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Fun and Easy Crafts Projects for the Kids

Recycle old clothing and bed linen into useful items. The kids can help make them, too.




  1. Button-up shirt
  2. Throw cushion
  3. Fabric scissors
  4. Sewing machine (optional)
  5. Needle
  6. Thread


  1. With shirt buttoned and flat on your workspace, measure and mark the area of the shirt to cut. It should be 3½cm larger than your cushion on all sides. If your shirt has a pocket, be sure to include it in the area that will be part of your cushion cover.
  2. Next, cut through both layers of the shirt. You should now have a square fabric, with the two sides connected by the shirt’s original seams.
  3. Turn the cushion cover inside out, then sew the top and bottom of the cushion cover close.
  4. Turn the cushion cover right side out. To insert your pillow, unbutton the case, slip the cushion through the opening, and then button it shut.




  1. T-shirt
  2. Fabric scissors
  3. Sewing machine (optional)
  4. Needle
  5. Thread
  6. Tailor’s chalk


  1. With T-shirt flat on the table, cut off the sleeves. Remove the collar and cut the shirt a deeper neckline. The deeper the scoop you cut, the larger your bag opening will be.
  2. Decide how deep you want your bag to be. Using tailor’s chalk, draw a line across the bottom of the shirt to mark the bottom of your bag. Be sure you have at least 10cm of fabric below that line.
  3. From the bottom of the shirt up to the line that you just drew, cut slits about 2½cm apart. Do cut both layers of the shirt together, so that the fringe on the front and back are paired and line up evenly.
  4. Knot each pair of fringe together to close the bottom of the bag. Then tie the knots tightly so they can support the weight of your bag’s contents. Don’t want tassels? Turn the shirt inside out before tying the knots. Then turn it right side out so the tassels are hidden.




  1. Standard adult-sized pillowcase
  2. 2 lengths of ribbon, at least 80cm each
  3. Binding ribbon at least 2cm wide
  4. Fabric scissors
  5. Needle
  6. Thread
  7. Sewing machine (optional)


  1. Lay pillowcase flat on the table with the open end at the bottom. Cut 1cm off the closed end so that both ends are open.
  2. Create armholes by folding the pillowcase in half lengthwise and cutting the top corners off , about 10cm down and 5cm deep. Round out the corner of your cut with a curve. Cut through all layers of fabric so that both sides will match. Use pins if you need help keeping the layers together neatly.
  3. Fold a strip of binding ribbon over the raw edge of each armhole and stitch it into place to prevent fraying.
  4. Unfold the dress and turn inside out, then lay it flat again. Fold each top edge of the dress down about 2cm and stitch across the length to create a casing to thread the ribbon through.
  5. Turn the dress right side out, then thread the ribbons through the casings. Tie the ribbons together on both ends to create shoulder straps. Leave an excess length of ribbon on each end so the dress can be adjusted to fit the child.


By Nikki Fung, Young Parents, January 2015

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