Thanks to a Cheap-Skate Gift Exchange I participated in for Christmas, I created an art or cooking apron just for Messy Kids that requires nothing more than an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors. Use a t-shirt that is a few sizes bigger than the child's regular clothing size. We made some reeeeally big and other just kinda big. Either way works. The best part about these aprons is that the kids can put them on themselves and you don't have to hear "tie this" a hundred times an afternoon!
The smallest Messy Kids wearing some of the bigger sized aprons.
STEP 1: Cut half of the neck out, leaving the 'ring' in tact. I chose to cut the back half of the neck on these particular aprons in the demonstration because i wanted to save the logos on these sentimental old shirts. (Kimball Kids- my former place of employment and where Kai went as an infant and toddler)
STEP 2: Start where the seam across the top of the shoulder meets the neckline and cut diagonally down to the armpit. Do this for both the left and right side, being careful to only cut the top layer of the shirt. (like the Messy Kid feet hangin' out in this pic?
STEP 3: With the shirt lying flat, fold down the front top section you just formed by making the cuts. This will give you a straight (enough) line to follow when cutting the back layer of the shirt. Note the starting point of the scissors in the pic. Cut the back from one armpit to the other.
This will leave you with an apron and a scrap that looks like a shrug. Honestly, Tali loves the shrug. I threw a couple in our dress-up clothes.
Here's Messy Kid- The Babysitting Version, Hayden. He LOVES these aprons! He can put these on himself by stepping in the 'big circle' (the body portion) first, then slipping the 'little circle' (neck loop) over his head.
Hope you enjoy these 10-minute aprons for hours and hours and hours! Send me pics of your own Messy Kids in their aprons and I'll post them to the blog :)