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Patchwork Blanket {Made with Baby Clothes}

Before I start this post, I’d like to point out that I’m not traditionally a hoarder.

Honestly!

In fact, I’m often accused of throwing out everything that’s not nailed down. But, at the same time, I’m the type of person who will squeeze every last drop out of a lemon before I throw it in the bin and the same thing goes for everyday items. We use and use and use things until they can no longer function as they were originally intended and even then I’ll ponder over them for a few moments trying to determine if they could possibly be up-cycled or turned into something new! This is when my creativity gets unleashed!

You may have read about the time we were under constant threat of being crushed by an avalanche of baby clothes {you can check it out here!}. I solved our problem by getting creative and making old, outgrown {but incredibly sentimental} baby clothes into three beautiful Patchwork Art Frames – one for each of my little people! But, I may have admitted in my post that my sentimentality had gotten a wee bit out of hand and I couldn’t stop at storing just the teeny baby clothes! I had also kept toddler and up to 5 year old’s clothes as well! So, here is a follow-up post to show you exactly what did I with the remaining baby and toddler clothes…

Transforming sentimental baby/toddler clothes into a patchwork blanket.

I created a giant patchwork blanket with all of the kids clothes combined!

I have to admit, there wasn’t a great deal of method to making this quilt {madness possibly; but certainly not much method!}. I’m convinced that seasoned quilt maker’s would have been mortified with my haphazard quilt making strategies but I certainly gave it a good crack!

I purchased some thick batting and then cut up all of the clothes carefully – trying to preserve each garment’s pictures and embellishments.

Patchwork Blanket using much loved baby clothes via {In Our Gumboots}

Preserving Childhood Memories: Creating a Patchwork Blanket from sentimental baby clothes via {In Our Gumboots}

I then laid the patches out in rows and sewed the sides of the patches together to create rows. When I had enough rows to cover the batting I created a border out of a muslin baby wrap and sewed it all together. For the reverse side of the quilt, I created patches out of the kids’ old baby blankets.

Preserving childhood memories: creating a patchwork blanket from sentimental baby clothes via {In Our Gumboots}

Then voila! I had another handcrafted momento that would help us to cherish our kids’ childhoods.

And don’t worry about my new problem of failing to let go of my kids clothes; I’m taking steps to prevent any future avalanche threats… I’m storing them under the bed!

Preserving Childhood Memories: Creating a Patchwork Blanket from Sentimental Baby Clothes via {In Our Gumboots}

I’d love to hear the creative {and not so creative} ways that you’ve preserved your kids’ sentimental clothes, blankets or toys! Feel free to comment or link to your projects below!

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5 thoughts on “Patchwork Blanket {Made with Baby Clothes}

    1. My pleasure!
      It’s one of those crafty projects that is very close to the heart! I have to admit, I worried that my lack of quilting skills might mess it up but the wobbly stitching and odd shaped patches add to it’s “labour of love” charm… Haha, I hope! 😉

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