Every mom goes through it. You’re pregnant and you buy all this teeny-tiny, unbelievably adorable clothes that you can’t wait to put on your new baby. And a month later, your little bugger’s a little bigger and you’re on to the next batch of diminutive duds. Month after month, your wee one’s wardrobe continues to change – yes, they do grow like weeds. So what do you do with that sweet dress grandma made? Or that too cute to be real onesie? Make a memory quilt! Clearly, if you might be having more kids, hang on to all that clothes for potential re-use. But, if you know this is it, making a memory blanket is the perfect way to preserve all that goodness – and you can do it even if you can’t sew a stitch. Here are quilts made from baby clothes you can DIY or buy!
First, here are some tips for quilts made from baby clothes:
- If you’re using the clothes as your main fabric (as opposed to appliqueing it on top of other fabric), it works best to use similar materials. Trying to sew stretchy fabrics to stiffer cottons can end up in puckers and unevenness.
- If you’re using lightweight or stretchy materials, consider adding interfacing (to the wrong side of fabric) before cutting to help it keep its shape.
And, a quick tutorial:
Now, for the inspiration – here are quilts made from baby clothes you can DIY or buy!
While baby clothes quilts have become increasingly popular in the past few years, memory quilts have actually been around for quite some time and have a really special history. From Quilting 101:
Memory and Signature quilts became very popular in the mid-1800s. This was around the time families were moving west as pioneers. These quilts were given to their families that they left behind as a memory or for a special occasion. Many included a signature hand quilted at the bottom.
Memory quilts were also a great way of passing on information about one generation to the next. They could include materials from a certain occasion or include designs that showed the meaning of a special event.
Birthdays, weddings, births, deaths and anniversaries were all good reasons for making a memory quilt and allowing the memory of the occasion or loved one to last a little longer.