Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Teddy Bears in Memory of Dad

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Jean Bott sent some of her late father’s clothing to have bears made for family members as Christmas gifts. We tried to mix the fabrics up a bit and used the one plain white shirt as the consistent element to make them all a family. She had also sent some shirts with patches on them and three hats with symbols so we turned them each into a patch to put on the center belly of each bear.

T-Shirt Quilt Makes Great Gift for Son

WalshG01webT-shirt quilts are very popular with graduating seniors and Gerri Walsh wanted to get one made for her son’s birthday. His school colors are red and white so most of the shirts were red and white with touches of black and grey. I used the major graphics within the blocks and pulled the red fabric from the red shirts to frame the blocks and create some continuity. The quilt is backed with warm, soft anti-pill fleece to make it snuggly–even for a young man.

Unique Christening Gown from Wedding Dress

jamicichK01webKari Jamicich sent her wedding dress to have a unisex gown made for her son to wear for his baptism. Her wedding dress was made of pretty thick poly satin so we went with our “Bishop” style gown. Because the gown had seams falling in inconvenient places, I ended up adding some ribbons down the center front to cover a seam. We also made several kerchiefs with embroidery.

Custom Ornate Unisex Christening Gown

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Jennifer Bean sent her mother’s wedding dress to have a unisex christening gown made for the family to use. Although the gown was meant to be used for both boys and girls, we did use the lovely lace and chiffon from the original dress. We also made a matching bonnet and protective bib.

Wedding dress baptism romper in purple

BaileyC romper02webChantel Bailey sent her wedding dress to have a romper made for her son. Since her dress had some lovely panels of purple, we made a romper with a faux vest and used the purple on the vest. When it was done, it just seemed like a matching bow tie pin was called for. We also made a reversible bib.

Chantel also asked if I could make the bodice of her dress into a decorative pillow. I tried to keep it as close to the shape of the bodice as I could.

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Quilted Tree Hanging Project

HTL TreeadventwebEvery now and then, I’ll find inspiration for a project and can’t resist trying it.  This quilted tree wall hanging is one of those projects.  It is intended to hang on a door or wall as a decorative piece but it is also quite functional :)  The tree has 24 buttons scattered on it so you can hang little ornaments for the holiday season on it.  In addition, since there are 24 of them, it can act as an advent calendar as well.

I made two of them and will be putting them into my gift shop for sale soon.

Many Furs Make Lovely Memory Bears

AndersonP 01webPeggy Anderson sent a couple of fur coats that were once her mother’s and her grandmother’s to have bears made for relatives. There were three coats. One was mink, one was mouton and the other was Persian lamb. We decided to make one bear from each coat that was out of that fur and the other two bears we mixed the furs.

There was enough fur to make these our larger, 18″ bears.

2015 Christmas Bears From Clothing

Here are a few of the fabric-based bears we made for the Holiday Season this year.

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Courtney Murray had us make these bears from her late father’s shirts for his grandchildren

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Laurie Thrall had this bear made for her mother in memory of her father

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Kathy Officer sent great grandpa Tom’s shirt to have a bear made for the great grandchild he never got to meet

Kit Boschken sent her late mother's nursing cape to have these bears made as gifts.

Kit Boschken sent her late mother’s nursing cape to have these bears made as gifts.

Jean Bott sent some of her late father's work shirts to have these bears made.

Jean Bott sent some of her late father’s work shirts to have these bears made.

Victria Sarsfield sent two of her father's jackets to have these bears made for his grandchildren

Victoria Sarsfield sent two of her father’s jackets to have these bears made for his grandchildren.

Aubrey Ruiz sent a shirt from her cousin who passed away at age 31, to have this bear made for her aunt.

Aubrey Ruiz sent a shirt from her cousin who passed away at age 31, to have this bear made for her aunt.

Jered Staples had us make a bear for himself as well as six more for friends who lost their father.

Jered Staples had us make a bear for himself as well as six more for friends who lost their father.

Marly Gentry sent her late son's shirt to have a bear made to hug

Marly Gentry sent her late son’s shirt to have a bear made to hug.

Ann Knoepfle had these bears made for two young women who lost their father.

Ann Knoepfle had these bears made for two young women who lost their father.

Beth Ward had a number of bears made from her late husband's clothing for family members

Beth Ward had a number of bears made from her late husband’s clothing for family members.

Beth sent more of her late husband's clothing to have a couple more bears made

Beth sent more of her late husband’s clothing to have a couple more bears made.

Judith Mosier sent some special things that belonged to her late mother to have these bears made

Judith Mosier sent some special things that belonged to her late mother to have these bears made.

 

Mary Doyle sent a huge box of her late husband's clothing and had us make a total of 21 bears in his memory for family members this Christmas

Mary Doyle sent a huge box of her late husband’s clothing and had us make a total of 21 bears in his memory for family members this Christmas

Simple, Unisex Christening Gown from Wedding Dress

OwensS01webSarah Owens sent her wedding dress to have a unisex christening gown made for her son and future children.

The wedding dress had a bodice covered in bead work and a big, full skirt of satin. We kept things clean and simple using our “Bishop” style and incorporating some of the lovely bead work from the WD bodice on the collar and we included some of the pretty buttons on the front.

 

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