Dresses from Shabby Apple

OBG {Art Smock}

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Last year, I decided that I needed to make my little guy an art smock. He is very particular about not getting things on his clothes and he doesn't like getting too messy. Sometimes mid-meal he will ask for another spoon/fork because his is "dirty." Crazy kid. I swear this is all him!

I looked around at the cost of oil-cloth. Man is that stuff expensive. It is nice though because you can just wipe it off. I kept looking and realized that I could use an outside tablecloth and it was pretty similar. So I bought a HUGE tablecloth at Walmart for a few bucks. Then I took my smock pattern and cut it out. I felt a bit like a rebel cutting up the tablecloth but in the end, it was all good!This was a really easy project because I just used bias tape for the edges/ties. Now the little guy can do art and not worry about his clothes so much! The nice thing is with my tablecloth, I can make quite a few of these for just a couple dollars each. Not too shabby!! What a fun thing this would be to have for kiddos at a birthday party or something. I also thought about using regular cotton fabric with that sew on vinyl to allow for easy wiping. But this was even faster and WAY cheap!


Amanda Joy Petersen April 6, 2010 at 9:19 AM  

I need to do this. Asher loves to paint and color, but also hates to be dirty. Plus, I hate always having to strip him down to his onesie. I let him paint white napkins after he was done coloring his Easter eggs. He loved it and this project would have worked perfectly. That way I don't always have to strip him down.

Amy @ Positively Splendid April 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

How clever to use a table cloth! Thanks for the tip!

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard April 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Awesome idea! Cost is exactly the reason I've never purchased oilcloth... but I've seen some cute tablecloths out there!

Unknown April 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

I am following you back from Friday Follow. It's better late than never.

Walkers April 7, 2010 at 7:10 AM  

Love the smock, I took the easy way out and bought an IKEA one, but I do have a really cute Valentine's table cloth screaming my name. Check out my blog for some sunshine I've sent your way.


Unknown April 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

How cute, and easy too. Thanks!
Following you from MBC!

Tasha April 8, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

What a billiant idea. I love this!

brenna August 13, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

I might not be reading this right, but is there a pattern for this smock? I love the idea of making one.

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