by now we know the extent of my hoarding…you could read…well…really any posts…and i’m using something that i have hoarded…(but…is it really hoarding when i use it? i mean somethings have been hoarded for years..but if i use them i would call it “saving” stuff instead of hoarding.)
and so when my sweet little babies outgrew some of most favorite outfits…i kept them. along with all their little blankets.
for two reasons:
a. i’m a sentimental fool and couldn’t bear to part with it.
2. nobody wants hand me downs with poop stains and spit up and general wear and tear that is a baby.
so i stored them in tupperware…and i would pull them out and smell them and try to imagine my
obnoxious kids when they were sweet and little and innocent.
and i thought. what i am supposed to do with a box brimming with baby crap.
eventually one day they could hand me down to their kids…but in reality..somethings aren’t going to be as cute in 20 years as they are no (it’s called STYLE and it changes….or else i would still be wearing hypercolored t-shirts and stretchy shorts with lace at the bottom..and i would still have permed bangs. (yup.it’s true..just the bangs.)
(20 mins later……)
I cut up all my baby crap and made a quilt.
phew. i could have just said that.
it’s so sweet and sentimental and it’s one of my most favoritest things i have done TO DATE.
i started with just blankets and they were all cut 12×12. but then i decided to add some outfits and it slowly become a hodgepodge of sizes…which was hard..and i’m a sucko quilter…so it was time consuming…
but well worth it…
just took an outfit..
then i had to do a little puzzle action to make it all fit…
i wanted to add some hair crap (yeah..you know why) so i ended up cutting off the ruffles and turning them into flowers…
(this is my grandmother’s stitch on a birp cloth…i used this too)
and i added a bunch of trims and buttons (mostly buttons i cut off the outfits)
I added a border or scraps all around…..and the back is that super soft minky that is the bomb.com
#1 is s a bubble romper
#3 birp cloth from a lady in my ward
#4 piece of blanket
#5 a lamb blanket from my husband’s aunt lisa
#6 birp cloth
#8 my favorite strawberry pjs.
#9 a blanket MY grandma made for my girls
#10, #13 #17 #19 #22 #29recieving blankets
#11 is the material of the bassinet my babies used
#12 and #34 carter pjs
#18 strawberry outfit (second picture on this post)
#20 blanket from one karl’s aunts
#21 soft purple from papa sues
#23 bubble romper
#24 birp clothes from aunt deb
#25…lamb dress and #16 blanket (from papa sues)
#26 is birp cloth made by my grandma
#27 is the outfit is stole from the hospital
#28 is a pillow from the crib
#30 is her crib bumper
#31 is her crib sheet
#32 and 33 are pillows
#34 is blanket
#35 is a blanket my aunt susan made my first born
#36 is the leftover sheet from her bed skirt
#37 my sister in law bought these outfits for her kid and mine (they are exactly two weeks apart)
#14 baby blanket from hospital…
and of course there were certain little outfits that i just had to save..
this little preemie outfit is sooo tiny…and in this picture it drowns her….
(but it shows blanket #13 and birp clothes #24
now here’s a thousand shots of it cause i like overkill….
Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says
Someone did this for my dad when he was little. Now that he is gone, it is one of my most cherished treasures.
I love this!, it is so cute! and i have always planned that when i have kids i will be doing the same thing i too "save" cherished items to use at a later date.
Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says
This is seriously such a great idea! It looks so cute, and all those memories just make it so special!! 🙂
I love this idea! I have four children and each have a tub packed full of blankets and outfits! Id love to do this! I cant sew and dont have anyone to help me though.
That is soooo awesome.. I would just hoard that all over again and never let anyone use it because then it would get nasty…. that's the hoarder/saver in me though… great job!
love it!!!! It looks great in your daughters room too!
I started saving my boys' clothing (they are only 3) and I have a good start, I want to do one that has little pieces from birth up to high school and make it for them as a graduation gift. I love your work! I hope I can make one as awesome as yours!!!
Jess@Coxs Corner says
I absolutely love this idea! I have been hoarding…I mean saving my little ones clothes for this exact purpose! So darling!
Tina (sk8bettyT) says
I have 2 boys and while I don't know if they would go for a quilt (I don't have any of their clothes because once I'm done having babies, I'M DONE!) I did end up doing something with their coming home outfits that is more for me than anyone else.
I took their outfits and stretched them over embroidery hoops, then hung them in their room. I wish I knew how to do embroidery or some stitching to add their names and birthdays to it, but I think it looks darling.
To sum this up, your quilt looks AWESOME! Color me jealous!
Love it, one time in future i want to be able to do something like that!
I've been following you for a long time and I think that this is the best thing you have ever made. It brought tears to my eyes. I love that you know exactly who everything came from. What a special blanket!
Love, love it! Great job 🙂
Melissa Hurdle says
I have been saving my boys clothes for this same reason. You have inspired me to pull out the boxes and get busy. Even though it will take me till "next" christmas lol Im going to get started now! Thanks for sharing yours is beautiful!
This is so stinkin' cute! Really-it's quite amazing…and very well documented. Now I just have to find time to ransack my daughters baby clothes 🙂
Kassi Mortensen says
AW! That is the sweetest idea! It turned out so pretty!
Alison Marie says
Wow, I love it! The buttons, hair crap, the scrappy border…love it all. You did an amazing job! I know that was a lot of work because I just made one for a friend that can't sew. She kept everything for 'some day' and really wanted to give her daughter the quilt for her high school graduation gift. They're both very sentimental so they loved it. Having a pretty quilt is so much better than keeping everything stuffed in a storage tub in the attic. 🙂 Here's a link if you want to check it out…
Hannah Hathaway says
I Love this! (going to start hording baby clothes NOW!)
I love this quilt! I did one for my granddaughter out of baby flannel blankets that shrank in the wash and dryer. It's in my Nov 2011 posts.
This is cute! I love anything that has sentimental value.
Jana@Transformations From the Heart says
That is the most precious, sentimental and awesome project that I've EVER laid my eyes on!!!!!
What a fabulous keepsake. Love every single thing about it.
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hurley thurston says
In addition to this being an amazing memory for you & beautiful for her room, thanks for the tutorial.
Your baby quilt is such a terrific way to de-stash the clothing hoard while still retaining the tangible memories. And now you've got a blog post that will keep you reminded me of the sources of the items in case you ever forget!