Heirloom Projects

Mom’s Wedding Dress – Re-purposed

Mom’s Wedding Dress – Re-purposed

My parents moved into a retirement home and I needed to clean out their home and one of the treasures I came across was my mom’s wedding dress. She had always kept it hoping one day I or someone in the family might wear it.

She was tiny, much, much tinier than any of us, even her young grandchildren, so none of us could ever wear it. The dress was beautiful. Ivory satin, and it had a long train. I kept it for many years and just could not bring myself to throw it away or pass on to good will. I needed to keep it in the family.

Finally, last year I decided to make the women of all ages in the family a little keep sake bag out of the dress.
I knew what I wanted to do but one of the hardest things I have ever done was make that first cut into that dress!! I had made a small pattern and laid it out on the material and knew I had enough to make everyone a small bag – BUT – that meant I had to actually cut up my mom’s beautiful dress.

Summoning the courage, I made that first cut – felt better – and was finish enough bags to pass along a little piece of family memorabilia  to each of us.

I finished them off by taking a wedding picture and printing it on Avery Printable Fabric and ironing one on each bag. 

I’m not sure what treasurers each bag will hold but I do know they will be special.


Heirloom Projects

Dresden Plate Quilt Block – Re-purposed

Dresden Plate Quilt Block Pillow Cases

I inherited partially completed Dresden plate blocks when my mother-in-law was downsizing.

I held on to them thinking I would make a quilt but when she passed away I hated to keep them to myself. I cut the Dresden plate in half, left all her brown thread basting stitches and made a set of pillowcases for each of my brother and sister-in-laws.

The extras I took to the next family gathering  and offered them to her grandchildren. Many took them to incorporate into quilts, or accent pillow coverings or framed the square as a memory of their Nana!

This is another wonderful way to re-purpose a started but forgotten craft item into something new and heartfelt. 

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Creating heirloom memories is fun and easy but it does take some pre-planning.

I love helping people re-purpose things to create items and share memories of loved ones.

We can be such a disposable, throw away society so the next time you are cleaning out your children’s clothes to make room for new ones – think about saving a special outfit or T-shirts.

When you are downsizing your home or your parents look at everything not as old but as a new possibility.  Are there shirts, sweaters, finished or unfinished craft items that can be re-purposed into keepsakes for new baby gifts, father or mother day gifts, Christmas or birthday gifts?

Shirts can be made into pillows, quilts, picture; sweaters into mittens, pillow covers or golf club covers; cup and saucers can become bird baths or bird feeders and tea pots out in the garden can be homes for birds and butterflies – the ideas are endless and all are possible.

 Why hold onto a keepsake and keep it in a box stored hidden away. The easiest way to downsize and become more efficient is either display or use the item – my motto is ‘if I can’t see it or use it then it goes’ I refuse to store things in boxes just to have them. I recognize there are seasonal items that require storage but to reduce and declutter overall requires a strong will and looking at being able to re-purpose special keepsakes can make the task easier. 

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