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!

99 comments:

Stephanie said...

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

April O. said...

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!

Ellen said...

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

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

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

Sharon Stanley said...

what an idea! fab-u-lous!

Yanik said...

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.

Tesia Trisnadi said...

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

LindaSonia said...

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! :)

Corli said...

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

Sally Lynn MacDonald said...

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

Susie said...

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

Leisurely Lesley said...

You are so very clever.

thegoose said...

so sweet! all four of them. ;)

Dita Maulani said...

They're cute! I love plushies!

Begonia said...

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

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So cute...I really like your blog..great pics and som much inspiration. I wish you a lovely weekend
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Helmi said...

Great, so cute!

goudenregen said...

Very sweet. Such a handsome little girl.

Gollywobbles said...

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

DonnaL said...

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.

Kate said...

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

HollyM said...

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

MixedMolly said...

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.

Joanne said...

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 --

famillemarleau said...

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.

Susan Seale said...

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

astr!d said...

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!!!

Anesha said...

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

Danna BC said...

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

Jennifer Taylor said...

These are a great idea.

Heather said...

TOTALLY
adorable! great idea

marinj said...

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

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

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

livethegoldenrule said...

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.

Rose said...

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

Amy Munson said...

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.

Lynn said...

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

ariadne said...

Your daughter is soooo sweet!AriadnefromGreece!

Herzkönigin said...

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

se7en said...

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!!!

Katiejane said...

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

K said...

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

love K

Artes da Cris said...

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

Loco Lindy said...

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

mama bleu said...

too precious and so ingenious!!!

Melony Bradley said...

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

sam said...

she's sooooo cute! and the creatures also

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

Gwen said...

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

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Sweet toys for a sweet baby!

Barnicles said...

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

mineral lipstick said...

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.

Leigh Sanders said...

These are brilliant!

Boxoftrix said...

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

Rosa @ FlutterFlutter said...

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!

Annasofia said...

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..

Fuzzi Bunz said...

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.

mark feddrix said...

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

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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.

Cloth Diaper said...

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.

strollers online said...

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

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

Indigo Blue said...

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

Sheree Burlington said...

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

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