Crazy Easy Smock from a T-Shirt
In the mothering game we all have our shortcomings. I know for me a major one is specific stains like macaroni and cheese. No matter what I do, this processed cheese yellow never seems to come out of anything. Finally I got sick of trying to remove this orange from everything my kids owned, so I decided to come up with a way to prevent it instead. In less than five minutes with a pair of sharp scissors and an old T-shirt I was able to make a quick and easy cover that would just about prevent any and all stains from reaching my kids clothing.
So to begin, take a simple T-Shirt, new or recycled, and lay it out flat with the back side up.
Using sharp scissors, make a (mostly) straight cut right up the middle of the back. You will cut the bottom and neck hems.
Next, cut from the bottom hem on either side of the cut you just made. Space these cuts about 3/4 - 1in from the first cut. Cut all the way up to JUST BELOW the neck hem. Don’t cut through the neck hem. These strips will become your ties.
Extend these last cuts out along each side of the neck hem, until you reach the shoulder seam. This allows your ties to make the shirt neck smaller, fitting your little ones better.
Using your new ties, tie a bow that tighten the neck up to the shoulder seams.
You can trim these extra ties at about mid “back” because they will be really long hanging off those kiddos.
And that’s really it! You can trim the bottom, back “flaps” as needed, but I usually just let everything be. The extra length at the bottom helps dropped food stay off the girls’ pants. However, if these are art or cooking aprons or smocks, make sure they are short enough that they aren’t a trip hazard!
We have about 6 of these, and they are so handy! They have completely changed my laundry game, and the girls actually really like them. They know when it’s time to eat at the table, that it’s time to pull up our sleeves and put on our “shirts”. Evelyn loves that it covers her legs, almost like an extra blanket.
Once we get them tied up, they easily stretch enough to slip on and off quickly. And when they get too gross, we just toss them in washer! We had some of the plastic coated, pocket bibs for a while, and they never survived the washing machine, but hand washing in the sink never felt like enough.
And Kyle has an entire closet shelf of old T-shirts, so we’ve quickly made new ones when our stash seems “misplaced” (stacked in the laundry room waiting to be washed).
If you give these a try, let me know in the comments down below! Or use #Peoniesandcream on social media! Or let me know how you keep staining foods off of your kiddos clothing.