Archive | February, 2012

Recycled Tee-shirt pillow case for your little one

28 Feb

My son is obsessed with Thomas the Train Engine and other cartoon characters. He has outgrown two of his favorite tee shirts, I wanted to recycle them, so I am making pillow cases out of them. I went to IKEA and bought two 14″ by 14″ square pillows and now I will make pillow cases out of his tee shirts for them.

During the process my son was a bit upset that I was cutting up his tee-shirt and he wasn’t very happy, but now he loves his pillow case and sleeps with it at night. My son is 2 years and  4 months old and he has to wear size 3 unless size 2 looks BIG. He isn’t heavy, he’s just tall and has long arms and a long torso, so everything looks short on him. A lot of his tops and bottoms are too short on him and that’s where the tee-shirt comes into play, this is one of his favorite tee shirts and I didn’t want to donate it because he loves it so much. 😉

Here is the step by step on how I made the tee-shirt pillow case. It’s so simple and my son is extremely happy that he still has his Thomas Tee. You can even use a dress that you can’t part with and make a cute pillow case for your daughter!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • kids tee-shirt
  • small pillow (I bought my pillow from IKEA, ‘IRMA cushion $1.99, Length 14″, Width 14″ ‘)
  • stitch ripper
  • pins
  • ruler
  • marking tool
  • scissors
  • point turner or pencil to push out corners
  • sewing machine

Some of the items you will need

Using your stitch ripper, remove the hem on the bottom of the tee-shirt

remove all the thread that you have just ripped out

Insert your pillow into the tee-shirt

Pin the bottom

Now pin across the top shoulder to shoulder, try to make it a snug fit

Remove the pillow and using your ruler and marking tool, draw a straight line from the bottom of the tee-shirt to the top of the sleeve. Make this as straight as possible.

Trace over the shoulder to shoulder pins, remove the pins now and draw a straight line across.

Pin all your markings

Insert your pillow and check the fitting and if you need to any needed adjustments

Stitch where you have made all your markings (shoulder to shoulder, top of sleeve to bottom of tee-shirt on both sides), also stitch the bottom closed, leaving a 3-4

Trim off all excess fabric, leaving 1/2" seam allowance and clip the corners, so that when you turn the corners it'll look nice and clean.

Turn the tee-shirt right side out and push out the corners.

Time to insert the pillow through the bottom opening.

Once the pillow is in, start pinning this opening, remembering to turn in the 1/2" seam allowance.

This is what you should end up with once you've pinned the bottom together.

Stitch the opening closed.

TA DA!!! There it is, really simple and easy to make!!!

This was a fun project for me, now I will make him another one and I’ve decided to make him a blanket with all his other character tee shirts once he’s grown out of them, and so far I have a nice collection!!! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!!

xx

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DIY- a Personalized ABC’s Frame for the Nursery

27 Feb

DIY- a Personalized ABC's Frame for the Nursery.

I found this very cool idea for a babies nursery. I will be doing this for my son and for the new baby Insha’Allah…

My beaded necklace

9 Feb

Salaam All,

I was feeling very creative, but I wanted to do something other then sewing. So I started digging in my drawers and found my bead box and I thought why not make a necklace. My project took me a total of 3 hours. At first I thought, this is going to take me forever and I almost stopped. I walked away, got something to drink and made my way back to my table where I continued to bead and I realized that once I got a hang of it, it didn’t take as long as I antisipated. This is a great project to do with young girls and it turned out to be fun for me too. My little munchkin loved it so much that he made me try it on him too, lol.

Beab box, the beads I used once lived in the boxes that are empty

The clear necklace wire I used, and a sample of one small strand of beads

I used long cylinder beads

So that’s it, I hope your inspired to make something too!! 😉

xx
Zeba Ramos