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 🙂


Mermaid Cake!

Ok, so my daughter is two now. But she doesn’t have the communication skills to tell me what she’d like as a theme for her birthday. And then there’s my husband who will say, “Why do we need a theme?!” She’s just soaking everything up like a sponge right now and I was overwhelmed with ideas for birthday ideas.

Then there was the fact that my birthday is 4 days earlier.

So this year I decided to pick turquoise and purple decorations and come what may. But while I was in the process of picking out decorations I noticed a mermaid theme emerged from my choices. So you could kind of say that her cake picked me…

Or not.

So my family is arriving and I’ve only given her cake a crumb coat. Do I compromise and finish the cake quick? No, I do not. I am so proud of the time and effort I put into this sucker. And it was eaten so fast that I’m lucky I got pictures in time.

In the back of my mind I was thinking of a pin I’d saved from years earlier here. I thought instead of petals, I could make mermaid scales.

I picked 3 colours and iced dots of each colour on the sides. Then I used a spoon to smooth down the right side of each dot. Then I wiped excess icing on a paper towel. It was time consuming but not at all difficult. Here are my steps.



Clothing Projects

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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.)


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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?


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.


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


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.


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


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!


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.


Now to weed all the inner-font pieces.


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


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


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


Cut out just the part where your picture is.


Start weeding the negative space.


Almost done. Just the inner-font pieces.


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.


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.


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


Just checking to make sure I iron the right section.


Took a couple go-rounds.


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


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




I turned the shirt over and ironed the back.


My shirt is done!


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


Cover it up with the tea towel to iron.


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.


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


Still not sticking.


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


Clothing Projects

Iron-on t-shirt

My Elmo iron-on t-shirt!

I was so excited for this project! I have a Cricut Explore Air 2 and I’ve been using vinyl for some other projects (I’ll link to them asap) but I had yet to try iron-on. I knew I wanted to try an Elmo face, which meant I needed 3 colours: orange, black and white. Instead of buying 3 rolls, I found some 12″x12″ sheets on Amazon here. So I found an SVG file of an Elmo face that I liked and uploaded it into Cricut Design Space with the help of Katie. The layering part was a little tricky. This tutorial helped me out a lot. So here goes…