Wednesday, February 15, 2012

upcycled baby clothing creatures

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Our baby is growing like a weed and that means lots of clothing doesn't fit anymore! And while we haven't invested very much money in her wardrobe (thank goodness!), we still have some cute things that already hold lots of memories and I can't bear to get rid of. So I have been saving my favorite outfits to cut up and create a whole bunch of abstract and whimsical little creatures to keep in Lucy's room for future play time and to display as little mementos of her early years. As she continues to grow out of more clothing, I will keep adding more creature to the collection!

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I began by sorting my stash of baby clothes- I pulled all of the things that had a cute print or held special memories.


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Next I started cutting things up and piecing them back together in different shapes and sizes of the soon to be creatures.


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I used free motion sewing to "draw" the faces and I used a piece of stabilizer to back my fabric.


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I went for an abstract, whimsical and child-like style for my faces.


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Next, I stacked the front and the back and I sewed up the top and sides with a zig zag stitch.


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I inserted stuffing and sewed it up.


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I made legs out of the sleeves from the garment


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and sewed them to the body.


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I made little ears and sewed them to the top of the head.

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I made a couple more little creatures.


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This is the beginning of the collection!


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And of course I couldn't resist photographing them with my little lady but she cared more about grabbing her toes


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and putting them in her mouth.

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But I know someday these little guys will be appreciated!

85 comments:

  1. Awesome! As a former plush toy maker, I can certainly appreciate what you've made. She will love them as she gets older.

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  2. Cuteness! Great job actually using those special little articles of clothing; so many of us just have them stashed away. ;)

    Your joy as a mother is so sweet and apparent!

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  3. Great idea! Soft and comfy to play with...your sweet baby looks like you! She is so cute!

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  4. SOOoooo Adorable!! Both Mama and little Lucy!
    XO!

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  5. what an idea! fab-u-lous!

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  6. Completely amazing! I'd love to be able to share this on Pinterest. Do I have your permission to do so? I just want everybody to see how fantastic this is.

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  7. these are ADORABLE!!! i tried making some plush toys but they never came out the way i wanted them to.. haha i'm sure the little lady will love them when she gets older!!

    by the way! what camera/lens do you use??

    <3xx

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  8. This is a brilliant idea for recycling!! Love it! but seriously it's hard to focus on the stuffed toy when that cutie patootie is in the picture! :)

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  9. Aaaaawww! That is so adorable. She loves them already! SHE is so adorable! Fab idea. Beautiful pictures.

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  10. I love the projects - but I love that little toe-grabbing young lady too! Precious!!

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  11. Love your special girl. She is adorable. And her new little friends are also pretty cute. Great idea.

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  12. You are so very clever.

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  13. so sweet! all four of them. ;)

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  14. They're cute! I love plushies!

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  15. they're sooo cute, but your baby girl is AMAZING! <3
    congratulations for your best creation! :-))))

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  16. So cute...I really like your blog..great pics and som much inspiration. I wish you a lovely weekend
    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

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  17. Very sweet. Such a handsome little girl.

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  18. Oh Alisa, where were you when my babies were little? I couldn't bare to part with their clothes...SO BRILLIANT! Your little lady is one luck girl. Warmly, SJ

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  19. DonnaL4:39 AM

    What an awesome idea -- you are so creative, love this! Isn't it fun when babies discover their own toes, something new to play with! Blessings to you and your family.

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  20. Such a great Idea I love it. I saved clothes that I loved and now my daughters are 9 and 11 and use them for doll clothes

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  21. Mother hood is leading you in a whole new direction, although your style is still very apparent.
    Your energy and creativity always amaze me.

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  22. Love this upcycling. I've tried free motion and it didn't work very well. I didn't use stabilizer, but next time I will! Thanks for the tip.

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  23. love this idea -- lucy gets cuter and more adorable by the day -- how lucky is she to have such a super talented mommy -- I am so inspired by all of your posts -- I wish I had your creative eye --

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  24. Those are so cute. It's a great way to keep a little something of the first months of your baby. I wish I would of thought of that when I had my girls. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

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  25. Adorable...all of you and the stuffies too:)

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  26. this is such a cool idea!! and i love that u dont spend a lotta cash on things but u and little girl always look very cute!!!

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  27. Wonderful projects and love the photo with your baby. :)

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  28. Awesome! I love your creativity. Your daughter is very beautiful and looks happy with her new creatures. :D

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  29. These are a great idea.

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  30. TOTALLY
    adorable! great idea

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  31. Lucy is so adorable!! So are the toys but the little lady trumps it all!

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  32. great idea to save those sweet clothes and memories. Lucy is just too cute. I love her playing with her toes!

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  33. livethegoldenrule10:16 AM

    Every day when I visit your site, I know there is going to be something so special. I am never disapointed! Everything you touch is always beautiful. Top of the list is Lucy, of course.

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  34. This is such a cute idea! I know that your little one will enjoy them.

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  35. Adorable. I have been slowly recycling all of my son's clothes into girly clothes. It is so much fun to sew for the kids. It has be a little harder to make things for my son, but when I found the pattern for all of the Angry Birds characters, he was over the moon.

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  36. This are wonderful! And your sweet little one is delicious! :-)

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  37. Your daughter is soooo sweet!AriadnefromGreece!

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  38. AAAaaawwww, Lucy is so so so cute!!!
    Great idea!!!
    Greetings from germany!!!!

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  39. Oh I thought what a cute project, scroll, scroll, scroll... then I saw miss royal cuteness - what a bundle of cuteness you live with!!! She is just such a roly poly darling!!!

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  40. Absolutely amazing, you are one inspirational lady. As for your little lady, well she's just adorable!
    Katie x

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  41. Aw, This is so cute!! i really love this toy, and it looks like the littel one does too :)

    love K

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  42. Oh my God! She is so precious. And the things her mom makes for her...
    wow!

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  43. These are the cutest things EVER! And the picture of them with Lucy holding her toes? Completely priceless!!!!!!

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  44. too precious and so ingenious!!!

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  45. Adorable idea and super cute model/product tester. I love the free motion sewing details.

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  46. she's sooooo cute! and the creatures also

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  47. What a nice collection of baby dresses and their uses .You had shown the best use of baby dresses and the ways through which they will be happy from it . Thanks.

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  48. Thank you for making this site very interesting! Keep going! You're doing very well!

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  49. Just can't tell you enough how brilliant I think this idea is...
    xxx

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  50. Your killing me with cuteness here! LOVE the first pic.
    x
    Barnicles

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  51. I think we are forgetting all about home made and very logical and safe toys for children.Good old times when there were moms and grand-moms who enjoyed thinking up hobby ideas for the same.

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  52. These little creatures are great! Im making a memory quilt and a rag rug with the off cuts of my little girls baby clothes. As I cut each one up I remind myself this way we get to keep them and the memories they hold and can still be used for years to come. Its no good keeping them in a box under the bed or in a cupboard. I love your idea.
    Yvonne x

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  53. I was just thinking about doing this! My little guys have been pulling out all the baby clothes that I'd stashed away as mementos and are using them to dress up their stuffies... got me to thinking... and then I saw your post!!! Perfect timing! :) They are adorable, as is your precious little bundle!

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  54. she's too cute for words! and the plushies too! she already appreciates them, otherwise she wouldn't try to eat them!! ;D btw thank you SO much for the free online class you've made, I will take it for sure! and you're so right about finding inspiration AWAY from the computer... while at the computer though, you're blog is my biggest inspiration, no doubt..

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  55. You made such a nice creature for baby. It's really very nice thought to make baby happy. My day begins very beautiful after seeing your nice idea.

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  56. I like this ideas.it's wonderful and interesting way to create a small creatures.it's so cute looking.

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  57. Pretty nice recycled toys, very impressive and stylish baby soft toys,baby cloths must be comfortable and designed with non allergic fabric.parents should buy good quality cloths for babies.

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  58. It is so much fun to sew for the kids. The baby is looking so cute and sweet. I like this funny baby clothesvery much. Everything is perfect.

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  59. It's a great way to keep a little something of the first months of your baby. Your daughter is very beautiful and looks happy with her new creatures.

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  60. Amazing creationa and this is the best way to utilize useless clothes hats off to you!!!

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  61. Amazing creationa and this is the best way to utilize useless clothes hats off to you!!!

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  62. She will love the and likely to have many questions about the fabric used to make them. My daughter had some fav tops and last summer she was able to make her own softie with help.
    She even insisted on designing it first. Role reversal!
    I also have a half made t-shirt quilt which I hope she will have eventually but she keeps wanting to add more t-shirts to it. Be may when she leaves home it will be done.
    Lovely pictires of Lucy, she is looking right into that lense.
    x

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  63. Just want to chime in here to say that these are adorable. And your blog is seriously cool. I'm totally signing up for online classes.

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  64. Great idea! Soft and comfy to play with...your sweet baby looks like you! She is so cute!

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  65. its really awesome...its a wonderful idea...

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  68. Wonderful baby clothing creatures. Always purchase the best branded clothes. Because they are best for babies skin. This clothes can prevent them from skin irritation or other skin problems.

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  69. Wonderful Blog!! Do keep updating..

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  70. wow.. these pics are really awesome. they will suite my baby very well. thanks for sharing these nice pics..
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  71. Thank you so much for such a lovely Blog. Baby Dresses

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  72. Love your special girl. She is adorable Gift Items

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  73. wow!!! you have a nice collection for baby girl dresses..
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  74. What a great idea! Your creations are adorable and the photos are outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

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  75. Wow! Fantastic Creation! I can't think of a way on how you created this craft but it really gave me a magnificent idea. Thanks!

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  76. Oh, this is so clever...great Idea :)
    great you shared those, will surely gonna try those :)

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  77. The work is fabulously done on the baby shirts but for me it is better to shop for such clothes from kids store like Snapdeal baby clothing or firstcry.

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  78. Hey
    I have read a blog and see clip ,very lovely dress you are amazing design cloth provide,
    thank for sharing .
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  80. Very nice collection of baby girl clothes. I love them all. This is a great idea to consume your old clothes and give it a new look for the baby. Your baby is so cute. Love her!!

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  81. Wow. nice collection of clothes and baby pictures. I just love to buy baby clothes online but found few good websites. and also was searching on baby clothes and got redirected to your website. Nice work and Cute pictures.

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