5 Creative Ways to Re-Use Old Baby Clothes
It can be a sad time when you realise that your baby’s clothes no longer fit them and they are growing up fast. Their first few outfits are so small and cute that it can be hard to part with them when they bring you such happy memories.
Short of building new wardrobes to hold all your baby’s old clothes as they grow out of them month by month, there isn’t really an easy way to keep them all in your home. Or is there?
Here are some great ways that you can re-use your baby’s clothes and keep them in your life:
A lovely way to keep all the memories from your baby’s clothes together is to create a memory blanket using them as the fabric. It may take some time and patience, but the end result will be so worth it.
Cut the clothes into squares, choosing the main part of the item with a picture or word on, and one at a time sew them together. Once you have finished, you can put a fabric border round the edge and keep it forever as a quilt or wall hanging.
If you are a whizz with a needle and thread or own a sewing machine, then clothes are fantastic for creating new cuddly toys for your little one. Onesies are best as they are usually fleecy inside and made using fluffy material.
Choose a toy pattern that your child will love and then use stuffing to bulk out the inside of the toy. Alternatively you could just use the clothes on existing stuffed toys if they fit well.
If you want something to put on your wall, then creating a canvas mosaic out of old baby clothes is ideal. Choose a variety of clothes in different colours and textures to help make your mosaic as bright and interesting as possible.
Buy a plain white wooden box frame and then use scissors to chop up the clothes into different sizes and shapes. You can then glue the little pieces of fabric in any order you want until you have covered the whole frame.
If you don’t want to use whole items of clothing as part of your artwork or blankets, then the buttons are a great part to work with. Collect all the buttons off old clothes and then place them in any order or shape you like to create a lovely piece of art. You could either create a picture or spell out your child’s name.
There are also services that will create buttons out of your fabrics if you don’t have enough, so you can have the best of both worlds from your baby’s clothing. There are lots of different crafty ideas to try out with buttons, so it’s worth trying a number of different things.
Fabric flowers are beautiful whatever time of the year it is and can be used as brooches or hair accessories. They don’t take too much fabric and are easy enough to make.
For a simple fabric flower just cut out two sets of different size petals. Lay the smaller petals on top of the larger ones to create a layered effect and then secure them in the middle using a pretty little button.
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