Kids MAIN Valentines

DIY Heart T-Shirt

Welcome to the Collectively Creative Lovey Dovey Valentine’s Day Edition!

I’m generally not a very lovey dovey person. That is I am not very romantic. Sentimental yes. But flowers, rose petals and candles are not my thing. I tend to be more into the epic love stories where for example, a man will fight to honour his woman. My favourite movie is Braveheart and I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking that’s the kind of love every woman should have bestowed upon her. Should she die at the hands of the enemy, her love would be willing to start a revolution. Unrealistic. Yes. Maybe a little. But it’s the undertones I am speaking of.

It really explains why when I was a child Sleeping Beauty was favourite Disney story. I always looked at Prince Phillip and thought “See, he slayed a dragon to get to Princess Aurora”. The other Prince Charmings? Well, one sent out his Grand Duke to try out a slipper while he waited in the castle and the other…come on, didn’t the dwarves do ALL of the saving of Snow White? A kiss at the end? Where the hell was he when they were chasing the Evil Queen off a cliff and building Snow White her life preserving glass coffin?

Ok back to topic. The Valentine’s craft.

I was reminded by my older daughter that “somebody” forgot to make her a Christmas T-shirt from ribbons. I was reminded so many times that I am probably going to do the t-shirt come July of this year so I can have it posted for December (which is why I never did it last year because I ran out of time). But at least I could do a Valentine’s edition.

If you’ve seen the Apple and Pumpkin t-shirts that I made, this is the same premise, only in the shape of a heart.

What you’ll need:

    • blank t-shirt
    • grosgrain ribbon (I do not recommend using satin for this as satin tends to fray)
    • a permanent washable glue like Fabri-Tac or E6000
    • paper & pencil
    • scissors
    • a piece of cardboard

Start off by getting a piece of paper and stenciling or hand drawing a heart to correspond with the size of your t-shirt.

Gather up your ribbon.

 Take the first strand of ribbon that you want to use, flip it to the side that you will be gluing down on the t-shirt. That way you can draw on it.

Place it on top of your traced heart and lightly mark the pattern of the heart stencil on each ribbon strands as follows. Cut where marked.

Take a piece of cardboard and put it inside the shirt to avoid gluing the two sides of the shirt together when you glue the ribbons on.

Now take your heart/ribbons and place it on your t-shirt to ensure you have it placed in the right spot.

Then get your glue and begin to glue each individual ribbon strand on. Pay special attention to the cut ends of the ribbon to ensure there is enough glue on the ends to ‘seal’ them so they do not fray in the wash.

Because this is called the Lovey Dovey edition, in order to ensure Lovey Doveyness and World Peace in the household, make another one for your child’s sibling.

Let the shirts dry overnight on a flat surface (though Fabri-Tac dries really fast compared to E6000). If you find the edges haven’t been glued on fully the next day, take a toothpick with some glue and add some more glue in the spots you may have missed.

And you have yourself a nice little DIY Heart T-shirt for Valentine’s Day. Or two.

Then enjoy a rare moment of sibling Lovey Doveyness in your household.

Why not capture it on camera as proof before the war over who gets the last popsicle starts later that night after dinner. Or after somebody looked at somebody wrong.

In case you’re wondering, I washed these t-shirts inside out in the washing machine on a regular cycle and then hang them to dry.

The first ones I ever made were the apple and pumpkin t-shirts and originally I hand washed them for fear of the ribbons fraying. Then one day I just decided to try them out in the machine and I was floored at how good of a job the glue does in sealing the ends. They’re still in great condition and come out of the wash fine.

Just do NOT put them in the dryer as ribbon isn’t pre-shrunk and well, I can’t promise it will look the same when it comes out.

UPDATE:

It’s been awhile since I did these shirts and when I did them, for the Heart T-shirt I used Fabri-Tac glue and for the Apples & Pumpkin T-shirts I used E6000 glue.

The Fabri-Tac unfortunately did not last through even 2 washes in the washing machine (that’s without a dryer) and majority of the ribbons peeled off or had started to peel off. Whereas the shirts I did with the E6000 glue are still just as good as the day I made them with absolutely no peeling, fraying or any of the ribbons falling off whatsoever.

Therefore I highly recommend you use the E6000 glue if you do this project vs the Fabri-Tac.

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For more Valentine’s inspirations, please go and check out all the other great bloggers participating in this months Collectively Creative. If you’d like to participate in the next round, contact Kelly at: cobwebscupcakesandcrayons@yahoo.com

I Love You More Than… – (Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons)

Heart To Heart – (Pillows A-La-Mode)

Top Ten Romantic Movies of All Time – (The Thinking Closet)

[DIY] 12 Pre-Planned Date Cards – (Inspire and Indulge)

The Love Letters – (Mrs. And The Misc.)

Valentine’s Day Bon Bon’s – (Happy Little Kiwi)

Lovey Dovey School Lunch Ideas – (Time With Thea)

Loving These Products – (Neaten Your Nest)

Kniting Hearts – (Gentle Stitches)

A little Lovie magic – (The Thing About Joan)

Sending hugs – (Cul de Sac)

Give a Fortune of Love – (Green Door Hospitality)

Will You Be My Valentine? – (A Ponytail Kind Of Day)

Love Languages – for adults and kids! – (My Healthy ‘Ohana)

 

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Green Door Hospitality
    February 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    These really turned out cute!!
    Kenley

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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    A Ponytail Kind of Day
    February 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

    What a great idea and they came out beautiful. Your little models are quite beautiful also 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Many thanks! 🙂

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    Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes And Crayons)
    February 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I love your t-shits, Alex. Seriously, love. (And your cards. But that’s another post.) Those pictures are just too precious. I love “Or after somebody looked at somebody wrong.” HA!! Your comments on the princes had me laughing out loud! You’re right, they don’t really do much at all, do they? Thanks so much for sharing such a “lovey” project for this month’s Collectively Creative.

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      I am telling you Kelly I am going to do the Christmas ones in July b/c I do not have time to do them. Next time maybe I’ll leave out ribbons and start using scrap fabric.

      Isn’t it true though? Seriously they get all their lackey’s to do their work for them.

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    February 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Oh, I just love these!!! And your photos are adorable!!! 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you! Can I have a candy heart? Am I too old for one? 😉

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    susannachristensen
    February 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    So creative! I have not seen this ever & I’ve seen everything!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

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    erika
    February 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Ohhh those are adorable! (As are your kids!) Such a great idea!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you! The baking you do on your blog is amazing. I need to start following as I am terrible baker.

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    February 6, 2013 at 11:14 am

    T-shirts are adorable. But not as adorable as your girls. Seriously. They’re kind of stealing the spotlight!

    Have we discussed Braveheart? Because we need to start a fan club…
    And? YOU ARE SO RIGHT. About Snow White. The prince just swans in at the end… I don’t even think he thanks the Dwarves for saving his one true love’s life?

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      I have seen Braveheart 50 times. Min. The scene with Marin and the flower kills me. Every time. It’s madness.

      I am telling you, if they don’t address this on Once Upon a Time, Grumpy better go and kick Charming’s ass.

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    Cul de Sac
    February 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    My! how cute are those 2 girls??! love your t-shirt craft! I bet my daughters would be thrilled with that (not as much for my son though lol!), the oldest could even make her own 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      I think that’s a great idea for older kids to make their own. Imagine the crazy pictures they could come up with and choosing their own ribbons.
      I totally stealing your hug idea BTW!!

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    now at home mom
    February 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Your daughters are adorable! I wish I could have a baby girl too, to make these, the shirts look great ! 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I’ll trade you. The amount of Star Wars birthday party ideas alone I have in head is dangerous. Not that girls can’t have Star Wars parties but my girls have no interest in it. Unless you count their friends bunny who is named Darth Vader.

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        now at home mom
        February 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        ha!ha! funny! bunny named Darth Vader! 🙂 I guess I should come to you once these Star Wars birthday parties will start for some ideas; my hubby is a big fan! My son interests are now only cars, trucks and funny how he doesn’t care for Elmo anymore! :_

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    Leah
    February 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Awwww, what a great project and your daughters are absolutely adorable! 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      OMG no wonder you haven’t appeared in my Reader! I thought I was following you the entire time and I wasn’t. That’s fixed now. Sigh.

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        Leah
        February 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

        No worries. 🙂

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    happylittlekiwi
    February 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This is such a cute idea! Your girls look adorable 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you! I am going to try your treats down the line.

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    thethingaboutjoan
    February 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Great t-shirts (and cute models!)! And I love your ribbon collection; you have so many different ones that coordinate together so nicely. It’s good to know the shirts can withstand the washer but not the dryer too. Thanks for sharing!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      The ribbon thing is getting out of control. I have a filing cabinet box just full of them and only now am I getting into the fabric scraps. I think I need to take over the kids playhouse in the backyard as my craft room.

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    thethinkingcloset
    February 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Alex, I know you and I share a love of the washi look, so of course, I’m love with how you achieved that look with ribbon. And the fact that it held up in the wash? Major cool points in my book. (I hate handwashing.)

    My husband would agree with you on Braveheart being the ultimate romantic movie…it’s epic. Heroic. And inspirational beyond belief. Maybe that should have made my Top Ten List!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Lauren, you’re talking to a Star Wars fanatic who would probably list one of the most romantic movie lines from Empire Strikes Back. Never mind Braveheart.

      I almost picked up washi tape today….but I resisted.

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        thethinkingcloset
        February 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        Ha ha! That’s awesome!

        And I keep entering Washi Tape giveaways like it’s my job. I figure I can justify at least winning them. The win has yet to come, but I’ll press on.

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          Alex@northstory
          February 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

          Lauren, I thought of you. I found a pin on how to make your own washi tape. We should try it and blog about it!!

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    gentlestitches
    February 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    What a great idea with the ribbon! They look fab and the photos are adorable. I couldn’t imagine those two cherubs fighting over anything!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Wars. World Wars start in our home over dinner plates, popsicles, wrong looks, the last Oreo cookie. They are best friends through and through but they are night and day in personality. If I ever have them agree on what to eat for dinner, my life in the kitchen wouldn’t be so bad by 6 pm when I find some wine (to cook with of course for myself…)

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    Trixie Lixie
    February 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    These are fab, I think my 2 little nieces would like these, I might try them in yellow for Easter!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      In yellow I think they would look so fun and bright! I love hearts in different colours. I was initially going to do a ribbon patchwork of them but found the ribbon set and said oh well let’s use this. Do it in yellow for sure!!

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    Autumn@fallfordesign.com
    February 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Such gorgeous kids you have!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Autumn! 🙂

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    Time With Thea
    February 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I loved your apple and pumpkin T-shirts and these are just as adorable. Lucky daughters. ~Thea

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      Alex@northstory
      February 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      It’s funny for a person who is so sewing challenged, I’ll find almost any excuse to make some clothing as long as I don’t have to drag out the needle and thread.

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    ScrapAndSalvage
    February 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    you’ve done it once again! they look great and your daughters are major adorable!!!
    and i’m right with you on the romantic part (though i do light candles every night). and sleeping beauty and robin hood were my two favorite disney cartoons growing up!! 😉

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      Alex@northstory
      February 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      It’s funny b/c the only thing of when I think of Robin Hood is Bryan Adam’s anthem for it “Everything I do” which was on such heavy rotation in between all the Depeche Mode, Cure and other electronic music I listened to back in the day. Isn’t it weird watching Disney movies as an adult? They take on a whole new meaning.

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    myhealthyohana
    February 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Your daughters are adorable in their matching T-shirts!! I love their mischievous smiles 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 10, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thank you!

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    Neaten Your Nest
    February 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    These are so adorable! I love them! When I think about getting into a craft involving any kind of fabric, I kind of go into a panic attack, but these are cute enough for me to try! Also, your girls are beautiful and your pics are great. What kind of camera do you have?

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      Alex@northstory
      February 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I am a Nikon addict. Right now I am primarily shooting with Nikon D40 which is an older model easy user friendly SLR but I LOVE my Nikon D80 to death. Unfortunately it is currently under broken and it is a way, way, way better camera model. I miss it terribly.

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        Neaten Your Nest
        February 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

        Thanks so much for the info! I hope you get your D80 back soon!

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    cheryl
    February 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Your girls, of course beyond ridiculously adorable, look like they love being sibling! One of my greatest pleasures is seeing how well all my kids get along. They are all certainly closer now than my siblings and I ever were.

    And your ribbon shirts are just the best!! Such a fantastic idea!!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 16, 2013 at 11:14 am

      I’m an only child so watching them is a marvel to me as I have always asked my parents for a brother and to this day I am bitter that I don’t have one. It makes me want to have maybe 2-3 more just to have the family dynamic that I never had growing up.

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        cheryl
        February 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

        You know, I’ve found it’s never to late to ask if you only ask nicely (this could work for your parental units or the hubby, depending on which way you’d like to go… 🙂 )

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    spunkoney
    January 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I adore these T-shirts! So stinkin’ cute, and simple, too! It would be easy to modify the heart and bit to make a “boy-ish” version for my little guys. Time to look at what I have in the sewing supplies!

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