinyl over the fabric, I can
just wipe it down with a cloth and it's as good as new!

I hope that this tutorial was helpful to you. If you have any questions, email me and I'll be happy to get back to you.

Linking to Freckled Laundry


Eileen said...

You are one talented, creative chick! I can't wait to see all your projects. Hurry. Make something.

Erin said...

Thanks, Eileen! I have some pretty awesome ideas, if I say so myself!

Stefanie Thomson said...

Totally love this one Erin especially the little guy wearing your awesome smock!!

Abby said...

Very cute idea! I'll have to remember this one!

Stefanie Thomson said...

found my darling grandson linked over at freckled laundry! Love that little one!!!!

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

This looks great!!

freckled laundry said...

Precious...the smock and the adorable child! He's a cutie. Thanks for linking with air your laundry Friday!


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