Don't kids grow out of their clothes quick! I recently sorted out my daughters clothes, socks, tights etc.. and found that she has 6 pairs of tights that are too small, then I had an idea...Read More
If you have a little one who likes to get themselves dressed in the morning, your nice tidy T-Shirt drawer can become messy. I love that my son knows what he wants to wear, and we always encourage him to get himself dressed. So I decided to tackle the drawer and make it easy for little hands to grab a T-Shirt.
Here's what I did..
This is what my four year old son's T-Shirt drawer looked like before I tackled it!
Grab a T-Shirt and lay it front down on a surface - the bed is good as you can sit down while you tackle the mountain of T-Shirts!
Fold in the sleeves towards the back of the T-Shirt.
Grab one whole side of the T-Shirt and fold in to the centre, and do the same on the other side.
Fold up about one third from the bottom.
Fold up the bottom third to meet the top.
Turn the T-Shirt over.. and there you go! Easy peasy!
Lovely folded clothes. This gets much easier and quicker the more you do it.
Look how much space I have saved! Also much easier for little hands to get a t shirt out.
I have also shown my 11 year old daughter how to fold clothes like this so she has done her clothes too, and she enjoyed it!
I'd love to hear any tips on how you keep the kids clothes tidy. Leave a comment below.
You know when you receive one of those letters from your child's school saying 'costume needed', it sometimes fills me with dread!
My daughter, Amber brought a letter home from school about a school trip where the kids had to dress as Victorian schoolchildren.
The Victorian era is my favourite. I started to Google what kids wore in this era. The theme for girls seemed to be a white pinafore over their dresses, to keep them clean. As I carried on reading, I found that the mums used to make these pinafores. So I bought a long black skirt and a long black top but I set about making the pinafore myself.
Now I love sewing, I mainly only have time to read about sewing so when this project came up I thought I'd give it a go.
We had an old off-white bed sheet that I thought would be perfect to use, and I also found an old piece of material from my stash (I love collecting fabric, especially from charity shops), which had a crocheted edge, I also had an old pillowcase that had lace all around the edge.
I set to work trying to figure out how I would make it. The first thing I did was find a t shirt that Amber currently wears, so I knew it fitted her. Then I folded the t-shirt in half and traced around the edge onto baking parchment (this is my cheap version of dressmakers paper). I then added an extra 1 cm all around the edge for the seam allowance.
I cropped the t-shirt pattern quite high as I noticed the Victorian children wore them like this.
From the width of Amber's t-shirt at the bottom I just roughly followed it down to create the skirt part (again adding the seam allowance).
I then went round and hemmed all the edges, I double folded and sewed down the middle. You can just zig zag stitch the edges (which would be quicker).
I ended up with 4 pieces, 2 tops (1 front, and 1 back) and 2 skirt parts (front and back).
Because I used a well washed old sheet there was no need to pre-wash, if it had been new material, it's best to pre-wash to get all the shrinkage out of it.
I cut off the crocheted piece and the lace piece off my pillowcase and fabric.
I sewed my 2 top pieces together at the top (across the shoulder), then I sewed on my crocheted fabric from the arm hole from the back, right the way up and over the top, down to the front arm hole area.
I then sewed the skirt part to the top, both front and back. I wanted a few pleats in so I made the width a little larger.
After doing this for both the front and the back, I had almost finished. I know, by looking at Google images, that most Victorian school children tied at the back, but I discovered this after I had already cut my fabric! I could have cut it up the back but I decided to put some small metal press stud fasteners on instead to hold the shape, and for ease for my daughter.
The ribbons in here hair came from a tie on an old pair of my pyjama bottoms!
I'm really pleased with the finished look to say I wasn't working from a pattern. I'd love to know what you think. Leave a comment below if you have had to make certain outfits for your kids for school.
I should have taken pictures for a tutorial, I will do next time!
What a great little invention to solve a niggly problem!
I remember my daughter pulling her socks off, or they would just fall off. I was constantly putting them back on. If you want to keep their little tootsies warm and you have this problem, your solution - Sock Ons.
Sock Ons are clever little things that keep those socks on. The garment is worn over the sock and 'locks' it into place they are a simple yet highly effective solution to the problem of keeping socks on!
The design bit..
Resembling something like a 'sock jacket', Sock Ons slip on over the sock and 'locks' it into place. The design lies in the fact that if the sock is pulled from the toes, the sock gets locked into the hole around the heel, thus preventing it from slipping off.
Sock Ons have been invented by a mum of five little boys who always lost their socks! The best products are always designed by mums and dads who have found great solutions to everyday problems.
Sock Ons come in classic colours: Baby Pink, fuchsia, Baby Blue, Navy and White Sock Ons and they have just brought out a funky range of bright colours: Red, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Turquoise, Blueberry, Grape, Chocolate and Charcoal, one to match every outfit. They are made from a softly woven blend of elasticised material with contrasting coloured stitching around the edges.
They are Size 0-6m and 6-12m.
They also have a range called Dribble Ons to match the Sock Ons. These are great little bibs, bandana style. When your baby is teething and all dribbly, these will keep their clothes clean and dry.
Dribble Ons draw away the moisture with the soft terry cotton lining, whilst being cute and comfortable to wear. Together with Sock Ons they make the perfect gift set and a real fashion statement. Recommended size 0-24m with adjustable popper back.
I already have my Sock Ons and Dribble Ons for when Jacob needs them!
Check out www.sockons.co.uk