Clothing Projects

Playing card holder

I recently taught my 3yo how to play Go Fish, Crazy 8’s and Old Maid. She totally understood the games and it blew me away BUT she couldn’t fit all those cards in her hands. I immediately went to Pinterest to see what solutions there were out there. I found this tutorial here and it was a brilliant idea! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the fabric she used but I had enough scraps on hand that I got to work matching. I put a couple combinations together that I liked.

I decided that I had a lot of polka-dotted denim so that would work as my base fabric. I cut two pieces sized 16 3/4″ by 10 1/2″. I then discovered I had enough to make 4 card holders.

Next, I cut out 3 pocket pieces for each card holder sized 4 3/4″ by 9 3/4″. The fabric was so wrinkly from being in storage that I took some time to iron everything out.

On the right side of the large piece, mark with a chalk line or a washable fabric marker 1 1/2″ down from the short edge, then another 5″ and another 5″. These lines will show you where to lay your pockets and where to later sew the corners of your card holder.

I took the teal chevron piece and sewed a seam along the long sides with right sides together. I turned it right side out and ironed the seam flat then topstitch to make the top of the first pocket.

*Here’s where I made my first mistake. I prefer to blame this on baby brain. I looked at my ruler width and saw the numbers 1 through 5 and thought to myself “okay so my ruler is 5 inches wide. Super convenient. I need to measure 5 inches for each side of the card holder.” I completely wasn’t thinking that my ruler was actually 6 inches and the 6 didn’t appear on the ruler because, hey, there’s no room. Oi. So I made a measurement error and this project would have been much easier if I had caught it sooner. But in my usual fashion, I figured out how to make up for the error later on.

When you look at your large piece of fabric, it should have 3 equal sections 5″ apart with an end panel for the velcro. You can see in my picture below that the top section is much smaller than the next two. That should have been my first clue.

I laid the chevron pocket 1″ from the top chalk line. Sew the bottom of the pocket to the larger piece.

Your next pocket piece will go 1″ below your last pocket top. Sew along the bottom and make sure the sides match at least on one side.

Sew your 3rd pocket. You can see in my picture that I have an extra inch of denim on the bottom which shouldn’t be there. If you’ve measured your fabric properly that chalk line should line up with your bottom pocket.

The tutorial I was following said to sew a seam securing the pockets vertically. I wasn’t sure about this at first but I’m glad I did it in the end. My cards fit fine and it’s pretty useless if the fabric has stretched out.

Sew one side of the velcro close to the chalk line on the skinny panel of your fabric.

Put your two pieces of large fabric face-to-face and sew a seam around the 2 long edges and one short edge. Leave the short edge with the velcro undone so you can flip it right side out. Once you’ve flipped the right sides out, iron the seams flat.

I used pieces of cardboard to stuff the card holder. I cut a piece to fit the first section, stuffed it in, and sewed across the first chalk line. I continued this step until the last section and finished the bottom with a very wiggley topstitch.

You can see that instead of my first cardholder having 3 equal 5″ sections, it has 2 full sections and the last is half and half. It still works fine! Oh well.

Here you can see my other card holders. I tweaked them a bit after realizing I had measured the first one incorrectly.

It was a much more difficult project than I was anticipating. Much of that was my own fault. My husband has a rule in our house that we shouldn’t do any house projects after 9:30pm because I’ve made some tired mistakes. He may need to amend that rule for sewing projects, as well. But I set out to make it easier to play card games with my daughter and easier it is! I call that a success 🙂

Clothing Projects

Infusible ink – first and second attempt

My daughter and I wanted to make Disney princess shirts for our first try at using Infusible Ink transfer sheets by Cricut. We bought the Cricut Infusible Ink compatible shirts. Kaydence really wanted Rapunzel and I looked for a Merida silhouette.

I thought the rainbow sheet looked really cool! I took the sheets out of the box and saw a pastel rainbow. I was a little confused. I watched a couple youtube tutorials to see if I was missing something. The first video I watched said they are more vibrant when they’re transferred so I felt a little better.

These are the first sheets I bought.

I knew this shirt would be a little big on my 3-year old but there seemed to be a bit of a gap between the baby onesies and the girls sizes. We went with a small girls size and it was a bit of a dress.

The cut setting on my Cricut Explore Air 2 was set to custom and I chose the Infusible Ink setting. Personally, it was a pain to weed. Some people tried different settings and other people said it was easy to weed. I haven’t tried any other settings yet but maybe for future projects.

All done the Rapunzel cut.

I cut around the cut so I could preserve the rest of the sheet for other projects.

You can see in the picture that I had a difficult time. It feels like cardstock paper and a bit fragile. I’m used to weeding vinyl which is a little more hearty. I watched a youtube video where the person folded the transfer sheet and it cracked on the cuts and it looked really easy to just peel off the negatives with her fingers. I used a weeding tool and cursed the whole way through.

The instructions are pretty clear about the next part. I use a Cricut Easy Press but Infusible Ink is made for the Easy Press 2. It just means I let mine sit a little longer. The original press doesn’t heat up quite as hot as you need but my transfer still turned out great. You’ll do this on an ironing board or if you have an easy press mat like me you can use this instead. I have the mat and a thick piece of cardstock paper inside the shirt, positioned where the transfer will go. I put the butcher paper down that comes with the transfer sheets and preheat the area on the shirt.

Next, lay down the cut you’ve just weeded. The backing has a grip pattern which makes it easier to align on your shirt.

Follow the instructions for the Easy Press heat guide! I never do an iron-on project without checking this guide first. It’ll tell you exactly how long and how hot to iron. You can see I didn’t place the press quite as high on the picture as I should have. The top of her head is a little fuzzy. Fortunately, my daughter didn’t notice at all.

Next, my Merida shirt. I wanted the silhouette with Merida and her mother as a bear, seen below. I couldn’t get this to work on Cricut Design Space so I had to find another solution.

I looked through the Cricut access images to find a bear that I could use as the outside silhouette. Finding a Merida was easy enough. I wanted the bear to be facing forward and I wanted it to have a simple and smooth quality.

I found the Merida silhouette. There were still a couple people that didn’t know what princess this was.

You can see below that I found another bear image and I used the rainbow transfer sheet again.

Clothing Projects

Baby bibs and burp cloths

In preparation for the upcoming babies in the family, I wanted to make some new bibs and burp cloths. I found some really cute fabric at Walmart. I used some existing bandana bibs and burp cloths to trace the shape. I used cotton fat quarters with white flannel on the back.

I had so much fun making these that I decided to rummage through my husbands old dress shirts to make these cute bibs I found on Pinterest. I found a couple that worked out. I laid a bib on top to see how it would fit.

Lining up the buttons was tricky. One of the shirts had the buttons spaced out and I thought it would be weird with only one button showing. I also didn’t want a button placed where the bowtie would land.

Personally I really like when bibs have the opening on the side.

The red shirt didn’t have a button on the strap of the bib so I sewed the shirt closed.

I used the white flannel on the back. Once I had the shapes cut out I just needed to sew a seam with the right sides together. Leave some room to flip the right sides out again.

I eye-balled the shape of a bowtie and sewed it onto the bib.

I happened to have the scraps of fabric lying around that ended up matching great.

The best part of making bibs and burp cloths is that it doesn’t need to be perfect. For me I’d rather have quantity over quality and the cuteness factor doesn’t hurt.

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Rapunzel wig

The coveted wig! I am personally not a big fan of halloween but my daughter loves dressing up. She watches Tangled at least once a day so I wasn’t surprised when she wanted to be Rapunzel for halloween. She was lucky enough to get the real Disney dress and shoes but I wanted to try making the wig myself. I started by searching Pinterest and I found this helpful tutorial. I followed it pretty closely. I couldn’t find a suitable hat for the base so I used tights instead. And I machine sewed instead of hand sew. And I found the most beautiful yarn!

I started by setting up my dining chairs 40″ apart. This was the most back-breaking part. I wound the yarn around until all 3 skeins were done. I cut the yarn at one end and tied a leftover piece of yarn around the middle to keep it together.

I bought tights at Dollarama and put them on my daughter’s head. I drew where the part in her hair would be and drew a line from ear to ear to measure where I could cut the tights to make a decent wig cap. I sewed up the cap to keep the seam inside.

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t get many pictures of the next part. The tutorial I left a link to at the beginning of this post shows this process pretty clearly.

After the yarn was sewn on you can see that it’s very long! It will lose some of the length when it’s braided.

The first time trying it out! She was pretty excited.

My daughter can’t sit still for any length of time so I used one of her balls as a mannequin for the rest of the process. The yarn kept falling in our faces and you could see massive bald spots so I decided to sew down the front layer of yarn.

I rested the ball in between my chairs to braid the yarn.

I put a smaller braid in the yarn and then braided the entire wig.

Next, I found some battery-operated lights that we weren’t using for anything else. I wove the wire throughout the entire wig. I started with the battery pack end so I could make sure it hung underneath at the nape of the neck. That way my daughter could tuck it in the back of her dress.

Now is the fun part! I found some dollar store flowers and hot glued them in place. I turned the lights on first so I didn’t cover up the twinkles. I trimmed the ponytail so the yarn was even at the ends.

It was quite heavy when it was completed but she absolutely loved it.

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Window Cover

It’s back to school time! My music room was renovated over the summer and I’m slowly getting things back in order. It’s not going to be ready for the first day and I just have to accept that. There are some things in my power to fix up pretty, though. Including the window covering for my classroom door!

I’m so sick of using paper that rips and looks terrible. Sometimes it gets graffitied or just normal wear and tear. Either way, I needed to do something.

I found some fabric scraps that were the perfect size. I meant to measure my window opening before I left the school on Friday but my memory is terrible. So I guesstimated.

I found the idea on Pinterest here. So I needed a rectangular piece with 2 straps, ribbon (or you could use elastic) and 3M hooks. I happened to have all of these things in my craft room.

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My trick for most of this project was to iron the crap out of everything.

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Just tuck the ends of the straps inside to make a clean seam.

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I made my straps with one side ribbon facing up and the other side ribbon facing down.

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Sew around the perimeter so everything lays nice and flat.

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I only attached the straps to the rectangular piece along the top seam.

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It turned out exactly as I’d planned! That’s a good feeling. This will be a wonderful addition to my room this year.

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My daughter’s 2nd birthday t-shirt

I probably went a bit overboard for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. I had been online window shopping for a cute outfit for her to wear but I couldn’t justify spending $15 on a shirt she’d wear for a day. So it all came back to “what can I make her?”. Now, my birthday is 4 days before hers and this year was a big one. My husband and I spent quite a bit of time getting some house and yard projects finished in time. So needless to say, we were busy.

But just like any parent, we’d do anything for our kids.

So here’s the top I made for her special day, step by step.

Step 1: I searched peace thinking that a peace sign and the number two are both what I was looking for. I found a design I liked. I didn’t need the details in dark purple, just the outline.

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Step 2: Open “Layers” on the bottom panel (I was working on my iPad) to separate the dark and light purple layers.

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Step 3: Delete the dark purple layer. Now you have the base for your iron-on.

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Step 4: I changed the colour to grey because I thought I was going to use silver vinyl and I wanted to be able to visualize what it would look like. This isn’t a necessary step.

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Step 5: Pick a font you’d like to write in. Chloe is a favourite of mine because it’s easy to read while also whimsical.

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Step 6: I chose to write “I’m this many” so I typed each word individually so I could have more control over the spacing.

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Step 7: I duplicated the font and changed the typing so that each font box would match in size.

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Step 8: I used the grid background to space the text boxes evenly apart vertically.

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Step 9: Then, I highlighted all three boxes and aligned them by clicking “Align” then “Align centre” (Side note: my writing is constantly being spellchecked and underlined because I’m giving a tutorial on an American app while trying to use British/Canadian spelling. Oi.)

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Step 10: I dragged my hand back behind the new font and clicked “Arrange” then “Send to back”. This part I didn’t have the program align because it is slightly off-centre but it looks more polished this way.

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Step 11: Drag a box around the “I’m” text box and the hand. The button “slice” should be clickable. It will send the other 2 text boxes to the back.

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Step 12: Click the “I’m” box and delete. Now you should be left with a hand and “I’m” is cut out.

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Step 13: Click the hand layer then “Arrange” and “Move to back”.

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Step 14: Continue the same process with the other two text boxes. Delete the remaining gray font until you’re left with your final product.

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Step 15: I knew on a 2T shirt that a 6 inch logo would work, but yours may be different. I held my cricut mat up to the shirt to try to visualize.

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Step 16: You can start to create! Make sure when you’re cutting iron-on that you mirror it first. Cut it out!

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Step 17: Here’s a shot of the images and fonts I used. All free with a cricut subscription.

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Step 18: After you’ve weeded the negative vinyl (you can find a more in-depth tutorial on weeding here), place it on the shirt to find the placement. I eyeballed it. What’s the worst that can happen?

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Step 19: I had the iron set to cotton and I used a kitchen towel between the iron and the shirt. It didn’t take long for it to fuse. To see what vinyl I used and for more on ironing vinyl visit another tutorial of mine here.

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Step 20: Let it cool and you have a homemade birthday shirt!

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Clothing Projects

Sunshine t-shirts

This is a favourite song of mine and I’ve passed it on to my daughter. I’ve been looking at “Mommy and Me’ outfits but they’re all about Queens/Princesses or “this kid tires me out” and I thought I could find something better. I went looking around on Pinterest and found this. It was exactly what I was looking for. Shipping across the border can be very expensive and after the Elmo shirt I thought this would be easy enough to try.

I used the yellow shirt that I recreated from a store-bought youth tee. Michaels didn’t have a yellow shirt in my daughter’s size so I made one myself. My shirt is a plain gray cotton v-neck shirt.

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I used the vinyl sheets I bought on Amazon for my Elmo shirt project.

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I picked out some fonts I liked on Cricut Design Space and found a sun shape on the program for the top. Then I set the Cricut to work!

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Set up the gray piece to cut while you work on the yellow chunk. I cut out the small square piece so I could use the rest of the yellow for something else later. Can’t have waste! Weed all of the negative space. The weeding tool is amazing for teeny font pieces.

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Now to weed all the inner-font pieces.

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Poke and lift. Try not to poke stuff not meant to be poked.

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All done the weeding process. I highly recommend doing this at a table rather than bent over on the floor.

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The gray sheet is all cut. Hard to see unless you catch a glare at the right angle.

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Cut out just the part where your picture is.

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Start weeding the negative space.

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Almost done. Just the inner-font pieces.

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I laid them on top of the shirts to see how they looked. I probably could have made mine larger. My daughter’s shirt is a better size.

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Starting with my shirt, I spread it onto the ironing board so it was only the front being ironed. I eye-balled the placement, laid a towel over the vinyl and ironed away. I pressed fairly hard while I tried to concentrate the heat on the plastic square.

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You can see the parts that haven’t adhered to the shirt yet.

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Just checking to make sure I iron the right section.

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Took a couple go-rounds.

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The sun still needs some heat. It hasn’t quite separated from the plastic yet.

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I tested the corner to see if it was ready. Looks good!

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Tada!

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I turned the shirt over and ironed the back.

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My shirt is done!

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I laid the gray piece down to see where it should be placed.

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Cover it up with the tea towel to iron.

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Not even close. This shirt took a long time to adhere. Maybe because the font is so skinny or maybe the vinyl wasn’t as nice. Who knows.

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I took the tea towel off and just ironed on the plastic. My arm started to hurt!

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Still not sticking.

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Eventually it stuck and it turned out great! They look great on the table. Can’t wait to try them on!

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