I have always been so bad at remembering to cover my kids clothes when they paint. After our last ruined shirt I decided it was about time I made a smock of some sort. This one was SO easy, it took me five minutes and that includes the time I took to take photos. No sewing machine required, just an old adult sized shirt, scissors, and a few pins.
First place the adult sized shirt on a table and lay out flat. Place one of your child’s shirts on top of the adult sized shirt, you will use their shirt as a guide for the size. Line up the collars and center the child’s shirt as best as you can.
Next, add a pin to the outside of the child’s shirt and then add another pin about one inch wider.
Remove the child’s shirt and cut in a straight line following the outside pin. Repeat on the other side.
Now, following your other pin cut 1-inch strips about two-thirds up the side of the shirt. (see picture below) These will be your ties. I cut the front and the back of the shirt so we could tie them on the sides, but you can also open the shirt and only cut the 1-inch strip on the front so you can tie the smock in the back.
Now throw that thing on your child and pull out the messiest paints you own! 🙂