K.I.D.S. – One Little Minute

I am so excited about today’s guest, Miranda from One Little Minute.

Miranda is one of the most inspiring bloggers I know, she is always wowing me with her creations. I just love following along with her site to see what new awesomeness she has come up with for me to discover!

Everything she does is done flawlessly, and her creations all look like they belong in an Anthro or Tea Collection catalog.

Furthermore, I have had the pleasure of meeting Miranda in real life a couple of times now – and she is one of the most energetic, outgoing, friendliest bloggers out there! She is the absolute first person to smile at you when you walk into a room, and the first to make you feel right at ease.

With 2 little men in her life, and a Mother as creative as this one, I couldn’t wait to see what they could create together.


This is the coolest series, and I’m so excited to be participating this round! I’ve been lucky enough to meet and hang out with Jessica on a couple different occasions, and in addition to the ├╝ber creative, talented, and thoughtful person you can feel from her blog, she is also so kind, warm, and wonderful in the flesh. Thank you for having me, Jess!

Now, I had grand ideas for this challenge. One of my favorite things to do is create costumes for kids, and my little three-year-old Milo just adores costumes! I couldn’t wait to see what he came up with.

But there was one problem that I overlooked: Milo has never been really interested in drawing or coloring. His coloring pages come home from pre-school with maybe one scrawled line across the image. He is so imaginative, tells long and detailed stories, and pretends endlessly (we’re always about to get attacked by scary monkeys or robots while eating dinner…) but drawing? Not really his strong suit. In fact, that’s why I asked Santa to bring him (and his little brother, Eliot) an easel and art supplies for Christmas this year, so we could spend some time practicing those tactile skills of drawing, coloring, and painting.

Knowing all of that, I don’t know why I imagined that Milo would scribble away on some fantastically creative costume for me to bring to life. He is way to young to expect that sort of focus, even if he were more interested in drawing. I even tried Melly’s trick of using a pre-drawn little boy as a coloring page for him to just fill in…and you know what he did? He drew a single line across the top of the page, no where near the little boy I had drawn. Then he informed me that that line was a “stop drawing” button, and he pressed it.

Rather than try to either force a drawing, or interpret some rad outfit with a “stop drawing” button on it (both of which would have been no fun for him, and fun for him was sort of the point!) I decided to pull out the paints and let him paint directly on some fabric. That way I could turn the fabric into a tee shirt, and he would totally identify with it, because he had done the painting himself! I should have known that this would be a better idea; he has actually taken to painting a lot easier than drawing or coloring, so this project ended up being a total win. The process was really fun and simple. I’ve shared the full DIY on my blog today, so you can help your child make their own Paint-It-Yourself Artist Tee!

I love the super-designer look of the finished tee. I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something similar sold at Neiman Marcus! But this is cooler than some runway fashion design, this is real design by a real cool kid.

Even though I focused on Milo for this challenge, of course little Eliot got in on the fun and ended up with his own super-cute little painted tee. The boys both loved their shirts (and really loved that I let them jump on my bed for this photo shoot!) I had such fun figuring out how to make this challenge work for us. I can’t wait to think of new ways to get the boys involved in my sewing process, and continue encouraging them to be creative.

Thanks again for the invitation to try something new and fun with my own kiddos, Jess! xoxo


Gah, that is the cutest thing ever Miranda! From the pictures to the shirts, he is definitely one way cool kid! I love that you figured out a way for him to be creative all on his own, and if he is anything like my girls – probably asks to wear that shirt now every. single. day. I love it!!! ┬áThank you so much for being a part of the Series Miranda!

Be sure to hop on over to One Little Minute to see how you can have the same creative freedom with your little ones!

And while you are there, check out some of her other awesome creations…

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    These turned out adorable. I love that they are little boy created and yet totally look like some awesome abstract art you’d see in a museum. I think the kicker though are the contrast sleeves. It totally draws your eye to the art work and makes it the focus. Lovely!

    • says

      Thank you so much! It’s amazing how when I set him free a little bit, what he comes up with is way better than what I could have “helped” him to paint, you know. And I love the way the sleeves turned out, too. That O+S raglan tee pattern was perfect:) xo Miranda

  2. says

    I am laughing so hard about the “stop drawing button.” haha So smart. You did a great job finding a way to get him to be proud of something he was a part of making. Maybe it’ll spark an interest for him at some point.

    • says

      Haha, right? I was thinking “Well, I can’t argue with that!” Thank you for the encouragement. I think you’re right! The more I teach him that his artistic ability is valuable and special, the more interested he’ll become in exploring it. This was a fun exercise for both of us! xo Miranda

  3. says

    Jess! Thank you so much for you sweet introduction and kind compliments! I have really loved getting to meet and hang out with you, and can’t wait to get together again, soon! This was so fun. xoxo Miranda

  4. says

    I think it’s great that instead of forcing him to draw an outfit, you thought outside of the box and came up with a winner! Love the shirts!

    • says

      Thank you Cindy! It was a good reminder to me that my job as a mom is to create an environment in which my boys can succeed! This was indeed a winner:)

  5. says

    Love that idea. I love how you have provided the materials to be creative and gently nudge him toward it. I can see more decorated t-shirts in his future. I think his painting is great.

    • says

      Isn’t it great?! I was surprised by how truly cool and designer it looked! Kids are such naturally creative beings, it’s important to help them experience their own creativity. This was a nice way to remember that!

  6. says

    Oh my gosh how awesome is this!! The Stop Drawing button made me laugh out loud. Literally. ;)
    I loved how Miranda changed her plan to work for her boys, rather then trying to fit them into her ideas – and the result was fabulous! The shirts are so cool. Thanks for sharing this!


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