School has officially started-and so begins the accumulation of school supplies. My son’s school requested an art shirt and a sock for dry erasing (among lots of other things). I scoured the internet in search of a really cute art smock for my 6 year old boy. I found lots of cute smocks, but they were all too girly.

What a fantastic repurposing of Daddy’s workshirt-Daddy gets a kick out of his little guy wearing his shirt, David gets a fun paint shirt, and David’s regular clothes stay paint free! I’m not big on machine embroidery (I don’t even have an embroidery machine!)-I did the embroidery years ago on an old sheet at my mother-in-laws-but I LOVE the formal look of it on a faux tie. I made a tie out of the embroidered material, and then sewed it onto one side of the shirt’s opening. I attached velcro to the other side of the tie and to the shirt to make fastening it a breeze for my guy.

As for the shirt itself, I just cut it down and sewed it back together so that it wasn’t overwhelmingly large on my little guy. He loves it! Easy to use, fun and personalized!

Then the little kitty! I know my guy is partial to “tiger cats” and was thinking how fun it would be to turn a sock (the requested item) into a puppet to use for the dry erase boards at school. No sock we had was quite the right color, then I remembered Martha Stewart had once turned old mittens into stuffed animals! I thought, hmmmm, how about a “hand erase puppet”?! It was really quite easy. I cut off the thumb and two middle fingers down to the base of the mitten, the two outer fingers I left a smidge of fabric in a triangular shape (kitty ears). I turned it inside out and sewed the ears and top together. I filled the longer fingers and thumb (to be the tail) with polyfil stuffing and then sewed the legs and tail in place. For the arms of the kitty I made extra holes in the side of the mitten and set the shorter fingers inside (with the kitty inside out) and sewed all around the edges of the finger and to the body of the cat. When finished, I turned it back out and voila! My little guy can put his hand inside and his fingers in the kitty’s arms to make the little kitty actually erase the board! Way too much fun!!!

For your own green items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop! Or, if you’d like to try it out yourself, don’t hesitate to e-mail me for more detailed instructions! Have fun!