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.
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