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Scarlet and I recently started attending “;Messy Art”; class and she loves it! So we can do some messier art (like painting) at home, I thought I’;d make her a smock to protect her cute clothes from destruction. While I was at it I created this oil cloth smock how-to. And I’;ve also posted a bonus no-sew version for anyone who wants to whip one out without a sewing machine. Get the full Kids Art Smock tutorial after the jump…;

DIY Oilcloth Art Smock

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1. Grab your oilcloth. This one is so cute right? I wish I could tell you where to buy it but I picked it up at Lincoln Fabrics and don’;t know the manufacturer. It’;s a day-of-the-dead print with birdies and skeletons riding bicycles. I used 1/2 a yard. If you are going to do a no-sew version this is all you need and skip right to the end. For the version I created you also need a package of single fold bias tape and one of double fold bias-tape in contrasting colors.

2. Using an article of clothing that’;s a little big for your child estimate your shapepersonalized baby gifts, then fold the oilcloth in half to cut out the front piece. It should be narrower at the top and pay attention to the size of the neckline and armholes. You want them to fit your child but not be so snug that they’;re ouchy. Then using the front piece as a template, cut out two pieces for the back:

If you are a quilter, you know the importance of sewing with quarter inch seams. Matching points, nested seams, and perfectly pieced patches all result in accurate patchwork patterns. In addition, you’ll also? find quarter inch seams in some garment sewing techniques and craft projects.?BERNINA has six presser feet (Patchwork Foot #37/37D, 57/57D and 97/97D), all designed for precise quarter inch stitching. Three of these feet work with models equipped with the Dual Feed function that feed layers of fabrics evenly with no shifting or slipping.

Design by Matthew Quinn; Produced by Samantha Emmerling; Photography by Trevor Tondro

The other day Jaime’s SIL, Stevee told us about their family tradition of leaving small bouquets on their neighbors’ doorsteps for May Day (May 1st). I never had this tradition growing up, but I love it so much that I think I will adopt it now.

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