Category Archives: diy projects

How to: Awesome T-shirt

June 23, 2011


Simple t-shirts for kids are easy to make.  With lots of inspiration from the web, it’s fairly easy to create a cool looking t-shirt without the expense.

What you will need:


How to: It is fairly easy to find plain coloured T-shirts these days: dollar stores and T-shirt outlets can be found in the boroughs of major cities. I brought afew of these size 3 t-shirt at T-shirt apparel outlet for $2/each. Get some Avery iron-on T-shirt transfer paper and print your design.

For my son’s shirt I added “arms” to the t-shirt. I narrowed and shorten the arms of my old T-shirt and attached it to the shoulder seam. I always forget to turn the t-shirt inside out when washing, but I think the roughed up transfer looks better with age.


Create your own T with lots of free images on the web and here are some ideas and inspiration to make an awesome  T-shirt for your little tot or you.

How lovely is this … from Stella McCartney kids

tshirt_6One of my favourite children’s line of clothing (from France) – Bobo Chosestshirt_5tshirt_4

From threadless, a company that makes t-shirts from designs submitted by you. Cool.tshirt_3What a great idea for a T-shirt transfer … use a photo from your vacation. Found this one of my blog reads here.  Madewell has a line of tee’s called “Where I Want to Be” featuring images of the mountains and the road.


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How to: Make a hair cutting cape

May 13, 2011


I remember as a little kid getting hair trims and Toni home perms in the laundry room of our basement.  Many hopeful moments of a fabulous haircut, gorgeous curls and a brand-new me. My mom had a haircutting cape for such occasions. After a few home haircuts with my son already, it was time he got a haircutting cape to take him fthrough the next few years of home haircuts.

What you will need:

  • 1 meter of nylon fabric I found some in the clearance section at Fabricland for $2/meter. I love the pattern too.  (maybe I can whip up some shopping bags or little totes with the leftover fabric.)

Step 1: Cut fabric into a rectangle measuring about 1m x 1.2m. Fold fabric in half to get the center point and that is where you will cut a hole. It doesn’t need to be large, since it is only wrapping around your child’s neck.


Step 2: Add tie. Cut a thin strip of fabric and sew to the neckline. Finish seams. Alternatively, you can do a no-sew method of just using clothes pegs to hold the cape together or stick some velcro with adhesive on the edges (like a bib).



My husband is the “barber” in the family and got this haircutting kit from his sister, who has kids also. We noticed the haircutting video and handy guide in the box after my son’s haircut. Oh well, next time we’ll have a look yo check out some tips … Do you cut your kid’s hair?


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how to: make a pouf

April 12, 2011


My idea behind making a “pouf” was to make a bean bag-like chair/cushion that would function as a fun piece of furniture for my toddler.


My inspiration was from these fun square chairs from Serena & Lily and the Fatboy bean bags.

My final cushion size was about 28 x 28 x 13 inches. I think you will need to consider the size of your space to determine the size of your cushion.  Here’s the how-to (without specific measurements) so that you can make a cushion with any  leftover or scrap fabric you have. Use a durable fabric like a twill or denim.

What you will need:

  • Fabric such as cotton twill or denim
  • large zipper at least 18″
  • some contrasting material for the piping

Step 1: Cut the pieces. For a large cushion like mine, you’ll need about 1.5 m of fabric (less, if there are no matching patterns) and about .25m of contrasting fabric for the piping.

Step 2: Attach the zipper. Here’s some instructions for how to sew a zipper. Sew the cushion sides together.


Step 3: Use the contrasting fabric for the piping. Fold the piping in half and sew to the edge of the cushion top + bottom. I used a soft velour fabric for the piping.


Step 4: Sew the pouf together. With insides together, attach the sides to the cushion top and bottom and sew together. I stuffed my cushion with extra pillows and an extra duvet. Have fun!


How to: Pillowcase covers

March 27, 2011


There are so many great quilting fabrics available at the fabric store with nice patterns and colours. It’s a great way to add some detail to a simple bedsheet set without spending much.

Over the years, we’ve found that a smaller pillow was much more comfortable to sleep on. You can wrap your arm comfortably around the pillow if you tend to sleep on your side. Also a smaller sized pillow is good for children. I resized our (deflated) feather pillows to 11×15 inches by sewing a smaller case and stuffing the pillow in it.

Here’s some instructions for a simple pillowcase.


What you will need:

  • quilting or cotton fabric

Step 1: Cutting the pieces. Cut length of pillow twice the length + 6 inches


Step 2: Make a clean neat finish to the short fabric edges by folding over the seams and sewing.

Step 3: With good fabric sides together, fold the width of the pillow and then fold the 6 inch flap over layers. Sew together and serge the seams.



How to: Play kitchen

March 6, 2011

This was our first collaborative blog project between my husband and I. My husband loved assembling the play kitchen for our son and I enjoyed sourcing all the materials. We made it for my son when he was just over a year old and he is 3 now and he is still “cooking.” There are many great posts about play kitchens.

I found an old teak like end table that someone was throwing out. It was a perfect size for our space, excellent condition and it was free.  We reassembled the drawer and added a hinge at the bottom and a magnetic closure at the top so that the door could open like an oven door. I found some metal pot steamers and stainless steel bowl at the dollar store. The faucet is a wooden banana stand.

My husband got some real faucet knobs and the white circles under the elements are door knob protectors from home depot. We added a piece of wood to the back of the end table. It was painted black to give it an industrial feel and a battery operated push light was added on the bottom shelf.


I really wanted to find a little clock but all I could find at Goodwill at the time was an alphabet toy which had an abacus and clock attached.Wooden pots and pans are from pottery barn and the metal kitchen set is from Ikea. Check out the mini-coffee maker (Goodwill, again).

Handmade play vegetables and oven mitts were made by me. Download my pattern for the oven mitts. (PDF, 104 K)