babies,  diy,  simple art & craft

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 –


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