Once upon a time, a year or so ago, a lonely little vinyl tablecloth was snatched up during an after-Easter clearance sale. It did it's best to do its duty and all that, but tablecloths are just not suited for families with little hands that can't leave it on the table, or refrain from attacking it with a fork at every meal.
After a good month of dedicated service the little tablecloth, worn just slightly, was folded up and shoved in a closet, awaiting a time when one day it could actually be useful.
Little tablecloth, today is your day!One of my biggest frustations as a mother of two toddlers (holy cow, when did that happen?!) is keeping clothes clean. I'm no Kate Gosselin, freaking out over the littlest speck of something on a shirt, but I really hate seeing my kids get food/dirt/worse-things-that-I-won't-talk-about all over their clothes. Perhaps if I had the amazing laundry finesse that my mother-in-law does (she can get a stain out of ANYTHING! Just don't let her near anything with her bottle of bleach) I could be more relaxed.
Or, I could get crafty and create a waterproof cover-up.
Like this one.
"Thumbs up for popsicles right before dinner, Elmo sunglasses that are almost too small, and an awesome mom who doesn't care about either!" (Obviously, since she's just barely two, she didn't say all that, but I'm sure she was thinking it!)
(the only back view I could get)
I threw this together while my daughter was sleeping, so I just grabbed a t-shirt of hers to get an idea for the sizing. I wish I'd made it bigger through the chest so I could have velcro-ed the back, but then again she has a tendency to suddenly "pull a Hulk" when she gets mad, so maybe a tie is the best. I'm going to add another one at the top too.
I used a leather needle on my sewing machine because I wasn't sure how a normal needle would handle it, and my machine has gotten a lot of abuse lately so I'm trying to baby it. Kind of. Also, do you notice how in the back view half the ruffle has horizontal stripes and half has verticle? That's because the ruffle was a last-minute addition...completely unnecessary but oh-so-girly. I scrounged to get enough pieces for it that had the finished edge of the tablecloth, so I wouldn't feel the need to hem it (because it doesn't really need a hem, its not going to unravel, but hems look nicer).
I originally thought of making this hit my little munchkin at mid-thigh or so, but I'm glad I went with a longer length. Because messes rarely confine themselves to the upper half of her body.
Success! Look at all that popsicle stickyness, that grape stain-yness, all on the easily-cleaned surface of our little cover-up! (Okay, not all, her hands and face were pretty messy, but hey! Her clothes are clean! And that's what the garden hose is for anyways, right?) All you have to do is take a damp cloth and wipe it off. Or if you get lazy (like me) and let it sit a bit before cleaning...alright, let it dry completely before you remember it needs cleaned, you may have to use a little elbow grease, and perhaps some running water and then let it hang dry. Hmmm, I think this little monster is begging for me to make him one too!
Now, lest you think it took a whole tablecloth to make one little cover-up, let me show you what I first started doing with that little striped beauty.