June 10, 2010

4 Ways to Make Personalized Keepsake Aprons that Your Child will Treasure

I can't wait to have my own children so that I can do projects like this with them!  This is a great one to do on a rainy day when playing outside is not an option.  Let you kids help you pick out the fabric and brainstorm what they want their apron to look like.  You can also make a larger one for yourself!

To make personalized children’s keepsake aprons that are fun, you need to decide whether you will sew the apron yourself or buy ready-made aprons or shirts. Let your imagination run wild and think of a fun design. Get ready with your materials, and do not forget to let your kid join the fun.

Kids love to get messy when doing their artwork or helping mom cook. They need to wear a great apron that not only keeps them from ruining their clothes, but also an apron that is uniquely fun and makes their art and cooking activities more enjoyable and memorable. Here are fun ways to help you make a personalized keepsake apron for your kids:

To sew or not to sew
Before you get too excited with all the details of your child’s apron, you have to first decide whether you should sew the apron yourself or buy a ready-made apron or t-shirt. If you are great with sewing projects, you can always make the apron yourself. On the other hand, if you do not have a sewing machine or the skills for sewing, you can always buy a ready made apron or t-shirt. Make sure the size of the apron or shirt is enough to cover your child’s clothes to avoid ruining them. For t-shirts, you need to buy a loose one, maybe two sizes larger than your child’s current size to make sure he or she is comfortable with it.

Envision a fun design
Now that you have the apron ready, you can proceed with imagining a wonderful design. Think of something colorful and fun. Think of something you and your child can make together. You can get really messy, but make sure you come up with a neat apron. Remember that you don’t want to make an ordinary apron, but a personalized keepsake apron. The design has to be something special and memorable. For example, you can have a recent photo of your child printed on the apron or t-shirt and add other details later on. Just let your creative mind work and you will end up with a great design.

Getting ready
Preparing the materials is always a must before undertaking any project. This will help ensure that you have everything you need and so that your work will run smoothly. Prepare old newspapers that you can use as matting, as well as fabric paints and permanent markers. Make sure to ask the favorite color or colors of your child so you can make the apron more special.

Let the fun begin
Should you decide to have a photo of your child on the apron, have it printed first. After this, you can now work with your child to make the apron more colorful. Using markers, you can let him/her make doodles on the apron or draw different shapes and figures. Boys can draw airplanes, robots, and other stuff, while girls can draw flowers and ribbons. If you prefer not to include a photo of your child, you can instead have his/her hand pressed on the apron with a fabric paint, leaving a hand print. As long as your child wants, he/she can have more than one hand print on the shirt. To end, let your kid sign or write his/her name at the bottom of the apron on either side or at the back of the shirt and include the date the apron was created.

When the apron dries completely, your child is ready to have some more fun. Your child will not only have an apron that is fun, unique, and personalized, but an one that he/she can keep and remember forever.

Most important is to have fun!  Have you ever done a fun project like this one with your kids?  Tell me all about it!
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