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. For my son’s shirt I added “arms” to the t-shirt. I narrowed and shorted 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.
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. Here are some of my T-shirt drawings that you may want to use.
- Download iron-on T-shirt designs – (PDF, 3 pages- 2.3 MB)
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
One of my favourite children’s line of clothing (from France) – Bobo Choses
More Bobo Choses, stylish monster sweat from Babylady
From threadless, a company that makes t-shirts from designs submitted by you. Cool.
What 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.
Here’s a good t-shirt transfer tutorial ( A great idea for a Father’s Day gift: The Nut doesn’t fall far from the tree T-shirt transfer.)
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 ocassions. After afew home haircuts with my son already, it was time he got a haircutting cape to last him for the next few years of home haircuts.
You need about 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.)
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.
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 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… Do you cut your kid’s hair?
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 final cushion size was about 28″x28″x13″. 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.
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.
2. Attach the zipper. Here’s some instructions for how to sew a zipper. Sew the cushion sides together to form a tube.
3. Sew the piping. Sew the piping together to form a tube. Fold the piping in half and sew to the edge of the cushion top + bottom. I used a soft velour fabric for the piping.
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 a duvet. Have fun!
Long underwear is very hard to find for little tots. Adult sized worn-out silk underwear or even flannels are usually still in good shape in the legs or arms and ideal to repurpose into long underwear for your toddler.
1. Cut the pieces Use a pair of pants your toddler currently wears as a guide for the sizing. Add 2″inch for the waistband and seam allowance and cut the arms or legs of your old silks. Also cut a diamond/oval shaped gusset that is about 2.5″inches in height.
2. Attach the gusset Cut one side of the legs the length of the crotch area (about 6″). With right sides together, attach the tip of the gusset to one corner of the open seam and sew halfway. Attach the other half of gusset piece to the other leg and sew.
3. Finish the leggings Sew the center seams together. Fold 1 inch down and fold under and stitch. Feed an elastic through the casing and secure.
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