I have bags and bags of baby clothes in my garage that I literally cannot part with. We get asked all the time if we’re done having kids, and the answer is mostly “Yes”, but I just can’t let go of all the baby clothes my daughter wore. I’ve let a lot of it go to friends and family with kids, but I’ve got a few favorites that I just emotionally part with.
I’ve been on this INSANE cleaning kick lately, Spring Cleaning the ENTIRE house, tossing out bags of clutter, but the garage is another story. It’s like an episode of Hoarders in there, but without all the cat skeletons. So when I found all those bags of baby clothes, I knew I had to let them go. I didn’t want to, so the crafty little lady inside me decided to use my favorites to create something beautiful.
I’m not the greatest seamstress in the world, but I decided to tackle a simple little baby clothes quilt. It’s a great way to incorporate all my favorite baby clothes, and it’s a great keepsake for my daughter when she’s older, maybe something to give to her baby one day. And my husband get’s his garage back (or at least a corner of it!).
This is a great craft for those who want to declutter but have a lot of emotional attachment to clothing or fabric items.
The clothes in the garage were pretty musty and dusty and to be perfectly honest, I was sort of scared as to what might have climbed into the bags to make a new home. I had to wash them in something gentle but with something that had a really nice, clean and fresh scent. They were pretty stinky. I used method detergent because it’s 4x concentrated, has naturally derived cleaning power proven to remove tough dirt and all those old baby stains, and smells FANTASTIC!
I went through the bags and picked out the clothes I wanted to add to my project and started a load of laundry. This stuff is great! It got out a ton of old stains and refreshed those old baby clothes right up. Abbey even helped me – there is no getting around a willing to work toddler.
I love that the bottle is clear! It really adds a splash of color into our dreary laundry room. And the bottle is made with 100% post consumer recycled plastic and itself is fully recyclable as well! How’s that for green?
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Now, let me tell you a little secret…
I’VE NEVER MADE A QUILT.
Nope, not like, ever. Seriously. But I have a basic knowledge of sewing and a lot of friends who make quilts, so I figured if I got stuck, I could always ask them!
My quilt was all about being simple, so instead of doing some big fancy design, I went the patch work route. It’s really hard to get perfect squares with baby clothes, cutting around stubborn year old stains, and old seam lines.
Granted, this process is going to take me awhile… I am currently in the middle of cutting squares and squares of fabric, because I have chosen to tackle a project that is more work than I anticipated, but that’s real life right?
So here’s what I’ve gotten so far…
Assemble your quilting supplies – fabric, rulers, rotary blade or scissors, cutting mat, blanket binding, fabric for the back of the quilt, darning needles, yarn and some sort of fluffy filling for your quilt.
I started by just trying to get as many square-ish bits of fabric I could. I knew my quilt would be 1 yard – so 36 in x 45 in – selvage to selvage. I planned for roughly 3×3 in squares on the quilt, so I cut them 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 to make up for seams, but not all areas allowed for that. Since it’s a patchwork quilt, some of the pieces were smaller and some where bigger, but as long as they were around 3 1/2 inches wide, it worked out.
I found out that about 13-16 pieces was enough to make a 45 ish inch strip, and I started sewing the quilting squares together to make as many 45 inch strips as I could. For an entire quilt, I needed around 15. I am currently at 9, so making progress, but I still have a bit to go – and the entire reveal will be coming soon! So with 15 squares per strip, and 15 strips total, you will need roughly 225 squares, give or take. It’s a lot of work y’all.
I had a few bigger quilting pieces – some cute printed saying and patches I wanted to keep. That also helps with the patchwork effect as well. I love what I have so far and should hopefully be totally done later this week! So make sure you come by in a few days to check my progress and get the next steps for creating your very own baby clothes quilt!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.