Home Therapy for The Baby Clothes Hoarder: Upcycling Outgrown Onesies
One moment your little one is discovering her sweet baby feet, the next she’s starting to pull herself upright, and then right before your eyes she’s a walking, talking, mini-human. The next milestone always tends to sweep by before you even have time to savor the last. It’s no wonder so many mommies stash away any object that can root them in this rapidly shifting phase. Baby may not need the ducky footed sleeper anymore, but you do. That tiny yellow sleeper is proof that your sweet baby one was once so teeny; it suspends baby in time, forever keeping her so small and new. So admit it mom, you keep a jumbled stash of outgrown baby clothes piled under boxes in the back of the basement.
There’s no shame in being sentimental!
Those adorable onesies will only accumulate increasing value as time passes. So, dust off those tubs and create something both beautiful and functional. I like to think of this type of crafting as home therapy. You’re enhancing your space with meaningful objects. Or as the cliché so poignantly articulates, you’re turning a house into a home.
Here’s a simple tutorial to transform old baby clothes into unique throw pillows.
You will need:
- Outgrown baby clothes
- Hand sewing needles
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Piece of paper
- The first step is the most difficult. Begin by selecting seven pieces of clothing for the seven segments of your pillow. You can choose ones that are aesthetically cohesive, or choose the seven most sentimental outfits.
- Freehand draw an almond shape on the piece of paper. This will act as a template. The more severe the curve, the wider and more oval-like the pillow.
- Cut out the template and trace it on the inside of each of the pieces of clothing
- Then cut out each almond shape, leaving a ½ inch seam allowance.
- Sandwich one segment on top of the other with the right sides facing in. Sew along the traced line using the back stitch or your trusty sewing machine.
- Stack another piece of fabric on top of one of the pieces just sewn, repeating the last step until all of the pieces are sewn together in a link of sorts.
- Pin the two raw edges together and sew ¾ of the line.
- Turn the pillow right side out.
- I’m a fan of using every last scrap of fabric. I saved the cut up pieces and stuffed the pillow. This does make the pillow a little firmer, so if you’d prefer a softer pillow pick up some stuffing from a local craft store. But hey, my way saves you a couple dollars!
- Finally pin the open seam together and hand sew it closed using a blind stitch.
How have you reused outgrown baby stuff? I'm always looking for new ideas; I'd leave to read about it in the comments!