|Mischa keeping material in basket|
I just completed the "turning baby clothes into fabric for tree skirt" process. Thanks to Cindy's advice on cutting the seams rather than ripping them out, made things go much quicker and smoother.
My cats seem to be very interested in this project and insist on sitting on the clothes or playing with scraps.
It got easier and actually fun, remembering who favored what and events that some things were worn for. A lot of memories in these baby clothes.
I extended the "baby clothes" up to size 4 toddler as that seems to be what I saved. Even with most their clothing going to "Once Upon a Child" reassignment shop as well as hand-me-downs to children we knew, I still had a lot to work with! In all this is a complement of 110 outfits that Emily, Annie and even one tiny gown that I wore before passing it down to my daughters. My sister may have worn it as well.
I have delicate pastels in dainty little girl prints.
I have heavy rich colors in imported fabrics. Corduroy, velvets, and damask prints.
I bought a Rotary Cutting Set to begin the task of making my squares. I realized after cutting all these clothes that this would be an appreciated addition to my supplies to get this project completed. This is the next step.
I am in love with the hundreds of buttons!
I just spent 45 minutes searching for it so I can give proper credit & link but can not find it or remember who posted about it, so please forgive me!). It was a framed artwork piece that they did with buttons! Absolutely charming! I think that it would be fun to do with this jar of buttons.
This has been a great use of time. I usually work on it while we watch a little television. I hope my vision of the Christmas Tree skirts will be as I plan. I truly think they will be lovely.
Until then, my assistants are enjoying working with me:
|Izzy keeping the scraps from mixing with the fabrics|
|Mischa on inventory control|