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I’m glad you liked yesterday’s Father’s Day Utility Apron tutorial! Today’s variation: Little Artist Apron for kids!

My kids love anything that makes them feel like a “real” artist. I love anything that keeps paint and markers off of their “real” clothes. :)

You can make one for your budding Picasso by using my Apron from Tote tutorial and a smaller tote, like this orange one that measured about 14″ wide x 12″ tall. Be sure to try the apron on your child as you go to determine length, pocket placement, etc.

The tote handles were way too long to be used as a neck strap. For better fit and safety reasons, I added a Velcro closure. Just cut the handle strap at the top edge of the tote/apron and stitch a square of Velcro. Stitch the opposite strip on the end of the strap.

Perfecto! That was fast, easy and fun. Better yet, I saved a little Monet by making it myself! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

I have yet another idea for repurposing leftover canvas totes…so stay tuned!

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  • ana @

    that *was* easy! cute, and the velcro is a good idea!

  • Kristen

    Loving these tote tutorial ideas. I always have a hard time coming up with ideas of things to make for my husband and young son, yet it seems like I never run out of ideas for my girls. So these have been very helpful – thanks!

  • Maggie

    Monet… I like your sense of humour

  • Sara

    WOW! I am so looking forward to your next book–because of innovative projects like these!

  • Annie


  • Saigon & Baygon Inc.

    I just discovered your blog and fell in love with it at once! I’ve already read your posts as far back as July 2008… You’re amazing! I am a rookie at crafts (taught myself how to knit half a year ago and how to crochet two months ago) and therefore wish I were half as talented as you! :-)
    Greets from Greece!


  • [email protected]

    Truly clever. I’ve made so many utility aprons over the years and none of them were this quick. The weight of the fabric is great, too. I knew I’ve been saving all those freebie totes I’ve been squirreling away over the years for a reason :) Thanks and I’ll be linking on Facebook.

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