I have finally finished the very first guide to sewing your own baby clothes memory blanket. If you have a sewing machine and can sew a straight line this is the guide for you. I take you through step by step transforming your little ones clothes into a beautiful memory blanket to snuggle.
This is the very first time I have ever written anything, I am equally as nervous as I am excited to share this with you. I am much more comfortable behind my sewing machine
The full colour illustrated PDF guide is available now via my online shop
There a a few additional items that you will need to create your memory blanket. You will need some interfacing that we use to back the squares this can be purchased for around £3 a meter and also some fleece to back your patchwork blanket this can be purchased for around £10-15 a meter. The exact quantities needed will depend on the size of blanket you want to make, all of which is covered in more detail in the book. In addition it would be useful to have a 6.5″ square cutting guide and a rotary cutter.
Ask any parent and they will be able to tell you details of the tiny little outfits that they dressed their new born in. The very first baby grow, the coming home outfit, the first visit out baby grow, the little dungarees they learnt to crawl in, the first christmas outfit, and just those gorgeous little babygrows that their little one just looked adorable in. At Baby Threads Keepsakes we are all Mum’s who completely understand that those precious little clothes are more than ‘just clothes’ So how do you go about choosing which ones to send to us to transform for the number our little ones accumulate over their first few weeks, months and years.
I need 6-8 items for each of my keepsake animals (more for blankets) I have tried below to give you some guidance for choosing the items that you want to use in your own keepsake.
Separate out the extra special ones
There are some items that are just too special to send, keep these to one side. For me I have a little white baby grow with a giraffe on that was the very first item I bought when I found out I was pregnant, that baby grow is tucked away in a memory box for me to look at in years to come and remember just how tiny my baby was. I have a photo of Oscar in it with the sleeves rolled up as it was too big for him
Gather together a group of items that you may want to you
Once you have taken out the keepers, go through the clothes that are left and pick out 3-4 items that have special meaning to you and your family. That you know you want to include in your keepsake.
Items that work well in baby clothes keepsakes are
These items are generally made of stretch fabric which is perfect for making keepsakes from giving a great finish on your finished keepsake.
Items that I can use but generally only for smaller areas of your keepsake so ideally no more than 1 item from this list is best
Wool, only fine knit items. (hand knitted and chunky wool items aren’t really suitable for keepsake making and are best saved as they are).
In addition to the main items it is always good when choosing the clothing you want to use in your keepsake to pick 2-3 of filler items that can be used for smaller areas of keepsakes where it isn’t possible to fit a logo or motif. These can be patterned, spotty, stripy anything that you love and want to remember. I remember Ellie looked really lovely in a white baby grow that was covered in pink hearts.
It is always helpful if I have a plainer item or less patterned peice to work with, these are great for me to use on keepsake faces and paws giving good visibility of embroidery and face details.
A note on Logo’s
It is often the little logos or designs on baby clothing that we remember. These look great when used on keepsakes, however I struggle to fit more than 2-3 on a keepsake. Please do bear this in mind when selecting your keepsake clothing. The bigger the design the more tricky it is for me to include the whole design.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the colour scheme for your keepsake. They look great when they are all from the same colour scheme and also when there is a more eclectic mix of colours. If you want a keepsake that is perfectly colour coordinated you will need to make sure that the clothing that you send me is all of the same colour pallet.
The final choice
The final decision on which clothing to use in your keepsake is a very personal one, I hope the notes above help in your decision making process. Please do include notes with you clothing to let me know which bits of each item you particularly like and definitely what me to try and include. If you have any preference as to where I use each item on your keepsake please do let me know on a note with your clothing, like wise if you want to leave the design and pattern placement to me that is also absolutely fine.
If the clothing has been in storage for a little while it is a good idea to give them a wash to freshen them up before sending them to me.
Enjoy the process of sorting through your little ones clothing remembering all the early days that fly by in a blink of an eye. What ever clothing you decide to use in your keepsake, I promise that I will take the very best care of it and will create you a gorgeous keepsake. to treasure.
How do you go about choosing a keepsake maker? There are many keepsake makers on the market, with new ones popping up all the time. So how do you go about choosing who to trust with your little ones precious clothing?
There are several things I urge you to take into account when looking at keepsake makers before posting your clothing off to them.
Trust your instincts. I truly believe you get a feeling when some thing is ‘right’ and also when something doesn’t feel right.
Look carefully at the makers social media page and website, do they come across as professional and approachable?
Do you like the designs of keepsake they offer? Each keepsake maker will have their own way of designing keepsake, positioning of the clothing, the type and position of eyes, finishing quality and embroidery.
Look for consistency, do all the finished keepsakes look to a consistent standard? There will always be some variation in design, due to the different fabrics used for each keepsake however you will get a feel for a consistent quality.
Look at recent feedback from customers, this should be visible on social media and will give you an indication as to whether previous customers have been pleased with the keepsakes that have been produced.
The final things to take into account are the price and time taken to create your keepsake. Making keepsakes is time consuming, on average I would expect a keepsake animal to take 4-5 hours to complete and a memory blanket to take between 10-15 hours to complete. This is something that will have been factored into the price charged for making your precious keepsake. Prices and skill level will vary among keepsake makers and you will need to take this into account when choosing your keepsake maker. Due to the time involved in making each keepsake most keepsakes makers will have a fairly lengthly turn around time for Baby Threads Keepsakes this hovers around the 12-16 week mark.
I am always truly honoured that many people have trusted me to make their keepsake, I am approaching the 2000 keepsake mark soon and I can honestly say that I enjoy making each and every individual keepsake. Thank you for keeping me so busy and creative
Do you love to sew? Do you have 10 – 15 hours to spare a week? Do you have your own sewing machine and space to work? Are you local to Nottingham or Derby and can travel to Long Eaton once a week.
If so you could be just the person I am looking for. Baby Threads Keepsakes is growing and I now need an additional person to join our team of 4 to help sew my baby clothes keepsakes. You will need to be able to confidently sew both by hand and with a machine and have your own sewing machine and work space. I will give you full instruction of what to sew and will leave you to you own experience and machine to complete keepsakes around you other commitments.
You will be sewing one design of keepsake from start to finish. Cutting the pattern, adding hand embroidery, stuffing and finishing off the keepsake. Initially there would be up to 5 available for you to sew each week.
Please contact me if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org