Upcycled Shirt Art Smock – DIY

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My children love painting, so much that they can cover almost every surface in sight including there clothes!

I have recently discovered a jewel of a book called “Wonderful things to make for kids” published by Australian Womens Weekly. One of the 91 projects is an artists smock made from a former shirt.

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As regular readers will know it was somewhat inevitable that I made my own version!

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To make your own version you will need:

  • Shirt
  • Fabric scrap big enough to make front pockets
  • Bias binding for neck line
  • Button
  • Velcro

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To make

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Cut off collar, and above buttons on sleeves

Stitch the front of the shirt together, down the button opening (allow adequate neck opening). Tip use a zip foot to save removing the buttons

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Create front pocket, cut fabric width of the shirt. Pin and hem the fabric. Sew down each side and along the bottom of the shirt.

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Create smaller pockets by stitching down from top of the pocket to hem line (I created three by stitching down twice)

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Pin, tack and sew on bias binding to finish neckline of shirt

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Sew on large decorative button at neck opening. Attach velcro behind this button to allow easy opening and fastening

Trim sleeves with either bias binding or with co-ordinating fabric from pocket. Cut fabric longer than the sleeve opening. Pin into place.

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Turn over and hem. Thread with elastic to gather in sleeve at wrist.

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Your finished:) What’s more it fits older children still prone to getting paint on their clothes!

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To learn more about the book pop over to Bugs & Fishes from Friday the 21st where I am delighted to be guest blogging with  a review.

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4 Comments

  1. February 20, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    That is brilliant. We need one of those, my youngest loves painting and always manages to get it everywhere! Thanks for sharing with #ThriftyThursday
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  2. February 25, 2014 / 9:54 am

    That is such a good idea! My two always get paint all over themselves and proper smocks are so expensive!
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