Tag Archives: cut & sew

Bonnet Tutorial

6 Jun


This is part two of the under-scarf tutorials, the first tutorial was on the under-scarf and the second one here is on the bonnet style under-scarf. I prefer wearing the under-scarf over the bonnet, its comfortable and stays put. But everyone has their own preferences.

If you already own a bonnet and it fits you good, measure all the points I have mentioned in the video and use that to cut your pieces. If you don’t own one, then use the measurements that I provide. I think my head is a normal size, my husband thinks I have a big head and I think he has a big head lol…anyways, the point being is that using my measurements should work out fine.

I also wanted to mention that I will not be posting for a while, here and there maybe, an update on when my baby arrives and about the clothing line insha’Allah. I’m due on the 18th of JUNE, right around the corner, we can’t wait to meet our new addition insha’Allah!!!

Have fun making this bonnet, it’s not as hard as it seems. You can still email me with questions and requests, I will work on them as much as I can and I will definitely email you back.

🙂 Zeba Ramos x

Under-Scarf Tutorial

6 Jun

Assalaam Alaykum,

I have been crazy busy trying to prep for baby and my clothing line and I’ve been procrastinating on so many things. I have been promising this under-scarf tutorial for a very long time and I’ve finally done it. I have done 2 tutorials, one on an under-scarf and the other on is on a bonnet. I’m not sure I was very clear in my video on how to make an under-scarf so I made a diagram that is easy to follow along with the video.



Good Luck with making this very simple under-scarf.
Zeba Ramos xx

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!


  • 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!!!


DIY Abaya

18 Jan

Assalaam Alaykum,

I finally finished the abaya tutorial, it’s been a crazy past 2 weeks for me! Allhumdulillah everything is okay, it’s just been hectic with both good and bad days! I am happy that I finally get to work on editing and uploading the videos. I have used sari fabric, this is fabric that Indian women wrap around their body, using draping and other methods, wearing a petticoat and blouse underneath. I used to wear it, I just found it uncomfortable, but it all depends on how it’s wrapped and many women find is really easy to put on and wear.

My mom had given me a bunch of saris years back to play around with, I never wanted to cut it up and make something but she did tell me to make something beautiful with them. So I finally took a chance and made an abaya with one of them. Let me tell you, I don’t really wear abaya’s, maybe to the mosque or for Eid, but I am totally in love with this abaya that I made. The patterns from the fabric worked to my advantage and it looks stunning. I didn’t use lining for this project, so if you do plan on making an abaya with light fabric, lining would be a smart option. I plan on pairing it with a long sleeved shirt and pants so it won’t be see thru. The sari is made up of 6 yards of fabric, I used my entire sari and the last yard and a half I will make a hijab to match my abaya.

For those of you that are comfortable with sewing, you won’t have any problems with this. For those that are new and may have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, leave a comment below, on my YouTube page or email me at hijabizlovefashiontoo@gmail.com. Using something in your wardrobe for a pattern is OKAY, when you are an expert, then you can make your own patterns.

What you will need for this project:

  • 5-6 yards of fabric (buy get 58″-60″ wide material)
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread
  • a shirt that you can trace from (should be loose fitting)
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • marking tool
  • pins


  • shoulder measurement
  • bust measurement
  • waist and hip measurements
  • sleeve length
  • body length (to decide how long you want the abaya to be)
I tried my best to make this into one video, but I ended up making a part 2 video because it was too long. It’s really hard to do a short tutorial when you are making everything from scratch and even with eliminating a lot of sewing steps and just explaining the cutting, I still ended up with a really long tutorial. I had an hour of video on this and somehow I made it fit into two under 10 min videos!
Good luck with your projects, I would love to see pics!!! I am sorry about the video quality, I promise that one day I will have perfect lighting and an area all to myself to do the tutorials.
Mas Salaama xx
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DIY plaid hijab with lace pleated applique

25 Oct

Assalaam Alaykum,

It’s been a while since my last post and the reason for that is MY CLOTHING LINE!!! It’s been so insane running around trying my best to get everything done on time and in the end it looks like I’ve missed my fall deadline. But Allhumdulillah everything is going well. So as of now I won’t say it’ll be done by this time, because I want everything to be perfect and I don’t want to give it a time. Doing the production locally is a benefit because I can go see what’s happening and I am more hands on. And my little guy can come with!!

OKAY, moving on, I went on a hunt for unique hijab fabric, I wanted to make something different and I found this gorgeous plaid fabric in the men’s suiting side of the fabric store. I fell in love and so I couldn’t put it down. Then I went searching for lace and I found this gorgeous black lace that I used as pleats on one end of the hijab, as you see in the tutorial. With the remaining left over lace I used it as trims for cushion covers that I made. My living room needed a color boost. It turned out really nice!



Mas Salaama,

Zeba x

How to sew a tube or infinity scarf

5 Oct

Assalaam Alaykum,

Here is a very simple and easy to follow tutorial on how you can make yourself a homemade infinity scarf. You don’t need much, some fabric, whatever size and length you desire, pins and a sewing machine or you can hand sew this. I’ve used left over fabric that I had from a dress I made.

Have fun making this, it’s a fun and easy project for even kids!!!

Mas Salaama,
Zeba Ramos x

reconstruct a t-shirt

8 Sep

Assalaam ALaykum and a late Eid Mubarak,

So my day started off really good, and then the usual happened, something that should have taken me about 20mins took me 45!!! I am really sorry about my video, I seriously have the worst luck. If anyone of you has any questions regarding the reconstruction of the t-shirt, please don’t hesitate to ask. This is really simple to do, once you do one you’ll be tempted to do it over and over again….that’s how simple this is…have fun with the colors you purchase in your T-Shirts!!!


XXXL T-SHIRT (or what ever size you want depending on fit)

measuring tape

straight pins

marking tool

french curve or t-shirt to follow arm hole


sewing mating with matching thread


Lay out the t-shirt on a flat surface and even it out so that there aren’t any folds or bubbles.

2. Measure your shoulder and mark on the t-shrit shoulder with 1/2″ seam allowance.

3. Measure your armhole or take the measurement from another t-shirt you own, trace this measurement onto the shirt from the top of your shoulder mark.

4. Draw a line from the end of your armhole measurement on an angle to the side edge of the shirt, this is to make an A-line bottom. Make the it as loose or as fitted as you like at this point. You can make any shape as well, hour glass, straight, a-line…

5. Cut out all your markings.

6. Now measure your arm length from shoulder cap to wrist top and underarm to wrist bottom, mark these onto the sleeve of the t-shirt near the original armhole. Place the sleeve under the armhole that you just cut (0n the t-shirt) and line up your sleeve length marks with the armhole. There is no need to mark at this point, you should just cut by following your armhole on the t-shirt.

7. Find the center of the neck and bottom sweep and fold the t-shirt in half, pin at the bottom and at the neck, also pin the shoulders together. Once you have everything flattened out and smoothed all the creases out, follow the opposite sides measurement to cut side and armhole.

8. Place the sleeves together and cut the other sleeve out.

9. Pin the sides of the t-shirt together and sew 1/2″ seam allowance.

10. Line up the armholes and pin together as you would any other sleeve to top. You may need to ease it in by stretching a little. And sew 1/2″ seam allowance for the armholes.

There you have it, you’re modest feminine t-shirt. I bought white and I will probably die my t-shirt to another color. Good luck with your project!!!

Mas Salaama

Zeba Ramos xx