My son is starting Kindergarden on Tuesday. He has not been to school for longer than an hour, so I'm hoping he can hang for 7 hours a day. But he's super excited about it, and that's what counts. I'm a little sad about it, but it's not about me, so I turned to a little sewing to fix that. :-)
The supply list for school included an art smock, apron, or old shirt to cover up clothes when painting. When my husband heard that I was planning on making art aprons for the kids (because my daughter needed one too), he said what the heck and that boys don't wear art aprons, they wear old shirts. What the?!? The kids had already chosen their fabric, so I plowed ahead.
I used the Montessori Child's Apron by Sew Liberated, which is a free pdf pattern. This pattern is appropriate for children ages 3-6.
Fabric - Joann's had their character fabric on sale this week, so the kids chose Hello Kitty and Spiderman...big surprise there! I actually like the new Hello Kitty fabric that they had there a whole lot, it's super cute. The pattern calls for 1/2 yard of fabric. I altered the pattern to include front pockets, so if you're going to do that, you might want to get slightly more fabric, especially if you're fussy cutting like I did. Besides the fabric, you'll need 2" of velcro and 15-1/4" of elastic (3/4").
Pattern Pieces - There is only one pattern piece, and there is no taping needed! It is helpful to trace the pattern piece onto newsprint, since you will need to lengthen the bottom by 9". I used Pellon Tru-Grid, which made it extremely easy for me to add the extra 9" at the bottom.
Illustrations/Instructions - There is an illustration for just about every step, and the instructions are very detailed. I looked at apron patterns for awhile before I decided on this one. I chose this pattern because I liked the elastic strap around the next, which would make it very easy to put on, yet still maintaining a snug fit. Since neither of my kids can tie a knot yet, I appreciate the fact that this apron closes via velcro; will make it easy for them to put on themselves.
As I mentioned already, I just added the front pocket with dividers - I made two 3" dividers in the pocket and many 1" ones. I thought it would be kind of cool to have space for larger things and also for individual markers or brushes. Adding the pocket was really easy.
Conclusion - This was a great project. If you're a beginner, you'd definitely be able to complete this, and it's a nice introduction to inserting elastic and sewing on velcro. Plus it's harder finding cool things to sew for little boys, so my son definitely appreciated having something handmade just for him.
Seriously...please tell me all the boys in my son's class are not going to want this apron! Tell my husband he can suck on that t-shirt idea, heehee.