Saturday, October 29, 2011

From Baby Clothes to Craft Supplies: Idea 1 of 3

Hello, friends!  Over the course of the next few days, I'll be posting three ideas for turning old baby clothes into craft supplies.  In today's installment, I want to share with you a technique for creating handmade flowers.  You can see these flowers in the layout below, "Lil' Boy Blue."

Supplies: background paper (TPC Studio); starry paper (Jillibean Soup); blue cardstock (Bazzill); white cardstock (Wausau Paper); small alphabet stickers (Lily Bee Design); large alphabet stickers, border stickers, owl sticker, & large bird sticker (Creative Imaginations); buttons & all other stickers (October Afternoon); pen (Gelly Roll by Sakura); thread (DMC).

The journaling reads: "I love to dress you in blue.  It brings out the color of your gorgeous eyes."

The writing on the little tag by the corner of the photo reads: "flowers are made from an outfit." As the tag implies, I made the flowers from an outfit that my son wore as a baby.  The outfit was too worn to pass on to another baby, but parts of it were in good enough shape to yield useful scraps of fabric.  To create each flower, I cut a strip of fabric, doubled it over, and sewed a running stitch along the raw fabric edges.  Then, instead of tying off the thread, I pulled it, to gather the fabric into a spiral/flower shape.  I stitched each flower together, then topped it off with a button.  The small flowers are made from 1x8" fabric strips, and the large one is made from a 2x12" fabric strip.  I think that these flowers make a really meaningful addition to my page.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my idea.  Have you ever used old garments to create your own embellishments?  I'd love to hear your ideas, too!   


Helen Tilbury said...

What a lovely page! I agree your flowers look awesome!! Yup I have certainly chopped up an old outfit and done the same thing with it :)

BabyBokChoy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those flowers you made!!! so so so cute.