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Children’s Art Smock


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I have had several requests for an art smock tutorial. And the timing was perfect…..since we needed one in our home.

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 andother 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 backstitches right under the end of the opening. Just to keep it strong and from ripping open from beiing 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 backstitch 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 kneck 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 kneck hole.

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


33 Responses to “Children’s Art Smock”
  1. 1
    Vanessa says:

    so cute! I am going to start to need a couple of these now that my youngsters are getting older!

  2. 2
    Andrea and Casey says:

    love it! And you made it looks so easy! Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. 3
    Mom''s Place says:

    So so cute! I bet my 3 year old would love it if I make her one!

  4. 4
    Goings on at the Glenn''s says:

    sooo cute! I love it. My little one just uses a canvas apron for painting but one of these would be soo nice. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. 5
    Jill says:

    How cute! That is such a great idea, especially for "creative" toddlers :) What would you think of using a flannel back table cloth- then it would just wipe clean… just a thought- I might try it! Thanks for the tutorial- the pictures are very helpful :)

  6. 6
    Heather says:

    Oops, I hit post too soon on my last post!

    Anyway, that is such a darling smock! It looks like I'm going to have to do 3 of these, with one minus the ruffles for my son. :) My kids know how to make a mess!

  7. 7
    Tater Tot Mom says:

    That is just darling! I could totally see one of these made out of one of those vinyl tablecloths too with the soft backing! Then wipe up would be a sinch! Great idea!

  8. 8
    Tiffany says:

    Super cute! I love this little smock!

  9. 9
    Rebekah says:

    cute!!! this would be great for my preschool co-op!!!

  10. 10
    Brittany says:

    This is so awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. 11
    Crafts and Deals says:

    So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!! I will definately add it to my list of projects!!

  12. 12
    Brook says:

    I think this is going to be another mom's group project! You are awesome and I can't tell you how much I love your blog! And thanks for the help on the smurf hat!

  13. 13
    Rosie says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I can't wait to try it out this week! I got some oil cloth on etsy last week that I want to use for this & spat