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Art Smock for Kids

Oilcloth art smocks make cleaning up after crafts with children a cinch. These durable and attractive aprons feature a long front to protect kids' clothes from messy projects, and they can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Best of all, the simple pattern requires no sewing -- all it takes is a few measurements and Velcro tabs to keep budding artists, gardeners, and chefs dirt-free. Martha demonstrates how to make these practical, all-purpose coverings.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • 3/4 yard oilcloth

  • Scissors

  • Pinking shears (optional)

  • 2 three-and-a-half-inch adhesive Velcro strips


  1. To determine the measurements of the smock, measure your child from shoulder to shoulder for the width; from the shoulders (or base of the neck) to the small of the back for the back; and from the shoulders (or base of the neck) to the knees for the front. Add 1 inch to the width, and add the back and front measurements together; these will be the smock's total dimensions.

  2. With a pencil and a ruler, draw a rectangle to the smock's dimensions on the oilcloth. To accommodate the Velcro waist cinchers, draw a 1-by-5-inch tab protruding from each long side of the rectangle; the tabs should be opposite each other, about one-fifth of the way up from one end of the rectangle. (They will be at the middle back of the finished smock.) Cut out the pattern with scissors, or use pinking shears to create a decorative edge.

  3. Lay the fabric on your work surface, right side up. To make the opening for your child's head, fold the fabric over, bringing down the end with the tabs (the back) to approximately a third of the length of the fabric. Using a ruler or measuring tape, adjust the folded length of fabric to the back measurement. Mark a 5-inch-wide by 3 1/2-inch-long rectangle so that it’s centered at the crease (when unfolded, the opening should measure 5 by 7 inches). Cut out the rectangle, cutting through both the top and bottom layers of oilcloth.

  4. Lay the smock right side up so that the longer front is facing you. Fold the tabs over the front of the smock, and mark where each tab touches. Center and adhere an adhesive Velcro "hook" strip on the backside of each tab. Attach the corresponding "loop" strips to the front of the smock at marks so that the tabs attach at the waist.

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