Instructions to make a lab coat for kids

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Instructions to make a lab coat for kids
Real scientists wear lab coats. Your little "scientist" can wear one too. (amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images)

Costumes are a fun part of imaginative play, adding a delightful degree of realism to pretend situations. If your child is an aspiring scientist, they will love wearing a lab coat of their own. You can make a child-sized coat using an old T-shirt as a pattern.

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Things you need

  • T-shirt
  • Seam ripper
  • White cotton fabric
  • White buttons
  • Straight pins
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needle
  • White thread

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    Put an T-shirt on your child. Measure the distance from the hem of the shirt to just above the knee.

  2. 2

    Use a seam ripper to carefully deconstruct the shirt. Cut a straight line up the centre of the front of the shirt from the hem to the neckline, dividing it in half.

  3. 3

    Use the T-shirt pieces as a pattern for the lab coat pieces. Add several inches to the sleeves to make them three-quarter length and use the measurement you took before you cut the shirt to length the coat to the knee.

  4. 4

    Cut the lab coat pieces out of white cotton fabric. Be sure to leave an allowance for seams and hems all the way around.

  1. 1

    Lay the pieces of the coat together and pin along the seams with straight pins.

  2. 2

    Sew along the pinned edges to secure the pieces together.

  3. 3

    Fold over all raw edges and pin them into place. Iron the edges flat and sew to hem.

  4. 4

    Cut two large rectangles out of white cotton and hem the edges. Sew onto the front of the coat with the top sides left open to form pockets.

  5. 5

    Sew a row of buttons down one side of the front opening of the coat. Line up the other side of the coat and cut a small slit for each button to go through. Use a needle and white thread to blanket stitch around the edges of the hole.

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