T-shirt Apron Activity

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Updated on Jul 9, 2013

Cooking and crafts provide countless opportunities for creative learning and loads of messy fun. Stained and damaged clothes are no fun at all, however, especially when laundry time rolls around. In this activity, you’ll re-purpose an old t-shirt into a simple smock, or apron, to use for all your child's cooking and art projects. He'll have a blast doing activities, and you won't have to worry about clean-up: all the mess goes onto the apron, not on your child’s clothes! And because your youngster is in charge of the design, this activity also gives him a chance to exercise his creativity and bring out the artist within.

What You Need:

  • Old cotton T-shirt, several sizes larger than your child usually wears
  • Fabric paint, fabric markers, or iron-on decals
  • 2 pieces of grosgrain ribbon, about 8-10 inches each
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Cut the t-shirt up the center of the back side from bottom to top, so that it is completely open in the back.
  2. Beginning at the collar, pin a piece of ribbon down the length of each side along the cut and stitch in place. Remove pins.
  3. Have your child decorate the shirt using fabric paint, fabric markers, or iron-on decals. This is a great way to hide any old stains or imperfections on the shirt!

To use the apron, just slip it on over your child's clothes and tie the ribbons loosely around his body. Wear during all cooking and craft projects for worry-free fun!

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