Every Artists Needs An Apron

The easel gets a lot of use in our house but mostly as a white-board/chalk-board.  However, when we go to Studio Grow the young man always wants to paint.  At Studio Grow everyone uses aprons to protect their clothes and I thought that would be a nice thing to have at home.  Really, I thought of this at the fabric store when faced with these great plastic coated cottons (not as thick as oil cloth so it’s easier to sew with).  I bought a yard of this brown fabric but only used about half of it.  No tutorial used this time… just sort of winged it.


  • 1 yard plastic coated cotton fabric (I only used a little over half)
  • 1 package double fold bias tape in a contrasting color
  • extra ribbon lying around the house for when I didn’t have enough bias tape to make the ties

The bowl was his hard-hat


I took a few measurements of the kiddo for the width of the top and length between the top and the waist.  Then, I folded my fabric in half with right sides together and made a couple of sizing marks using the center fold for the center of my apron.  The two layers of fabric will be cut out together and when opened up you will have one symmetrical piece of fabric.  I wanted this a bit oversized as he does tend to grow. My measurements were:

top width: 8″
waist width: 18″
length from top to waist: 9″
full length: 18″

Using the center fold as my mid point,  I measured in 4″ and made a mark for the top of the apron.  Then I measured in 9″ and made another mark approx 9″ down from the top mark.  Finally, I made a mark 18″ down from the top for the full length of the apron.  With that basic guide, I freehand drew what I think an apron outline looks like and cut it out.  This is where having too much fabric can come in handy.

I made a quick pocket by cutting out another piece from my scraps, using the bottom of the main apron as a guide.  I machine sewed double fold bias tape to cover my edges, first of the pocket and then all the way around the apron, taking care around the bottom rounded corners.  I ended up with only a small amount of left over bias tape, not enough for the ties, so I used some grey ribbon that was around the house.  Good enough, it’s going to get paint on it anyway.

And, yay, one nap time later, we have an apron.

Lessons Learned:

  • Buy extra bias tape.  I really wish I had had enough to use it for the ties.  The grey ribbon is fine but I had to ransack my house to find it.
  • Sew those ties on tight.  The first time I did it, I used a single seam… that fell apart in under 30 min.  Now they are seamed, folded under and seamed again.
  • Make sure you have paint and paper ready to go once the kiddo sees his new thing.

One easy t-shirt

I have a big project coming up (soon to be talked about here) that will require some stenciling on fabric.  Having never done that and not wanting to use a big old project as a test subject, I decided to try out the theory on a smaller scale.  For the first attempt, I ‘m using the freezer paper stencil method from Monday Prints.

After spending a couple of days under the (totally dumb) impression that ‘freezer paper’ was something special that could only be obtained at a craft store, it finally dawned on me that freezer paper is that normal stuff from the grocery store… which I got.  I printed out a nifty mustache graphic, got out my x-acto knife and cut out my stencil.

Then I ironed the stencil to a plain green t-shirt from Target.  Being not great with a brush and, you know, art, I went with the flat bottomed pink stamp-stamp-stamp foam applicators (not their official name).

I put some cardboard inside the shirt so that my paint wouldn’t bleed through to the back if I used a bit too much.