The DIY t-shirt challenge that took (almost) forever.

What do you do if you received a set of cute t-shirts for your family but it doesn’t come in baby sizes? You DIY and create something cute for her of course!

I received a set of t-shirts by The Animal Project from a dear old friend about *whisper* 3 months ago and he challenged me to rehash the kids’ tee into something cute for Yvie. Never done anything like this before but I was willing to try. I honestly thought it was going to be a piece of cake because it was supposed to be simple and no brainer and of course, it didn’t happen that way. I eventually got down to it recently and VOILÀ! You have got to see it! It’s so cute I could dieeeeeeeeee!

These t-shirts are so crazy comfy the kids love them. Don’t let the little one’s face deceive you. They are available for sale here.

Here’s a shoutout to the young artist of the zebra t-shirts, Tay Jun-Yi.

Jun-Yi loves to draws myriad of animals in vicarious situations. The art reprint of his drawing “Animals in 10 minutes” has been a sell-out item in our merchandise range. Jun Yi engineers subtle nuances of social interactions among the animals he draws, although he himself rarely takes the initiative to partake in such social interactions. – Information taken from here.

I started work 3 weeks ago but whenever I sit on the floor to open up my tool kit, the little one would kick up a HUGE fuss and start screaming her lungs out, begging to be picked up. Sigh.

I found this video and it was meant for adult size tee. Of all the t-shirt DIY projects I found, this is really the easiest and the cutest. So cute I might make one for myself just to match Yvie’s. Teeheehee! Here’s how to make it.

This is a  size 6Y kid’s tee. Cut off the sleeves and leave them aside. You will need them later.
Cut away the collar and cut the armholes a tad bigger/lower.
Flip to the back and cut it almost halfway down the back in a V shape.
Using the sleeve you had removed earlier, cut out a strip of cloth and stretch it as long as you can. Tie the back portion together with the strip of cloth. Don’t worry about the position because you can adjust it later.
Wrap it up to make it look pretty and neat.
The finished product. I cut the armholes a bit bigger because when I put it on her, it looked very tight so I had to snip a bit here and there for this final look.
The front is a simpler but she seems to like it anyway.

A huge sigh of relief (and a tiny pat on my back) that the T-shirt challenge is finally complete. My first DIY recycled t-shirt project leh! Woots! Next on my To-Do List, take a family shot of us in the matching tees. Crossing fingers it won’t take me another 3 months to do it. Ha. Ha.

I highly recommend that you watch the Youtube video for clearer instructions and images if you feel you are up to the challenge. It’s really easy to follow, I no bluff you.


What is The Animal Project?

The Animal Project (TAP) is a social enterprise started by a group of parents and friends who want to celebrate, showcase and support the abilities of persons with special needs. Their artists earn royalties from the sale of product embellished with their unique illustrations and artwork.

The Animal Project Facebook Page:

The t-shirts and other products are available for sale from the following sites:

Naiise –

Pathlight eMall –

Let’s make… DIY Yakult Cars

Last year, Pamela from Tan Family Chronicle shared on her blog how she made this very easy DIY car she fashioned out of empty Yakult bottles and plastic bottle caps. Eh I tell you ah, she is really very precise with the details man! You need to see how she made hers then you will know what I mean. I thought the cars looked really cute and easy to make but I always forget to save my Vitagen bottles.

We were at Pamela’s place recently for a play date and she showed us the cars she made. Eh, very cute leh! Fast too! Xan was immediately hooked! Pamela said she still have some materials left and gave me some to kick start the DIY project. Steady! We barely stepped out of her house when Xan insisted we MUST make the cars that very day. Wah lau, the boy kept yakking about it every other minute throughout the 35 min drive home. *faint* However later that night, I managed to convince him we would do it the next day IF he goes to bed early, without a fuss and wake up early the next morning. With a big wide grin and a loud ORH, he had a very quick shower and plonked into bed rather quickly. MIRACLE #1!

MIRACLE #2! He woke up really early but he waited patiently until I opened my eyes. The minute he saw me stir, he kept whispering “Good morning Mummy! Craft time!” *yawn* Ok lor. Leeeet’s do it!

Materials you need:

  1. Empty Yakult bottles (or any plastic bottles you have at home)
  2. Plastic bottle caps
  3. Straws (I used those that came with the Yakult)
  4. Satay sticks/thin bamboo skewers
  5. Penknife/cutter
  6. Scissors
  7. Glue
  8. Scrap paper or coloured paper to decorate the bottle with

How to do it:

  • Poke 2 holes on each side of the bottle to insert the straw and satay sticks. The straw works like a sleeve so if you can get thicker straws, even better! I had to shave my satay sticks a bit so that the sticks can turn turn more better. You understand me? Aiyah, I dunno how to say lah. You do ler you will understand. (Neh! See picture below.)
  • Use the scissors to cut the satay sticks into half. Each should be wider than the width of the bottle
  • Poke a hole in the the middle of the bottle cap first so that it will be easier to insert the satay sticks through them. You can either use your penknife or an ice pick if you happen to have one lying around in the house. I don’t know why you will have one at home but ya, it’ll be easier.
  • I didn’t chisel the satay stick with an extra groove like Pamela did because I’m lazy. Chin chye as long as the satay stick can go through can ler lah.

Here is how it will look like when you put the wheels on. So cute!

If you look closely at the bottle, you will see extra holes. I made the 1st set of holes so perfect until the wheels couldn’t touch the floor *facepalm*. Never mind. The holes will eventually get covered up in the next step.

  • Since I didn’t allow Xan to help me with all the sharp and dangerous tasks, I made him help me tear up some old wrapping paper into small pieces. Instead of gluing scraps of paper, you can choose to use stickers, stick embellishments or whatever that tickles your fancy.
  • After that, he used glue to paste the small bits of paper onto the bottle. Xan was so neat until I couldn’t tahan. I had to remind him it was ok to be messy and that art and craft is supposed to be messy.
  • You could remove the wheels first before you start pasting the paper it doesn’t really matter.

Here is the finished product! Not bad for a first attempt eh? Thanks Pamela for the inspiration, the bottles and the bottle caps!


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