Kid’s Art Smock {A-Z Series, “A”}

The bell has rang, the seats are full and students are nervously awaiting their names to be called in the first roll call of the year! Let’s start our roll call with the letter “A” for Amber from Crazy Little Projects who is sharing the first project in our awesome Back To School A-Z series and guess what…it is art time! Let’s grab our “A”rt Smocks, paints and brushes and let’s get painting! This smock is so cute and your kiddos are sure to LOVE painting and creating even more while they sport this adorable smock that will make them feel like Picasso himself. Enjoy!

Hello hello! This is Amber from Crazy Little Projects and I am super excited to kick off the A-Z Back to School Projects on The Ribbon Retreat this month. I’ve got a bunch of Back to School stuff going on at my blog right now too, so come on over and check it out!

Since I am starting things off, I get the letter A. A is for Amber. And A is for….Art Smock!

I’ve got a Kid’s Art Smock tutorial for you:

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I am thrilled with how this turned out. In fact, I chose this cute fabric to make it even though I have 4 little boys and it’s very girly and when they saw it they got excited and wanted to wear it too. Whoops! Should have used boy fabric, but I couldn’t pass up this cute girly polkadot and chevron.

Kid’s Art Smock Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 yard each of 2 coordinating fabrics (you will have leftover-but leftover is fun!)
  • Small pieces of 1/2 inch elastic
  • 2 packs of extra wide double fold bias tape
  • 1 yard of clear vinyl (in the home decor section at my fabric store)

Aqua Big Dots Letter A Tonal Pink Chevron

To cut this out the first thing you need to do is fold your fabric right. You need to fold it in half vertically and then horizontally as well. So, start by folding it vertically, then bring the top of the fabric down so that there is a fold there as well:

Kid's Art Smock - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You will cut with the fabric like that. To cut it out, follow my visual guide, with these measurements:

The width at the widest part of the bottom is 18 inches across.

The length from shoulder to bottom is 24 inches.

The neck hole circle begins 3 inches down from the shoulders.

The arm holes start at the shoulders and the bottom of them is 6 inches down.

Kid's Art Smock - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You’ll need to cut 1 of these and then 1 more of your coordinating fabric AND one from your vinyl.

Layer all 3 layers so that the two fabrics are back to back with wrong sides together and then vinyl is on top of your main fabric.

Trim the edges to make sure that they match up perfectly.

Pin your bias tape all the way around the outer edge of the smock and then sew it in place: (At the sharp curves in the arm pits I stopped, cut the bias tape and began again rather than trying to go around the corners.)

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Once you have gone all the way around, you’ll need to cut a slit from the neck hole down the back about 5 inches. Grab your bias tape and line this as well:

Kid's Art Smock - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Across the bottom of the slit sew back and forth a few times to reinforce it.

Then, cut your elastic into 2 pieces that are each 4 inches long.

Sew it to the underside of your smock on the front and the back like this:

Kid's Art Smock - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
And that’s it!

If you want, it can be reversible:

Kid's Art Smock - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You could even add vinyl to the other side as well to make it truly reversible.

You might also like:

Kid’s Lunch Box Tutorial:

Kids Insulated Lunch Box Tutorial

Thank you Amber for kicking off our A-Z series with a bang and with an “A”dorable “A”rt Smock! My kiddos are sure to love wearing this “A”wesome smock while painting “A”way “A”ll day! For more incredible…I mean INCREDIBLE projects by this super talented lady, make sure to visit her at Crazy Little Projects!

Class is dismissed for the day but make sure to do all of your homework, which consists of making one or two of these adorable Art Smocks and then paint a beeeautiful picture! AND…make sure you also come back tomorrow and help us learn more about and celebrate the letter “B”!

Since we are talking about the letter “A” today here are a few more “A” is for awesome projects…

Ruffle Apron Tutorial - Super cute and great for beginner sewers! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Alphabet Tile Earrings - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Applique Outfit Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Are you favorite things that start with the letter “A”?
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  1. Posted August 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    How darling! Such a great idea! I’ll definitely be making some for my messy, creative little kiddos!

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      Posted August 4, 2014 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Christine! You are so darling and so sweet! Thank you for your comment. Isn’t this smock so much fun. I can’t wait to make some for my messy kiddos too! I think they will paint even more now, just so they can wear this fun smock. I love it!!! Thanks again Christine and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted August 2, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    A is for Awesome! I’ve got a post scheduled on Craft Gossip tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

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      Posted August 4, 2014 at 6:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Anne! Hehe! Thank you so much Anne! You are awesome, and I appreciate you including this super fun tutorial on your site! Yay! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Jessica
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m new 5 sewing, the step with the elastic, where exactly is that on the smock?

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      Posted August 20, 2014 at 7:09 am | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! Thank you for your question! I am so glad you are sewing this fun Art Smock as a new sewer! You are awwwweeeesome! Amber doesn’t specify an exact place on the smock to sew your elastic to, because there isn’t a set place it has to be. So, you may want to put your smock on your child, or a child, and determine where the best place will be to place your elastic. You will want to make sure that it is low enough to hold the smock together while keeping it out of the way of their art work. However, you will not want to place it at the very bottom. This is definitely a personal preference so place the elastic wherever it is going to be comfortable for your kiddo and keep the smock from impeding their creativity! Hope this helps Jessica! Have so much fun creating this fun smock! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Jen
    Posted January 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I love it! I just have a question, so for the measurements around the neck, from the vertical fold how far into the fabric did you go? Thanks so much!

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      Posted January 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jen! Thank you so much for your comment and your question. We are so glad you love this fun project. In the tutorial, the measurements Amber gives are…The width at the widest part of the bottom is 18 inches across. The length from shoulder to bottom is 24 inches. The neck hole circle begins 3 inches down from the shoulders. The arm holes start at the shoulders and the bottom of them is 6 inches down. I am not sure if this helps, but these are the measurements she gives. It may be altered a little for each kiddo so their smock fits them a little more comfy, so alter where needed. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! Good luck with your project! Michelle 🙂

  5. Jean Devereaux
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Just made one for my granddaughter’s birthday. It took me about 1.5 hours and turned out great. Hope she likes it!

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