Monday, March 7, 2011
Keepsake Rosette Pearl Necklace Made From Baby Clothes
Ok I am getting a little sappy because in a month and a day my youngest, Lucas, will be turning 2 years old. This last year has been amazing, a little crazy, but wonderful. It went by all too fast, as time seems to do. I have had this box of old baby clothes, ones that are stained and not going to Goodwill or being donated to friends, sitting in his closet. It seems simple enough, throw the items away. However, I know I can't be the only mother who feels a sentimental connection to the clothing, stained or not. In fact the stains only remind me how real it all is. I am not 16 anymore. I am 33 going on 34, I have two kids, and they keep getting older, as do I :(
Well I came up with a solution. Yes it is to heartbreaking to throw the items out. They kept my little one warm and snug for the first year of his life. So when I came across this baby blue faux pearl necklace on sale yesterday, I knew instantly what I would do with it. As soon as I got home with my new treasure, I recycled some old treasures (stained baby clothes) into pretty rosettes for the necklace. Anyone of you could do this same thing and be able to keep your baby memories literally close to your heart. There are bunches of rosette tutorials out there on the web to choose from so I am not going to do a huge demo. However here is what I did. I used a stained white onsie and a pair of stretchy blue baby pants (also stained). The floral fabric rosette was leftover scraps from a bunny project in an earlier post. When I cut my strips of fabric I made sure not to use the stained parts. I attached the rosettes to white felt with hot glue. I then added some pearls from the floral department to dress up even more my rosettes. They were pearl pins and I simply removed with wire cutters the pin part so that I could hot glue them on. To attach the rosettes to the necklace I simply used more felt and hot glue.
Well I have been making and selling rosette necklaces for other people but this one is not going on the shop. It will always be a special piece for me. A reminder that life can be messy, stains happen, time moves on, but our memories can last a lifetime.
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